CAVU- an aviation meteorological acronym for Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited- used first by World War 2 Navy pilots to describe the perfect day to fly. At CAVU Capital, our mandate is to guide you to a place where your Ceiling and Visibility is Unlimited, in both business and life.
Founded in 2020, CAVU Capital, LLC (“CAVU”) is a boutique investment bank based in Tampa, FL. CAVU specializes in working with both emerging and middle market technology companies seeking to raise growth capital or sell their business. Our team has completed over $1 Billion in public and private investment banking transactions.
We believe in three guiding principles to keep transactions on track and result in exceptional client satisfaction:
Common Sense Approach
Common sense must prevail at all times. There are always many parties involved in a transaction- attorneys, accountants, bankers and of course the buyers and sellers. Common sense must prevail at all times is a philosophy that we embrace and one that we insist our business partners adhere to during a transaction. This is also why we don’t work with public sector clients.
Transparency and Communication
We deliver good news quickly and bad news even faster. We believe in always being transparent and overcommunicating. We have a process, and our process for either a capital raise or a sale is almost identical. Our clients receive formal weekly updates on whatever stage of the process we’re in and less formal daily communication is the norm.
At CAVU, we take integrity seriously. We boil it down to one simple thing, always, without exception, do what you say you are going to do. Period. We surround ourselves with people we trust. We work with business partners that we have decade long relationships with, because we trust them. We trust them because the always do what they say they’re going to do.
Co-founder and CEO
Barry Shevlin founded CAVU Capital to advise emerging and mid-market technology companies with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and corporate restructurings. Stemming from his previous roles, Mr. Shevlin has unique experience with finding solutions to complicated situations that require creativity and out of the box thinking will be an important differentiator for CAVU in the current economic environment.
Prior to joining 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 a peak of $175 million in 2016.
Co-founder and Senior Managing Director
Michael Johnson co-founded CAVU Capital to advise mid-market technology companies and investors through various transactions such as M&A, private placements of debt and equity as well as advisory assignments. Michael is passionate about partnering with existing ownership looking toward a sale, capital raise and/or expansion. 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.