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Timo’s Air Conditioning and Heating Added to Service Champions Group

SERVICE CHAMPIONS GROUP EXPANDS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPERATIONS WITH ACQUISITION OF TIMO’S AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING

 

THRIVING HOME SERVICES  BUSINESS CONTINUES EXPANSION AT A STEADY CLIP WITH LATEST INVESTMENT

 

BREA, CA – September 13, 2021 – Service Champions Group, a premier U.S. Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning services business continues its expansion, announcing today that it has agreed to acquire TIMO’S Air Conditioning & Heating, a family-owned business serving Southern California’s Coachella Valley for more than 20 years.  Founded in 1998, by Joe Timo, Timo’s offers highly skilled, NATE-certified technicians providing the industry’s leading HVAC solutions to property owners throughout Southern California’s Riverside County to include the area’s largest city, Indio, and the cities of Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Thousand Palms.  Timo’s serves as a perfect partner to extend the Service Champions brand and superior coverage to a flourishing corridor.  Service Champions is a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners.

 

“We have had our sights on Timo’s for many years, and we are excited to be able to bring one of the Desert Empire’s leading home services providers into the fold, said Leland Smith, Founder and CEO of Service Champions. Joe Timo’s mission has always been to attain lifelong customer loyalty through demonstrating unprecedented industry knowledge, exceeding customer expectations, and creating an ethical culture based on integrity, honesty and character,” Smith continued. “Those are the same principles Service Champions was founded on and continue to be at the very core of our every-day existence. It is with great pride that we extend our Southern California family of businesses to include Timo’s Air Conditioning & Heating.”

Timo’s Founder and CEO, Joe Timo, who along with his son Joe restructured the company in 2005 to focus on HVAC repair and replacement,  shares Smith’s  gratification.  “The opportunity to join the Service Champions Group is a privileged moment in our company’s history. We have entered into this partnership together because we share the common values of great service, heritage and pride. We are bent on exceeding your expectations as well as the promise of delivering heating and cooling solutions that are efficient, eco-friendly and competitively priced.  At Timo’s, we never forget that the customer is our first priority. Service Champions operates on that same principle,” said Timo.

 

Service Champions’ COO, Frank DiMarco is enthusiastic about the collective growth of  the acquisition. “This is an exciting path forward for Service Champions.  Timo’s is  A+ Better Business Bureau-rated and committed to excellence. This is a well-run organization with a group of talented employees focused on solving problems and delivering superior service to customers.  That’s what we look for operationally as we expand our footprint throughout California and across the Country,” said DiMarco.   

 

Future opportunities to expand the Service Champions footprint in all US markets are top of mind for Service Champions’ CFO, Daniel Hamm. “We are intently focused on identifying the right companies to acquire across all 50 states. Our goal is to partner with companies that are the leading brands in their respective markets, have in depth experience in delivering high quality and consistent service, share our passion for people, and recognize the importance of getting it right each and every time. With the acquisition of Timo’s, we solidify our presence, gain market share and bring abundant resources to residents of the Desert Empire,” said Hamm.  “We continue to work hard each and every day to identify future acquisition opportunities and new markets that we hope to proudly serve.”

 

About Service Champions Group

Based in Orange County, CA, Service Champions is a leading provider of essential home services specializing in heating, air conditioning and plumbing services. With the mission to maintain long term relationships with its customers, Service Champions is dedicated to delivering timely, high quality services across a comprehensive suite of HVAC and plumbing products. Service Champions goes to market with several trade names including: Service Champions, Bell Brothers, Moore Home Services, ASI, Adeedo!, ProSkill Services, Sierra Air, Hobaica, HELP, and Swan Heating & Air Conditioning. For more information, please visit https://partnerships.servicechampions.com.

 

About Odyssey Investment Partners

Odyssey Investment Partners, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading private equity investment firm with more than a 25-year history of partnering with skilled managers to transform middle-market companies into more efficient and diversified businesses with strong growth profiles. Odyssey makes majority-controlled investments in industries with a long-term positive outlook and favorable secular trends. For further information about Odyssey, please visit www.odysseyinvestment.com.

