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About Us

DesignWorks Investments is a private investment firm focused on the equity and liquidity needs of small businesses in the gift and stationery industry. Established by Joseph Moore, a 20-year industry veteran, the firm’s mission is to help owners expand their business opportunities, increase brand and product awareness, improve operating efficiencies, and, most importantly, *build profit and brand equity.

The firm’s primary interest is in recapitalization opportunities – joining side-by-side in equity ownership with founders and owners – and working together to grow business. In fact, DesignWorks Investments prefers to partner with creative owners and entrepreneurs who want to stay with their companies. Potential partner companies are design-driven, niche-oriented, and generating revenues between $3 million and $25 million.

DesignWorks Investments manages Cedarwood Capital, the investment partnership funded by Sam Moore with Joseph Moore and families. This committed capital and limited partnership is earmarked for investments in the gift, stationery and publishing sectors.

Partners & Advisors

 

JOSEPH MOORE

Prior to establishing DesignWorks Investments, Joseph Moore was president and vice chairman of CR Gibson, a privately held company in the gift and stationery industry. Experienced in both start-ups and leveraged buyouts, Moore coordinated four acquisitions and one divestiture during the last 10 years, successfully integrating those businesses into CR Gibson. In 2001, Moore and partners took CR Gibson private in a leveraged transaction. After de-leveraging the company and generating double-digit increases in revenues and profits, he successfully sold CR Gibson to CSS Industries, a company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Moore served as executive vice president for Thomas Nelson Publishers, a public company. There, he directed the company’s book publishing and gift units and served on the board of directors. So, basically he’s a BOSS.

TOM HARRIS

In 2014, Tom Harris retired from Harper Collins Christian Publishing, Inc (formerly Thomas Nelson, Inc.) with approximately 38 years of total service with HCCP and its subsidiaries, holding various offices including Senior Vice President and Secretary.  During his tenure at HCCP, Harris led most of the companies acquisitions and divestures. Additionally, Harris served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Rand McNally’s Internet Service Provider Group for 8 years and led acquisitions both domestically and internationally.  While at Rand, Harris managed Netscape’s outsourced manufacturing, call centers and localization services in America, Europe, and the Far East.  During his tenures with HCCP and Rand McNally, Harris lead many startups and is an experienced integrated financial modeler.  Tom Harris is one of the most tech savvy, jolly, & kind-hearted men you’ve ever met.


GEORGE PANAGIOTIS

In 2011, George joined Designworks Investments after serving as the Senior Vice President of Production and Operations at C.R. Gibson. George has over 30 years of experience in sourcing a broad range of book & stationary products. In addition, George has worked with domestic and international manufacturers throughout his career and is a expert in production and distribution. He now serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations of DesignWorks Ink, Paddywax, Vineyard Hill Naturals, and Olivina Napa Valley making him the most sought after man in the office.  

 

Working With Us

DesignWorks Investments looks for companies with entrepreneurial owners who want to grow their businesses and make them more profitable. When you work with us, you have a partner who will help you solve problems, meet challenges, and remove obstacles for growth. This relationship has three distinct phases: the transaction, the investment period, and the exit.

For Business Owners

We understand that the idea of selling your business or bringing in a partner is an emotional one. It can create worry, doubts, and second thoughts. Plus, the time involved in getting to know one another is time-consuming and can be a distraction from running day-to-day operations. All of the DesignWorks Investments partners and advisors have owned and run businesses of their own, and we appreciate first-hand the deeply personal connection you have with your company and your associates. It is our hope that after an appropriate amount of time together, all parties will quickly determine whether the chemistry is right for a partnership.

We understand a fair value is expected for your business, and we know that your associates play an important and integral role. Our hope is to complement the nurturing environment you’ve created and to add to your success.

CONTACT US

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3343 Aspen Grove Drive Ste. 200 

Franklin, TN 37067 USA