I have started several companies along with my ‘bookman’ business partners Brian Fleenor and Todd McWhirter. Having access to the ‘bookpeople network’ through OBIG has served us well. We have been able to both raise money quickly and provide great returns for those who have invested.
Oldham Beckley has been a great partner – giving Fortis Riders access to much needed capital and advice in the early days of the business. And most importantly, Oldham Beckley has provided long-lasting friendships that stand the test of time.
Shortly after I left the book business, I decided to launch my own company, Artillery Sales. I knew that having investors would change the game a bit, but decided the money would help me scale quickly and keep me accountable. Raising money is always a challenge, so I was thankful to have both Todd as a sounding board and the book selling connection, OBIG. Trust goes a long way and I am happy to say it ended up a Win for both myself and for my fellow book people investors.
My partner and I Mark Hanf came to you looking for some start-up money to do a Kickstarter project and with your help it turned out to be very successful! Working with you, a long time friend, and the other investors was great and easy. Always a plus to be in league with like-minded winners who have business skill and acumen. Your guys are great, down-to-earth and a real pleasure to work with. The AT Game continues to be a hit. Website sales are jamming. We’re in over 50 stores and now some of the bigger box stores are starting to pick us up!