KCB Private Equity is a long term, control investor in growing small to medium sized businesses.

KCB is a family firm, based in Pasadena, CA, that established its own wealth through an operating business started in 1944 by the Knell Family. KCB’s founder, Harvey Knell grew his family business Ole’s Home Centers from 2 locations started by his father to 38 locations, before selling the chain to W.R. Grace in 1984.

KCB Private Equity and its affiliate KCB Real Estate was born out of the sale of the family founded and operated business. We understand what is at stake. We are selective in our industry partners.

Our long-term investment perspective and commitment of significant personal capital and third-party capital differentiate us from traditional buyout and private equity firms. We offer sellers significant liquidity today while providing long-term continuity to their businesses. This philosophy allows KCB to build strong relationships with management and nurture solid growing portfolio companies without the pressures of a short exit timeframe.

As long-term investors committed to private ownership, KCB reinvests in the growth and development of existing portfolio companies as well as acquiring small to medium sized businesses. We are financially conservative and maintain a long-term ownership and value-creation perspective. Our approach favors value-added industries with sustainable growth and cash generation.

KCB Private Equity maintains a diversified portfolio of businesses. We partner with management teams to maintain the identities and cultures that provide these companies successful opportunity in the beginning. . We work closely with management, to determine the appropriate growth and exit strategy, including public offerings, to maximize the value of the investment for all of the stakeholders.

KCB Private Equity
117 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 400
Pasadena, CA 91105