Plexus Capital Successfully Raises
More than $500 Million for Fifth Fund

RALEIGH, N.C.  October 6, 2020.

Plexus Capital (“Plexus”), a private investment firm focused on bringing institutional scale to the financing of small businesses in the United States, announced today that it has successfully closed Plexus Fund V (“Fund V”) ahead of schedule and above the original fundraising target.  The $502 million raised for Fund V includes commitments from institutional investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, and banks, as well as family offices and high net worth individuals.

Founded in 2005, Plexus has a long history of providing capital to small businesses in the United States.  Plexus remains focused on the strategy it has pursued across multiple economic cycles since inception, led by a multi-generational leadership team with decades of experience together.

“The overwhelming continued support from our existing investors is a key indicator of our differentiated strategy, team depth and expertise, and consistent approach to value creation as economic cycles have shifted over the years.  We are also pleased to welcome several new institutional investors to Fund V.  We are fortunate to partner with exceptional management teams and like-minded investors to help small businesses achieve their growth plans,” said Alex Bean, Plexus Partner.

Consistent with its predecessor funds, Fund V is expected to invest primarily in profitable U.S.-based companies with $10‑100 million in revenue.  Since 2005, Plexus funds have invested more than $1.1 billion in over 115 small businesses.

About Plexus Capital:

Founded in 2005, Plexus has raised more than $1.4 billion across five funds, partnering with leaders of small businesses to help facilitate growth and create jobs.  The Plexus team consists of 32 professionals with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Alex Bean


On May 15-16, Plexus Capital hosted its 13th Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill, NC. Please watch some of our team members review the highlights of the past year and our path towards continued success in the future.

Bob Anders
Our Vision
Bob Anders presents Plexus’ vision and partnerships

A Year in Review
Mike Becker reviews our year at Plexus Capital

Our Funds
Alex Bean presents Plexus Capital's Funds

Thank YOU
Kel Landis thanks investors and introduces guest speaker

Private Equity Trends
Andrea Auerbach details trends in private equity

Meeting Wrap Up
Michael Painter on maintaining our competitive advantage


Plexus has published the Part 2 of the Plexus Capital Podcast, The Independent Sponsor Model, featuring David McLean and Jon Finger of McGuireWoods, LLP. This episode continues to explore the facets of the independent sponsor model. Listen to the fourth episode on Plexus Capital's page on Soundcloud (


Plexus has published another episode of the Plexus Capital Podcast. The Independent Sponsor Model, featuring David McLean and Jon Finger of McGuireWoods, LLP, explores the various facets of the independent sponsor model. Listen to the third episode on Plexus Capital's page on Soundcloud (


Kel Landis, a Founding Partner of Plexus Capital, is scheduled to speak at the NC|CEO Summit on March 26-27, 2018 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Exclusive to CEO's and Presidents, the Summit is a collaboration, learning, and networking event hosted by Business North Carolina magazine.


Michael Painter, Managing Partner of Plexus Capital, was a guest on the popular podcast, Scaling with Data. The episode, "The Road to One Billion- With Plexus Capital's Michael Painter", describes the transformation of Plexus since its inception in 2005.

There are countless moving pieces to any private investment fund, from managing portfolio company reports to growing your own internal team. Michael Painter tells the story of Plexus Capital's journey from raising a fund right before the Great Recession to commanding a team of over 25 people and almost $1B in funds raised.

Investing in Small Businesses: The SBIC Program

SBIA President Brett Palmer, Michael Painter of Plexus Capital, Theis Kolln of AAVIN Private Equity Advisors, and Mark Walsh of Ruxton Ventures testified on the effectiveness of the SBIC program.

Importantly, SBIA addressed some areas in need of improvement, particularly licensing, examinations, transparency, and basic program operations. The goals of the hearing were to educate committee members on the success of the program and encourage them to continue to strengthen it.

Introducing our Plexus Capital podcast

Plexus has launched a podcast! Listen to the first episode of the season on Plexus Capital’s page on Soundcloud (

Latest tracks by Plexus Capital

2017 Plexus Capital Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting - Carolina Inn Chapel Hill, NC

Kel Landis on private equity and economic activity.

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November, 2016
Plexus Capital Completes $400 Million Fund IV

RALEIGH, NC – Plexus Capital (“Plexus”), a leading provider of capital to small businesses in the United States, today announced the successful closing of Plexus Fund IV (“Fund IV”) at its fully subscribed offering of $400 million. Consistent with its predecessor funds, Fund IV will focus on the same successful strategy of investing in profitable businesses with $10 – 100 million in revenue to support growth, recapitalizations, and transitions of ownership.

With the closing of Fund IV, Plexus has raised more than $950 million since inception in 2005, including capital accessed through SBA’s Small Business Investment Company program. In addition to SBA capital and significant investments from the Plexus team, investors include 57 banks, 208 individuals and family offices, and 8 institutions.

