It’s not every day that you get people who are anxious to tell you that they’re investing in newspapers, that great industry sector that took a swan dive into an empty swimming pool over the past couple years. Private equity firms that are getting into that game again are just that — PRIVATE.
The latest buyers of the Chicago Sun-Times and parent company Sun-Times Media Group identified themselves on Friday, however, and we’d like to share their names with you too. Good luck with the newspaper game.
Jim Tyree, Chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial, Managing Member, Sun-Times Media Holdings, LLC
Andrew Agostini, Principal and Owner, J.L. Woode Ltd.
Kevin Flynn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emerald Ventures, Inc.
Ed Heil, Investor and Entrepreneur
Michael Mackey, Senior Managing Director, Insurance Services, Mesirow Financial
William Parrillo and Robert Parrillo, Private Investors
Richard Price, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mesirow Financial
Ed Ross, Principal and Owner, J.L. Woode Ltd.
W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz, President, Wirtz Corporation
Bruce Young, Vice Chairman, Mesirow Financial
The Sun-Times’s website, by the way, has some mugshots. The rival Chicago Tribune tells us that the list is “studded with colorful Chicagoans.” Hopefully Saturday’s newspaper story will say why they are. I’m not a Chicagoan myself, so I’m relying on you readers to tell us why these people are colorful.