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
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.
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.
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.