Foundations with HKW Foundations

HKW is an Indianapolis-based private equity firm investing in profitable middle-market companies across North America; we are built on a 100+ year history with a strong reputation for integrity. Our core partners have worked together for years, sharing a vision to create value for our investors, companies, and employees.

At HKW, our approach is simple: We believe personal interaction and mutual respect are the foundation for lasting relationships. We do what we say we are going to do, rolling up our sleeves and doing the hard work necessary to get the job done. This philosophy has been at our core throughout the firm’s history, and we intend to keep it that way.

Our History

  • History 1903

    Paul Hammond founded the firm as a merchant bank in New York City

  • History 1947

    Robert J. Kennedy joined the firm, expanded the focus to include mergers and acquisitions

  • History 1971

    Ralph “Roy” Whitney joins the firm

  • History 1982

    First management buyout under Roy Whitney, taking steps to become a private equity firm

  • History 1993

    HKW opens the Indianapolis office, its eventual headquarters

  • History 1998

    Glenn Scolnik named President & CEO

  • History 2001

    Ted Kramer joins the firm; HKW institutionalizes private equity business

  • History 2009

    Jeff Wood becomes CEO (Jeff was a former portfolio company CEO)

  • History 2015

    Ted Kramer transitions from Sourcing Partner to lead HKW as President and the 6th CEO of the firm.

  • History 2020

    HKW operates utilizing the Four Pillar approach for Sourcing, Transactions, Operations, and Exits.

Our Team

The HKW Four Pillar approach unlocks our creativity, highlights our strengths, and encourages a culture of continuous improvement for every investment process. Senior leaders manage their respective pillars within a typical private equity lifecycle (Sourcing, Transactions, Operations, Exits), working collaboratively to find, close, grow, and exit our portfolio companies. It is always about the team; working together, we are stronger!

Ted Kramer

Ted Kramer

President & CEO

Luke Phenicie

Luke Phenicie

Lead Transaction Partner

Mike Foisy

Mike Foisy

Lead Operations Partner

Jim Snyder

Jim Snyder

Partner

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

Partner

Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood

Senior Partner

Kent Robinson

Kent Robinson

Partner, Operations

Chris Eline

Chris Eline

Principal

Ryan Grand

Ryan Grand

Principal, Deal Generation

Tom Shaw

Tom Shaw

Vice President

Jay Rhim

Jay Rhim

Vice President

Lilly Green

Vice President, Deal Generation

Ray Gong

Ray Gong

Controller & Assistant CCO

Maria Evangelista

Maria Evangelista

Manager – Accounting/Compliance

Michelle Ball

Michelle Ball

Marketing Manager

Michael Terrell

Michael Terrell

Senior Associate

Peggy Abplanalp

Peggy Abplanalp

Administrative Assistant

Kathy Adley

Kathy Adley

Administrative Assistant

Community Support by HKW

Community Support

We share our knowledge, talent and time with the community.

HKW is committed to growing more than just our portfolio companies. Our decades of knowledge and experience help to positively impact the people and communities around us.