• How Mercy Home Changed Ruben’s Life

    Ruben dropped out of school at 17 and began working in a factory where he was called racial slurs and cheated out of wages. His parents didn’t place a lot of value in education and believed working was more important than a diploma. He eventually returned to high school, earning a 4.0 GPA and graduated at the top of his class. Ruben longed for more and used the money he earned working to enroll in the City Colleges of Chicago, paying for his tuition out-of-pocket. Since going to school wasn’t part of his family’s plan, his father told him he either had to find a job or find somewhere else…

  • Greenbriar Equity Group Acquires Spireon

    Greenbriar Equity Group announced their acquisition of Spireon on October 11, 2018. William Blair served as the exclusive financial advisor to Spireon throughout the sale. Spireon is an award-winning vehicle intelligence company in North America that provides insights to businesses and consumers on tracking, managing and protecting their mobile assets. In 2018, Spireon received six industry awards for their products. Their NSpire platform supports almost four million active subscribers including car dealers, financial institutions and consumers. Greenbriar Equity Group has over $2.5 billion in committed capital and focuses on the global transportation industry, including companies that handle logistics and distribution, freight and passenger transportation, as well as aerospace and defense.…

  • William Blair Advises Unifrax Acquisition

    Clearlake Capital Group LP has agreed to acquire ASP Unifrax Holdings from American Securities LLC. William Blair and Goldman Sachs served as co-advisors to Unifrax throughout the process. Unifrax supplies specialty fibers and materials to companies for emission control, filtration, thermal management, and fire protection. Its microfine glass fiber and ceramic products are sold around the world to customers in the manufacturing, commercial and automotive industries. Unifrax employs over 2,000 people worldwide and has 31 facilities throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Asia, South Africa, and Latin America. For over 70 years, the company has worked to improve energy efficiency, emission control and fire safety regulations around the…

  • Abry Acquires Donuts Inc.

    William Blair Co. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Donuts Inc. in the company’s recent acquisition by Abry Partners. Donuts is a domain name registry organization based in Kirkland, Washington and provides top-level domains (TLD) for websites. Abry Partners is a Boston-based private equity firm that invests in a number of industries, including communications, business and information service sectors. Donuts Inc. was founded in 2010 by Paul Stahura, Jonathon Nevett, Richard Tindal, and Daniel Schindler, all veterans of the domain industry. Currently, it’s the largest new top-level domain name operator, with approximately 240 TLDs. Additionally, four million second-level domains are registered to use Donuts’ TLDs. Last year, Donuts acquired…

  • Heroes Run for the Kids

    Every year people (Heroes) volunteer to run the Chicago Marathon representing Mercy Home. These Heroes help Mercy Home reach their fundraising goals that keep the home open in order  to help young men and women through difficult situations, whether it be poverty, abuse or neglect. Mile sixteen of marathon passes by Mercy Home and is known as the Mercy Mile, where supporters, young and old, gather to cheer on not only the Mercy Heroes, but all of the runners. In 2017, over 220 Heroes ran the Chicago Marathon for Mercy Home. This year, over 330 teams and individuals have signed up to run as Heroes with the goal of raising…