Argyle Executive Forum is a leading provider of C-level executive summits for Fortune 500 business leaders. Argyle hosts more than 100 annual full-day conferences, private breakfasts, dinners, workshops, virtual conferences, think tanks and roundtable discussions for its screened executive membership of leaders of the largest companies in the United States.
Argyle's event and content solutions allow its members, speakers and sponsoring partners to connect in person, in a true peer-to-peer, protected environment to share thought leadership, high level networking and direct discussion with fellow business leaders.Based in New York, Argyle is supported by hundreds of leading brand partners who receive a range of programs allowing them to access and engage with the company's membership.
Under Wicks' ownership Bendon was one of the largest producers of children's coloring and activity products in the United States. Founded in 2002 and based in Ashland, Ohio, the company has shipped more than 1 billion products since its inception. Bendon maintains decade-long, contractual, and strategic relationships with several of the largest retailers in the country, including Walmart, Target, Dollar General, CVS, Walgreens, and with the most sought-after children's brands in the world, including Disney, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Crayola and Sesame Street.
Bendon's products are competitively priced and currently sold at approximately 68,000 retail locations, where the Company enjoys exclusive placement in more than 4.1 million "plan-o-gram" pockets across the United States, dwarfing its next largest competitor. Early in its history, the Company focused exclusively on the discount retail channel and over time expanded its distribution into a variety of outlets, such as mass retail, drug, grocery and other specialty craft outlets. The company has differentiated itself by improving the quality of its products and expanding its distribution, which has fostered new partnerships and expanded licensing rights. The company's licensors partner with Bendon to provide an important element of their branding strategies in this product niche.
Founded in 2005 and headquartered in New York, Bisnow is North America's leading commercial real estate news and events company. The company maintains over 600K e-newsletter subscribers, hosts over 400K unique visitors to its website per month, and produces almost 300 events with more than 60K ticket buyers per year across 30 metro markets.
Bonded Services Holdings is a market leader in the records and information management industry, providing specialty warehousing, logistics, supply-chain, and related support services to movie studios, television production companies, advertising agencies, corporations, government entities, and other producers of high-value media assets. Bonded provides a full suite of climate-controlled warehousing, logistics, and custom technical services in 28 facilities located in six countries.
Under Wicks' ownership Delta was a leading developer and supplier of hands-on science and math manipulatives, reading programs and related curriculum products for Pre-K to 9th grade. Founded in 1974 on the belief that "children learn best by doing," Delta developed a leading reputation and franchise in the supplementary education market.
Based in Baltimore, MD, EZShield is a leading provider of identity theft and fraud protection services through partnerships with companies in financial services, employee benefits, insurance, communications and other select industries. These companies, in turn, deliver EZShield's products as value-add offerings to their customers. EZShield's go-to-market strategy enables the company to deliver an unparalleled customer value proposition for its partners. The company has been named "Best Overall" Identity Protection Leader three consecutive times by Javelin Strategy & Research.
Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Lisle, IL, Gladson is a leading provider of digital content and retail omni-channel optimization solutions for the consumer-packaged goods ("CPG") and fast-moving consumer goods ("FMCG") industries. Gladson delivers product data to support omni-channel initiatives that improve shopper engagement and that maximize efficiency within retail, online and logistics operations. The Company owns the largest proprietary product content library in the industry, containing more than 1 million individual products and 8 million product images. Its blue-chip client base includes some of the biggest household names in the CPG, FMCG, and retail industries.
Under Wicks' ownership Independent Media Group consisted of twenty one mid-western newspapers: nine daily papers, four bi-weekly, and eight weekly papers in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nebraska. The Company also owned seventeen total market coverage shoppers. Total paid circulation of the newspapers was greater than 100,000. The Total Market Coverage shoppers enabled the papers to reach over 500,000 households.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Jamison, PA, Invo Healthcare Associates is a leading provider of behavior health and special education services. The Company leverages a database of more than 1 million therapists to deliver occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and Applied Behavioral Analysis ("ABA") therapy to children with autism and other special needs. With operations in 28 states, Invo is one of the only scaled, national platforms in the industry, providing services to more than 500 school districts, charter schools and community-based state agency clients through more than 1,300 therapists, serving approximately 60,000 individuals annually. The Company delivers 89% of its services in a school-based setting with the remaining 11% of services provided in the community to children aged 0-5.
