Success Stories


Brian D. King

Chairman of the CKR Global Group of Companies I was the majority owner of one of the country's largest investigation agencies with minority partners and no clear succession plan for retirement or ability to market the business for a potential liquidity event. I was really too young to totally retire so our best option was to continue to grow. However, we couldn't without an equity investment. I was introduced to Granite through a friend in the industry whose company had already been acquired by Granite. Granite addressed my succession plan and our need for liquidity. They allowed... Read More

Tags: cash in your jeans, financial security, Improve liquidity, investment partners, provided further cash for the future, succession planning

Robert Nigol

Former CEO of Henderson Structured Settlements Our impetus for seeking an equity partner at Henderson was largely succession planning. Our ownership structure was such that we were comprised of two partners with the majority of shares and a minority partner. Our desire, particularly that of my principal partner and the minority partner, both older than I, was to extract some of the equity from the company to make retirement possible sooner rather than later. We were referred to Granite Partners and Doug Buchanan by a business associate who had already had a successful working relationship... Read More

Tags: extract some equity, new level of accountability, secure our future

Michael Holden

President & C.E.O. of Granite Global Solutions, formerly McLarens Canada (Claims Adjusters) When we met Granite, our company was privately owned and we had maxed out our capabilities. We had been using our profits to fuel our growth; but, we saw a huge opportunity and we knew we couldn't afford to keep up with it. We were introduced to Granite by another company we knew who had had a very positive experience working with Doug and his partners at Granite. Granite Partners brought us resources to pursue our growth and we grew dramatically. Granite remained peripheral to our day-to-day... Read More

Tags: acquisitions, amazing growth, expansion plans, financial resources, fuel growth, great people to work with, succession planning

McLarens Canada

Corporate Profile McLarens Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and is one of Canada's leading claims service companies with over thirty years of experience. McLarens provides a wide range of insurance adjustment services in the property, casualty and marine markets. McLarens has offices in ten provinces and territories across Canada as well as strategic partnerships with offices throughout the United States and around the world. Financial Situation Since its inception in 1976, McLarens has become a major player in the claims services industry. To continue its rapid growth, capital... Read More

King-Reed & Associates

Corporate Profile King-Reed & Associates is a premier internationally recognized investigations firm headquartered in Toronto. It is Canada?s largest and most successful private investigation firm. King-Reed has 10 full service offices strategically located throughout Ontario to service clients anywhere in the province. With a staff of 120 full-time employees, of whom 90 are investigators, King-Reed provides its clients with the most detailed and complete investigations possible. King-Reed serves the corporate, legal and insurance markets by providing insurance fraud investigations, due... Read More