Investment Characteristics

We look for companies that meet all the criteria below and with our diverse operating history, we remain opportunistic to investing in businesses outside our seven key industries.


  • Profitable companies under $100 million in revenues
  • Significant, organic and/or acquisition growth potential
  • Leading market position with a defensible product or service that competes on more than price
  • Value-based employee culture with a customer and goal oriented focus


  • Primarily Southeastern US but will consider anywhere in US
  • Industry neutral
  • Niche markets where the larger market participants are not as focused or cannot compete


  • Interested in the following investment-stage scenarios:
    • GROWTH investing to enable profitable, growing companies to fund internal growth and/or acquisitions
    • BUYOUTS where owners are looking to exit completely
    • RECAPITALIZATION providing partial liquidation of the owner’s equity position
  • Interested in acquiring a majority or meaningful minority ownership stake, with board involvement
  • A strong management team with a successful track record,
    and looking to retain a meaningful ownership stake
  • Situations where we are typically the first institutional investor

Cecil Carney

Cecil Carney

President, Private Investments

Cecil Carney, KWC’s President of Private Investments, joined the company in 2000.

Prior to his current role Cecil began his career in the audit division of Arthur Anderson before becoming the VP and controller at Orange Lake Resorts, a portfolio company of KWC. After leaving OLCC Cecil became Senior Director of strategy planning and business development at Promus Hotels, as well as Chairman for Zephyr Associates. Cecil currently serves on the board for Orange Lake Resorts and Imagineer Technology Group.

In 2016 Cecil completed the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis and also enjoys playing tennis.

Cecil earned his bachelors in accounting from Christian Brothers University.

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