About Us

If you truly want to build and scale a long term and scaled business and have a target in mind we would love to talk.

How We Work

Our Approach

We are looking to partner with management teams to invest in and grow market leading businesses. We generally look for profitable businesses with at least $5 million of annual revenue with the potential to scale to $500 million or more. 

We generally focus on leveraged buyouts, build-ups and growth equity investments and rarely do early stage or venture investments.

We are interested in backing young teams who are interested in growing high-quality operating businesses over multi-decade time horizons. We are industry agnostic and we don’t do startups. We don’t do turnarounds. We back young talent and help guide them in developing and growing a business at scale. 

We use only our own capital and ultimately want our management teams to become majority owners. 

If you truly want to build and scale a long term and scaled business and have a target in mind we would love to talk.

Revenue in excess of 5M and EBITDA in excess if 1M

Target initial equity checks of $2M -$10M

Large and fragmented markets

Profitable (we do not do turnarounds)

Brian Giese

Chairman and Founder


Our Founder

Brian was the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of True Influence. He began True Influence in 2008 and over the next 13 years grew the company to hundreds of people worldwide, scaling it to extraordinary revenues, and years of escalating profit.

In 2021 Brian led the company to a very successful, 9-figure acquisition. Now he is dedicating his time finding and investing in revenue-driven, profitable companies. 

Brian is originally from Maryland and now spends time in Annapolis and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He lives with his wife, Patty and is the proud father of three children and one grandchild.

Our Team

Liis May

Liis May

Executive Assistant

Every company needs someone who is “the glue” that holds things together, who is capable and knowledgeable in virtually all aspects of the business, can think broadly enough to see opportunities, yet be laser-focused enough to proactively solve problems before they become ‘problems’. For BWG Holdings, that person is Liis. Her experience across a multitude of business types ranging from software to construction provide her with a breadth and depth of expertise that is vital in the day-to-day operation of the company. An avid tennis player, Liis also applies her expertise as a local League Coordinator for USTA. She is the devoted mother of two adult children, one of whom has followed her mother into the business world, while the other is a missionary in Panama.

Michael VanPatten

Michael VanPatten

Vice Chairman

One of Michael’s strengths is figuring out where technologies are going before they germinate and mature. This foresight adds value to his strategic guidance. It’s just his nature to “get it done,” and he is known for taking on the tough projects, whether it’s managing the merger and integration of two wireless security software companies or implementation of a new ERP system. (Not only is he extremely smart in accounting Michael is well-versed in computer systems, too.) Michael holds a CPA and MBA, has taught over 20 MBA classes in Finance, Marketing and Management at a major university and is a member of the Financial Executives International (FEI), Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and has authored several published articles.

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