SOURCE: Triton Pacific Capital Partners

August 05, 2008 11:00 ET

Triton Pacific Capital Partners Takes Partnership to New Level With Annual CEO Conference

Private Equity Firm Embraces Interactive Exercises and Problem Solving Techniques as Key to Long-Term Success With Employees and Business Partners

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 5, 2008) - Recognizing that a strong and successful company is built upon creativity, teamwork and thinking outside of the box, private equity firm Triton Pacific Capital Partners, LLC recently completed its second annual CEO Conference with key members of its staff and portfolio companies, to help open doors to new ways of thinking.

The annual event brings together principals of Triton Pacific Capital Partners, along with CEOs of its portfolio companies. In addition, other key facilitators and support staff attend the conference designed to help foster teamwork, best practices and a better sense of Triton Pacific resources available to all its partners. This year's CEO Conference was held in Ojai, Calif. and focused on developing new ways to approaching old problems. The offsite gathering also served as a forum in which to brainstorm and identify specific trends impacting the firm's areas of focus: Healthcare Services, Software/Information Technology and Basic Industries.

"The CEO forum sponsored by Triton Pacific was an invaluable opportunity to not only share ideas with other CEOs of small companies, but also a great venue for building personal and professional relationships," stated Char Webster, CEO of ExpoMarketing Group in Irvine, Calif. "Each participant brought a wealth of expertise and knowledge encompassing a large selection of potential solutions to challenges faced by all of us as CEOs. This was a finely tuned leadership setting designed to help CEOs achieve best-in-class business practices and I look forward to attending next year."

The forum consisted of a series of exercises, lectures and activities designed to foster a collaborative, team-oriented approach. Another key component of the team-building program was the opportunity for each portfolio company's CEO to use a scorecard for defining key measurements to the success of his or her respective company.

"I found Triton Pacific's CEO conference to be of tremendous value," stated Laura Kall, CEO of Vayan Marketing Group. "This was a great opportunity to let us focus on how we could become more effective at running our companies and forced us to stop for a moment and re-think many areas that were on auto-pilot, engrained in our culture, yet not necessarily what was best for our companies. I look forward to learning more next year."

The philosophy of Triton Pacific Capital Partners hinges on the belief that it is important to partner with the management of its portfolio companies and equip key executives with valuable resources from both inside and outside of the private equity firm. For example, during the three day conference Triton Pacific enlisted the assistance of renowned management consultants who utilized a program known as The MAP Management System™.

"We truly believe that continuous interaction between our firm and the CEOs of our portfolio companies is a vital business practice," stated Ivan Faggen, managing partner of Triton Pacific Capital Partners. "As such, it is imperative to strip away titles and pretext, to raise issues, brainstorm and provide alternative solutions. We used the MAP program to help us reinforce that approach."

"Strong leadership is more important than ever. We have a responsibility to our portfolio companies and our limited partners to do everything within our means to help navigate through the transformation from an entrepreneurial culture to a professionally run company," noted Faggen. "Our CEO Conference helps us stay focused on the big picture. It is a great opportunity for the CEOs of our portfolio companies to share best practices and solve common challenges."

The annual event also featured Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., senior associate dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Through a series of lectures and interactive programs, Dr. Osborne led the group on a journey to unlocking the power and potential of themselves as individuals and as members of a larger business entity.

The team-building program also featured a Ropes course. The Ropes course offered participants an opportunity to overcome personal limitations through exciting and rewarding mental, emotional and physical challenges.

"Investing in our CEOs is a critical component to our long term success as a private equity firm," stated Faggen. "We believe such experiences can become doorways into greater self-confidence, improved ability to relate to others and opportunities to make empowering choices."

About Triton Pacific

Founded in 2001, Triton Pacific Capital Partners, LLC, with headquarters in Los Angeles, California, is a well established private equity firm that invests in entrepreneurial small and mid-size companies with strong growth prospects. Targeting "below the radar" companies, Triton Pacific seeks to partner with management of established, profitable companies too small to attract alternative sources of capital. Through its Value Enhancement ProgramSM, Triton Pacific employs its time-tested business model in conjunction with a well-developed arsenal of proprietary in-house resources. The firm is able to offer its portfolio companies growth capital, strategic guidance, and operational expertise designed to enable companies to professionalize these businesses with the ultimate goal of creating more revenues, profits and enterprise value. Today, Triton Pacific maintains a majority investment in 14 private equity companies with an enterprise value of $150 million at the time of their acquisition. More information can be found at www.tritonpacific.com.

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