Founded in 2006 and focused on investing in lower middle market companies for over 15 years, the Tecum Capital team previously operated as the merchant banking subsidiary of a regional bank. In 2013, the investment team spun off to form Tecum Capital, an independent investment firm. Tecum’s investment professionals seek investments in lower middle market businesses with exceptional management teams. Operating out of Pittsburgh, PA, we have an experienced team of 13 investment professionals that have invested $1 billion in 135+ platform and add-on acquisitions on behalf of a highly seasoned group of institutional investors, including some of the leading financial institutions, pension funds, and endowments along with high net-worth family offices and individual investors.
Our leadership team has been investing together for over 12 years. We believe there is no substitute for the proven experience that comes from successfully investing in hundreds of businesses through varying economic cycles. It is this experience that forms the backbone of our expertise and positions us to add significant value to every company and management team that we support.
We are operationally-focused investors partnering with strong management teams. Our flat organizational structure and single-office location encourages collaboration and creates synergy across our team.
We believe that success comes from strong, empowered leaders - both within our firm and the companies in which we invest. Our goal is to provide the resources and support necessary to help our leaders achieve superior results.
Investing in business is investing in people. We understand that transparency and respect are vital to preserving healthy, supportive relationships with our companies and investment partners.
To invest time, talent, and capital with lower middle market businesses and develop trusted relationships through the commitment of experience, resources, and flexible capital. By providing access to capital, we will execute our core strategy of fostering growth and building wealth for our portfolio companies and our investors.
Our vision is to continue to be a leading source of flexible capital for lower middle market businesses by creating value for our portfolio companies, investors, employees, and community.
The Tecum Story
Tecum is the Latin adverb meaning “with you”, which is representative of Tecum’s collaborative and relationship-focused approach. It is also our abbreviation for Tecumseh, a great American Indian (1793-1813), who was a leader of the Indian alliance originating from the Ohio River Valley.
Tecumseh was a legendary warrior, who earned respect for both moral courage and living an uncompromising ethical life. Tecumseh was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, his name meaning “Shooting Star”. He built his reputation as a clever stalwart, a skillful diplomat, and an excellent negotiator.
Our team adopted the Tecum name for its literal meaning as synonymous with “partnering” and as an abbreviation for this great leader, who represented high energy, integrity, dedication, and commitment to his Ohio Valley homelands, which are all part of our team’s core values and focus.
Our Core Values
Earned by acting responsibly and timely, “doing the right thing”, and treating people fairly and with respect.
Working together as employees, partners, investors, and operators to achieve success and growth.
Maintaining a good reputation, adherence to compliance and regulations, and understanding the responsibilities to our investors and portfolio companies.
Performing with creativity and flexibility and maximizing efficiencies through technology and change.
Being flexible and nimble in our responses and solutions.
CEO of National Power
Chris Hutter, CEO of National Power, discusses the company's relationship with Tecum Capital and how Tecum has been a true partner in the refinancing process. Tecum not only provided junior capital and assisted with growth, but also helped the company create brand, and a new set of systems to effectively respond to the needs of National Power's customers.
Owner and President of Cox Transportation Services
Jay Smith, Owner/President of Cox Transportation, discusses why Cox partnered with the "good people" at Tecum Capital in 2014 and again in 2020.
President of Automotive Systems Warehouse
Rodney King, President of Automotive Systems Warehouse, appreciates Tecum Capital as a lending partner due to the firm's values and like-minded "Pittsburgh Grit".
CEO of BP Express
Rob Richardson, CEO of BP Express, discusses why they choose Tecum as a financial partner and how the Tecum team made the difference in a successful partnership.
CEO of The Erosion Company
Wilson Borden, CEO of The Erosion Company, considers the family culture at Tecum, how we really listen, and become long-term partners with our portfolio companies.
CEO of Paragon
“Our partnership with Tecum has been great. Not only did they provide the financial resources we needed to acquire and grow Paragon, but they also went out of their way to provide us access to other resources in their network. We are appreciative of the assistance that Tecum has provided to help Paragon achieve its goals.”
President & CEO of Viking Plastics, Inc.
“The Tecum Capital team provided the experience and flexibility to help push our deal over the finish line! They deliver on the sales pitch and have provided the post-closing services that you would expect from a first-class operation!”
President of Kitchen Cabinet Distributor
“Tecum Capital is an ideal lending partner. Their ability to understand the perspective of the operator make them an exceptional partner for developing for the long-term development of a business. Additionally, they go above and beyond to seek out opportunities to contribute to the company performance outside the lending relationship, always seeking to lever their network for their partners and often acting as a sounding board for new ideas.”