Our Focus, Experience and Reputation Differentiate Us

Our focused, consistent and repeatable approach is designed to deliver successful outcomes

Our Approach

Focused

Our focus and experience provides us with a differentiated and highly informed view of investment opportunities in our target markets

Thematic

We target investment themes we believe provide strong growth potential and companies with differentiated capabilities and market positions

Growth-Oriented

We look to balance organic and acquisition-based growth initiatives to drive long-term value creation in our investments

Partnership

Partnership is at the core of everything we do – creating alignment and common goals amongst our firm, management teams and investors

Reputation

Integrity and trust are critical to our success – we have a strong track record of closing deals and delivering positive outcomes for our partners

Impactful

We invest to positively impact our target markets, our portfolio companies and the communities within which they operate

Flexible

Each investment has unique characteristics which requires our flexible approach to meet the needs of all stakeholders

“Working with AE Industrial has been a truly outstanding experience. Not only have we benefited from their financial resources, but the access we’ve had to strategic and operational resources within AE Industrial and across their portfolio of companies has been transformational. And AE Industrial’s experienced Advisory Board has provided us with broad and deep technical insights and customer intelligence. Through it all, AE Industrial has strongly supported maintaining our company culture, which has been our top priority.”

Dr. Reggie Brothers , AEI Operating Partner, Former CEO  |  BigBear.ai

“With AE Industrial’s support, Gryphon executed an acquisition plan to better align our capabilities with DOD’s digital strategy. We successfully integrated five companies in less than 18 months, building our engineering capabilities with digital, cloud, and predictive analytics faster than we could have grown it organically. AE Industrial’s knowledge of the aerospace and defense sector, coupled with their resources and vision, accelerated Gryphon’s position as a market leader.”

Pam Braden, AEI Operating Partner, Former CEO  |  Gryphon

“I was initially attracted to AE Industrial by the firm’s passion for aviation and defense, combined with a focus on culture within their companies and teams. As part of the AE Industrial family, we’ve maintained our entrepreneurial philosophy and innovative approach that has been fundamental to our success, while gaining the support of an experienced team with deep A&D ties to help us identify new growth opportunities. G.S. Precision’s acquisition of SMC Aerospace is a good example of an acquisition which we would not have been able to achieve alone.”

Matt O’Connell, President & CEO  |  G.S. Precision
Our Growth

We have built a leading investment firm in our target markets over our 20+ year history

2021
  • 75th Acquisition
  • Formed AE Industrial Partners HorizonX
  • Became a signatory to the ILPA Diversity in Action initiative
  • Joined the ESG Data Convergence Project
2020
  • 50th acquisition
  • Named one of The Best Private Equity Firms for Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine
  • Launched AE Industrial Partners Structured Solutions
  • Launched AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities
  • Became a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)
2018
  • Launched AE Industrial Partners Fund II
  • 25th acquisition
2014-2015
  • Rebranded as AE Industrial Partners
  • Launched first institutional private equity fund, AE Industrial Partners Fund I
  • Boca Raton, FL office opened
1998-2014
  • Completed 15 platforms and 22 add-ons as a fundless sponsor

1998
  • AeroEquity founded by Brian Rowe and David Rowe
2021
  • 75th Acquisition
  • Formed AE Industrial Partners HorizonX
  • Became a signatory to the ILPA Diversity in Action initiative
  • Joined the ESG Data Convergence Project
2018
  • Launched AE Industrial Partners Fund II
  • 25th acquisition
1998-2014
  • Completed 15 platforms and 22 add-ons as a fundless sponsor

2020
  • 50th acquisition
  • Named one of The Best Private Equity Firms for Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine
  • Launched AE Industrial Partners Structured Solutions
  • Launched AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities
  • Became a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)
2014-2015
  • Rebranded as AE Industrial Partners
  • Launched first institutional private equity fund, AE Industrial Partners Fund I
  • Boca Raton, FL office opened
1998
  • AeroEquity founded by Brian Rowe and David Rowe