Jobson Healthcare Information is a premier integrated healthcare information and marketing services provider, with leading positions in a variety of rapidly growing healthcare markets such as pharmacy, clinician (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) and the managed markets (managed care, eldercare, hospitals, government and employer groups), as well as select specialty physician sectors including ophthalmology and radiology. Through its diversified, multi-media portfolio of marketing services, information databases, trade publications, medical education programs, events, websites and other digital and traditional media services, JHI is uniquely positioned to reach, educate and influence a highly targeted network of approximately one million healthcare professionals across more than 20 specialties.
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Lawrence, MA, Little Sprouts provides early education and child care to more than 1,700 children per year in 22 centers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Little Sprouts' award-winning schools offer parents a literacy-based, individualized, developmentally-appropriate education for each child, through a proprietary curriculum called "Budding Scholars", an individualized learning approach to pre-K children which inspires a lifelong love of learning and develops a strong foundation for early reading proficiency. Each child's education is individualized through regular assessment and monthly progress checks and 93% of Little Sprouts' graduates are early-reading proficient. The Company has been a trusted innovator in early education and a network of award-winning child care facilities for over 30 years.
Manifest was formed through the combination of McMurry/TMG and Manifest Digital in August 2015. Previously, McMurry/TMG had been formed in December 2012 through the simultaneous acquisitions of McMurry and TMG Custom Media, two family-owned content marketing agencies. With combined revenues of more than $100 million, approximately 400 employees in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and Phoenix and more than 30 Fortune 500 clients, Manifest is one of the largest independent agencies in the United States. It is among a select group of agencies that combine native experience design expertise with strong content marketing and branding editorial capabilities. The combined agency's client list includes leading brands such as Allstate; BMW; Baylor Health Care System; Delta Faucet; Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Express Scripts; The Ritz-Carlton; Kohl's; Motorola; Post Holdings; WebMD; and UPS.
New Mountain Learning was formed as a combination of two Wicks portfolio company investments, CFM Religion Publishing Group, LLC ("CFM") and Wicks Educational Publishing, LLC ("WEP"), establishing a platform for growth and diversification.
Wicks Educational Publishing is the parent of the EMC/Paradigm and JIST Publishing brands. EMC/Paradigm, founded in 1954, is an independent publisher of print and electronic educational materials for the high school and post-secondary school markets. Subjects include world languages and language arts in its high school division (EMC), and business education, computer science, and allied health in its post-secondary division (Paradigm). JIST publishes materials that assist students, teachers, career counselors and adults with topics including job searches, career exploration, occupational information, life skills and character building.
CFM Religion Publishing Group was composed of a portfolio of leading religious education publishing businesses serving non-denominational and Catholic constituencies. The company's products ranged from classroom- and group-based curriculum materials to bible commentary lessons to resources for family discussion of religion. New Mountain Learning successfully divested the CFM business.
NewBay Media is the leading information and marketing solutions provider for the AV/Pro Audio, Broadcast and Video, Music, Consumer Electronics/Gaming and Education markets. NewBay delivers its premier content through our award-winning portfolio of integrated platforms, including print and digital magazines, websites, show dailies, e-newsletters, events, and conferences. In addition, NewBay offers a wide array of marketing services, as well as reprint, licensing, and e-commerce capabilities. Through its products and services, NewBay Media reaches over 9 million people in over 100 countries.
Under Wicks' ownership Northstar Travel Media is a business-to-business information and marketing solutions provider within the global travel, tourism and meetings industry. The Company serves the retail travel, meetings and conventions, corporate travel management and incentive markets with leading brands including Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, and Incentive; database-driven electronic publications Hotel & Travel Index, Official Cruise Guide and M&C Facilities Search; and online subscription services The Beat, Travel42, Weissmann Reports, Intelliguide Corporate, BTP24 and Star Service Online. The Company also produces more than 20 face-to-face events in the served markets of retail travel, corporate travel and the meetings industry. In addition, Northstar owns PhoCusWright, the leading research and event producer serving the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, on-line travel distribution.
