Grand Sakwa Capital, LLC
Grand Sakwa Capital, LLC is a Michigan based firm specializing in providing strategic capital to middle market businesses. We will look to acquire both majority and minority positions, in well-managed companies. Our clients will be looking to raise capital for perpetuation
purposes, growth capital, acquisitions, and also potentially for diversification purposes.
Investment Criteria: Companies primarily with $1 million to $10 million in EBITDA
Industries and Business Line Focus:
Niche companies with a competitive advantage. Segments include financial services, distribution, and specialty manufacturing.
The company is co-founded by Gary Sakwa and Rick Ellis.
Rockford Carving Company LLC
Rockford Carving Company LLC, is a “World Class Manufacturer” of niche components, primarily for the Guitar Industry. The company is located in Marine City, Michigan. www.RockfordCarving.com.
Grand Sakwa funded the acquisition of the assets of MetroCars, a provider of chauffeured sedan, limousine, and group transportation services from a Lender in a receivership and has also participated as a qualified bidder and potential purchaser of other companies in bankruptcy and restructuring situations.
Gary Sakwa is the co-founder and managing partner of Grand/Sakwa. Gary has over 35 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate industry. Over the duration of his career, Gary has developed over 10,000 residential lots and through joint ventures has constructed over 3,000 homes with some of Metropolitan Detroit’s most prestigious Builders. In addition to Gary’s vast residential and mixed-use experience, he has developed and/or acquired in excess of five million square feet of commercial property. Gary is very involved in numerous philanthropic activities on a local and national level and is a principal in numerous real estate and land development activities throughout the United States.
Rick Ellis previously worked at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and its legacy banks for 32 years. Rick had numerous Commercial Banking positions over his tenure. His most recent position was as Managing Director, Southeast Michigan, within JPMorgan Chase’s Commercial Bank. Rick also carried a Series 79 License, as he was active in Debt and Equity Capital Raising, as well as Mergers and Acquisitions. Rick spent a great portion of his career acting as a Trusted Advisor for his clients and is a member of the Board of Directors of Rockford Carving Company LLC. Rick has a BBA in Economics from the University of Michigan (1984) and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University (1986).