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Revitalizing
America’s
Manufacturing
Sector...

to provide great products, made by fulfilled and well respected employees in the United States.

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Invented Here,
Built Here.

MRCA invests, grows, and runs manufacturing companies that produce American Made Products.

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The Domestic
Supply Chain.

Making sure that the products we depend on are in our control.

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Our Mission:
Revitalize U.S.
Communities...

through increased employee wellness, enhancements in process, machinery, energy and communication.

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Environmental,
Social, and
Governance.

Long-term employee wellness, strengthening all levels of our valued staff.

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Employee
Owners.

After 4-5 years, transfer 100% of ownership of MRCA LP I to Employees via an ESOP at ~10-12x EBITIDA netting investors an annualized target of 70% IRR.

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Modern
Manufacturing.

These are not the old, dirty, low paying factories of yesteryear.

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We’re Targeting 70% IRR
WITH ONE SIMPLE PHILOSOPHY:

Keep It Simple

  1. Identify legacy American manufacturing companies profiting $1–10,000,000 with growth opportunities that are not being executed due to owners’ wish to begin retiring
  2. Acquire companies at ~3-5x EBITDA after demonstrating to the seller that our ideals and vision for the future are aligned
  3. Revitalize companies through increased employee wellness, enhancements in process, machinery, energy, and communication
  4. Execute on available growth opportunities, doubling business year 1, increase 15% per year after
  5. Further develop and advance companies for 4-5 years
  6. Transfer 100% of ownership of MRCA LP I to Employees via an ESOP at ~10-12x EBITDA netting investors an annualized target of 70% IRR

FOR ACCREDITED INVESTORS ONLY
We invite company owners, intermediaries, independent sponsors, and other professionals to contact us to discuss specific opportunities that fit our investment criteria.

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THE BIG
DIFFERENTIATOR

Our differentiator is the revitalization of the American worker through the addition of technology and training to create the most effective manufacturing workforce in the world.

Our portfolio of companies will adhere to the employee standards of SA8000, an internationally recognized labor and wellness standard.

We acquire companies with a heart and soul, built by dedicated teams ready to scale their respective products and services.

“Made in America” isn’t just a slogan, it’s our driving force.

Employee

The Opportunity

While the vast majority of US manufacturing companies are significant to their local communities, they are not aligned with the future of the global manufacturing supply chain. Through our deployment of technology and innovative manufacturing processes, the companies we acquire will be better positioned to compete in the global economy of tomorrow.

The right focus for the U.S. is on advanced manufacturing—something that requires innovation.

—Tim Cook

Our Leadership Team

Jason Azevedo

Jason
Azevedo

General Partner

Chief Strategy Officer

Jason Azevedo

Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Azevedo has had his heart in business development since an early age, starting a very successful apparel company that grew from humble garage beginnings to annual gross billings of over a million dollars.

In 2009, Jason co-founded Advoque, taking on the role of CEO — his talents are far beyond running the company, with duties touching conceptual development, engineering, and deployment. Since 2009, Jason’s been at the helm of growing the company year-over-year, acquiring several entities, and creating several others to round out manufacturing efforts. His emphasis on Made In America is a driving force for how the various companies he’s co-founded operate. He also assists with business development and client strategy and is an integral part of how we operate. Jason has worked on many key projects for companies such as Arista Networks, Best Buy, Costco, Disney, EA Games, Intel, Roku, Starbucks, Target, WalMart, and Warner Bros.

Personal interests range from riding dirt bikes and quads, to beach volleyball, to whiskey tasting, to learning to ranch horses, goats, cattle, and chickens. International travel weaves its way in there, too!

Keven Azevedo

Keven
Azevedo

General Partner

Chief Product Officer

Keven Azevedo

Chief Product Officer

Mr. Azevedo co-founded Advoque in 2009, taking the role of COO and building the company from 3 employees, to a staff of 150. Before Advoque, Keven was co-founder and COO of Matteo Studios, an award-winning apparel company receiving assignments from clients such as Disney, Facebook, and EA Games. His attention to detail and ability to run an efficient production team has paved the way for his teams to hold true to timelines and quality control. Another key ingredient to his success: the cultivation and ability to foster opportunities for rising talent within evolving organizations.

Graduating from San Jose State University with a BA in History, Keven also played soccer for SJSU. His commitment to excellence has followed him into coaching youth soccer teams for the last eight years, being recognized as training the number one team in the nation for four years in a row — three of his players have gone on to professional careers in the United States, Mexico, and Europe.

In his spare time, Keven pursues personal passions: restoring classic cars and motorcycles, photography, camping, watching American and foreign films, and European travel.

Steve Hermosillo

Steve
Hermosillo

General Partner

Chief Brand Officer

Steve Hermosillo

Chief Brand Officer

Steve founded New Vision Design in 1995 and served as its Chief Creative Officer for 14 years. In 2009, he co-founded Advoque, setting the tone for the creative direction that the company delivers for its respective customers. Over the course of his 30 years in the creative industry, Steve has worked on significant assignments and product launches for companies such as Amazon, Apple, ASUS, Bell Helmets, Best Buy, CBS Radio, Dell, Disney, Google, HBO, Hewlett-Packard, Hulu, Intel, Klipsch, Microsoft, Oracle, Paramount Pictures, Porsche, Roku, Seagate, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Tesla, Varian Medical Systems, Walmart, and Yahoo!.

