PE  RLJ Equity Partners

     Office Locations:

3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1000
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 240-744-7856
Fax: 240-744-7857



  • Middle Market



  • Business Services
  • Communications & Networking
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Retail & Restaurant
  • Transportation & Distribution



    RLJ Equity Partners is a middle market private equity firm founded by Robert L. Johnson and The Carlyle Group.The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment; private equity; financial services; asset management; insurance services; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. RLJ Equity makes control investments in North American companies with enterprise values between $50 and $250 million. RLJ Equity's typical investment size is between $20 million and $45 million per transaction and the firm has the ability to pursue larger transactions in collaboration with strategic partners. Preferred industries include: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive & Transportation, Business Services, Consumer & Retail, Media & Telecom, and General Industrial. As of November 2013, RLJ Equity Partners had seven portfolio companies.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Daphne J. Dufresne Managing Director
    Ernita F. Thomas Senior Vice President & Controller
    H. Van Sinclair President
    Jack Isaacs Director of Business Development
    Jerry L. Johnson Managing Director


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):












    Portfolio companies include:

      CVC Tur
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      Enhanced Recovery Company
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      Fleischmanns Vinegar
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      LAI International
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      Media Source
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      Operaodra e Agencia de Viagens
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      Tok & Stok
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