CCMP Capital’s Stephen Murray Was Known As An Investor’s Investor

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital is one of those investment firms that specialized in growth-equity investments and middle-market leveraged buyouts. Stephen Murray, the former CEO and president of CCMP Capital, was the catalyst for the firm’s incredible success. Investors around the globed admired Murray’s tenacity and his ability to put complicated deals together and make them work. CCMP Capital usually invested up to $500 million per investment transaction. The company’s main interests are healthcare, energy, consumer and industrial companies. Murray helped put the investments in Quiznos Corporation, Cabela’s Inc., and Warner Chilcott Plc together, but that is just a short list of his accomplishments. The Columbia University graduate was responsible for several other investments before Manufacturers Hanover Trust, and JP Morgan became CCMP.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital’s portfolio reads like a who’s who in the consumer, energy, healthcare and industrial sectors of the economy. Some of the consumer companies that function under the CCMP umbrella are Aramark, Jamieson Laboratories, The Hillman Group, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Pure Gym, Infogroup, Volotea and IMO car wash. Energy sector companies like Chaparall Energy, Noble Environmental Power, and Vetco International are also part of CCMP Capital. MedQuest Associates, Medpace and CareMore Medical Enterprises are also CCMP Capital companies.

Trying to organize these complicated investments is not that easy. Several ingredients that must be present in order for CCMP to invest in a company. The name CCMP Capital is the combination of Chase Capital, Chemical Ventures, Manufacturers Hanover Capital/JPMorgan and Partners. The team that is responsible for making CCMP Capital the success story it is now, includes CEO Greg Brenneman, COO Timothy Walsh, Doug Cahill, Jonathan Lynch, Kevin O’Brien, Thomas Walker, Richard Zannino and Christopher Behrens. Those men along with more than 40 employees make things happen at CCMP Capital. Those things include helping businesses grow, taking middle-size companies public, taking public companies private, and providing solutions for short and long-term issues.

The firm focuses on companies in North America and Europe. Partners like to concentrate on companies that are between $250 million and $2 billion in size. CCMP professionals work with companies in their portfolio, and together they develop creative growth plans that include asset utilization, cash flow enhancement, cost reduction techniques and they find ways to incorporate the best business practices within each business sector.

The partners in CCMP have years of experience in the investment industry, and it shows in the numbers. The firm continues to manage the equity portfolio of J.P. Morgan Partners as well as the CCMP portfolio of diversified companies. New York-based CCMP Capital is one of the leaders in buyouts as well as growth equity transactions and even though Stephen Murray is not part of the group now, the firm continues to add new companies to their portfolio on a regular basis.

Joseph Bismark, a Business Leader


I recently found an article on the blog Left Handed Right Mind about Joseph Bismark. Bismark is a leader in QNet, an international direct sales company. He is a private person and does not share too much about his personal life. However, Bismark has held strong views on a healthy lifestyle. I love his philosophy that obstacles are opportunities for leaders.

QNet has experienced notable growth recently due to the company’s culture of entrepreneurship and teamwork. It is believed that the company’s success is due to his leadership skills and his extraordinary personality. Additionally, the company strives to support material recycling and energy conservation. 

Bismark has worked with some of the largest companies in the industry. He has provided excellent advertising, top notch marketing services, and helped companies become leaders in their industries. What sets him apart from other leaders in the industry is that he handles stress with spirituality. In fact, he helps others cultivate success in their industries through his spiritual side.

He believes that it is very important to encourage others. He is known for consistently helping his fellow employees. He works hard to help improve other people’s lives. He does his best to push people to be their very best self. Encouragement is a leadership quality. I completely agree!

Teamwork is also very important to Bismark. Helping others and building a teamwork bond helps to strengthen relationships. He knows that consistent growth is possible with teamwork. Encouragement is a powerful tool to connect people.

He also believes in the importance of creativity. Many ordinary people have been able to reach heights of great success by being creative. He says it is important to always keep an eye out for creative ideas. 

Bismark also does his best to treat people with respect and integrity. He also lives his life with humility. He is open to advice and offers his own when necessary. He listens to his teams’ ideas and input. Bismark has truly taken the time to understand what teamwork and success really is. He also feels that because the success of a business is not easy, adding the element of spirituality can help create stronger teams and keep a business going in tough times.