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July, 2015
The Lead Left Interviews Robert Gefaell

This week the Lead Left chats with Robert Gefaell, co-founder and partner, Plexus Capital. Plexus focuses on subordinated debt investments in middle market companies, with a total of $550 million under management across 3 funds.

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Winter 2014
Carolina Banker - A True Partnership: CBS and Plexus Capital

Community Bank Services (CBS) has been in business since 1980, looking for business partnerships that can help North Carolina’s banks. This help might mean working with banks to find a more efficient model for business operations, or introducing services and products that will produce bottom line earnings or create savings on existing business. When we find these partnerships and connect them with our bankers, the result is a “win-win” combination that benefits all parties involved.

However, true partnerships rarely “just happen.” They require mutual commitment and respect, as well as hard work from both sides, no matter the endeavor. This is the recipe that led to the partnership between CBS and Plexus Capital as the two work together to benefit the economy of North Carolina and North Carolina banks. The partnership between CBS and Plexus began almost 10 years ago, and the rest is history – an ongoing history.

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Founders Club Radio Interviews Kel Landis of Plexus Capital and Johnson Cook of Voxa

Founders ClubThis week’s guests were Johnson Cook and Kel Landis. Johnson Cook is the CEO & Founder of Voxa, the Co-Founder and Director of the Atlanta Tech Village, and a Partner at Atlanta Ventures. Kel Landis is the Co-Founder and a Partner of Plexus Capital, and the author of The Little Book of Do.

Listen to our conversation on starting your company, creating distinctive core values, life as an entrepreneur, building a community that promotes great ideas, and living a life of “do”.

Johnson Cook on Looking Two Steps Further: “The original idea was around this very simple problem that stuff doesn’t get into the CRM. So that was where we started. We said, ‘Hey. There’s a big hole here.’ We were looking more at the CRM, less at email. We said, ‘Email is a big thing we can add to the CRM.’ The clients were really asking for the very small incremental innovation. It was the investor pitches over six months to about 105 investors where we refined our vision. They looked at what we were doing ans said, ‘You guys have a solid team. You got a solid idea, but you’ve got to find the bigger vision. You’ve got to find the platform play. What’s the billion-dollar platform that can go disrupt something, not just, ‘Let’s help CRMs be better’.’ It was cool because that vision was there all along, and companies would eventually come to the realization and would ask us for that, but it was the investors who challenged us to look two steps further than we were looking right now.”

Click here to listen to the interview.

Kel Landis on Doing: “I say that the two-letter verb ‘do’ is the most powerful word in our lives, if we will live what it means. It just means that the book is really about the notion that every day we all wake up with a choice to do what matters in our own lives, but our families, our businesses, and our communities. We don’t spend our lives having a long list of ‘want to do’s’ or ‘one day I’m going to do’s.’ This book talks about ways to examine what to do and what not to do and finding the inspiration and the tools to do it, and then acknowledging all the benefits that come from a life of ‘do’.”

Read the full transcript here.

Sept 2, 2014

Plexus Capital Names Michael Painter as Managing Partner

CHARLOTTE, NC – Plexus Capital announced its partners have appointed Michael Painter as Managing Partner. Painter, one of five founding partners, was promoted as part of a long-planned transition and succeeds Bob Anders, who has served as Managing Partner since the firm’s inception in 2005.

Under Anders’ leadership, Plexus invested $365 million, partnered with 61 small businesses, and raised more than $550 million. Anders will remain a full-time partner and member of the investment committee, as will all other founding partners, Kel Landis, Mike Becker and Robert Gefaell.

“Michael is the right person for the job,” Anders said. “He is immensely qualified and has the unanimous support of our team. This transition is part of our commitment to building an institutionally driven firm with significant management depth. We are intensely committed to doing both.”

Painter has worked closely with Anders and the other founding partners since their time together at Centura Bank in the mid-1990s. “Enduring relationships are at the core of everything we do, with our portfolio companies, our investors and our team,” Painter said. “Over the past decade, that is how we’ve built Plexus. We will continue making substantial investments to develop our professionals as we prepare our next generation of leadership.”

Named 2013 US Small Business Investment Company of the year, Plexus has a committed and growing investor base, including 45 banks, 115 individuals, and 6 institutions. Investors from Plexus’ first two funds increased commitments by more than 150% in Plexus Fund III, a $300 million fund raised in 2013. Plexus has deployed $95 million in 11 companies from its current fund and actively seeks additional opportunities to partner with profitable small businesses with $10 – 100 million in revenue.Plexus 2014 release, September 2014

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KFBS Alumni Event 2013

UNC Kenan-flagler Presents Alumni Awards


UNC Kenan-Flagler honored eight award winners at its15th annual Alumni Association Awards ceremony Nov. 1, 2013. The awards recognize members of the School community who personify the core values ( of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork — qualities for which the School is known.