Since 1987, Steve has been in the creative industry working as a production artist, designer, senior designer, and ultimately as a creative director for various agencies. During his career, he has been recognized for numerous award-winning campaigns and has been a guest speaker on the subject of design and creative direction at San Jose State University, Brooks College, Mission College, and De Anza College.

Other interests include an annual pilgrimage to Burning Man, cross-country camping, adventure riding on motorcycles, history, writing and recording music (PoetLab), and tropical third world travel.

Chris Karic

Chris
Karic

Legal Counsel

Chris Karic

Legal Counsel

A Bay Area native, Mr. Karic brings a nuanced breadth of experience to MRCA, leading our legal efforts.

In his formative professional years, he served as a Court Clerk to the Chief Justice of the 9th Circuit, eventually graduating from UC Davis, and passing the California and Federal Bar in 1996. Additionally, he received an advanced degree in Tax Law. Having received the California Super Lawyer award three times, Chris has worked on several high-profile cases for Firestone, Ford Motor Company, Intel, and 3Com, and continues to bring his formidable experience to serve as our legal counsel.

Personal interests include being highly involved in sports for his kids, skiing in Palisades Tahoe, and enjoying his family and their varied interests.

Greg White

Greg
White

EVP Manufacturing

Greg White

EVP Manufacturing

Originally from Canada, Greg’s professional work has taken him around the world, from North America to Turkey, China, Japan, and beyond. Throughout his illustrious career, Greg has helped launch cars for Toyota and Tesla, where he grew teams from a couple of engineers to over 120 members. A few of his responsibilities included the areas of manufacturing engineering, tool and die, and equipment maintenance. Greg’s career isn’t limited to the automotive industry – he has worked in Aerospace and helped to launch rockets.

A team player, Greg jumps at the opportunity to teach, learn, and engage with his colleagues in finding and implementing solutions. Now he adds his wealth of knowledge and can-do attitude to the ranks across all MRCA entities.

To say that Greg has traveled extensively would be an understatement. Destinations include China, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and many more. Although his family wasn’t with him on every trip, they are the most important persons in the world to him and he values spending time with his wife, three kids, and their trusted dog. He tries to instill a sense of wonder and appreciation in being able to travel and experience different cultures. We couldn’t conclude without mentioning his Canadian staples… hockey and beer!

Our Advisory Board

Steve Austin

Steve
Austin

Advisory Board

Steve Austin

Advisory Board

Steve brings a diverse entrepreneurial background to MRCA having founded multiple companies in various sectors. Steve has worked in leadership positions in the public sector, as well as spent time in an operational role for a large private equity firm. Steve spent the better part of 15 years in the financial services arena where he worked extensively with business owners to help them build wealth through tax & estate planning as well as investment management. Steve has a deep understanding of the capital markets and brings a creative tax-efficient approach to our M&A endeavors. Steve’s core focus is on the investments that MRCA makes, and how to structure them so that they deliver maximum value to the rest of the portfolio.

Steve is an avid outdoorsman and spends his free time exploring the remote parts of the Western US. When he is not trekking through the backcountry he is often sailing the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Coast.

Stephen Bonovich

Stephen
Bonovich

Advisory Board

Stephen Bonovich

Advisory Board

Stephen is the Vice President of Tax for Agilent Technologies, Inc., where he has worked since 2007. Agilent Technologies is a high-tech, life science tools company that was spun off from HP in 1999, has a full vertically integrated business model and sells into over 100 countries. Before joining Agilent in 2007, Stephen worked at Intel and Sun Microsystems, as well as a couple of law firms in San Francisco.

As the global tax leader for Agilent, Stephen is responsible for all aspects of global tax. Much of his focus at Agilent and his 27-year career has been in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and corporate restructurings. He spent six years supporting Intel Capital and the 80 plus start-up companies in its portfolio on any number of corporate issues. This background has given Stephen an understanding of the relationship between how a business operates, the legal, financial, and physical flows of goods and services, the goal the business seeks to achieve, and the optimal framework for doing so. As such, he now supports Agilent’s corporate development and business teams identify this framework to support the sources of value in any new acquisition or to efficiently capture the benefit of any new business operating model. Stephen’s expertise is such that he is a highly sought-after speaker on the tax issues related to supply chain, manufacturing, acquisitions and cash management.

Stephen has an LLM in Taxation from New York University, a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, and a B.A. from Hamilton College. Stephen hails from Tennessee but has spent his last 32 years in California. In his free time, Mr. Bonovich volunteers at Tahirih Justice helping people seeking political asylum. He also hikes, kayaks, and plays terrible golf.

