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Innovator of the Year: Kevin McAllister, Access Holdings

Innovator of the Year: Kevin McAllister, Access Holdings

Private Equity Podcast: Karma School of Business

Dive into the transformative world of private equity in this insightful episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, featuring Kevin McAllister, the visionary Founder and Managing Partner at Access Holdings. Honored as BluWave’s 2024 Private Equity Innovator of the Year, Kevin discusses the innovative strategies that propel Access Holdings to industry leadership.

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Kevin McAlister, Access Holdings

Private Equity Fast Pitch

Kevin McAllister has extensive private equity experience, including opportunity origination, execution, negotiation, and portfolio company support. Prior to founding Access in 2013, Kevin was at Sterling Partners where he was a member of its investment committee and led the Business Services practice (~$2 billion of AUM). While at Sterling Partners, Kevin led the sourcing, underwriting, and management of Livingston International, FPG and MOSAID Technologies. Prior to joining Sterling in 2008, Kevin was in the Buyout Group at American Capital. Kevin has also held roles in strategic consulting at Accenture and A.T. Kearney and in business development at a NYSE-listed acquisitive holding company. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business (Dean’s List) and a BA in Economics from Dickinson College.

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Kuvare Asset Management announces sale to Blue Owl Capital for $750 million

Since partnering with Kuvare as its seed investor in 2014, Access Holdings has worked with Founder and CEO Dhiren Jhaveri and the entire Kuvare team to bring annuities, life insurance, and supplemental products to the middle market.

In our work as a lead investor, Access has helped Kuvare rapidly grow from $500 million in total assets to over $37 billion today.

Congratulations to the team at Kuvare on a high-quality partnership to support further growth.

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BluWave Names Access Holdings as its 2024 Top Private Equity Innovator of the Year

BluWave, the Business Builders’ Network that connects the private equity industry with best-in-class talent, industry consultants and service providers, today announced Access Holdings as its 2024 Top Private Equity Innovator of the Year*.

BluWave’s third annual Top Private Equity Innovator Awards recognize the top 2% of private equity firms that differentially embrace modern private equity firm operations, proactive due diligence, transformative value creation and corporate citizenship practices.

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Access Holdings’ WagWay Group Partners with PUPS Pet Club

WagWay Group (WagWay), a platform company of Access Holdings (Access), today announced a new partnership with PUPS Pet Club (PUPS), a leading provider of pet boarding, daycare, grooming, and training services.

This partnership will provide PUPS with the resources to accelerate its growth throughout Chicago and New York and invest in capabilities and services that will provide pets and pet parents with quality care and a premium, contemporary experience.

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Access Holdings Raises $805 Million for Build and Buy Mid-Market Investments in Essential Service Industries

We are pleased to announce Access Holdings has raised $805 million in new capital — including $525 million for Fund II and approximately $280 million in coinvest — to partner with, scale, and innovate middle market businesses.

Thank you to our returning investors for their continued support and to our new investors. We are humbled by your commitment to our partnership and look forward to continuing to create enduring success across our portfolio.


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2022 Inc. Magazine Founder-Friendly Investor Award

Access Holdings is proud to be honored as a 2022 Inc. Magazine Founder-Friendly Investor.

At Access Holdings, our mission is to build enduring businesses. This honor from Inc. recognizes Access as an investment partner that entrepreneurs can trust and collaborate with to scale and innovate their business.

Thank you to our exceptional founder partners and team members for making this possible.

Read more about why Access was chosen to be one of Inc.’s 2022 Founder-Friendly Investors.


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Petrol Plaza – Q&A with Josh Finifter

Petrol Plaza: We speak with Josh Finifter, Private Equity Principal at Access Holdings, which owns car wash platform Spotless Brands, about the growing interest of investment companies in the sector and the opportunities that these partnerships can bring to brands and operators.

Access Holdings is quickly becoming an important player in the North American car wash sector through its Spotless Brands platform, unifying operators under a single banner. Established in 2019, the project falls under the recent trend of private equity firms acquiring car wash networks throughout the United States. PetrolPlaza talks to Josh Finifter, Principal on the Investment Team, to know more about the opportunities that Spotless brings to partners, the development of its network and the potential of the car wash market.


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Today’s uncertain economy makes it increasingly important for business owners and investors to understand the state of debt capital markets and the options available to support growth.

In our new Access Insight, Senior Advisor Tom Gregory shares his view on the current condition of debt capital markets, the unique challenges facing midmarket private equity-backed businesses, and the opportunity for creative capital solutions.

“In the face of increased challenges, buyers and sellers still want to get deals done, and business owners want to grow and scale. The way capital markets are evolving, solutions are emerging to address this changing market context. To do this, more creative deal terms and financing are being considered.”

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The world of private equity is loaded with stories of failed investments and unsuccessful partnerships between investors, entrepreneurs, and founders of businesses.

What often started with the right intent—partnering to grow and scale a business—may not have played out as either side expected, leading to frustration and remorse.

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