 

M&A Contact: Daniel Hamm, CFO

E: [email protected]


Service Champions Partners with Swan Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning of Colorado

Service Champions Group Accelerates Mile High Growth with Acquisition of Swan Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning of Colorado

BREA, CA – August, 10, 2021 – Service Champions Group, a leading U.S. Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning services business continues its expansion into new markets, announcing today that it has acquired SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., one of the top brands in Colorado. SWAN provides HVAC and plumbing services to single-family homeowners in the greater Loveland and Denver areas.  Beginning operations in Loveland in 2006, and Denver in 2014, SWAN, owned and operated by Tim and Andy Swan, is an established player passionate about taking care of the needs of homeowners and their families in the Loveland and Denver metro areas and will broaden Service Champions’ coordinated network of operations to include two attractive Colorado markets. Service Champions is a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners.

Leland Smith, Founder and CEO of Service Champions is delighted with the alliance, “Service Champions and SWAN have a shared purpose. The safety and well-being of our customers, our communities and our employees is our number one priority. Our collective goal is to provide the best service to every homeowner in our served markets. We strive to deliver services that are fair, accessible, and inclusive, and SWAN has built a trusted brand aligned with those principles. This partnership enables the companies to better deliver compelling services that expand access to more consumers,” said Smith.  “The acquisition of SWAN is our first flag planted in Colorado and will serve as a foundation for further expansion as well as our continued commitment to building the country’s premier home services group.”

Swan’s President, Tim Swan’s words echo those of  Smith.  “We are fully aligned with Service Champions’ purpose and we are proud to join their family of businesses. My brother Andy and I have always wanted to bring the service and experience SWAN offers  to a larger audience. Service Champions’ investment in the SWAN brand allows us to do just that. We have built our business based on honesty, commitment to customer service, and a positive company culture. Service Champions operates on those same principles. Their partnership allows us to extend the value we bring to our customers. Together we will do great things for the Denver and Loveland communities,” said Swan.

“Synergies achieved from the integration of SWAN, in addition to those of Hobaica and HELP in recent months,  have the potential to unlock greater scale. We are going to be focused on doing whatever we can to help all of our brands grow and maximize the opportunity for their business, which is significant right now. During this extraordinary time in our company’s history, it has become abundantly clear how vital a strong and reliable network of home service providers is to the world we live in, “ said Frank DiMarco, Service Champions COO.

Service Champions’ CFO, Daniel Hamm sees strength in numbers. “We’ve been very active over the past year, looking to acquire leading brands in new markets. By acquiring SWAN, we will expand our footprint in the U.S, offering access to a broader platform of new and valuable capabilities and services to residents in the Mountain West. SWAN is a significant opportunity for us in the Colorado marketplace. We are  keenly focused  on stepping up our game and intently looking toward future opportunities to expand our footprint across the U.S.,” said Hamm.

About Service Champions Group

Based in Orange County, CA, Service Champions is a leading provider of essential home services specializing in heating, air conditioning and plumbing services. With the mission to maintain long term relationships with its customers, Service Champions is dedicated to delivering timely, high quality services across a comprehensive suite of HVAC and plumbing products. Service Champions goes to market with several trade names including: Service Champions, Bell Brothers, Moore Home Services, ASI, Adeedo! and ProSkill Services. For more information, please visit https://partnerships.servicechampions.com.

About Odyssey Investment Partners

Odyssey Investment Partners, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading private equity investment firm with more than a 25-year history of partnering with skilled managers to transform middle-market companies into more efficient and diversified businesses with strong growth profiles. Odyssey makes majority-controlled investments in industries with a long-term positive outlook and favorable secular trends. For further information about Odyssey, please visit www.odysseyinvestment.com.

M&A Contact: Daniel Hamm, CFO

E: [email protected]

P: 562.212.3694


Leland and Frank on To The Point Podcast

In June, Leland and Frank were graciously asked to be on the To the Point podcast from Ryno Strategic Solutions. Together, Leland and Frank told the story of how they grew Service Champions into the company it is today.

