Chris Grandpre joined MidOcean’s Executive Board in 2022 as an Operating Partner. He brings 30+ years of experience both as an M&A investment banker and as the founder and CEO of a multi-branded franchise company in the consumer home services sector. His combination of experience as a deal professional and as a business owner and operator positions him to serve as an effective conduit and advisor to founders and senior leadership teams in conjunction with MidOcean.
At MidOcean, after the acquisition of Outdoor Living Brands by LYNX Franchising in 2021, Chris joined the LYNX Board of Directors and serves as Chairman. As part of this role, his assists the LYNX Franchising leadership team and the MidOcean investment professionals to identify and evaluate additional commercial services and residential home service franchise brands to acquire to further diversify the LYNX platform in alignment with the firm’s investment thesis.
As an Operating Partner on the Executive Board, he is helping to coordinate the development of MidOcean’s broader investment thesis across the franchise industry to identify other franchise sectors and businesses outside of LYNX that align well with the firm’s investment focus on the consumer and business services sectors and that would offer transformative growth opportunities in partnership with MidOcean’s financial, strategic and operating resources.
Prior to joining MidOcean in 2021, Chris served as the Chairman & CEO of Outdoor Living Brands, a company he founded in 2008. In his role, he set the strategic direction for the company, including driving organic growth and growth through acquisitions and new concept development, while fostering the company’s culture of innovation and service. Outdoor Living Brands is a multi-branded franchise organization comprised of category leading outdoor lifestyle and home services brands including Archadeck Outdoor Living – a designer and builder of custom outdoor living spaces; Outdoor Lighting Perspectives – a designer and installer of exterior lighting systems accenting architectural details of homes, commercial properties and the surrounding landscapes; and Conserva Irrigation – a company providing design, installation, repair, maintenance or irrigation systems while focusing on water conservation.
Previously, Outdoor Living Brands was also the franchisor of Mosquito Squad, the first and largest outdoor pest control business and franchise in the United States. Mosquito Squad was grown from a start-up business to over 250 locations domestically and internationally and was sold to a private equity firm in 2018. Historically, Outdoor Living Brands has had over 600 franchise locations across North America along with several international markets. Prior to launching the company, Chris provided sell-side M&A advisory services to owners of privately held businesses in the middle market as a Managing Director with a boutique investment bank.
He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and they enjoy spending summers on the coast of Maine with their three adult children.