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Housatonic Partners is a private equity investment firm founded in 1994, with more than $1.3 billion in capital under management. The firm invests in growing, profitable businesses with highly recurring revenue. Housatonic Partners has backed exceptional management teams in more than 90 small to mid-sized companies over the last 25 years.


Will Thorndike


Mr. Thorndike founded Housatonic Partners in Boston in 1994 and has been Managing Director since that time.  Prior to that, Mr. Thorndike worked with T. Rowe Price Associates where he did investment research in the nascent field of business services and Walker & Company where he was named to the Board of Directors.


Mr. Thorndike is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He is a Director of Access Information Management; Alta Colleges; Continental Fire & Safety Services, LLC, Carillon Assisted Living, LLC; Liberty Towers, LLC; OASIS Group Ltd.; QMC International, LLC; White Flower Farm, Inc., a Trustee of Stanford Business School Trust, the College of the Atlantic (Chair) and a founding partner at FARM, a social impact investing fund/collaborative. He is the author of The Outsiders, which Forbes named one of the most important business books in America.



Joe Niehaus


Joe joined Housatonic Partners in 2001 and has been involved in numerous investments in a variety of industries since then.


Joe was a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman before joining Housatonic. During his twelve-year career at Hellman & Friedman, he was involved in several of the firm’s recurring services, media and communications investments. Earlier in his career, Joe was employed in the Merchant Banking and Mergers and Acquisitions departments at Morgan Stanley & Co.


Joe is a Director of Accurate Monitoring, Calo Programs, D2C Media, Efficient Forms, FIMC, ResponseLink, School Family Media, and ZircoDATA.


Joe holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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