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UGA Capital Ventures   I   Who We Are

 

Today, at UGA Capital Ventures, we build remarkable value for our portfolio of independently owned and operated companies by providing strategic investment and operating guidance.  We work collaboratively to ensure advantageous market positioning, sustainable growth, and, when appropriate, a clear path to exit while producing outstanding, risk-adjusted returns for our stakeholders.  

UGA Capital Ventures advises our portfolio of companies on a full range of liquidity transactions ranging from early-stage growth capitalization [which blends the best elements of venture capital and private equity] to a minority sale to a majority recapitalization with a financial sponsor.  Additionally, UGA has the resources to structure, when desired, the most advantageous exit, whether it be a full sale to a financial or strategic acquirer, a merger, or an IPO.  

 

With expertise and investments in data management, cloud architecture, cyber security, software development, professional services, social benefit, beauty and wellness, property management, and food services, UGA Capital Ventures is uniquely positioned to help produce significant financial returns and meaningful social impact for each of our portfolio companies [along with the fulfillment of their founder’s vision].   

 

Our UGA mission is to provide the vision, resources, and confidence necessary to enable the development of our portfolio of independently owned and operated businesses as a rewarding experience for those willing to take the full measure of the challenge.  Building real value in a business is not easy, but it is certainly rewarding.

 

Battery Attached

The key to launching a dynamic partnership starts with being in sync with the founding partner’s ambition.  But the success of any UGA partnership has always been dependent on having a visionary partner who is not only an expert in the business but, most importantly, the battery attached.  

 

Power is the ability to initiate and sustain action, translating intention into reality – and without the core power that the visionary partner provides, there is no energy source.  

 

Without the energetic engagement and inspiring leadership of the visionary partner, there is little or no chance of success.  As we look back on all of our really successful partnerships, we have been fortunate to have been engaged with several magnetic and energetic partners who understand the basic premise that defines leadership in UGA’s portfolio of companies: Leadership is the ability to create an environment where people are motivated to give 100% effort toward the desired result.  

 

Continuos Development & Renewal

In order to bring a visionary partner’s ideas and concepts to life and, more importantly, to continue their ever-changing and dynamic growth, it is UGA’s responsibility to build and support a flexible matrix for each business that enables, encourages, and ensures ongoing paradigm shifts through the simple restructuring of elements providing maximum speed to benefit and market ascendancy.

 

We never agreed with the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” adage.  At UGA, we believe that if it is working, we can still make it work better [because the competition is definitely working on something better].  For us, the challenge remains to always stay ahead of the competition by continuously renewing who we are.  Unfortunately, renewal often frustrates those who simply do not want to change.   

 

In the early years of the Stereo Advantage, we remodeled the entire store every February.  We built buildings, rooms, walls, counters, offices, or displays only to tear them down as soon as we recognized we could [and should] build something better.  And while this disruptive approach can be disconcerting, it continues to stoke the fire within and accelerate our growth. 

 

UGA Capital Ventures   I   Portfolio

 

At UGA Capital Ventures, we learn from the past, live in the present, and build for the future.  The past provides us with precious memories, moments, and a building block for the future.  

 

The present is here to both challenge us and provide enjoyment [and neither meeting the challenge nor enjoying the moment should ever be delayed until tomorrow].  The future provides us with the promise of what we can be.  Fortunately, the future of UGA Capital Ventures provides us with more promise than ever before. 

 

In our technology partnerships, UGA helped bring value to Autonomic Resources by changing our vanguard FedCLOUD into a FedRAMP product instead of a service and to Capax by splitting it into Capax Global and Capax Discovery [now Zantaz EAS].  

 

The profile below of our UGA portfolio of businesses starts with our Ten Tech lineup of independently owned and operated technology companies.  Be big, be a builder.

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UGA 's Independently Owned & Operated Portfolio of Businesses

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UGA Capital Ventures Directory

UGA Capital Ventures

1955 Wehrle Drive

Williamsville, NY 14221

TheAdvantage.com

 

Katherine Ragusa

CEO, Advantage Co

[716] 626-3280

katherine@theadvantage.com

 

Tracy Allen

Human Resources

[716] 866-6425

tracy@theadvantage.com

 

Jamie Welsted

Creative Director

[716] 430-2929

jamie@theadvantage.com

 

Walker Global Funding

16736 Prato Way

Naples, Florida 34110

 

Black Progress Matters

22918 N 45th Pl
Phoenix, AZ 85050

BlackProgressMatters.org

Dean Haynesworth

CEO & Executive

Minority Partner

[480] 352-2679

dean@blackprogressmatters.org

 

Jordyn Haynesworth

Director of Executive Minority Staffing

[716] 783-1167

jordyn@blackprogressmatters.org

Giancarlo's Sicilian

Steakhouse & Pizzeria

5110 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221

[716] 650-5566

GiancarlosSteakhouse.com

 

Anthony Ragusa

Managing Partner

[716] 650-5566

 

Gabriela Ragusa

Founding Partner

[716] 650-5566

 

Fred Palmer

Manager

[716] 544-5985

Paul Bartholomew

Manager

[716] 803-5501

 

Emily Marchiori

Events Manager

[716] 597-9731

 

Grivani Wine Cellar

5110 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221

[716] 650-5566

GiancarlosSteakhouse.com

Lifetime Service
& Solutions

1955 Wehrle Dr., Suite B

Williamsville, NY 14221

[716] 632-0216

LifetimeService.com

 

Mike DeJoy

COO/President

[716] 204-5460

mdejoy@lifetimeservice.com

 

Al Walters

EVP Purchasing &

Global Supply Chain

[716] 868-0194

al@lifetimeservice.com

 

Joe Switniewski

Senior Technical Manager

[716] 632-0216

joe@lifetimeservice.com

 

Jim Berent

Senior Technical Manager

[716] 632-0216

jim@lifetimeservice.com

 

Bill Hoyt

Director, Smart Squad

[716] 204-1616

bhoyt@lifetimeservice.com

 

Connor Ortolani

Logistics Manager

[716] 626-3248

cortolani@lifetimeservice.com

Advantage Technology Integration

1955 Wehrle Dr., Suite B

Williamsville, NY 14221

[716] 222-2048

AdvantageTI.com

 

Kevin Bohner

Director

[716] 222-2048

kevin@advantageti.com

iWorld Professionals

155 Culver Road,

Suite #200

Rochester, NY 14620

[866] 631-5492

 

Guylaine DiSalvo

Managing Partner

gdisalvo@iworldprofessionals.com

AP Professionals

5110 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221

[800] 635-0230

[716] 635-0290

 

Kelly Cultrara

President

kcultrara@apbuffalo.com

 

Joe Kreuz

Managing Partner

jkreuz@apbuffalo.com

 

AP Professionals

500 Linden Oaks

Rochester, NY 14625

[800] 770-1716

[585] 381-7350

APProfessionals.com

 

Mark Pautler

Managing Partner

mark@rochesterap.com

AP Professionals

4110 N. Scottsdale Road

Suite 380
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
[480] 947-1441

APProfessionals.com

Jerry Tenenbaum

Founder, AP Arizona

jtenenbaum@aparizona.com

The Walker Center

5110 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221

Advantage Legal

& Fiduciary

5110 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221

 

Robert Gallagher, Esq

Managing Partner

rgallagher@advantage
globalresources.com