When Tom Campbell first started his firm, DC Capital Partners, he and his partners laid out a five-year vision of where they wanted to invest. Today, that strategy is paying off, with six transactions closed last year and two pending. “We follow our own strategy, our own plan, and our own tactics and focus on execution,” says Campbell. In the following Q&A, Campbell tells us about his winning strategy, and the rewards that come when you let go and trust your team to see your vision through.
Tell us about DC Capital Partners.
Tom Campbell: DC Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on making controlling investments in middle market companies operating primarily in the United States defense, aerospace, and government services sectors. There are three partners: myself, Gail Dady and Doug Lake. We all have worked together in the past. We are a very complementary, cohesive team.We founded the firm in 2007 and spent last year organizing the firm and making six acquisitions under the umbrella of a company we christened National Interest Security Company (NISC). Right now we are using our own capital to acquire companies, but we are in the process of raising a small fund ($150 to $200 million) where we will commit a meaningful amount of our own capital side by side with the fund and continue to make investments in the government sector.
Within those sectors there are a number of key areas that we are focused on. They are areas where we believe there will be higher budget growth, such as information management, technology consulting, and training within the intelligence community, DoD, and Homeland Security. We also see some attractive opportunities with the defense electronics sector particularly in components. Underlying those general areas of focus, we have identified more specific areas of interest such as cyber security, open source intelligence and biometrics.