FI  Sentinel Trust

     Office Locations:

2001 Kirby Drive, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713-529-3729



  • Early
  • Middle Market
  • Seed



  • Business Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Transportation & Distribution



    The Flowers and Fruehauf families together created Sentinel Trust in 1997. The Fruehauf family's story begins with the invention of the semi-trailer in 1914 by August Fruehauf. By the late 1990s, the family had diversified holdings in public equities, hedge funds, and private equity, including investments in Georgia Pacific and Burger King. A family of engineers, the Flowers family began its legacy of innovation with H. Fort Flowers. H. Fort invested in a number of businesses primarily in banking and mining. He expanded into the energy industry by purchasing an operating oil & gas company in 1957. The firm's private equity portfolio is a fund-of-fund structure. Private equity strategies focus on three broad areas: Corporate Finance includes strategies such as leveraged buyouts, mezzanine financing, expansion capital, and distressed debt; Venture Capital strategies invest at the early stage of a business' life cycle, perhaps even before the business has any revenues; Real Estate investments include commercial properties such as last mile industrial warehouses, residential properties such as apartment complexes, non-traditional real estate assets like data centers and cell towers, timber, agriculture, and energy-producing assets.

    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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    D. Fort Flowers Executive Chairman
    David A. Bristol Vice Chairman
    Dennis A. Montz Director of Private Investments
    Todd A. Burchett Chief Investment Officer


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