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Access Holdings Announces Kimberly Kile as First-Ever Head of Investor Relations & Communications

Baltimore, MD – Access Holdings, a Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm specializing in building enduring businesses, today announced that Kimberly (Kim) Kile will join the firm as its first-ever Head of Investor Relations and Communications.

As the head of investor relations and member of executive team, Kim will lead fundraising efforts for the firm’s flagship funds, co-investments, and new products.

Additionally, Kim will source and cultivate new relationships with potential investors and work closely with the firm’s existing limited partners. Kim will also lead Access’s public relations efforts with oversight over the firm’s fundraising, communications, and marketing.

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Access Holdings Supports Student Transportation Partnership

Baltimore, MD – Access Holdings, a Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm specializing in building enduring businesses, announced today the firm is supporting a partnership between its new student transportation platform, American Student Transportations Partners (ASTP), and Pennsylvania-based Krise Transportation.

Access Holdings will not only provide capital but dedicated resources and tools to support the growth of ASTP into a market leading provider of mission critical student transportation services.

ASTP, in partnership with Krise Transportation, will provide exeptional transportation services for students and school districts across Pennsylvania to ensure every student has safe, reliable access to education.

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Access Holdings Enhances Digital Capabilities with Growing Team

Baltimore, MD – Access Holdings enhances digital capabilities with the addition of three digital experts to help our firm and our portfolio companies embrace and apply contemporary tools and technology to drive growth.

Access Holdings, a Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm specializing in a purposeful buy-and-build investment approach, today announced the addition of three new team members who will play key roles in further developing Access’s digital origination and portfolio monitoring capabilities.

Matt Johl, George Shipley, and Ellen Kirk Jarosinski will join Steve Chang and Merritt Davis in applying digital tools and capabilities to drive lead generation and performance management across the Access portfolio.

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Access Holdings Press

Baltimore Business Journal – On the heels of closing its first private equity fund in January, Access Holdings Management Co. has raised another $630 million to help grow three of its portfolio companies.

Baltimore-based Access Holdings, which Managing Partner Kevin McAllister describes as a "buy-and-build" investment firm, raised the money through three separate credit facilities from 11 lenders. The firm previously raised $340 million with its private equity fund.

The latest funding will help Access support the growth of PlayFly Sports, a Philadelphia-based sports marketing and media company; Florida-based funeral home operator Foundation Partners Group; and the Car Wash Owners Network.

Access has been a firm on the rise since McAllister founded it in 2013. The firm manages $1.3 billion and has 24 employees, compared to "just a handful" a few years ago. It has also been incredibly active when it comes to making deals, having acquired more than 75 companies in the last four years, he said.

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Access Holdings Draws Robust $630 Million Credit Facility

Baltimore, MD – Access Holdings, a Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm specializing in a buy-and-build investment approach has secured $630 million in credit from 11 different lenders. The credit will directly support three partner businesses: PlayFly Sports, Foundation Partners Group, and Car Wash Owners Network.

The significant credit raise will supplement the recently-raised $340 million inaugural investment fund and provide additional flexibility for Access to grow portfolio companies into market-leading businesses. It will deepen Access’s capital markets expertise and support the firm’s mission to generate long-term growth and value for partner companies.

The credit raise was supported by Tom Gregory, Access advisor and Maranon Capital founder, who worked closely with the Access team to secure this powerful tool.

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PLAYFLY SPORTS ACQUIRES THREE SALES DIVISIONS OF FOX SPORTS: HOME TEAM SPORTS, IMPRESSION SPORTS, AND FOX SPORTS COLLEGE PROPERTIES

Today, Playfly Sports, a leading Philadelphia-based sports marketing company, announced their acquisition of three leading businesses from FOX Sports: Home Team Sports, Impressions Sports, and FOX Sports College Properties.

This deal cements Playfly’s role as a top competitor in the sports marketing space by expanding Playfly’s presence in the collegiate and high school multimedia rights space and providing their marketing partners the ability to reach over 90 million households through live MLB, NBA, and NHL games.

Access Holdings partnered with Playfly Sports in September 2020 with a focus on long-term strategy and success. Prior to the initial investment, Access worked with Playfly Founder Michael Schreiber to devise the business model and has since actively supported its execution to quickly build Playfly into a market leader.

This deal highlights a major achievement in Playfly Sport’s long-term growth serves as and an example of how Access aids their portfolio companies during every step of growth. Read more about this exciting deal here.

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Changing the Paradigm

Last week Foundation Partners Group issued a press release through Cision PR Newswire that you can read here. The release dealt with some of the company’s ten year history in that it has grown into a company with nearly 160 locations serving over 75,000 families annually.

Another thing that the release shouted was that Foundation Partners Group (FPG) serves a clientele that chooses cremation for 86% of its dispositions. It’s noted that FPG believes that is an industry leading metric for cremation services.

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Access Holdings Announces Junaid Zaheer as New Director of Strategy

Baltimore, MD – Access Holdings, a Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm specializing in a purposeful buy-and-build investment approach, today announced that Junaid Zaheer will join the firm as Director of Strategy.

Junaid will advise Access’ leadership, shape key initiatives, and deliver strategic counsel. Additionally, Junaid will work closely with Access’ portfolio companies to grow their businesses and provide critical real-time advice.

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PORTFOLIO COMPANY “CAR WASH OWNERS NETWORK” PARTNERS WITH “OKIE EXPRESS AUTO WASH”

Baltimore, MD – Car Wash Owners Network (CWON), a portfolio company of Baltimore-based Access Holdings, today announced it has closed its investment in Okie Express Auto Wash, the largest car wash operator in the Oklahoma City market. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 2008, Okie owns and operates 11 premier express car wash locations known across Oklahoma City for their superior customer service, convenient locations, exceptional wash quality and speed. Okie washes more than one million cars annually and supports multiple local charities.

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Regency’s Rapid Growth and Expansion Continues

Baltimore, MD – Regency Pet LLC announces today its new partnership with Hinsdale Pet Memorial Services, the premier pet aftercare services provider in the Midwest.

This expansion includes Hinsdale Animal Cemetery and Pet Crematory in Willowbrook, Illinois, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, Missouri and Loving Hearts Pet Memorial Services in Eureka, Missouri.

Regency continues to expand its service delivery across the United States, with providers in the Northeast, South, Midwest and Western United States.

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ACCESS INSIGHTS

FINDING TOP TALENT THROUGH BEHAVIOR-BASED INTERVIEWING

HOW TO ENSURE YOU ARE HIRING THE RIGHT CANDIDATES FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

Access Holdings Partner, Steve Chang, sat down with Human Capital Expert and Advisor Kim Powell to discuss behavior based interviewing and how hiring has changed since the onset of COVID-19.

In this Q&A, you will find resources and guidance on what questions to ask to get the most out of your interviews and other key considerations when hiring.

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DRIVING GROWTH THROUGH PURPOSEFUL AND SYSTEMATIC M&A

SO WHAT DOES PURPOSEFUL AND SYSTEMATIC M&A ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE?

In order to achieve consistent growth through Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), a successful company systematically identifies and pursues opportunities with purpose.

In practice this means following a disciplined process of actively pursuing opportunities that align with a clearly defined growth strategy.

 

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