The Bootstrap Difference

“We are owner-operators who honor the legacies of bootstrapping entrepreneurs by unlocking the potential of the companies they built.”

Investment Approach

  • We are experienced, successful entrepreneurs
  • We have a long-term horizon
  • We provide day-to-day leadership
  • We will partner with entrepreneurs seeking growth capital or to implement a succession plan

Investment Approach


  • Revenue from $5 to $20 million
  • EBITDA from $1 to $2.5 million


  • Control Preferred


  • Business services, logistics and distribution
  • Defensible, measurable differentiation or niche market position


  • Commercialization and growth stages


  • Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan

Our Team

Team-photos-JOhnDJohn DeBlasio has over 25 years of international experience in both the public and private sector working around the  world.  Most recently he served as the Owner & CEO of Sallyport Global, a firm he co-founded in 2004 to provide contingency operational support to the United States Government in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.  John spent much of the last nine years traveling to Asia, Europe and the Middle East in support of Sallyport’s operations.

John is also the founder of the GPD Charitable Trust which is focused  on democracy promotion and late-teen/early adult intervention programs.

Prior to joining Sallyport, John worked in various sales and management roles in the commercial sector for companies such as General Electric, Philip Morris and META Group.  John graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was recalled to active duty in 2003 to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an officer in the US Army.  He later retired after 21-years of reserve and active service as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Team-photos-JOhnDMichael Romano is an experienced entrepreneur with significant international experience who has successfully led companies in many different industries. He began his career in public and large institutionally-owned private companies, but has spent most of professional life leading small, entrepreneurial private companies.

Michael received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from the University of Notre Dame and MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in 2003. Michael’s professional career includes leading companies, managing operations and business development. Michael has worked in financial services, commercial real estate, distribution, food/liquor/beverage, aviation and service industries. Michael has worked in management and business development roles for Van Kampen Merritt, Cushman and Wakefield, E & J Gallo Winery and Romano Bros. Beverage Co. In addition, Michael has extensive international experience working in Mexico for E & J Gallo Winery and Cushman & Wakefield.

Michael’s leadership business experience includes serving as the President of AeroMod International (an aviation modification and repair organization), Armstrong Aerospace (an engineering design and manufacturing firm), Power Distributing (Illinois Red Bull Distributor) and MTY San Miguel (a Hispanic Food Company). Michael serves on the board for several companies and non-profit organizations and is also a member of YPO/WPO.