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Strengthen and grow your transit software company with us.
"We had been through multiple acquisitions and intracompany transfers over a short period of time and we lost a lot of good employees along the way. With Trapeze, overnight, we went from being a rounding error in our company to being a key long-term strategic area for improvement and growth."
Terry Hinman, Continental Director - Owner Services
Acquired in 2009
Today: This Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) product called TransitMaster is one of the main pillars of the Trapeze North American transit business.
Strengthen and grow your transit software company with us.
"Our employees immediately noticed the benefits of being associated with a leading software company vs. being a noncore asset within a services organization."
John Hines, President, AssetWorks
Acquired in 2008
Today: Now known as Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), a multi-million dollar part of the Trapeze North American transit business.
How Would You Describe Yourself?
 
I am an Owner/Operator

You’ve worked hard to build and grow your company. But how do you take it to the next level?

Join Trapeze’s entrepreneurial community and get exactly what you need to grow your business: empowered learning opportunities that ensure you and your team remain empowered, accountable, and fulfilled.

GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH AN AUTONOMOUS & DECENTRALIZED STRUCTURE

The best businesses are those that are run by managers who think like owners. With support from Trapeze, autonomy and decentralization will remain the main focus with small teams operating together in an entrepreneurial environment. You will remain key in driving new initiatives, product development, and market expansion.

FOCUS & DEVELOP YOUR GREATEST ASSETS - YOUR EMPLOYEES

The right talent makes a good business great. And by attending industry conferences and academies, you'll learn from like-minded peers, share best practices and obtain the knowledge you need to grow your business leaders.

We know that your employees are your greatest asset. By providing them with the opportunity to further develop their talent, exposing them to new opportunities, and enabling them to learn from other like-minded vertical market software professionals, you can rest assured that the right talent is in place to support long-term growth.

ACCELERATE THE GROWTH OF YOUR BUSINESS

Why struggle with limited resources and access to capital? Join the team that can help you manage all of that and focus on earnings while ensuring you maintain your autonomy and independence. 

With numerous resources in key business growth areas, financial and operational expertise, and our solid growth track record, you'll be able to drive organic and acquired growth in a disciplined manner.

BENEFIT FROM PROVEN ACQUISITION PROCESSES

Leverage proven processes that have been refined over the course of hundreds of past acquisitions to expedite various M&A phases.

That’s taught us a thing or two about making the transaction process easy, efficient, and expedited if need be – so you can focus on running your business.

I am a Corporate Development Leader

With our deep industry knowledge of transit technology and acquisition processes, we can move quickly. We have an experienced, dedicated internal team who can work with your timeline through the process.

Gain Access to Funds

As a well-funded company, we do not need to raise financing to close transactions. For us, it’s about building relationships and supporting organic growth. Once we start the process, we make sure we can complete it.

Be Part of a Transparent, Fair, and Honest Process

We provide transparency on what we are looking for throughout the entire due diligence process. By clearly outlining our assessment criteria and detailing the assumptions we make, we can ensure minimal disruption of the day-to-day business.

Close Quickly

We move quickly, even in difficult situations. With over 20 years of experience and specialization in vertical market software, we know the value that lies in aligning our teams as efficiently as possible.

We have a dedicated team of M&A professionals who will work with you and manage the process efficiently. We can manage a timeline that meets the needs of the sellers.

Fit with our Culture

We focus on vertical market software. We want to grow your business meaningfully and we do that by providing you with the capital to pursue your visions. By placing your client with Trapeze, you can rest easy knowing that cultural and business values will be a match.

I am a Professional Manager

While it is flattering for software business founders to be approached by potential acquirers, it is important to note that not all buyers are made equal. We are a strategic acquirer who will help you take your software business to the next level, with implementation of proven best practices, access to growth capital, and domain expertise.

Become a Transit Tech Expert

We live and breathe vertical market software. With nearly 20 years of experience in this highly specialized industry, we can be your learning partner to help you overcome key obstacles and challenges.