Under Wicks' ownership Penn Foster was one of the oldest and largest distance learning institutions in the world. Founded in 1890 by Thomas J. Foster in Scranton, Pennsylvania under the name Colliery School of Mines to educate miners and lessen the occurrence of coal mining accidents, today, Penn Foster offers high school, career and associate degree programs in online, print-based and blended formats. Its mission is to empower its students to advance or change their careers, learn a new skill, or gain personal satisfaction. The school strives to fulfill this mission by providing breadth and depth of courseware, applicable technology, and a wide array of flexible services aimed at the needs of the distance learner. More than 90 educational programs are offered in disciplines such as business, technology, and healthcare, among others. Penn Foster enrolls approximately 200,000 students each year in the U.S. and abroad, and since its inception, has educated over 13 million students around the world.
SCI Solutions empowers provider networks and health systems to capture the economic value of their community relationships by making it easier to acquire and keep patients, coordinate access to appropriate care, and grow market share. Through its cloud-based solutions, SCI serves a network of more than 500 hospitals and independent providers, including diagnostic imaging centers, physician groups and post-acute facilities. SCI connects health systems beyond their traditional boundaries to their community partners in ways big IT systems cannot. Provider networks utilize SCI's services to coordinate patient care transitions, schedule patients, obtain timely authorizations, automate referrals, manage orders and monitor performance. As a result, healthcare organizations experience business growth as well as greater physician and patient satisfaction.
Under Wicks' ownership Signal Outdoor Advertising was an out-of-home media company focused on developing advertising-supported bus shelters, benches, and information kiosks. Signal's strategy is to secure long-term municipal franchise agreements to supply advertising displays to suburban markets surrounding major metropolitan areas along the eastern corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C. and in selected other markets. Signal also acquires and develops billboard and wallscape displays on an opportunistic basis in major metropolitan areas on the east coast and has transit advertising agreements with various large transit companies and municipal transit authorities.
Signal currently owns and operates approximately 3,800 shelter, bench and kiosk advertising structures in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, suburban Washington, D.C., Georgia and Florida, as well as a bus advertising franchise in Connecticut and a billboard display in New York City.
Founded in 2000, Southern Technical Institute, Inc. is a for-profit, vocational school with six campuses located in central Florida. Southern Tech is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education ("CIE") in the state of Florida and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ("ACICS").
Under Wicks' ownership Sundance Publishing was a leading publisher of PreK-3 reading instructional materials, and a publisher and distributor of K-12 literature-based reading skills and language arts learning materials.
Sundance began over 30 years ago as a school-market distributor of quality paperback books, and was among the first to provide teacher and student materials for using literature in the classroom for instruction in reading and other curricula. Sundance grew to become a leading publisher and distributor of hundreds of programs that included outstanding books, and literature-based video, audio and CD-ROM products.
Distinguished by its strong commitment to innovative reading instruction, Sundance served more than 175,000 teachers throughout the United States and internationally. Some of the Company's best known programs included Little Red Readers (guided emergent reading), Supa-Doopers (early chapter books), LEAP (enrichment activities for grades 4-6), LIFT (critical thinking activities for middle schools) and Novel Ideas (reading skills for high schools). Other products included: SoundStarts (phonics), and The Book Project - the first reading program to fully integrate real literature and skills.
Under Wicks' ownership Gordian was a leading provider of proprietary database management and procurement services for the repair and alterations ("R&A") segment of the construction sector. Through a process known as Job Order Contracting ("JOC"), the Company provides a full-range of software and service solutions that assist federal, state and local governmental authorities in the procurement of their R&A construction needs. The Company has served its public-sector clients since 1990, beginning with the development of PROGEN™, a user-interface software tool, which along with Gordian's extensive project management expertise, was designed to streamline an organization's facilities management function through JOC. Since that time, Gordian has developed a proprietary database of over 240,000 construction tasks and materials, and pioneered the development of a JOC Complete Solution ("JCS"), growing the Company's customer base to more than 100 active clients, serviced regionally across the United States. Today, the Company's clients implement Gordian's JCS in the procurement of approximately $1.0 billion in annual R&A spend.
