introducing aurora equity partners

Aurora Equity Partners was a dream child of Andy Polacek and Rick Rutledge in the summer of 2015. Their vision was to build greatness from small beginnings, empires from single entities. With more than a decade of experience in acquisition, operational mergers, brand management, sales operations, organizational scale and entrepreneurship, AEP is suited to take on the challenge of building commerce. The duo is attracting investor interests in the fields of software as a service (SaaS), traditional media, digital media and hospitality.

What we do

providing value to every partner

growth

pursuing only assets in industries that are traditionally cash flow heavy, we believe in finding balance among each industry will further diversify and provide ongoing value

focus

we believe in laser focusing our efforts in evaluating each and every opportunity. thorough research and due diligence we will protect the value of each investor

teamwork

we utilize a team approach to every discovery. with assembled experts in areas like regulatory issues and compliance. this insures that no stone is unturned and limits surprises.

success

our ultimate goal is long-term growth from our acquisitions which provide ongoing return for each and every partner

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We are scaling our efforts and evaluating potential acquisitions. We can add value to your portfolio of investments as a partner with us.

Our team

Committed to Excellence
Andrew Polacek

Andrew Polacek

Partner

Andrew Polacek had a nine-year career in investment banking and private equity. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, magna cum laude and with honors with degrees in Business Administration with a focus in finance and Economics, Andy joined Houlihan Lokey (at that time Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin) in Los Angeles as an investment-banking analyst. Andy spent two years assisting companies with their mergers and acquisitions, financing, valuations and other corporate finance related needs, with a specialization in the media and entertainment sector.

Andy joined Mainsail Partners, a San Francisco based growth equity private equity firm, where he focused on sourcing, executing and growing middle market sized businesses. At Mainsail, Andy managed relationships with hundreds of middle market business owners as well as the relationships with the larger middle market investment banks in the U.S. After three years as an Associate at Mainsail Partners, Andy joined Crimson Investment, a middle market focused private equity firm that invests in companies with a China/Asia investment strategy, as a Senior Associate and was later promoted to a Vice President at the firm.

Andy’s primary role at Crimson Investment was to expand the firm’s investment banking relationships and to source deals for the firm. In this capacity, he flew around the United States and Canada meeting with hundreds of middle market investment banking managing directors. Andy’s unique experience on the buy side and the sell side of mergers and acquisitions affords him a unique insight into the various middle market investment banks and the specific value that each firm can bring to a company contemplating a corporate advisory need.
Rick Rutledge

Rick Rutledge

Partner

Mr. Rick Rutledge who has more than 17 years of media management experience for several entities such as iHeart Radio/Clear Channel, Cumulus/Citadel, EW Scripps/Journal, Cox Media Group and several others. Mr. Rutledge has built more than 15 local media brands in his career and in every position he has exceeded the expectations placed upon his brand(s) from a ratings standpoint and he was instrumental in exceeding the expectations placed upon the brand(s) from a revenue standpoint. He has spent the last two-years as both an investor and employee of ConsumerAffairs in a sales role where he drove more than $2M in revenue in the first year of his tenure which was an integral part of the company’s growth of more than 3X 2015-2016.

Mr. Rutledge is also a managing partner in a hospitality management firm where they recently took a property from a -$3000 per month revenue line to a $24000 per month revenue line. This has resulted in the consulting work of Mr. Rutledge being utilized by small business owners for marketing and management. His net worth is more than $500,000. Mr. Rutledge attended the University of Oklahoma and his experience with operational mergers, operational management, brand management, revenue management, leadership, marketing and advertising will play a key role in the future development of our investments.

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