Willis Stein & Partners LLC

Contact Details

Willis Stein & Partners LLC
Main Office
One North Wacker Drive Suite 4800
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: +1 (312) 422-2400
Fax: +1 (312) 422-2424

Corporate Profile

Registration country: 
United States
Willis Stein & Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in the consumer services, education and specialized business services sectors of the economy. We create value for investors by utilizing our extensive industry knowledge, disciplined investment process, substantial strategic and financial expertise and reputation for integrity and fair dealing to acquire controlling interests in middle-market companies in the Midwest and throughout the United States.

Funds managed / advised

Fund Curr Amount Fund type Year Status
Willis Stein & Partners LP USD 343,400,000 buyout 1996 Final Closing
Willis Stein & Partners II LP USD 840,000,000 buyout 1999 Final Closing
Willis Stein & Partners III LP USD 1,800,000,000 buyout 2000 Final Closing

Investment Preferences

Investment stage: Middle-market
Geographic focus: Midwest and across the United States
Industry focus: Consumer Services, Education, Specialized Business Services

Sample Investments

Company Profile Amount Industry Ctry Stage Date
Aavid Thermal Technologies Inc Designer and manufacturer of thermal management solutions that dissipate damaging heat generated by microprocessors and electronics. Electrical Components & Equipment US
Advanced Quick Circuits LP Manufacturer of multi-layer printed circuit boards for the defense and communications industries. Electrical Components & Equipment US
Advantage Payroll Services Inc Provider of outsourced payroll processing and related services to small businesses. Financial Administration US Buyout Feb 1998
Arr-Maz Products LP Manufacturer of specialty chemicals, primarily comprised of surfactants for the fertilizer and construction industries. Specialty Chemicals US
Aurum Technology Inc Provider of information technology products and services Computer Services US
Baker & Taylor Corp Supplier of books, videos (DVDs/VHS) and music to both the institutional and retail markets. Specialty Retailers US Jul 2003
CTN Media Group Inc Media company focused on the highly-coveted 18-24 year old demographic. Broadcasting & Entertainment US May 1997
Celutel Inc Owner and operator of the non-wireline cellular service providers in five metropolitan areas in Mississippi and Texas. Fixed Line Telecommunications US
CompuPay Inc Provider of outsourced payroll processing and related services to small businesses. Financial Administration US
Custom Industries LP Supplier of custom-formulated food ingredients to the bakery and cereal industries Food Producers US
Donlar Corp Manufacturer of a family of specialty polymers Specialty Retailers US Aug 1996
Dynamic Hospitals LP Operated hospitals located in smaller communities Health Care Providers US
Education Corporation of America Post-secondary educational institution Specialised Consumer Services US
Falcon First Communications LP Provider of cable television service to homes. Broadcasting & Entertainment US
Home Technology Healthcare Inc A company that acquire and manage comprehensive home health care agencies and also provided home health agency management services. Health Care Providers US
Humphreys Inc Manufacturer of belts and personal leather goods Clothing & Accessories US
InterLink Communications Partners LLLP Cable television company. Broadcasting & Entertainment US Sep 1998
Intercraft Holdings LP Picture frame manufacturer Furnishings US
Interval Acquisition Corp US
LNS Group Inc Bank Fund portfolio company formed to acquire companies in the fragmented wholesale marine parts distribution industry. US

Current employees

Name Job title Office
Jeffrey D Beyer Managing Director Chicago
Christopher G Boehm Managing Director Chicago
Paul M Mayfield Managing Director Chicago
David T Mills Controller Chicago
Philip B Pool Managing Director Chicago
Avy H Stein Managing Partner Chicago
John R Willis Managing Partner Chicago

Past employees

Name Job title Employer Office Responsibilities
Alex S Kessel Vice President Baird Capital Partners LP Chicago