Badger Hill
   Growth Partners
Badger Hill Growth Partners

We buy and grow
exceptional businesses.

We buy and grow
   exceptional businesses.

A better way for business owners to secure the future — for themselves, their companies, and their teams.
Sandro Mina
Managing Partner
Relay Investments
Reach new heights with Badger Hill Growth Partners
ABOUT

A Better Way

Badger Hill was founded to help business owners shepherd their company into the next chapter of growth. We partner with owners to unlock the wealth in their company while preserving — and growing — their legacy.

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

To preserve your culture, serve our future customers and employees, and continue growing your business.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Entrepreneurs with deep experience working with owners, getting deals done, and growing companies. We have a long-term mindset and aim to build on the legacy created by prior owners.

Our Approach

Our Approach

Straightforward, fair, and flexible. We move quickly, offer reasonable prices, and tailor deals to meet everybody’s goals. Note that our model works best for owners ready to transition company leadership to the trusted entrepreneurs at Badger Hill.

Team

A Decade in the Making

Derick and Luther met in 2012 as classmates in Stanford University’s MBA program. They’ve been trading ideas and advice — and some fantasy football trash talk — ever since.

As Derick and Luther built careers in the world of private equity — Luther as an investor and Derick as an operator — they both came to the same conclusion… There must be a better way to acquire and scale great businesses — without excessive cost-cutting, loads of debt, and short-term decision-making.

Derick and Luther built Badger Hill as an alternative for owners ready to exit their business but looking to avoid the downsides of traditional buy-out firms. We operate with an entrepreneurial spirit, people-first values, and a long-term mindset.

Partners

Luther Gatewood

Luther grew up in Oklahoma. He learned about small business at an early age working alongside his grandmother and mother on their family ranch and interacting with business leaders in his hometown of Vinita.

He studied Applied Math in college, and he started his career in investment banking. Over the next several years, with a two-year respite to earn his MBA, he has worked as a professional investor helping to grow companies.

Luther has decided to embark on this entrepreneurial journey with Derick to help your business with its next stage of growth. They have a shared vision for a culture in which team members can do meaningful work and lead purposeful lives.

Luther lives in New Jersey with his partner, Amber, and their dog, Jean. He can often be seen on long walks with Jean, and he can occasionally be spotted underwater scuba diving with Amber.

Luther earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he met Derick. Luther received academic awards in college and graduate school, but his most important intellectual achievement is defeating Amber twice at Scrabble. The number of times Amber has won isn’t important.

Luther Gatewood, Partner at Badger Hill Growth Partners
Partners

Luther Gatewood

Dachshund dad, Oklahoma native, and tinned fish connoisseur. Enjoys sci-fi novels almost as much as closing deals.

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Luther Gatewood

Partners

Derick Stace-Naughton

Prior to launching Badger Hill Growth Partners, Derick established a highly successful track record operating private equity-backed business services companies.

Most recently Derick served as Chief Operating Officer at Quixote Studios. There he was charged with driving overall business growth and led a wide array of business functions. During Derick's tenure at Quixote Studios, EBITDA grew more than 5x and the company sold for $360M. Variety named Derick one of "Hollywood's New Leaders" in 2022.

Derick also served as Chief Operating Officer of Production Resource Group’s entertainment division ($300M annual revenue). Prior to that, Derick held several leadership roles at VER and served on the senior executive team that led VER's successful restructuring and sale for ~$500M.

Derick began his career at The Boston Consulting Group. He has also served as an assistant to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and on the Board of Directors of the National Bleeding Disorders Foundation.

When not working Derick can be found playing racquetball and spending time with family.

Derick holds an MBA from Stanford, an MSc from the University of Ulster where he studied as a Mitchell Scholar, and a BA from Georgetown University where he was recognized as his class Marshal.

Luther Gatewood, Partner at Badger Hill Growth Partners
Partners

Derick Stace-Naughton

Father, husband, two-time trivia night champion. Bruce Springsteen enthusiast. Put on this earth to find and grow great companies.

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Luther Gatewood

Investors

A $1 Billion+ Collective

Badger Hill has assembled a truly outstanding consortium of capital partners. (Seriously, if backing entrepreneurs was a sport… these would be the ‘27 Yankees. Or - since Derick is from Wisconsin - the ‘96 Packers.)

These investors have deployed capital to Badger Hill and collectively control over $1 Billion in assets.

Peterson Partners
M2O
Legate Partners
Relay Investments
Next Coast
Search Fund Partners
BK Growth
Applied Equity
Granite Point Partners
TD
Brown Robin Partners
Ashford Venture Partners
Hadley Family Capital
Newbury Franklin
Estelio Equity Partners
Testimonials

You’re in Good Company

We do business with integrity, commitment, and a sense of fun…but don’t take our word for it!

I met Derick in 2021 when I was operating a company called TPT. When Derick said he was interested in acquiring the company, I was skeptical. But Derick was fair and reasonable. He honored his commitments. He approached everything with a real respect for our business. I had an excellent experience with Derick...and if I was selling a business today, I would want to sell to Badger Hill.

Daniel Mesa
Daniel Mesa
Former COO, TPT
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I worked with Derick at Quixote Studios and I consider him one of the strongest business leaders I've ever worked with. Derick operates with integrity and really cares about his team and colleagues...I would go well out of my way to work with him again.

Daniel Mesa
Sean Jordan
Director, The Cooperative LA
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Contact

Let’s Start a Conversation

If you would like to discuss a potential acquisition opportunity, please contact us via phone, email, or the form below. All discussions will be strictly confidential.

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