True North Equity Partners is a holding company with a nontraditional approach: Our leadership seeks to come alongside business owners who share our worldview and who wish to see their legacies preserved. We believe in servant leadership, and we strive to keep a small family business feeling as we build our businesses through equipping and building people. Our investments are deeply personal; we care about people and long-term success, and we care about missions and impact beyond profit.

Our current portfolio of companies spans diverse sectors: precision manufacturing, distribution, technology, business services, software, and hospitality. True North Equity Partners is affiliated with Paradygm Equity Partners through common ownership, and Paradygm Equity Partners is where we perform due diligence in our acquisitions.

250x250 B_3x.png

At True North Equity Partners, we are experienced in professional sales acumen, financial execution, and long-term cultural stability.

Under the leadership of our founder, Brian Slipka, a member of the accredited Forbes Finance Council, we elevate the businesses in our diverse portfolio.

Our Current Portfolio


What: A midsized Midwest volume-contract precision machine shop that prides itself on service, delivery, and quality.

Where: Anoka, Minnesota

Year started: 1978

Year acquired: 2014

Employees: 20-25

Operating partner: Steve Swain,



What: One of the largest cartage companies in the Twin Cities, serving a 150-mile radius, with over 220 LTL points of service daily.

Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Year started: 1965

Year acquired: 2015

Employees: 45-50

Operating partner: Eric Valder,



What: The premier vacuum impregnation operation in the Midwest, offering powder-coating services second to none.

Where: Dinkytown, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Year started: 1957

Year acquired: 2017

Employees: Under 10

Operating partner: Scott Lamere,



What: Part of the Midwest’s largest cellphone repair center franchise, operating 8 stores in the Twin Cities metro area.

Where: Twin Cities metro area

Year started: 1997

Year acquired: 2015 buildout

Employees: 25-30

Operating partner: Kyle Opdahl,



What: A full-service management company, with services including commercial real estate and student housing as well as general business services.

Where: Shoreview, Minnesota

Year started: 2012

Employees: Less than 5

Contact: Jeff Evenson,



What: The Midwest’s largest business brokerage office, and Sunbelt’s biggest office, helping buyers and sellers to buy and sell businesses.

Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Year started: 2001

Employees: 35-40

Operating partners: Chris Jones,, & Scott Evert,


What I like about True North Equity Partners is that they were willing to learn about my business and that they wanted to continue my legacy. I feel confident I made the right decision to sell to True North Equity Partners. I’m recommending them to all of my friends who have their own businesses—they’ll thank me when it comes time to sell.

– The Lamere Family, owners of Twin Cities Metalseal.