To the Point is a home services podcast that “gives back.” The hosts look for home service businesses that stand out and talk to people within the company about what sets them apart. What makes their company different and unique?

As we all could imagine, Leland and Frank have a lot to say about Service Champions.

The podcast begins the story of Service Champions with Leland’s humble beginnings in Kentucky. Leland got his start working on antique cars with his dad. Through these lessons, Leland learned he doesn’t have the “magic touch” for tools. However, he has the magic touch for business.

From the beginning, Leland was destined to strike out on his own. After graduating with a business degree from University of Kentucky, he moved to California. When he moved to California, Leland took up work with his uncle as a plumber.

After learning the working side of plumbing, Leland started his own company in the 90s, Allied Plumbing & Heating. Leland grew the company, sold it to a consolidator, and started to sow the seeds of Service Champions.

Leland started Service Champions in the year 2000. Every decision was deliberate, and every detail thought out. “I planned a lot, even down to the name,” said Leland. “I wanted to be the champions of service. Hence the name.”

Leland and Frank then go on to explain how and why the customer first business model of Service Champions works. “To have techs that are great, I knew I had to pay the techs better than anyone else in the industry,” said Leland. “If you pay your techs really well you can make it a point to take care of customers. Even to this day, we want them to take care of the customer better than anyone else and a little bit more.”

When it comes to the success of Service Champions, Leland and Frank break down the “secret sauce.” To put it simply, the secret sauce is just doing things the right way, which allows a company to succeed where many others don’t, because it’s just easier not to do things the right way.

To elaborate, it’s putting the customer first. As well as training our technicians, CSRs, dispatchers, and anyone else under the Service Champions umbrella to not cut corners and take the as much time as needed to go the extra mile.

That extra mile is what people associate with Service Champions. From superior customer service to Good Deeds For Free, Service Champions ensures a wonderful customer relationship for years to come.

And just like everything else, a big key to success is to always be curious and open to learning. As Leland says, “When you open up a business you’ve got to start learning. And to this day, I’m still learning.”


Service Champions Partners with Help Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Drains And Electric

Strategic Acquisitions Continue to Strengthen Company’s Position as a Leader in Home Services

 

BREA, CA – July 19, 2021 – Service Champions Group announced today that it has acquired HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Drains and Electric of Ohio, expanding the California based company’s footprint into the Midwest.  Prominently servicing the greater Cincinnati, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana communities for more than 80 years, HELP, led by Wesley Holm, offers exceptional service from a well-trained team of knowledgeable technicians providing efficient installation, repairs and maintenance for residential HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. Service Champions is a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners.

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“The combination of Service Champions and HELP creates a national platform that will expand our ability to provide best-in-class customer service in the heating and cooling industry beyond the West and across the United States, said Leland Smith, Founder and CEO of Service Champions. “Our respective companies bring so much to the table and by building on our collective resources, relationships and experiences, we will deliver enhanced experiences to our customer base. We are proud to welcome a company that not only offers exceptional service and reliable delivery but supports the communities where they live and work. HELP’s Midwest roots, outstanding management team and leadership across the complete catalog of home services are a strong complement to our business philosophy and the principles our company was founded on. We are honored to build on the legacy of the Holm family,” Smith added.

HELP is led by its President, Wesley Holm, the second generation of the Holm family to preside over the company since 1932. “Service Champions’ acquisition of HELP demonstrates their confidence in the strength of the Cincinnati metropolitan area home services marketplace.  We are proud to join a group that is laser focused on the customer experience and bring together our talented teams and complimentary organizations. This partnership allows us to extend the value we bring to our customers where we pride ourselves on being courteous, professional and going above and beyond to get it right and exceed our customer’s expectations each and every time” said Holm.

“This is an exciting day for our Service Champions team as we step outside of the West and into the Midwest toward significant and untapped potential for growth across the entire United States, added Daniel Hamm, Service Champions CFO. Completing this acquisition is an important step toward our mission to be the premier home services provider in the United States” said Hamm.

