The Why of Private Equity for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Brian Begert and Dave Chapman, Co-founders, share the Yellow Point story, including why they’re different than other players in the market with their CEO-partner investment base and their hands-off, resource-focused approach. They also share some insights into when and why business owners should partner with private equity, what organizations are a good fit and when partnering with private equity isn’t the right fit. Lastly, learn why Yellow Point decided to partner with MacKay CEO Forums and the excitement for the future ahead.

Yellow Point partners with leading business owners to help guide their companies to the next level of success. Since 2004, Yellow Point has delivered top quartile returns to investors and helped many of their partners multiply the value of their equity stakes.

As one of the co-founders of Yellow Point, Brian Begert is primarily involved in sourcing and assessing prospective partnerships, as well as facilitating growth and new initiatives in investee companies.

Previous to Yellow Point, Brian co-founded Goepel Shields & Partners in 1989 (an investment firm which was acquired by Raymond James in 2000) and served the following 14 years as managing director of investment banking for Raymond James and its predecessor companies.

In his capacity at Raymond James, Brian facilitated capital raises, public offerings, and private placements for numerous services, industrial and technology companies.
Dave Chapman is a Yellow Point co-founder and Managing Partner and spends much of his time identifying new investment opportunities and encouraging growth in existing portfolio companies.

He was previously CEO of Greenlight Power Technologies, a privately held energy technology company that he successfully repositioned from a small niche player to the global leader in its field.

In 2003, Dave engineered the sale of Greenlight to a strategic buyer. Prior to Greenlight, Dave was a Senior Vice President in the investment banking group of Merrill Lynch.
He is a Partner of BC Social Venture Partners, a group of business executives tackling BC’s largest social challenges through a venture philanthropy model.