Written by: Sam D. Toney, M.D., founder, chief medical officer and executive vice president of clinical integrity for Health Integrated based in Tampa, Fla. For more information, visit www.healthintegrated.com.
The River Cities team brings an excellent external perspective and network to our company. They are a perfect example of the value-added investor, an organization who provides experience, thoughts and assistance when asked but never forced. They offer a dialog based upon candor and integrity, delivered without the extra work, distraction or dissonance that can accompany an external investor.
— Stephen Wiehe, President & CEO, SciQuest, Inc.
As a significant investor in our company, River Cities has proven to be a very valuable partner. They not only provided the capital, but also a unique blend of professional assistance and consultation especially as our marketing and sales strategies changed over the years. They also added a personal touch to the partnership.
— Bill Blakey, CEO, Electronic Data Resources
River Cities history and expertise in working with early stage companies proved invaluable in the formative years of PerfectServe. While our strategy shifted to better meet market dynamics, the team at River Cities was always there as a source of encouragement and business development. They made strategic introductions to some of our earliest hospital clients, contributing significantly to our growth. The people at River Cities are creative, constructive and straightforward. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them as my business partners.
— Terrell Edwards, CEO, PerfectServe, Inc.
River Cities has been a valuable partner to Univa UD. In addition to providing financial and business advice, River Cities has utilized their experience and contacts within our industry to help move our business forward. They have introduced us to key executives at customers, strategic partners and other Industry experts who has proved invaluable to our business. River Cities has also provided us with important strategic and operational input that has aided us in building a leadership position in our fast growing market.
— Univa UD
River Cities continually challenges us to be our best. Since their investment in Simbionix a little over one year ago, they have consistently articulated wise business sense and counsel, which is highly appreciated. On the one hand, River Cities has challenged management to grow aggressively; while on the other hand they have worked with management to bring a disciplined, level-headed process towards moving the company to the next level. They have consistently demonstrated the right balance of support and trust, without interfering in the management of day-to-day operations. They have shown patience, and a keen over-the-horizon "big picture" strategic view, which transcends tactical issues. When we need River Cities they are always present with concrete and substantive support.
— Gary Zamler, CEO, Simbionix USA Corporation
River Cities was able to recognize our opportunity earlier than their competitors, run an efficient due diligence process that did not impact our ability to focus on our business while bringing in investment partners that improved all our chances of success. In my book, Rivers Cities, is the definition of a true partner that added much more than financing to our company.
— Jim Pearson, CEO, Suros Surgical
River Cities has been extremely supportive - not only with their investment, but with their coaching on almost every aspect of our business. Put another way, River Cities Capital Funds represents a tremendous resource that comes in a very user-friendly package.
— Phil Gilmour, CEO, EVault, Inc.
The River Cities team has been insightful and supportive throughout the challenges of launching a new business and the subsequent rapid growth of our company. They understand the key elements of successful strategy, collaboration, and the art of getting things done. River Cities is an extremely valuable partner to EndoChoice.
— Mark Gilreath, CEO, EndoChoice Inc.
They invested during an uncertain time for the Company and our country, just months after 9/11. River Cities believed in what we were building, they believed in the management team, and they were willing to take risks, providing sound advice and asking thoughtful, tough questions. I highly recommend the River Cities team.
— Brian Hand, CEO, CrossMedia Services, Inc.
River Cities demonstrated significant leadership for the Company's investor syndicate. They rolled up their sleeves and dug into the details, which enabled us to make good decisions based on facts and practical assumptions. Their grounded approach to identifying opportunities and overcoming challenges served management and the investors well.
— Mike Nazzaro, President, Nielson BuzzMetrics
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River Cities Capital Funds is one of the most active and experienced growth equity funds in healthcare and information technology. With over $500 million raised to date and more than 100 investments made, we have established ourselves as a preferred partner among the entrepreneurial and private equity communities.