Who is Jeff?
Jeff Villwock is a 40+ year veteran in the investment banking industry. He currently serves as CEO of Rittenhouse Book Distributors LLC, the largest distributor of health science textbooks in the nation. He began his career as an Investment Analyst for regional brokerage firms, serving as Director of Research for two firms. Mr. Villwock has twice been acknowledged as an All-Star Analyst by the Wall Street Journal in healthcare services. Nearly 20 years ago he left The Robinson-Humphrey Company as head of healthcare research to form a new investment banking firm. In his career he has completed over $2.5 billion in transactions, evenly split between capital raises and M&A.
Mr. Villwock moved to Atlanta in 1997 to head up healthcare research for Robinson-Humphrey. Following the changes caused by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to Medicare reimbursements, he formed Caymus Partners LLC in 2000. The initial focus of the firm was to bring together the distressed healthcare assets with senior management and capital to form new firms. He advised on the first two hospital acquisitions by Iasis Healthcare and introduced the private equity firm that funded the company. Iasis was acquired by Stewart Healthcare in 2017 with 17 hospitals and revenues of $3.2 billion. He also advised on the first acquisitions for Surgis LLC, a surgery center company that was successfully grown by CEO Joe Hutts (former Phycor founder/CEO) and sold to United Surgical Partners.
He rejoined his former investment banking partner from Robinson-Humphrey at Genesis Capital in 2006, selling Caymus to his other partners. Genesis was an M&A firm which typically did transactions between $25-500 million. In his last year at Genesis, he completed three transactions totaling about $425 million. In 2016, Jeff moved up to Lake Lanier and started advising CEOs on succession planning and implementation, buy and sell side M&A and on growth and operational issues. He was contacted by a former investment banking client with the idea of acquiring Rittenhouse Book Distributors, which he completed in June 2020.
Jeff’s passion is to work with entrepreneurs who want to own their own businesses. Successful people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired in a JOB. So often people who want to own their own business start something new … and struggle. Why not buy an existing business that can pay a salary, health benefits and give your family long-term financial freedom?
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