Frank DiMarco, Service Champions’ COO is focused on the future as well. “The acquisition of HELP has incredible strategic value to Service Champions, said DiMarco. Our objective is to provide the highest quality service and offerings for an always expanding customer base. With the highly talented, trusted and well-known teams from both Service Champions and HELP now joining forces, and by investing in our business and maintaining our focus on earning the trust of our customers and clients, we are now better equipped than ever to achieve the goal,” he added.

About Service Champions Group

Based in Orange County, CA, Service Champions is a leading provider of essential home services specializing in heating, air conditioning and plumbing services. With the mission to maintain long term relationships with its customers, Service Champions is dedicated to delivering timely, high quality services across a comprehensive suite of HVAC and plumbing products. Service Champions goes to market with several trade names including; Service Champions, Bell Brothers, Moore Home Services, ASI, Adeedo! and ProSkill Services. For more information, please visit https://partnerships.servicechampions.com.

About Odyssey Investment Partners

Odyssey Investment Partners, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading private equity investment firm with more than a 25-year history of partnering with skilled managers to transform middle-market companies into more efficient and diversified businesses with strong growth profiles. Odyssey makes majority-controlled investments in industries with a long-term positive outlook and favorable secular trends. For further information about Odyssey, please visit www.odysseyinvestment.com.

M&A Contact: Daniel Hamm, CFO

E: [email protected]

P: 562.212.3694

Media Contact: Dana Rosenberg

E: [email protected]

P: 310.702.1539


Service Champions Adds Hobaica Service in Phoenix to the Group

THE SERVICE CHAMPIONS GROUP CONTINUES AGGRESSIVE GROWTH STRATEGY WITH 11TH ACQUISITION IN 24 MONTHS

 

BREA, CA – May 12, 2021 –Service Champions Group, a leading U.S. Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning establishment, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Service Champions will acquire Hobaica Services. Founded in 1952, Hobaica, the well-known family owned, and operated residential service company provides residents of the Phoenix metropolitan area with honest and ethical cooling, heating, plumbing, drain & sewer, electrical, security and custom wine cellar services. The acquisition, together with the December 2020 acquisition of ProSkill Services of Phoenix, positions Service Champions as the top provider in the Phoenix area marketplace. Service Champions is a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners.

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Leland Smith, Founder and CEO of Service Champions, said, “The addition of Hobaica to the Service Champions family of businesses, including the recently acquired ProSkill, cements our place as the leading provider of best-in-class customer service in the heating and cooling industry to Valley of the Sun residents. With an unwavering focus on exceptional customer service, Hobaica is well-known in the area for treating their customers like family. This philosophy is identical to the core tenets that Service Champions was founded on and has practiced for more than 20 years. We are very excited about the meaningful contribution this partnership brings to the company’s long-term growth plan to be the largest provider of residential services in the Western United States.”

The second generation of the Hobaica family sits at the helm of the industry leading services group, with Louis Hobaica serving as President and CEO, along with his brothers Paul and Mike. “We are extremely pleased to join such a dynamic organization and bring together our complimentary businesses, talented teams and customer-focused cultures. The strength of the Service Champions and the Hobaica brands partnership is the value we bring to our customers and employees. Our goal to be the most likable people you have ever met, will continue along with Service Champions. I promise, You’ll lika…Hobaica,” Louis Hobaica said.

Service Champions’ Chief Operating Officer, Frank DiMarco, echoed Mr. Hobaica’s remarks. “Service Champions’ interest in Hobaica reflects the success of our strategy to identify the right partners. The combined company will have an exemplary and extended portfolio of home services. We intend to leverage this platform to significantly grow the business and gain even more market share in the Phoenix area while maintaining continuity and stability of our valuable customer relationships.”

Service Champions’ CFO, Daniel Hamm, added,  “Acquiring Hobaica adds both a solid brand to our portfolio and positions the company to continue expanding into dynamic vertical markets. Our goal is to be the biggest and the best in the home services arena. This transaction brings us one step closer to making that happen. It’s our 11th acquisition in 24 months and we are actively pursuing future investments in the Western United States and beyond,” said Hamm.

