Kevin Kacer is a co-founder and vice president at K-2 Venture Partners, a private equity firm that invests in lower-middle-market, family-owned businesses and also provides M&A advisory and consulting services. He and his father, Mark Kacer, founded K-2 Ventures in Miami, Florida in 2019. K-2 Ventures combines the founders’ longstanding financial expertise and extensive South Florida network. The company is driven by their motto: “Helping companies reach their peak.” They work with small businesses that more traditional private equity firms might pass over.
“We’re a family-owned business, so we have a personal touch,” says Kevin. “We’re not your traditional suit-and-tie guys; we’re very experienced with the basic ‘blocking and tackling’ of running a business that results in operational efficiencies, enhanced profitability and increased enterprise value.”
K-2 Ventures utilizes its founders’ combined industry acumen to efficiently and intelligently close deals to the benefit of all involved. K-2 Ventures has a personal understanding of what it takes to build a successful business from the ground up and uses that experience to understand where sellers and buyers are coming from. To that end, they value transparency above all else and support clients through each step of the process. K-2’s current investments include a construction estimating software company located in Delray Beach, FL as well as a leading industrial control valve company headquartered in Rhode Island.
Most recently, K-2 served as the exclusive financial advisor to Mark Two Engineering, LLC, a medical device manufacturer, in its sale to a Chicago-based private equity firm. The transaction marked a milestone in the momentum of K-2’s M&A advisory services for lower middle-market businesses and is representative of the firm’s effective transactional and operational guidance along with the company’s commitment to its clients’ long-term sustainable success.
Kevin is currently responsible for identifying, evaluating, executing, and managing K-2’s investments and clients, as well as research, marketing, and other company-wide initiatives. Working with his father has provided significant advantages to Kevin’s efforts. With his father’s 40 years of finance, accounting and operations experience behind him, primarily in a C-suite role, Mark has amassed a wide network of colleagues, investors, and sophisticated contacts. Combined with Kevin’s own considerable network that he has cultivated from a young age, the duo has a broad group of professionals they can call on for their business needs.
Kevin’s trajectory into the finance world began in college, where he attended Florida State University and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. He then spent five years in the workforce in audit and advisory sectors for large and small CPA firms, but always maintained an interest in M&A, something both his father and uncle had worked in. Finding it difficult to break out of the accounting world, he enrolled at Notre Dame and earned his MBA with a concentration in finance, helping him bridge the career gap and secure several subsequent M&A roles at both private equity and investment banking firms. While in these roles, Kevin gained invaluable experience in the M&A space, where he bought, sold, consulted, and raised capital for a number of small-businesses across a wide-array of industries.
Kevin credits his success to his diverse financial background. “My accounting background has been advantageous and helps me to fully understand a company’s true performance in key metrics which ultimately drive their future performance and enterprise value. It also enables me to identify where there may be inaccurate information as well as opportunities and efficiencies that were not previously identified.”
In addition to working with small businesses at K-2 Ventures, Kevin is also involved in community and educational organizations. He was elected to Florida State University’s Department of Finance Advisory Board of Directors in early 2021. In this role, he helps with the overall guidance and direction of the finance program as well as assisting students as they prepare for their own future finance careers. Dearest to his heart though is his involvement in the Miracle League of Miami Dade, a baseball league for special needs children and adults. Like K-2 Ventures, his involvement with the Miracle League is a family affair, whereby both he and his dad have coached their own teams for many years and are very active in promoting and supporting the program.
Vice President — K-2 Venture Partners d/b/a K-2 Ventures