Talent at Every Level

In our investments and in our firm, we recognize nothing is more important than having the right people. FFL brings together a team of experienced and talented professionals with diverse backgrounds in operational and strategic management, investment banking, private equity investing, and consulting. Our principals have invested over $2.5 billion in over 50 companies and have over 100 years of collective experience as investors, senior operating executives, and advisors.


Advanced Career Technologies

advanced career technologies

ACT is a provider of classroom-based career training and job placement to individuals. ACT operates in Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. ACT differentiates its product offerings through a co-branding program with universities. In Boston ACT operates in partnership with Clark University, in New York with Skidmore College, in New Jersey with Farleigh Dickinson University, and in Maryland with Johns Hopkins University. ACT was founded in 1994. FFL invested in ACT in 1999 to provide liquidity to founders as well as capital for growth.

FFL sold its interest in ACT in 2007.

Sector: Education and Training
Status: Former, 2007 Investment



American Advisors Group

american advisors group

American Advisors Group (“AAG”) is a leading reverse mortgage company based in Orange, California. The company originates FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM)—commonly known as reverse mortgages—and issues HECM securities that are insured by GNMA. AAG’s advertisements feature acclaimed actor Tom Selleck as spokesperson.

FFL invested in 2012 to provide growth capital and liquidity to founders.

Sector: Financial Services
Status: Current, 2012 Investment




Eyemart Express

eyemart express

Eyemart Express is the second largest independent, value focused optical retailer in the U.S. and seventh-largest overall operating in more than 35 states. The company, founded in 1990 by Dr. Doug Barnes, provides a broad selection of high quality private label and branded frames with convenient one-hour service in all locations at a very attractive price point. Eyemart co-locates with entrepreneurial doctors who independently conduct eye exams and sell contact lenses.

Eyemart Express is headquartered in Farmers Branch, TX and operates under the Eyemart Express, Vision4Less, Eyewear Express, VisionMart Express and 20/20 Express trade names. FFL invested in Eyemart alongside the Barnes Family in December 2014.

Sector: Healthcare Services/Consumer
Status: Current, 2014 Investment



Banner Bank

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Banner Corp. (NASDAQ: BANR) is a holding company for Banner Bank, a "super-community" bank headquartered in Walla Walla, Washington, which has more than 200 branches across five Western states.

Banner Bank strives to deliver a high level of individual service as a community bank while offering advantages available from being a larger financial institution. Serving a growing and prosperous region with a full range of deposit services and business, commercial real estate, construction, residential, agricultural and consumer loans, the company provides community banking services in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Utah.

FFL's original investment was in SKBHC Holdings LLC, a bank holding company formed by Scott Kisting in 2010, a highly accomplished banking executive. SKBHC Holdings LLC merged with Banner on October 1, 2015.

Sector: Financial Services
Status: Former, 2010 Investment





Benevis provides various non-clinical services to group dental practices, including providing dental facilities, support staff, and other business services. Kool Smiles and Resolution Dental are the firm’s two major clients. Kool Smiles is a nationally-branded provider of dental care focused primarily on children enrolled in Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Programs. The limited access to care for children on Medicaid/SCHIP plans provides an attractive growth opportunity for Kool Smiles as it continues to expand offices with a mission to provide quality care to this underserved population. Resolution Dental is a family focused practice serving communities with limited access to affordable dental care options. Families seeking affordable options for routine dental care provides an attractive market space for growth.

The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. FFL invested in Benevis in 2004 to provide growth capital and liquidity to founders. In 2006, FFL made a separate investment in a newly-formed Benevis franchisee, DPMS, Inc. Benevis merged with DPMS in 2010.

Sector: Healthcare Services
Status: Current, 2004 Investment


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