CIC Partners Named to Inc.'s Founder-Friendly Investors List for the Third Year in a Row

Dallas, TX - November 9, 2023

For the third consecutive year, CIC Partners ("CIC"), a growth-focused private equity firm, has been recognized on Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors list. Inc.'s list honors private investment firms with the best track records of success backing founder owned businesses. The list, which was published on November 1, 2023 recognizes firms that founders and entrepreneurs view as collaborative and trustworthy as they receive the financial support they need to help drive growth. The firms on Inc.'s list have successful track records of remaining actively involved with their portfolio businesses.

CIC’s capital strategy is rooted in a strong belief that sustained success in investing is predicated upon alignment of interest among investors, founders, and management teams – shared risks and rewards. CIC’s funds are comprised of capital from its investment team and from its Operating Partners, a network of executives and company founders (many former CIC management teams), who bring industry and leadership expertise to its companies.

“Our investment thesis is to partner with talented founders whose companies present compelling growth opportunities by crafting unique and flexible structures, as minority or majority investors, to address their objectives. We encourage founders to retain as much ownership as they choose so they can share in the upside they help create going forward,” said Fouad Bashour, Managing Partner.

For over 25 years, CIC has been partnering with founders in the lower middle market, where its capital and expertise can best provide strategic and operational value. Since its inception, the team has invested in over 40 founder-led companies representing over $4 billion in revenues. Uniquely, CIC is open to investments as a minority and majority partner, creating bespoke partnerships and structures that match the objectives of the founders.

About CIC Partners

CIC Partners is a middle-market private equity firm that invests in growth-oriented companies primarily in the food, restaurant, industrial, and energy industries. CIC manages the personal capital of its investment team, operating partners and strategic investors and seeks to partner with owner-operators, founders and management teams. CIC looks for opportunities where it can leverage the collective experience of its investment team and its operating partners, who are successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, to guide, support and add value to portfolio companies. Based in Dallas, Texas, the firm has been generating wealth in private equity investing for its investors and management teams for over 30 years. For additional information, please visit

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