Shaahin Cheyene

Shaahin
Cheyene

Advisory Board

Shaahin Cheyene

Advisory Board

Born in Iran, Cheyene is an award-winning entrepreneur, writer, and filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is the CEO and Chairman of Accelerated Intelligence (AI). Through AI, an Amazon Marketing and Advertising Agency, he manages the selling of his products and helps other Brand Owners to scale their online sales not just in Amazon, but other marketplaces like eBay, Shopify, and Walmart. Cheyene shares his passion for Amazon through his Amazon’s Course, Amazon Mastery.

Mr. Cheyene has been called many things in his life (including the “Willy Wonka of Generation X”), but his favorite one is simple: the world’s leading Amazon industry expert. He’s also an award-winning business mogul, author, filmmaker, and inventor of Herbal Ecstacy, the nootropic that sparked the (100% legal) Smart Drug Movement.

His serial entrepreneurial career has spanned more than 30 years, culminating in earnings over $350 million annually, and his Amazon products have outpaced Fortune 500 companies’ sales on the platform, selling millions of units worldwide. Many of these multimillion-dollar companies noticed, which led him to become one of the world’s most sought-after Amazon experts.

In Shaahin’s personal life, he regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, American Express OPEN, and many other publications. He’s an avid sportsman with a deep love for Jiu-Jitsu. When he’s not working out, you can usually find him reading something by Seth Godin, Dr. Robert Cialdini, or Dr. Paul Ekman.

Christian Lucia

Christian
Lucia

Advisory Board

Christian Lucia

Advisory Board

Christian is a founding member of Nexxt Level Capital. Over the past two decades, Christian has successfully managed multiple successful legal practices. For nearly the past 10 years, Christian has been the principal shareholder of Sellar Hazard & Lucia, LLC. SHL is a law firm with offices throughout the state of California and has been in business for over 60 years. SHL serves as both the transactional and litigation legal arm of Nexxt Level Capital. Christian serves as the Managing Partner of SHL and maintains the seamless integration between the multi family office of Nexxt Level Capital and the massive legal talent and strength brought to it by SHL. As a skilled transactional and litigation attorney with over 20 years of experience in the industry, Christian is uniquely positioned to serve all of the sophisticated and delicate legal needs of Nexxt Level Capital’s members. Christian also brings a unique perspective to Nexxt Level Capital’s investment and wealth creation talent pool. His aggressive and focused investment strategies have proven extremely successful throughout his career.

Ken Rutkowski

Ken
Rutkowski

Advisory Board

Ken Rutkowski

Advisory Board

Ken Rutkowski is a well-known Business Talk Radio Personality, an Innovative Strategist, Business Nextist, International Speaker, and is considered one of the premier experts in Emerging Business Technologies, New Media, the Digital Economy, and Connection.

Creator of the podcast that was launched on Mark Cuban’s first-ever internet radio platform in the ’90s, Ken created and hosted the #1 Business Radio Talk Show in America, “Business Rockstars,” which was listened to in over 200 markets in the U.S.

He has been featured in or seen on Good Morning America, Oprah, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Financial Times, Forbes, HuffPost, Entrepreneur, LA Business Journal, LA Weekly, Fast Company, FOX & Friends, Good Day LA, Inc., USA Today, Bangkok Post, Singapore Straits, Asia Times, the South China Morning Post, and other publications and networks around the world.

Russell Schaeffer

Russell
Schaeffer

Advisory Board

Russell Schaeffer

Advisory Board

For nearly 40 years Mr. Schaeffer (Rusty) has led multiple global operations, supply chain, and supplier quality organizations. His career spans > $100 Billion in strategic sourcing, procurement, global supply chain operations & Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) management. 

Rusty has held various executive positions ranging from Chief Procurement Officer to the Global Operations/Supply Chain leader at disruptive industry leaders such as Roku, 2Wire (Pace), Advanced Energy, Symbol Technologies (MOT), Solectron (FLEX), Seagate Technology/Connor Peripherals, TRW (Northrop Grumman) & Hughes Aircraft (Raytheon).

His ability to harness best practices from multiple market segments across every global region is exemplary. Additionally, Rusty currently is on the global operations & supply chain lead at APMT LLC, a renewables OEM. Since 2001 he has provided extensive supply chain and operational impacts as a consultant to 28 various electronic hardware/software entities across 11 market verticals including providing remedy scenarios to an event-based hedge fund. Additionally, he recently joined a PE fund advisory board (MRCA) focused on the revitalization of America’s manufacturing sector. A cause he personally strongly supports.

Rusty earned a BSEE (‘83) at the University of Arizona, and then an engineering management certificate from the California Institute of Technology (‘99).

An early recipient of a Presidential Award of Excellence for environmental services, sustainable energy, and environmental enhancement is a passion. Other interests include throwing various implements, be it a caber at a Scottish Highland Masters games or Javelin at the National Senior Games. He recently enjoyed coaching throwers on the 2021 Colorado 3A state championship high school track & field team. As a USA Masters Track & Field athlete this past year he earned multiple All-American honors and added podium finishes in the 2021 USATF National Masters Throwers Championship for Men’s 60-64 group in the super weigh throw and ultra-weight pentathlon.

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