Short Film: ESOPs for Workforces of Color


By combining the speed, scale and expertise of private equity with the proven productivity and wealth building power of employee ownership, Apis & Heritage (A&H) Capital Partners is attacking the racial wealth gap and helping restore dignity, status and the American Dream for low income workers across the country.

Partner Philip Reeves is helping implement A&H’s Employee-led Buyout (ELBO©) approach, which provides:

  • Workers of Color in essential industries with the most powerful wealth building tool in our nation – equity in a thriving business
  • Companies with the incentives and support to grow and the capital neededto build balance sheets for long-term resilience
  • Founders with capital to support ownership transitions that preserve their legacies and meet their retirement needs
  • Communities with stable jobs and business continuity
  • Investors with timely exits, competitive returns, and clear and measurable impact

Learn more about Apis & Heritage

Gary Community Ventures is a proud investor in Apis & Heritage. As a philanthropic organization leveraging business, policy and philanthropy tools to reshape the arc of opportunity for kids and families, Gary is actively working to build a national ownership movement. We believe creating new ownership pathways is the single strongest tool to address our widening racial wealth gap.

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Legacy Fund I Impact Report

After closing their flagship Legacy Fund I in September 2022 at $58.1 million, Apis & Heritage Capital Partners proudly reported out on the social impact of two key investments made in 2022. 

Apex Plumbing Becomes an ESOP

In 2022, Apex Plumbing’s employees took over ownership of the Colorado commercial plumbing company, with A&H leading the transition. Previous owner Brian Wilkie said simply, “There’s really no downside.”

Contact Apis & Heritage Capital Partners

Thinking of selling your business and want to learn more? The team at Apis & Heritage Capital Partners would love to hear from you and help walk you through the ESOP conversion process.


CO.creator | Philip Reeves, Apis & Heritage Capital Partners

Philip is a founder and Managing Partner of Apis & Heritage. Based in Washington DC, Philip oversees all aspects of the firm’s activities and is a permanent member of the investment committee. Philip is responsible for the firm’s investment process and leads debt capital raises. He also brings more than a decade of experience scaling small businesses to A&H’s portfolio companies.

Director | Algernon Felice Jr, Gary Community Ventures

Algernon Felice Jr has been recognized nationally and regionally as an award-winning producer, having won a Chicago/Midwest Emmy® for writing, producing and directing a campaign that explores the humble roots of a historic business. He has also won multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards for his work in brand development and television production, and was featured on CNN for his filmmaking and cultural storytelling.

Producer | Will C. Holden, Gary Community Ventures

Will C. Holden is a writer, producer and storyteller with deep experience in the marketing and communications sectors. He strongly believes that partnering with communities to create scalable storytelling can change behaviors, widen cultural perspectives and deepen empathy in meaningful, measurable ways.

Producer | Emily Williams, Gary Community Ventures

Emily has spent her career connecting people, ideas, and capital in service of sparking meaningful partnerships and advancing audacious goals. As the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Gary Community Ventures, she designs and leverages engagement opportunities with aligned funders to create collaborative, breakthrough solutions.

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