Investing in quality people and businesses

About Frontenac

Our Approach

Frontenac Company was founded in 1971 with the belief that people are the driving factor behind successful businesses. Nearly 20 years ago we developed a “CEO1ST Investing” strategy to partner with outstanding business leaders and together identify, acquire and build leading businesses. Our CEO1ST partners are leaders in their fields and provide strategic and operational insight to our portfolio companies.

Together with our CEO1ST partners, we provide the capital, network and resources to enable our portfolio companies to respond to opportunities, grow and succeed.


Target Markets

We focus on lower middle-market businesses where we have experience and can offer capital solutions that balance owner liquidity with accelerated growth objectives. We target platform investments with $3 to $20M of EBITDA.

We’ve backed hundreds of successful companies across three broad categories

Our Capital

We have raised over $1.5 billion of capital since inception and have made 200+ investments. Our investor community matches our investment strategy. Our first fund began with a single family investor and today we have over 60 families and institutions invested in our tenth fund.



One South Wacker
Suite 2980
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel: 312.368.0044

We invest in high quality companies, primarily in the food, industrial and services industries. We work with business owners, almost always families, founders or entrepreneurs, as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement and growth planning.

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