Learn Best Practices from Mentors

We promote corporate-wide sharing of best practices to help you achieve accelerated growth and scalability inside your business. We host functional summits, quarterly strategy meetings, and annual academies to exchange experiences and proven practices with peers across other Volaris companies.

Get your Future Growth Financed

Since we never sell our acquisitions, helping our portfolio businesses achieve long-term sustainability is our top priority. We maintain a strong balance sheet to fund growth initiatives and product development for our companies. You can take your business to the next level by leveraging our knowledge of organic and acquired growth strategies.

Develop Yourself and Your Company Professionally

Talent management and development serve as the underpinnings of our business. We support our business leaders in further developing their teams and investing in their leadership infrastructures. We encourage you to take a step back from day-to-day operations and take on a more strategic role to bring your business forward in a sustainable way.

Core Values
 
Our People

Your management team and employees know your business better than anyone else. That's why, post-acquisition, we keep companies intact and allow teams to continue thriving at the local level.

You’ll be strategically connected to our leaders and managers across our companies to encourage collaboration and the exchange of best practices.

Innovation

If you're a driven visionary who wants to continue innovating, every single day then you've come to the right place.

And this type of drive to innovate shouldn't stop once acquired. Our buy-and-hold strategy means that we won’t sell our companies, preferring instead to grow and develop them for life. We have a full circle approach to M&A so once your leader or team of leaders has settled in, you remain empowered to accelerate product innovation and scale products globally, allowing you to expand into new markets and geographies.

Integrity

To us, always doing the right thing consists of being open, honest, and cultivating a culture of accountability and respect. Integrity means committing to our word to better serve our customers and our teams.

We make sure our acquisition processes follow the same values. Upfront and transparent with our acquisition process, we have a detailed process that we follow closely. We are open to working with business owners throughout each step of the process to ensure your voice is heard and important details are not overlooked.

Customer Value

As Mark Miller, the founder of Trapeze Group, likes to say – everything starts with our customers, and we work back from that. We’re looking for companies that share these customer-centric values and together, we’ll ensure that your customers continue to have access to leading solutions that improve their lives. 

How? One way is by continuing to build relationships and accelerate organic growth through product innovation, geographic expansion, or both.

Shareholder Value

Business decisions that drive to success must be framed with accountability and fiscal responsibility.

We look to the management team of our acquired companies to operate autonomously and empower them to make decisions at the local level. Their ideas and initiatives in growing product offerings or serving new markets are important to the growth of Trapeze in the long-term.

Acquisition Timeline
Meet Trapeze
APTA Fare Collection & Revenue Management Summit and TransITech Conference 2018
Live Event
Transit agencies of all sizes and fare collection methods attend to discuss current fare collection projects and issues.
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Jacksonville, FL
April 9-11, 2018
APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference
Live Event
This technical, educational program covers operations and maintenance, accessibility and paratransit, integrated mobility and more.
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Tampa, FL
May 6-9, 2018
APTA Rail Conference
Live Event
This technical conference features sessions on technology, operations, maintenance, safety & security, planning, finance, and more.
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Denver, CO
June 10-12, 2018
InnoTrans 2018
Live Event
InnoTrans is the leading international trade fair for transport technology and takes places every two years in Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany
September 18-21, 2018
APTA Annual Meeting 2018
Live Event
The flagship event for public transportation professionals to engage in workshops, join tours, and network with colleagues.
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Nashville, TN
September 23-26, 2018
FPTA/CTD Annual Conference & EXPO
Live Event
This conference brings together urban and rural modes of transportation in Florida.
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Daytona Beach, FL
October 14-17, 2018
Caltran 2017 Fall Expo
Live Event
Dynamic presentations from experts on today’s pressing transit challenges and solutions being implemented by innovative leaders in California.
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Riverside, CA
November 2017
CUTA Fall Conference
Live Event
The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)'s conference brings together the best in Canadian transit.
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To be Announced
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