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Tecum Capital Announces Local Growth Investment in JD Palatine

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Tecum Capital Partners (“Tecum”) is proud to announce its newest investment in JD Palatine LLC (“JDP” or the “Company”), a technology-enabled business process outsourcing provider focused on background and employment screening services. The Tecum team and Chad Killian, JDP’s Founder and CEO, have been discussing a potential deal for several years as the Company continued to grow. This transaction will represent the last new investment in Tecum Capital Partners II, L.P.

The local nature of the deal is further underscored with more Pittsburgh-based partners involved, including capital from Tecum’s Limited Partner, First Commonwealth Bank, and transaction advisory services provided by Confluence Advisors, Galanter Tomosovich, Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe, Clark Hill, and Clifton Larson Allen.

Founded in 2009, JDP is a provider of background check, employment screening and adjacent services to a diverse customer base spanning a variety of industries, including but not limited to: healthcare, youth sports, education, and finance. JDP maintains accreditation by the Professional Background Screening Association, the most widely recognized seal of approval for Consumer Reporting Agencies. JDP differentiates itself by providing fast, reliable, and top-notch service, which is enabled by leveraging best-in-class technology and maintaining an entirely United States-based workforce. The Company also participates heavily in the mission to keep youth sports safe for every child, every day.

When reflecting on the deal recently, Mr. Killian commented, “It made all the sense in the world to partner with institutions like Tecum and First Commonwealth. I’ve got the capital to pursue new opportunities, a sounding board to help me along the way, and the flexibility to continue running my business.”

Stephen Gurgovits, Jr., Managing Partner of Tecum, added, “JDP is a case study on how Tecum pursues direct partnerships with established entrepreneurs. We’ve known Chad for years and have contemplated a partnership several times. Timing was finally right, and we were able to collaborate on a financing package that worked for JDP.” Gurgovits, Jr. continued, “When you factor in the safe sports mission of JDP, job creation opportunities, and having an office in our building coupled with the chance to involve some of our other Pittsburgh-based deal professionals, you’ve got a transaction tailored for mutual success.”

The Deal Team from Tecum consisted of Stephen Gurgovits, Jr., Jack Surma, and Austin Montevecchio.
First Commonwealth Bank provided senior debt financing. Confluence Advisors provided advisory services to the Company in support of the transaction. Clifton Larson Allen provided financial due diligence services. Galanter Tomosovich, Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe, and Clark Hill provided legal services.


JD Palatine was founded as a private, family-owned business in 2009 to help shield organizations and their people from preventable harm. In the decade since, the Company has been fortunate to be embraced by a fantastic roster of clients and the industry at large – both of whom understand that we must all work together to care for each other. JD Palatine is proud to contribute to a critical industry that continually evolves to better protect people through more advanced technology, new resources and creative ideas. For more information, please visit


Tecum Capital is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based investment firm deploying private capital in lower middle market companies. Tecum provides mezzanine debt and equity investments in growth-oriented middle market companies across the broader high-value manufacturing, value-added distribution, and business services sectors, with a focus on opportunities that demonstrate strong long-term industry fundamentals, differentiated products or services, and identifiable secular growth tailwinds. Our team partners with independent sponsors, family offices, committed funds, business owners seeking succession plans, and management teams to create shared success. Tecum focuses on businesses with EBITDA greater than $3 million. Tecum seeks to invest $5 million to $20 million in potential portfolio companies. Tecum is a licensed Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) and is currently investing out of Tecum Capital Partners III, L.P, currently a $240 million fund launched in September 2021. Since 2006, the team has collectively invested more than $750 million in over 100 platform and add-on acquisitions. For more information, please visit