“The success of our alumni is an honor to the School and the faculty and staff who played a part in their education,” said John P. (Jack) Evans, interim dean. “These awards celebrate alumni who have distinguished themselves through their careers, their contributions to the broader community and their service to UNC Kenan-Flagler. We recognize them as role models for the graduates who will follow.”

Three Alumni Association Awards were presented:

  • Steven D. Bell (AB ’67) of Greensboro, N.C., founder of Bell Partners, received the Business School Leadership Award for exceptional achievement in a career field, personal endeavor or service to UNC Kenan-Flagler.
  • Rolf K. Hoffmann (MBA ’87) of Westlake Village, Calif., senior vice president and head of U.S. commercial operations for Amgen, received the Global Leadership Award for global participation and initiative to advance the School’s education, research and public service mission.
  • Phaedra Boinodiris (AB ’94, MBA ’08) of Cary, N.C., global serious games/gamification program manager at IBM, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for leadership in career accomplishments and exceptional commitment to the School.

Five honorees received Alumni Merit Awards, given by the degree programs to alumni who personify the School’s tradition of excellence. They are:

  • H. Kel Landis III (BSBA ’79, MBA ’82) of Raleigh, N.C., co-founder and partner at Plexus Capital, bachelor of science in business administration award
  • Jeffrey A. Allred (AB ’76, MBA ’80, JD ’80) of Atlanta, Ga., partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, master of business administration award
  • Cam Patterson (EMBA ’08) of Chapel Hill, chief of the division of cardiology at UNC Hospitals and associate dean of medical entrepreneurship at UNC, executive master of business administration award
  • Coleman D. Ross (BSBA ’65) of Chapel Hill, independent insurance companies director and former national leader of insurance practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, master of accounting award
  • William D. Perreault (BSBA ’70, PhD ’73) of Chapel Hill, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Marketing at UNC Kenan-Flagler, PhD award

Plexus Capital Named Nation’s Small Business Investment Company of the Year;
Completes $300 Million Fund III

May 3rd, 2013

US SBA 2013 Small BUsiness Investment Company of the YearClick above
to see the award letter.

CHARLOTTE and RALEIGH - Plexus Capital, which specializes in providing growth capital to lower middle market businesses across the nation, has been named the U.S. Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year for 2013. In announcing that Plexus is the top SBIC of more than 300 in the nation, Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills cited "Plexus Capital's hard work, innovative ideas and dedication." Plexus Capital will receive the SBIC of the Year Award June 21 during the 50th Anniversary of National Small Business Week. The North Carolina-based firm has just completed raising $150 million in private capital from its long standing limited partners. Pending final SBA approval, this private capital will be combined with leverage from the SBA in the same amount to create Plexus Fund III, with total available investment capital of $300 million. Plexus invests across a broad range of industries and typically in privately-held, lower middle market businesses across the United States. Plexus Capital meets strict SBA licensing criteria in order to provide subordinated debt and equity capital as an SBIC serving small businesses across the nation.

"Being named the nation’s Small Business Investment Company of 2013 speaks to the value we are providing to our investors and small businesses across the country," said Plexus Capital Managing Partner Bob Anders. "Plexus is distinguished by our focus on relationships, our determination to create access to growth capital for U.S. middle market businesses, and our proven ability to continue to earn the confidence of our investors. With investments in more than 50 businesses, and experience managing through all economic cycles, we have proven ourselves to be patient investors with the experience it takes to succeed." The SBA selected Plexus Capital for the honor based on its award criteria which included portfolio company revenue and employment growth, strong commitment to overall business growth, management of portfolio companies, and participation in the small business community.

About SBICs

The Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is a private-public partnership created in 1958 to fill the gap between the availability of growth capital and the needs of small businesses. The SBA’s Investment Division licenses qualified private equity fund managers and provides them with access to low-cost, government-guaranteed capital to make investments in U.S. small businesses. (see

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Plexus Capital Fund II Surpasses $100 Million Milestone

Over the past two years, Plexus Capital has made investments totaling more than $100 million in high growth, lower middle market businesses from its $175 million Plexus Fund II.

Specializing in providing growth capital in the form of mezzanine, subordinated debt, or preferred equity, Plexus launched Fund I in 2005 and followed with Fund II in 2009. The Plexus team currently manages approximately $255 million of investable capital and has closed 45 investments between its first two Funds.

“Plexus conducts exhaustive due diligence, employing the most current technology and maintaining close contact with our portfolio management teams. We strive to build a mutually beneficial relationship with each of our constituents — always with the long term in mind. What distinguishes Plexus is our desire and willingness to serve as a valued strategic financial partner to each and every one of our portfolio companies,” said Bob Anders, Plexus managing partner.

Plexus focuses on providing growth capital to healthy businesses located in the Eastern United States with revenues between $20 million and $100 million. The private firm is a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) and provides funding from its private investors in collaboration with the Small Business Association.

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