CAVU Capital is a private investment firm founded in 2020 headquartered in Tampa, FL.
CAVU Capital is led by Barry Shevlin, a technology executive with a career long record of success growing emerging and mid-market technology companies. CAVU makes growth equity investments and takes an active role in helping management create and execute a plan to grow.
CAVU is an aviation acronym for Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited, first used by Navy Pilots in WWII when describing the perfect day to fly.
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Prior to forming CAVU, Barry was the CEO of Vology, an IT Services company he founded in Palm Harbor, Florida in 2002. There, Shevlin ran an operation supporting more than 5,000 customers worldwide overseeing rapid sales growth and product expansion from a startup with $1 million in revenue in 2002 to annual revenues that ultimately reached $175 million. Barry exited Vology shortly after a sale to a private equity group in November, 2019.
Some additional highlights of Barry’s tenure at Vology included:
- Ranking on the Inc. 500/5000 lists for 11 consecutive years
- Voted one of the Best Places to work in Tampa for 6 consecutive years
- E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2014
Over his career, Mr. Shevlin has completed over $500 million in capital market transactions with institutions including private equity firms, family offices, syndicated bank groups, and subordinated debt providers.
Mr. Shevlin has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2007. Barry also currently holds his Series 63 and 79 licenses from FINRA.
Mr. Shevlin currently is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the following CAVU portfolio companies:
FlyUSA, Inc.- a technology enabled, asset light aviation business.
ImageTech Systems- a leading integrator of business process automation solutions, with a focus on Nintex, Kofax and Microsoft Power Apps.
During his career, he has held strategic roles within large multinational companies acquiring businesses and making strategic investments. He has also worked as CFO and owner of a mid-sized company, and as a managing director at two investment banks. The breadth and diversity of these experiences provide his clients with tremendous value, pairing strategy, investment banking, and finance/accounting expertise to his work in M&A. Michael has executed a variety of strategic initiatives and transaction types including M&A, organic growth strategies, internal process improvement, joint ventures and capital raises. As a proven problem solver, Michael has driven value through collaboration, hard work, and finding unique solutions in ambiguous situations.
At CAVU Capital, Jake is the lead analyst. He is responsible for constructing marketing materials, crafting valuation analyses, developing buyer lists, and maintaining/creating relationships with strategic buyers, investors, and clients.
Size: Revenues from $10M to $50M with a minimum of $2M in EBITDA. No minimums for add-on acquisitions.
Geography: US based, with a focus on the Florida and the broader Southeast
Industries: IT Services, Tech Enabled Businesses, Digital Transformation, Software and SaaS
Ownership: We typically work with founder owned businesses where the founders are (1) looking to exit or (2) interested in working with a hands-on capital provider that can really help them take the business to the next level.
FlyUSA is an asset light, technology enabled private aviation company providing end to end solutions for our clients.
ImageTech Systems, an industry leader in business process automation integration with a focus on Nintex, Kofax and Microsoft Power Apps
Prodoscore is emerging as a clear leader in what Gartner is now referring to as the Employee Productivity Management (EPM) space.
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4830 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609