About Eddie Binder

As the founder of Apex Growth Strategies [AGS], Eddie Binder is focused on and dedicated to helping his clients grow and realize their value creation objectives.  He is passionate about seeing his clients succeed and brings that enthusiasm to every engagement.

Founded in 2003, AGS provides strategic planning, exit planning, business development and due diligence services to growth-oriented portfolio companies of private equity groups in the lower end of the middle market.  In addition, AGS provides strategic planning and business development services directly to corporations.  Eddie has created a model that focuses on working with management teams to uncover and articulate organic growth, profit improvement, infrastructure and add-on acquisition strategies and tactics to ensure maximized value over time. 

Eddie also has extensive experience serving as an Independent Director on the Board of Directors of private equity-owned portfolio companies. Currently, he serves on the Boards of 3Phase Elevator Corporation [elevator and escalator equipment maintenance, modernization, and repair services] and Pro-Vigil [remote video surveillance and monitoring services for automotive dealerships, construction sites, utilities and oil and gas companies]. He has also served on the Boards of the following successfully exited private equity portfolio companies: The Tranzonic Companies, Health & Safety Institute, Lone Star Overnight, L-com Global Connectivity, Tensator and Junior Sports Corporation. In addition, Eddie serves on the Management Advisory Board of Fort Point Capital, a private equity firm focused on growth investments in the lower end of the middle market.

Prior to starting AGS, Eddie was an Executive Vice President and Operating Committee member of Spalding Sports Worldwide (a Kohlberg Kravis Roberts company), where he had global marketing and product responsibilities for all of the company’s golf and sporting goods brands.  For his work in revitalizing Spalding’s golf brands, Eddie was named to GolfWeek magazine’s list of the “Top 40 Executives Under 40.”  Prior to Spalding, Eddie was Vice President of Marketing for Dunkin’ Donuts, where he led development and implementation of an integrated plan to make Dunkin’ Donuts the sales growth leader in the quick service restaurant industry, for which he was named to Advertising Age magazine’s list of “America’s Top 100 Marketers.” 

Today, he serves as a mentor and lecturer within the non-profit organization, “Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Disabled Veterans” which provides entrepreneurship education, training and business plan development support to psychologically and physically disabled Iraq and Afghanistan returning veterans.  Eddie has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Charter Oak Cultural Center, a Hartford-based non-profit dedicated to providing dynamic arts and social justice programming.  In 2009, he was recognized by Hartford Business Journal as the “Non-Profit Volunteer of the Year.”  He has addressed numerous business organizations, including being a featured speaker at the annual conference of the Chief Executive Network.  Eddie resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Kathy, and their three children, Evan, Celia and Aaron.

I established a pet food company in Istanbul in 1999. It was extremely successful and we ended up selling a majority interest to a private equity firm in 2010. Eddie worked with us immediately after closing, shaping a detailed strategic business plan, repositioning two brands, completing CapEx investments and assembling the right team. Transformation like this is always hard, but it set us on a course to increase annual revenues by 55%. Eddie worked closely with me and Tropikal Pet’s senior management, and we all benefited from his experience, insight and incredible energy. He’s still the first person we call to share our success.”

— Izzet Saban
Chief Executive Officer
Tropikal Pet (Istanbul, Turkey)

Current portfolio company of
The Riverside Company