Our success story began with the 1986 acquisition of Applied Industrial Materials Corporation (AIMCOR) by our founder, Charlie Gallagher. He saw the unrealized business potential in what was, at the time, a $500 million division of International Minerals and Chemicals. Charlie’s strategies transformed the company, and in less than two years, he was able to pay down the transaction debt, buy out an existing outside investor group and generate significant earnings.
This began a series of new acquisitions focused on businesses with significant organic and add-on acquisition growth opportunity, which led the family partnership to establish a dedicated team at Gallagher Industries that focused on acquiring and building companies around Charlie Gallagher’s proven model.
We invest exclusively using funds from the Gallagher family and the Gallagher team. This allows us to maintain flexibility with our investments and lets us focus on aligning our capital structure with our management partners. It also means we don’t face pressure to exit partnerships arbitrarily to appease outside investors.
Through our extensive experience in finance, sales, marketing, administration, manufacturing and operations, we continue the legacy of producing significant shareholder value for ourselves and our management partners.
Gallagher is run by a senior management team with a wealth of experience as former business owner operators and operating executives who all have the ability to provide relevant, real-world insights that help our management partners accelerate growth, navigate strategic challenges and mitigate risk.
Since 1998, Tom has led the private equity activities for Gallagher, completing over 20 acquisitions and five divestitures in a wide range of industries. He currently oversees all of the firm’s active investments. His extensive business and financial knowledge are an invaluable part of our firm’s success in creating long-term value for our portfolio businesses.
Prior to Gallagher, Tom was the director of business development for American Medserve (AMC), a consolidator of institutional pharmacies and a portfolio company of Golder, Thoma, Cressey and Rauner. In his three years at AMC, he was involved with more than 15 acquisitions, AMC’s initial public offering and the sale of the company.
Before moving to AMC, Tom spent seven years with Ernst & Young in Chicago, where he served as a manager in their mergers and acquisitions group. There he provided advisory services to both financial and strategic buyers on more than 25 leveraged buyout transactions in many different industries.
Tom serves on the boards of Event Rents USA and Velocity Dynamics, and is a representative to the board of Environmental StoneWorks. He also served on the board of Profile Products. He is a CPA and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.
K.C. has provided strategic oversight and direction for our firm since 1998, and has also served since 2009 as chief executive officer of The Little Pub Company, owners and operators of 26 Colorado-based neighborhood restaurants/pubs.
Prior to Gallagher, K.C. was the vice president and general manager of AIMCOR’s Terminals and Services division, a leading provider of bulk material handling services to US and international refineries. While there, K.C. also sourced and negotiated capital projects, as well as a key strategic acquisition that drove significant earnings growth. Before AIMCOR, K.C. spent three years in sales and marketing for Profile Products. He began his career with ARCO in Los Angeles.
K.C. currently serves on the boards of UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: UMBF), UMB Bank Colorado, Love Grown Foods, Event Rents USA and Midwest Merchandising (dba BikeSource). He also serves on the Colorado Restaurant Association Board of Directors and the boards of trustees of The Denver Foundation and the University of Denver.
K.C. holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Charlie Gallagher is the driving force behind the Gallagher investment model. It was his original vision and ability to bring a successful, long-term growth approach to private equity investing that has been the cornerstone of our firm’s success. He currently serves as an advisor to Gallagher by providing support and guidance to Tom and K.C. Charlie’s distinguished career includes more than 50 years as an operator, entrepreneurial owner and private equity investor. He was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2011.
Charlie serves on the boards of the Denver Art Museum, Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America and Regis University, and is a member of The Tower Club. He also has served on numerous other boards including the Denver Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Concern, Catholic Foundation for the Archdiocese of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation, National Jewish Medical & Research Center, Colorado UpLIFT, ACE (Alliance for Choice in Education) and Xavier University.
Charlie holds a bachelor of science in economics from Xavier University.