Smartlink and McCarthy Capital Partner to Accelerate Growth
ANNAPOLIS, MD. (November 5th, 2020) – Smartlink (“Smartlink” or the “Company”), the leading national provider of asset inventory and management, network services, network real estate and IT staffing support to the wireless infrastructure sector, today announced a substantial minority investment from McCarthy Capital Fund VII (“McCarthy Capital”). McCarthy Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in Omaha, NE, manages more than $1 billion of investment capital across its portfolio of companies and specializes in growing businesses in partnership with management teams.
Founded in 2000 as a staffing provider to the wireless industry in the mid-Atlantic region, Smartlink has expanded its service offering and geographic presence, serving as a one-stop-shop for small-cell and macro-cell site development and maintenance services across the country. Smartlink serves all major wireless carriers and has unmatched expertise in efficiently executing site development projects from site discovery and zoning to construction management and lease renewal. The partnership will support the Company’s plans to offer more services to its customers and further expand geographically.
“In 20 years, Smartlink’s business has adapted to best serve our customers and our industry—but something that has remained constant is our people,” said Brendan Kelly, Founder and CEO of Smartlink. “We have the right players in the right positions to continue to grow the list of services we offer our clients. The partnership and expertise of McCarthy Capital will fuel Smartlink’s expansion into the next phase.”
“Throughout its history, Smartlink has led the industry in developing services to support customers as a valued strategic partner. The Company differentiates on its local market expertise, proprietary software platform, and self-perform capabilities driving leading project timelines,” according to Bob Emmert, Partner at McCarthy Capital. “We are excited to partner with Brendan and his team as they continue to introduce new offerings that reduce costs and complexity for their customers,” added BJ Hansen, Vice President at McCarthy Capital.
Smartlink is a global people-first company that self-performs all phases of the network lifecycle, offering end-to-end solutions that fuel the world’s networks. A trusted partner to the nation’s leading wireless carriers, tower companies, and turnkey providers, Smartlink continually exceeds client expectations with a relationship driven, not résumé driven mentality. Smartlink utilizes its strategically placed teams and players across the nation to move customers’ business forward in the areas of Asset Inventory and Management, Network Services, Network Real Estate and IT Staffing. Celebrating 20 years, Smartlink is headquartered in Annapolis, MD, with offices nationwide. For more information about Smartlink, please visit www.smartlinkgroup.com.
About McCarthy Capital
McCarthy Partners Management, LLC is a registered investment advisor that conducts business as McCarthy Capital. McCarthy Capital, headquartered in Omaha, NE, is focused exclusively on lower middle-market companies. For more than 30 years, the McCarthy organization has been partnering with founders, families and exceptional management teams to support the growth of their companies. More information about McCarthy Capital can be obtained at www.mccarthycapital.com.