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.
Paul Hammond founded the firm as a merchant bank in New York City
Robert J. Kennedy joined the firm, expanded the focus to include mergers and acquisitions
Ralph “Roy” Whitney joins the firm
First management buyout under Roy Whitney, taking steps to become a private equity firm
HKW opens the Indianapolis office, its eventual headquarters
Glenn Scolnik named President & CEO
Ted Kramer joins the firm; HKW institutionalizes private equity business
Jeff Wood becomes CEO (Jeff was a former portfolio company CEO)
Ted Kramer transitions from Sourcing Partner to lead HKW as President and the 6th CEO of the firm.
HKW operates utilizing the Four Pillar approach for Sourcing, Transactions, Operations, and Exits.
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!
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.