Because Bridgestone is a closely held office, we take a longer term, often conservative approach to our investment activities. We view our portfolio companies and operating partners as important contributors to our business family.
We work locally and value early relationship building and embrace a simple fact – you won’t sell to us if you don’t like us, and we won’t buy from you if we do not like you. This may seem simplistic, but this personal approach to investment in the middle market is often overlooked. That said, we heavily weigh company/founder cultural fit before further assessing an opportunity.
As active investors, we interact with our family of companies often. While we generally are not involved in day-to-day operations, we do support our CEO’s as needed. Unlike a larger, more institutional buyer, we are focused on long term ownership and value creation – not short term gains.