About Service Champions Group

Based in Orange County, CA, Service Champions is a leading provider of essential home services specializing in heating, air conditioning and plumbing services. With the mission to maintain long term relationships with its customers, Service Champions is dedicated to delivering timely, high quality services across a comprehensive suite of HVAC and plumbing products. Service Champions goes to market with several trade names including; Service Champions, Bell Brothers, Moore Home Services, ASI, Adeedo! and ProSkill Services. For more information, please visit https://partnerships.servicechampions.com.

About Odyssey Investment Partners

Odyssey Investment Partners, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading private equity investment firm with more than a 25-year history of partnering with skilled managers to transform middle-market companies into more efficient and diversified businesses with strong growth profiles. Odyssey makes majority-controlled investments in industries with a long-term positive outlook and favorable secular trends. For further information about Odyssey, please visit www.odysseyinvestment.com.

M&A Contact: Daniel Hamm, CFO

E: [email protected]

P: 562.212.3694

Media Contact: Dana Rosenberg

E: [email protected]

P: 310.702.1539


Service Champions Acquires Sierra Air in Reno, NV

ORANGE COUNTY—March 30, 2021—Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC (“Service Champions”) today announced that it has acquired Sierra Air (“Sierra”) a market-leading home services company in Reno, Nevada.

 

Founded in 1986, Sierra is the #1 HVAC company in Reno, and will give Service Champions a leading position in that market in both HVAC and Plumbing when paired with Jet Plumbing Heating & Drain Services, a plumbing-focused company that was acquired in 2020. The companies will be led by founder and CEO of Service Champions, Leland A. Smith, and his management team, although Sierra and Jet Plumbing will continue to operate under their existing brand names. Sierra’s founder Ron Ford has become a shareholder of Service Champions.

Mr. Smith said: “We are excited to assume a market-leading position in Reno through this acquisition. Sierra is a natural complement to Jet Plumbing, and we are thrilled to extend market share by combining our businesses and leveraging our collective operational and marketing expertise. This transaction represents a natural fit for our long-term growth plan to be the largest residential HVAC and plumbing services company in the Western United States.”

“Partnering with Service Champions is an exciting next step for us,” said Ron Ford, founder of Sierra. “We look forward to continuing to provide quality service to our customers and sharing best practices. Our focus has always been on taking care of our customers and employees, which is in complete alignment with the vision of Service Champions.”

“This acquisition is a great addition to our portfolio. We continue to build density in the markets we are already in and to expand our footprint across the Western United States,” said Frank DiMarco, COO of Service Champions.

Daniel Hamm, CFO of Service Champions, said: “Service Champions is actively seeking acquisitions that continue to broaden our footprint in the Western United States and beyond. Our goal is to invest, integrate and grow service businesses with the mission to deliver the absolute best Home Service customer experience imaginable to our clients.”

Service Champions is a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners (“Odyssey”), which invested alongside management to acquire the company in December 2020.

About Service Champions

Based in Orange County, CA, Service Champions is a leading provider of essential home services specializing in heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services. With the mission to maintain long-term relationships with its customers, Service Champions is dedicated to delivering timely, high quality services across a comprehensive suite of HVAC and plumbing products. Service Champions goes to market with several trade names including Service Champions, Bell Brothers, Moore Home Services, ASI, Adeedo! and ProSkill Services. For more information, please visit  www.servicechampions.com.

About Odyssey Investment Partners

Odyssey Investment Partners, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading private equity investment firm with more than a 25-year history of partnering with skilled managers to transform middle-market companies into more efficient and diversified businesses with strong growth profiles. Odyssey makes majority controlled investments in industries with a long-term positive outlook and favorable secular trends. For further information about Odyssey, please visit www.odysseyinvestment.com.

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The Service Champions Group Welcomes Proskill and Jet to the Family

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CenterOak Partners LLC (“CenterOak”), a Dallas-based private equity firm, today announced that its portfolio company Service Champions (the “Company”) has acquired ProSkill Services (“ProSkill”) and Jet Plumbing Heating & Drain Services (“Jet”), two market-leading home services brands serving the Phoenix, Arizona and Reno, Nevada markets. Including these transactions, Service Champions has completed ten acquisitions since CenterOak’s initial investment.

