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Ruger Recognized as Top Dealmaker at Annual M&A Advisor Awards
San Mateo, CA – December 8, 2015 – Jared Ruger, Partner at Bertram Capital, was recognized at the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards as the 2015 “Private Equity Dealmaker of the Year.” Mr. Ruger was honored at a black tie awards gala at the New York Athletic Club on Tuesday, November 17th. The M&A Advisor Gala honored the leading deal teams and professionals whose activities set the standard for M&A transactions. An independent body of experts representing a cross-section of the middle market industry selected the winning deals and dealmakers from among finalists.
“Jared Ruger’s contributions have helped build Bertram Capital into a differentiated private equity firm in the industry,” said Jeff Drazan, Managing Partner. “This award recognizes Jared’s leadership and creativity as a private equity investor, which have directly contributed to our firm’s performance. The entire Bertram team is extremely proud of Jared’s well-deserved recognition as Dealmaker of the Year.”
As a founding member and Partner at Bertram Capital, Ruger oversees all investments in the Business Services and Technology sectors. Mr. Ruger has lead four platform investments (Author Solutions, Creative Drive, Datavail and Spireon) and four add-on investments. The sale of Author Solutions in 2012 for $116M to Pearson showcased the firm’s buy and build strategy, the Bertram Capital High-5SM, driving significant growth in both revenue and EBITDA during Bertram’s ownership. Mr. Ruger was awarded ACG New York Champion’s Business Services Deal of the Year (2011), M&A Advisor’s Professional Services Deal of the Year (2012), and M&A Advisor’s Information Technology Deal of the Year (2012) for his work with Spireon. Ruger also received M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Award (2012) and has been a key contributor to Bertram winning the M&A Advisor’s Private Equity Firm of the Year (2012) and ACG NY Champion’s Private Equity Firm of the Year (2015). More recently, Ruger received the ACG New York Champion’s Business Services Deal of the Year Award (2015) for the merger of SandBox and OneKreate to establish Creative Drive, one of the largest providers of digital content creation services.
"Jared Ruger has distinguished himself among M&A professionals,” stated David Fergusson, President of The M&A Advisor. “We are honored to present Jared with the 2015 Private Equity Dealmaker of The Year Award for his leadership in the purchase and sale of portfolio companies at Bertram Capital.”
Prior to Bertram Capital, Jared worked for Oak Hill Capital Management where he evaluated investment opportunities across a broad range of industries. He also worked as a generalist in the Investment Banking group of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Jared graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to his busy work schedule, Jared is a proud father of two.
About Bertram Capital
With over $850 million in capital under management, Bertram Capital is a private equity firm targeting investments in lower middle market companies. By supplying flexible investment capital and committing a wealth of operational and strategic resources to each investment, we make it our core objective to move companies, management teams, and employees toward unlocking their full potential. Visit www.bcap.com for more information.
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