Who We Are

Take a dive into the origins of GT Entrepreneurs and the direction our company is going.

Who We Are
Article by
GTE Staff Writer
Article Date
August 22, 2022

Generational Transfer Entrepreneurs, also known as GT Entrepreneurs (or even more commonly, GTE), provides search guidance, expertise, and capital to help qualified searchers and business operators succeed in their entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA) journey. Founded in 2017, we are a private investment firm that leverages its vast search fund and executive-level expertise to help procure highly favorable outcomes for today's most talented aspiring CEOs. We have the unique benefit in that not only have our founders experienced tremendous success with their own individual searches, but we also ran a successful accelerator for five years. This really enabled us to refine and hone in on the successful systems and processes needed to succeed across the ETA journey and helps us stand out as true value add partners for your search.

GTE is now completely dedicated to partnering with traditional searchers during their initial capital raise while also providing gap investment capital to both traditional and self-funded searchers alike. We’re more than just a capital resource for our search partners and operators, though. We strive to maximize a searcher's likelihood of success by providing sound guidance that's leveraged upon 100+ years of executive-level and management experience collectively across our entire management team and partners. Like any true partnership, we realize our success is rooted in our searchers' successes and we will do everything in our power to guide them towards a positive outcome. 

After spending decades running and growing his family's business New Enterprise Lime & Stone Company, Inc. (NESL) to a billion-plus-dollar enterprise, Jamie Van Buren stepped down as COO and Executive Vice President to pursue a new challenge: entrepreneurship through acquisition. Following his exit from NESL, Jamie found, acquired, and began dramatically turning around PennStress, a precast and prestressed concrete company. Jamie's son, Brenden, spent roughly 4 years working as a project manager for NESL and PennStress before eventually enrolling in Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper Business School's full-time MBA program. Brenden entered Tepper with the goal of using his experience and education to help him acquire a business post-graduation, but it wasn’t until he actually started the program that he truly began to learn about search funds and the ETA ecosystem as a whole.

This ultimately led the Van Burens further down the path of search/ETA and eventually starting GTE. With a newfound passion this unique field, Jamie, Brenden, and several of Brenden's classmates, including Gabriel Chick, officially formed GTE, a search fund accelerator providing a platform encompassing mentorship, funding, as well as systems and processes to help aspiring CEOs achieve entrepreneurship-through-acquisition. After having acquired five businesses between 2017 and 2020, GTE strategically pivoted away from its accelerator model to focus 100% of its efforts on investing and advising in traditional search funds as well as providing gap investment capital to both traditional and self-funded searchers alike.