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“We are excited to grow in Arizona and Nevada with these two acquisitions”

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“We are excited to grow in Arizona and Nevada with these two acquisitions,” said Leland Smith, CEO of Service Champions. “Our team has been diligently searching for the right partners in these markets and are thrilled to welcome these two local market leaders to the Service Champions platform. This transaction represents a natural fit for our long-term growth plan as the largest residential HVAC and plumbing services company in the Western United States.”

“The ProSkill and Jet acquisitions mark an important milestone for Service Champion’s expansion history,” said Lucas Cutler, a Managing Partner with CenterOak. “After expanding Service Champions into the largest residential services provider in California, the Company is well-positioned to be the acquiror of choice for market leading residential services businesses across the broader Western United States.”

About Service Champions

Headquartered in Orange County, CA, Service Champions is a premier provider of essential home services specializing in heating, air conditioning and plumbing services. As the largest residential service provider in the Western U.S., Service Champions goes to market via several iconic local trade names including Service Champions, Moore Home Services, Bell Brothers, ASI, and Adeedo!

About CenterOak Partners LLC

CenterOak Partners LLC is a private equity firm with a focus on making control-oriented investments in middle market companies organized or operating in the United States. The Firm specializes in three key industry sectors: Industrial Growth, Consumer, and Business Services. Based in Dallas, Texas, the investment and portfolio management team has a strong history of creating significant value through operational improvement. CenterOak and its Partners have managed over $2.2 billion of equity capital commitments and have completed over 100 acquisitions, representing over $4.8 billion in transaction value.


Adeedo, JW and A-Avis Join The Service Champions Group

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CenterOak Partners LLC (“CenterOak”), a Dallas-based private equity firm, today announced that its portfolio company Service Champions (the “Company”) has acquired Adeedo! (“Adeedo”), JW Plumbing Heating & Air (“JW”) and A-Avis Home Services (“A-Avis”), three market-leading home services brands serving the Los Angeles and Riverside, California markets. Including these transactions, Service Champions has completed eight acquisitions since CenterOak’s initial investment.

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“The Adeedo, JW, and A-Avis transactions are key components of our aggressive add-on strategy for Service Champions”

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The combination of Adeedo and JW creates the largest residential services provider in the Los Angeles market. Additionally, through the partnership with A-Avis, Service Champions now has a brick and mortar presence in Riverside, which will ensure high quality service and offer access to a talented pool of technicians. Following the acquisitions, Service Champions will make significant investments in new facilities, information technology, and technician training capabilities to support accelerated growth throughout Los Angeles and Riverside.

“We are happy to have made these acquisitions in two large and fast-growing areas in California,” said Leland Smith, CEO of Service Champions. “Our team has been diligently searching for the right partners in these markets and are thrilled to welcome these three local market leaders to the Service Champions platform. We continue to see tremendous opportunity to scale Service Champions and further build on our position as the largest residential HVAC and plumbing services company in the Western United States.”

“The Adeedo, JW, and A-Avis transactions are key components of our aggressive add-on strategy for Service Champions,” said Lucas Cutler, a Managing Partner with CenterOak. “Service Champions now employs over 760 technicians performing over 250,000 service jobs annually across its growing branch network. These three transactions come on the heels of our recent expansion into San Diego and solidifies our leading market position while broadening our customer base in key markets.”

About Service Champions

Headquartered in Orange County, CA, Service Champions is a premier provider of essential home services specializing in heating, air conditioning and plumbing services. As the largest residential service provider in the Western U.S., Service Champions goes to market via four iconic local trade names – Service Champions, Moore Home Services, Bell Brothers and ASI. For more information, please visit www.servicechampions.com or www.moorehomeservices.com or www.bellbroshvac.com or www.asiheatingandair.com.

