Jim Kozlowski Joins Austin Ventures as Venture Partner
Kozlowski to Focus Efforts on Texas Middle Market Investments
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 01/08/13 -- Austin Ventures ("AV"), a
venture capital firm investing in early stage and middle market
companies predominantly in Texas, announced today that Jim Kozlowski
has joined the firm as a Venture Partner. Kozlowski was a Co-Founder
and the President of TGF Management Corp. ("TGF"), one of the most
active middle market investment firms in the Southwest and a frequent
co-investor with AV. He brings more than 30 years of experience,
relationships, and track record to AV, where he will focus on Texas
middle market investments.
"Jim has been our co-investment partner in multiple Texas middle
market transactions over the last 10 years," said Joe Aragona,
Founder and General Partner of AV. "The results of our investment
partnership with Jim and TGF have been outstanding and we're excited
to have him formally join the AV family."
"After successfully investing four private equity funds, the TGF
partners have chosen to forgo a successor fund. Joining AV and its
Texas middle market platform is a logical and exciting move for me,"
added Kozlowski. "I have long-standing relationships with AV's entire
Texas middle market investment team and I look forward to continuing
to work with our existing co-investment portfolio and originating new
deal opportunities for this segment of AV's business."
Jim Kozlowski is joining AV after co-founding TGF in 1992. With Jim's
leadership, under the Texas Growth Fund and Southwest Opportunity
Partners banners, TGF managed a series of funds totaling more than
$700 million dedicated to investing in companies located in Texas and
throughout the Southwest. He currently serves as a member of the
board of directors of Dallas-based ENTACT and San Antonio-based
Sterling Foods, both AV and TGF co-investments. He previously served
as a member of the board of directors of Waxahachie-based Magnablend
(Acquired by Univar), Houston-based Orion Marine Group (ORN), and
Dallas-based Southern Star Concrete (Acquired by Compania de Cementos
Argos SA), all of which were AV and TGF co-investments.
Prior to TGF, Jim was a Managing Director at Fortis Private Capital
in New York. Prior to Fortis, he was a Vice President at Merrill
Lynch Venture Capital in New York and Director of New Business at
Tenneco Ventures in Houston. He has also worked in the Corporate
Finance Group at Credit Suisse First Boston and the Commercial
Lending Division of Chemical Bank in New York. Jim is the past
Chairman of the Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas
and current Chairman of The Comfort Crew for Military Kids. He is an
alumnus of the Texas Lyceum and the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He
is actively involved in the Young Presidents' Organization,
Association for Corporate Growth, and the World President's
Organization. Jim received his B.A. degree in economics from Harvard
College and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
About Austin Ventures
Austin Ventures ("AV") has worked with talented entrepreneurs to
build valuable companies for over 30 years. With $3.9 billion under
management, AV is the most active venture capital firm in Texas and
one of the most established in the nation. AV invests in early stage
and middle market companies, and its strategy is to partner with
talented executives and entrepreneurs to build industry-leading
companies predominantly in Texas. Visit Austin Ventures for more
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