January 03, 2017

Chris Paldino Joins Hidden Harbor Capital Partners as a Founding Partner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) - Hidden Harbor Capital Partners (“Hidden Harbor”), an operationally focused private equity firm specializing in control investments in lower middle market companies, announced today that Chris Paldino has joined Hidden Harbor as a Founding Partner and member of the firm’s Investment Committee. At Hidden Harbor, Chris is responsible for managing all aspects of the investment process including deal sourcing, transaction negotiation and structuring, company diligence and overseeing portfolio company value creation strategies.  Chris has over 16 years of private equity experience across a wide variety of industries including business services, specialty manufacturing, distribution, transportation & logistics and general industrials.

“Chris is an exceptional and experienced leader, investor and operating executive who will be instrumental to the firm’s growth and success,” said John Caple, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Hidden Harbor. “Having previously worked with Chris, we know that his values and investment experience are a natural fit with the strategy and high expectations we set at Hidden Harbor.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to rejoin John and David to start Hidden Harbor. While we are a first time fund, we share a common foundation of core values and operational value creation experience which we believe differentiates us in a meaningful way,” says Chris Paldino.  “Our combined experience in strategy and operations improvement in growing companies, coupled with our established reputation and track record, will allow us to generate very favorable results for our partners and continue to generate strong investment returns for our LPs.”

Prior to Hidden Harbor, Chris spent almost ten years at H.I.G. Capital, LLC, most recently as a Managing Director.  At H.I.G., Chris had a leadership role in numerous successful investments including Trinity Services Group, Texas Honing, Securus Technologies, and Amerijet International. Prior to H.I.G. Capital, Chris spent seven years at Spire Capital Partners, a mid-market private equity firm focused on business services, information services, education, and media and communications.  Chris began his career at Salomon Smith Barney as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group.


Chris earned a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. 

About Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners is a private equity firm with an operations soul and intense passion for building great companies. Hidden Harbor brings large-scale, private equity experience and resources to the lower middle market with a focus on value-oriented, operationally intense situations.   Our principals are InvestorOperators® who bring over 55 years of both extensive transaction and operating experience to truly understand your business. As one team, we partner and work hand-in-hand with our portfolio companies to drive business successes. For more information, visit




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