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An Innovative Private Equity Firm

About Us

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Our Business is Helping Yours

Blystone & Donaldson partners with owners, managers and equity stakeholders of successful middle-market companies to maximize their potential growth.


As a private firm investing our own capital, our interests are aligned with our partners.   We have the flexibility to move quickly, but the patience to partner with management teams to create lasting value.

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Operational Focus

We focus on operations to create sustainable value and growth, rather than financial engineering. 


With decades of hands-on experience running successful businesses across multiple industries, we supplement our management teams strategies to build long term growth and profitability.

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People and Relationships

Every successful business starts with its people.  Our mission focuses on fostering and building relationships with people who share our values. 


While we are active on company boards, we emphasize management leadership in the day-to-day operations at our companies. We work collaboratively with management teams to develop and execute business strategies, implement efficient capital structures, institutionalize operations and recruit talented executives. We also share best practices from our current and former portfolio companies and introduce company managers to our extensive network of industry executives.

Our Team

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Tom Donaldson

Tom is a Founder and Managing Partner of the firm.  Prior to founding Blystone & Donaldson, Tom was General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Investors Management Corporation (IMC) where he focused on executing transactions, managing risk and developing relationships with companies of interest.   Previously, Tom was a partner with McGuireWoods where he represented private funds and their portfolio companies. Tom's experience includes most aspects of structuring, financing and operating private equity funds and portfolio investments in a wide variety of business operations.


Tom received his MBA and law degrees from Villanova University and his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University.


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John Blystone

John is a Founder of the firm and has extensive business experience in managing and operating both domestic and international operations. He has substantial expertise in acquisitions, financial and business analysis. He served as Chairman, President & CEO of SPX Corp.  Prior to leading SPX, he served in various managerial and operating roles of The General Electric Company (GE), including his last position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nuovo Pignone and Europe Plus Pole, a GE Power Systems company. He served as the Chairman of the Board at Freedom Group, Inc. as well as Chairman of Remington Arms Co. Inc. He currently serves as Lead Independent Director of Worthington Industries, Inc.  


Mr. Blystone graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.

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John Reilly

John is an Analyst and graduate of Villanova University where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in both Finance and Real Estate.   John focuses his time on the review of potential investment opportunities and existing portfolio investments.  As a Charlotte native, John remains involved in the local community.

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Time Tested

Our primary aim is long-term, sustainable value creation through transformational change, organic growth and strategic acquisitions.


We focus on achieving returns through innovation and revenue growth and not through cost cutting and financial engineering.

Types of Transactions

We prefer transactions consisting of management buy-outs, debt and equity recapitalizations, divestitures, consolidations, and growth capital investments.

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Blystone & Donaldson, LLC

Charlotte, NC

(704) 315-5290 info@blystoneanddonaldson.com