Today we’d like to introduce you to Keegan Dum.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Originally a chemical engineer from Georgia Tech, I had a great job and was doing well in a large corporation. But I didn’t like the fact that the company owned the major decisions in my life (like where my family and I would have to move), so I left the company to attend Emory’s one-year MBA program. I brought my family back to Atlanta (so happy to be back!) to spend a year exploring if I wanted to go back in the corporate path or do something on my own.
During one of my classes, I listened to an inspiring speaker talk about search funds: where investors back a young but accomplished MBA to go buy and run a company. I immediately knew that I wanted to go out and raise my own fund. I spent the spring semester devoting all of my time to making this a reality: creating my thesis, reaching out to investors, and preparing myself for the search process.
And so here I am today, one year into a two-year search process, where I’ve been in contact with thousands of business owners across the country. It’s crazy to believe that I could be running a great company within the next twelve months.
Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest struggle is constant rejection. Every day I reach out to a lot of business owners to see if they’ve thought about selling their business, and every day most of them tell me to get lost. So I’ve had to build up a thick skin to get through it, but it’s all worth it for every great relationship that I’ve built along the way.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Fiduciam Capital – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The entire goal of my business is to give a business owner the opportunity to hand on their legacy to the next generation that might not have already existed. Kind of an adopt-a-son-to-run-my-business kind of thing. I’m most proud of the relationships that I’ve built along the way, and the fact that the business I ultimately buy will be one where I look up to and respect the owner like a mentor and feel like I’m really taking care of their people.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I LOVE pretty much all things Atlanta. I love being close to Georgia Tech for tailgating and games (go Jackets!), I love living next to Piedmont Park where I go pretty much everyday with my wife and kids, I love being able to ride my bike to work, I love the weather, I love all of the amazing restaurants, and the list could go on forever.
My least favorite aspect is absolutely the traffic (again, why I live inside the loop and avoid getting into my car).
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