Under Wicks' ownership Verse Music Group was an entertainment company based in New York City with a focus on music-related intellectual property rights and related assets. Verse owns over 50,000 copyrights through its acquisition of iconic brands and music catalogs including Salsoul Records, West End Records, Bethlehem Records and Golden Records. Its platform includes featured songs by artists Rod Stewart, Nina Simone, Jennifer Lopez, John 5, Avril Lavigne, Commodores, Tupac, and Celine Dion.
Under Wicks' ownership The Wicks Group of Companies, Inc., through its affiliate The Wicks Broadcast Group, L.P. ("Wicks Broadcast"), owned or operated ten television stations and nineteen radio stations in ten geographic markets.
Under Wicks' ownership Wicks Broadcast Group built and operated a diverse group of middle market television and radio stations. Wicks searched for situations where it was able to buy at reasonable prices, effect operational changes as appropriate, and create significantly increased values. Wicks Business Information, LLC
Under Wicks' ownership Wicks Business Information was a business-to-business information services company. The company focused its activities on the financial services sector and the general business management area. WBI acquired and developed business magazines, newsletters, tradeshows, conferences/seminars and a range of specialized information products, including data bases and Internet-facilitated applications.
Under Wicks' ownership Wicks Sports Information was formed to acquire and develop niche sports information and publishing businesses to take advantage of the large and growing demand for content and data by sports enthusiasts. As its initial transaction, WSI acquired the Daily Racing Form ("DRF"), the pre-eminent provider of daily editorial, past performance and breeding and sales information to the thoroughbred horseracing industry. The company has an annual circulation of over 13 million through 30 region editions and is available in more than 7,500 retail outlets and at most major racing venues nationwide.The company also provided editorial content and sells past performance information and other handicapping products through DRF.com. DRF also sold interactive handicapping products under the Formulator brand.
Wilks Broadcast Group operates radio broadcasting stations in attractive mid-size U.S. markets. As its first transaction, WBG closed on the acquisition of three radio stations serving the Fresno, CA market in June 2005. WBG made its second acquisition in October 2005, with the purchase of four FM stations in Reno, NV and four FM stations in Lubbock, TX. In January 2007, WBG further expanded its platform to a total of 18 FM stations with the acquisition of four FM stations in Kansas City, MO and three FM stations in Columbus, OH. In March 2009, WBG acquired three FM stations in Denver, CO. WBG currently operates 21 FM radio stations across six markets.
Under Wicks' ownership Wilks Broadcasting was a radio broadcasting company that acquired and operated stations in demographically attractive mid-sized U.S. markets (DMA 50 to 150). The Company sought to purchase multiple stations in each market in order to gain a leading position in terms of both audience and revenue share. This "clustering" strategy also created economies of scale, arising from direct cost savings through shared resources, opportunities for cross-selling products, and creating a more attractive working environment for high level talent.
Wilks' portfolio included:
- KKND-FM, KMEZ-FM, WXXM-FM, WXXF-FM, serving the New Orleans, Louisiana market, the 44th ranked radio market based on population and 40th based on revenues derived from radio advertising.
- KJJY-FM, KHKI-FM, KGGO-FM, KRKQ-FM, and KBGG-AM, serving the Des Moines, Iowa market, the 91st ranked radio market based on population and 77th based on revenues derived from radio advertising.
- WGER-FM, WCEN-FM, WTCF-FM, WTLZ-FM, and WSGW-FM, serving the Saginaw, Michigan market, the 130th ranked radio market based on population and 91st based on revenues derived from radio advertising.
- KZRQ-FM and KHTO-FM, serving the Springfield, Missouri market, the 144th ranked radio market based on population and 103rd based on revenues derived from radio advertising.