Empire is a private investment firm which manages the buyout fund for EIH Capital Partners.  The fund is focused on acquiring non-core, lower middle market business units from public and private corporations.


Investment Criteria

Seller Profile:
- Public & Private Corporations

- US & Europe, with Global Operations

Investment Characteristics:
- Revenue $50mm plus
- EBITDA – $5mm to $20mm
- Industry agnostic
- Mature businesses
- Facing operational, financial, organizational and/or strategic challenges
- Sizable market share
- Growth prospects
- Mission critical products and services
- Business to business relationships
- Recurring and/or predictable revenues



Managing Partner

David F. Alfonso

Alfonso is a self-made American entrepreneur, investor and operator, and producer.  For over twenty years, Alfonso’s career has been focused on private equity investing in complex situations. The key investment strategy is acquiring attractively valued and under managed non-core business units from global corporations that can benefit from a hands-on operational approach. Through that time, Alfonso has successfully completed over 50 global transactions, employing his specialized approach to detailed diligence required in acquiring corporate divestitures, while insisting on a hands-on operational approach to unlocking and growing value post-close. Alfonso has deployed over $500 million in equity and has been responsible for a diversified group of global companies, generating aggregate revenues of over $5 billion annually, with over 15,000 associates throughout the world. Alfonso’s experience includes significant international exposure to dealings in Europe and Latin America.
+ Alfonso serves as the managing partner with EIH Capital Partners from 2014 to present.
+ Prior to EIH, Alfonso founded Empire Investment Holdings where he was chairman & chief executive officer from 2004 to 2014, was a senior vice president & principal with Platinum Equity from 1999 to 2003 and a managing director with Hartford Life International from 1996 to 1999.
+ He earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.
+ In 2011, Alfonso was awarded FIU’s College of Business Administration (Landon Undergraduate School of Business) Medallion – Outstanding Alumnus. view here

+ Alfonso served on the Board of Directors for the WWII Foundation from 2012 to 2018 and on the Board of Directors of the FIU Foundation Board from 2008 to 2011.

Early Life
Alfonso was born in West Hartford, Connecticut and at the age of fourteen moved to South Florida with his family.  Alfonso’s parents, Francisco and Ana Maria Alfonso, fled socialist Cuba in 1961 and immigrated to the United States in search of a better life and the American dream.
Philanthropy & Outside Activities
While serving as a member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors, Alfonso was a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. In 2009, FIU recognized Alfonso as the first ever double Living Scholar donor, which provided scholarships to four FIU student athletes (2 men and 2 women). Additionally, in 2011, FIU’s Athletic Department announced the exclusive 5-year naming rights for the Panther Football team’s home field called “Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.”
Alfonso was the executive producer and instrumental partner with the World War II Foundation in the establishment of the “Major Dick Winters Monument” located at St. Marie du Mont, France. The Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument was dedicated and unveiled on June 6, 2012. view here
Alfonso has been an executive producer with 7 films:
+ D-Day at Pointe-du-Hoc, (Narrated by David McCallum) – 2019
+ Afraid, (Written & Directed by Jason Goldberg) – 2018
+ Over Normandy on D-Day, (Narrated by Bill Belichick) – 2017
+ Remember Pearl Harbor, (Narrated by Tom Selleck) – 2016
+ Above and Beyond, (Narrated by Kara Sundlun) – 2014
+ Cinemability, (Narrated by Jane Seymour) – 2013
+ Dick Winters: Hang Tough, (Narrated by Damian Lewis) – 2012

Alfonso was the executive producer of 2 music festivals:
+ Alfonso partnered with Stephen Marley to produce the inaugural successful and sold-out Kaya Fest at Bayfront Park, Miami, FL – April 22, 2017.
+ Alfonso and Stephen Marley partnered again to produce the second annual successful and sold-out Kaya Fest at the NOS Events Center, Los Angeles, CA – April 28 & 29, 2018.





Dennis M. Mahoney

Mr. Mahoney has over thirty years of mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, operations and general management experience. Mr. Mahoney is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Oversight Committee.

Mr. Mahoney held executive positions with Lanier Worldwide, Platinum Equity, Medquist, WebMD and Allscripts.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.







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