Inc. Magazine Names Guardian Capital Partners as Top Founder-Friendly Investor for a Consecutive Year

WAYNE, PA.— Inc. Magazine announced its fourth annual Founder-Friendly Investors list in mid-October, honoring the private equity and venture capital firms with the strongest track records of success investing in and supporting founder-run businesses. Guardian Capital Partners (“Guardian”) is honored to once again be named a 2022 Inc. Magazine Founder-Friendly Investor. Making the list for two years in a row is a milestone in which Guardian takes pride, and is reflective of Guardian’s core principles.

Identifying opportunities to partner with privately held, founder-run businesses has been fundamental to Guardian’s investment strategy since the inception of the firm. To date, more than three quarters of Guardian’s platform investments have been in founder-led companies. “We understand the importance of being a partnership-oriented investor, and what it means to value the people and culture from thebottom up,” said Scott Evans, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Guardian. “Supporting the entrepreneurial vision of our partners is something Guardian has done since day one and will continue to always do,” added Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Peter Haabestad.

Guardian’s relentless focus on operational improvements, personnel development, and growth initiatives allow businesses to accelerate their growth responsibly, while maintaining the company’s core values. Ross Johnson, Founder and Co-Chairman of Guardian portfolio company, Tactical Medical Solutions (“TacMed”), commented, “We chose Guardian as our private equity partner based in large on their track-record of being fair and balanced in their governance approach, and their ability to deliver value across all aspects of the business. Guardian has really helped our business to evolve, grow, and capitalize on multiple strategic growth initiatives, all the while allowing TacMed to maintain its culture and mission.”

Guardian is honored to receive this prestigious award from Inc. Magazine and looks forward to the opportunity to work with founder-led business for many more years to come.

The 2022 List of Founder-Friendly Investors was published by Inc. Magazine in October 2022. Guardian Capital Partners paid Inc. a nonrefundable processing fee to participate in Inc.’s 2022 Founder-Friendly Investors Listing, which all applicants were required to pay. In addition, Guardian paid Inc. fees for the right to reprint the Inc. Founder Friendly Investor logo.

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About Guardian Capital Partners
Guardian Capital Partners is an operationally focused private equity firm based in suburban Philadelphia with regulatory assets under management of approximately $500 million as of September 30, 2022. Guardian makes control investments in lower middle market niche manufacturing, consumer, and specialty business service companies. Guardian partners with management teams to provide equity capital to fuel the growth of family-owned businesses. We believe the private equity experience and complementary skill sets of the Guardian team provide a unique combination of operating and finance capabilities resulting in certainty of execution and meaningful long-term value creation for its portfolio companies. For more information about Guardian Capital Partners, visit

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Christopher S. Fugaro
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