About CenterOak Partners LLC

CenterOak Partners LLC is a private equity firm with a focus on making control-oriented investments in middle market companies organized or operating in the United States. The Firm specializes in three key industry sectors: Industrial Growth, Consumer, and Business Services. Based in Dallas, Texas, the investment and portfolio management team has a strong history of creating significant value through operational improvement. CenterOak and its Partners have managed over $2.2 billion of equity capital commitments and have completed over 100 acquisitions, representing over $4.8 billion in transaction value. For additional information, please visit www.centeroakpartners.com.


SC Group Adds ABC Cooling Heating & Plumbing

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CenterOak Partners LLC (“CenterOak”), a Dallas-based private equity firm, today announced its portfolio company Service Champions has acquired ABC Cooling Heating & Plumbing (“ABC”), a long-tenured provider of residential air conditioning and plumbing repair services headquartered in Hayward, California. ABC has provided high quality service to homeowners across the greater East Bay metropolitan area for over 65 years.

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“We are excited to expand our footprint into the East Bay and solidify our position as the largest residential services provider across both Southern and Northern California”

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This transaction marks Service Champion’s fifth acquisition since CenterOak completed a majority investment in May 2019 and expands Service Champion’s residential service agreement base to over 45,000 across the state of California.

“We are excited to expand our footprint into the East Bay and solidify our position as the largest residential services provider across both Southern and Northern California,” said Leland Smith, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Service Champions. “The acquisition of ABC brings us some very talented employees, a large established customer base, as well as a beachhead for significant expansion initiatives we have underway in East Bay. Over the next several months we will be opening additional locations throughout East Bay to provide our customers unmatched service levels throughout the region.”

“We view this acquisition as a win for both our customers as well as our staff,” said Frank DiMarco, Chief Operating Officer of Service Champions. “As we continue building density in Northern California, our employees now have the flexibility to work across East Bay, North Bay or Sacramento, participate in world-class training programs, and be a part of a rapidly growing organization.”

“Service Champions has been actively expanding over the past twelve months to better serve customers in key regions across the Western United States,” said Lucas Cutler, a Managing Partner of CenterOak. “ABC’s location density in a strategic area combined with Service Champion’s commitment to operational excellence made this an ideal fit for the Service Champions platform.”


San Diego’s ASI Joins The SC Group

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CenterOak Partners LLC (“CenterOak”), a Dallas-based private equity firm, today announced that its portfolio company Service Champions (the “Company”) has acquired ASI Hastings Inc. (“ASI”), the largest provider of residential HVAC and plumbing services in San Diego, California.

“The ASI transaction comes on the heels of our recent expansion into the East Bay and we now have an exceptional portfolio of brands that maintain leading market positions in a number of large metropolitan areas across the state.”

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This transaction marks Service Champion’s sixth acquisition since CenterOak completed a majority investment in May 2019. ASI’s co-owners Phil and Ken Justo will continue in their existing leadership roles and become shareholders of the combined Company.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome ASI into the Service Champions family,” said Leland Smith, CEO of Service Champions. “ASI has built an exceptional reputation as the premier provider of residential HVAC and plumbing services throughout San Diego. We continue to see tremendous opportunity to scale Service Champions to build on our position as the leading residential HVAC and plumbing services company in the Western United States. Together with our partners at CenterOak we will continue to pursue both organic and acquisition-driven growth initiatives in key markets throughout the West.”

“The ASI team is thrilled to be joining Service Champions, an organization which shares our vision and commitment to our customers and employees,” said Phil Justo, President of ASI. “Partnering with the largest residential services provider in California will bring us significant financial resources to improve our training programs, attract talented employees, and accelerate our growth,” said Ken Justo, Vice President of ASI.

“Service Champions has been actively expanding over the last 18 months to build scale and better serve customers in key regions throughout California,” said Lucas Cutler, a Managing Partner with CenterOak. “The ASI transaction comes on the heels of our recent expansion into the East Bay and we now have an exceptional portfolio of brands that maintain leading market positions in a number of large metropolitan areas across the state.”


The Service Champions Group is headquartered in Orange County, California and has been serving its residents and community for over 20 years.

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