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Saturn Five is an investment fund that launches, builds, and grows great companies. With a long-term mindset, we pursue lasting impact.
We capture opportunity. And then add momentum.
At Saturn Five, we believe business is an adventure—and we love helping ideas, companies, and people get to bold new places. We do that through founding breakthrough startup ventures, finding opportunity for innovation and value-creation where some might just see an intractable problem. And we do that by owning and operating Main Street service companies that elevate people’s lives and enhance communities. Our daily commitment is to lead enduringly profitable businesses that we hold for the long-term. But we define true success by the value we generate, the betterment of the people we serve, and the good we create beyond us.
We do two things:
Launch + Grow
We identify talented entrepreneurs to launch new businesses from scratch. From concept to reality, our venturesgenerate growth and innovations that add value to society.
Buy + Build
We come alongside legacy-minded owners to purchase their successfulbusinesses. We then infuse expertise and fresh vision to help the business grow even stronger over time.
25 companies led with vision and purpose.
Lower Middle Market Companies
Leading with a strong commitment to the local community and construction industry.
Specializing in commercial landscape construction and maintenance along the front range of Colorado.
Specializing in concrete, asphalt, demolition, excavation, and ground thawing.
Voted Most Revolutionary Garden Center in America, The Good Earth is Little Rock's #1 destination for plants and landscaping services.
Vail Valley's leading guide service for Whitewater River Rafting, Horseback Riding, ATV & Off-Road, Sporting Clays, and Snowmobiling.
Providing Colorado's best-in-class excavation and site preparation services for over 52 years.
Redefining virtual reality and opening possibilities across industries.
Applying advanced analytics, machine learning, computer vision, and collaborative tools to data from earth and space.
Building the world’s first Spaceplane that can fly at hypersonic speeds at the edge of the atmosphere.
Saturn Five Principles
Every day these five engines propel us.
Business is a not a problem to be solved, it’s an adventure to be lived. That’s why we have a bias toward action. Part of our secret sauce is realizing that the best way to advance opportunity is to do, try, make, and test.
We’re having the time of our lives. We love what we do and lead with a spirit of fun. So expect laughter and friendly hijinks—because we view life, work, and collaboration as a joyful adventure.
It's a sacred exchange to be invited into a business, join forces with a founder, or steward an investor’s dollars. We don't see these as mere transactions, but a context to reinforce trust over time.
We bring our very best effort because we want to be the best at what we do. We think that’s what makes companies great and teams honorable. We work hard, learn relentlessly, and never lower the bar on quality.
We believe every single person is inherently valuable and uniquely gifted. We seek to unleash the best in people through how we serve, compensate, and communicate.
Max was trained at McKinsey followed by work with leading organizations across the for-profit and non-profit world including Google, The Charlie Rose Show, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He most recently served as the director of the investment leadership program at Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund. His passion: turning big ideas into reality.
Founder / Co-founder
- The Weekend Reader: new media content publisher
- The Lift Seminar: productivity training brand
- Stagecoach Ventures: strategy + innovation advisory
- MBA with honors from Harvard Business School
- George Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
- Author: The MBA Oath (Penguin Portfolio, 2010)
Evan was trained on Wall Street, but discovered he loves people and ideas more than models. He’s built a venture-backed retailer worth $50mm+. He’s built a family investing office with a number of successful exits. And he’s an active mentor at Techstars, Praxis and SKU.
Founder / Co-founder
- Tradecraft: family seed stage investment firm
- Treehouse: home improvement retail chain
- Wedgwood Circle: media investment network
- Corinthian Health Services
- Texas A&M University / Kauffman Fellow
- Author: Get Backed (Harvard Business Press, 2015)
A fourth-generation Coloradoan, Jim is a hands-on business owner with an acute eye for detail and a broad range of experiences. As a serial entrepreneur and senior-level leader, he has guided companies that range from metal products manufacturing, to retail children’s apparel, and everything in between. Jim has worn many hats including CEO/Founder, COO, and CFO. Outside of work Jim enjoys spending time with his family and serving on several non-profit boards.
Leo grew up in a large family on a small dairy farm in the Midwest and has built his career leading and performing accounting, finance, treasury, and risk management functions for national footprint operating companies – large and small, public and private. In addition to his operating company experience, Leo has helped grow a portfolio of companies in the private equity sector. Leo holds an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, a BS in Accounting from Minnesota State University – Mankato, and he is a Certified Management Accountant.
Trevor began his career as a writer, working among the immigrant and Native American communities in Texas and Montana, before he found his way into entrepreneurship. He’s a serial founder and a former Managing Director with the global accelerator Techstars. At Techstars, he invested in 45 companies, led a program in partnership with the Amazon Alexa Fund, and worked on their first accelerator for mission-driven companies. He is interested in the intersections between personal, team, and company growth and is the author of the upcoming book, Levers: The Framework for Building Repeatability into your Business.
A.W. was born and raised in Virginia but became an adopted Coloradan after serving at Ft. Carson with the U.S. Army’s 10th Special Forces Group. He’s had the privilege of leading America’s best as both a Ranger-qualified infantry and Green Beret officer, commanding highly-enabled teams worldwide from Afghanistan to the Pacific Rim to eastern Europe. A recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, A.W. graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was a Tillman Scholar. He loves backcountry skiing, fly fishing, and travelling with his wife and two daughters.
Jed began his career managing investment portfolios for families, corporations and endowments in Washington, D.C. before joining Bank of America’s Consumer & Retail investment banking team in New York City where he helped advise corporate clients and financial sponsors on strategic and financial transactions. A North Carolina native who loves the outdoors, Jed has traded Appalachian streams for Rocky Mountain rivers and spends his weekends fly fishing and hiking with his wife and son. Jed holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University.
Molly is a Denver native. After completing a business degree at CU Boulder she moved to Australia to work with a non-profit in Perth, Australia for 7 years. She worked with young people and local churches in Australia, Asia, and Europe. Now she is back in Colorado and grateful to be a part of the Saturn Five team.
Born in Colorado and raised in South Dakota, Karen has spent over 20 years in finance, M&A and investing roles. Karen began her career working in investment banking and risk management at Goldman Sachs, in New York and Hong Kong. She went on to spend seven years at TSG Consumer Partners, a consumer/retail private equity fund, and then five years at US Anesthesia Partners, a healthcare company focused on acquiring anesthesia practices. She graduated from Dartmouth College with High Honors and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her free time Karen loves being active outdoors with her husband and her two children.
Jake began his career in Deloitte’s International Tax Practice in Houston. He left Deloitte to become the CFO of a D2C e-commerce business where he oversaw the FP&A, accounting, and operations functions. Jake is a licensed CPA and holds a MPA from the University of Texas. In his free time, you can find him with his nose in a book or out rock climbing.