Transforming’s Longevity: A Peer Profile on John Dupuy

Within the subsequent a number of months, Audax went on to amass three manufacturers within the house reworking class: Dreamstyle, Rework USA and Alure Dwelling Enhancements. In January, the agency introduced the launch of Renovo Dwelling Companions, a Dallas-based direct-to-consumer supplier of restore and reworking providers centered on tub, window, siding, roofing and different areas. The three manufacturers will now function underneath the Renovo umbrella with Dupuy on the helm as its CEO. The enterprise is seeking to purchase related corporations across the nation to develop its geographic footprint.

An Ongoing Pattern

Dwelling reworking grew to become fashionable through the COVID-19 pandemic when many workplace staff spent extra time at house and determined to spruce up their environment. Now that the majority COVID restrictions are gone and workplaces are open once more, it appears questionable whether or not reworking will proceed to be fashionable, however Dupuy and Audax are betting that it’ll. Most staff haven’t gone again to the workplace full-time and plenty of corporations are adopting distant or hybrid fashions, prompting folks to proceed to spend extra time at house than they’d pre-pandemic. “Because of COVID, we’ve rediscovered our properties for each work and leisure,” says Dupuy. “Individuals need to age of their house. With house costs rising, many individuals would fairly improve than purchase new.”

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Individuals who already personal properties are getting older and selecting to remain of their homes by means of retirement and repair them up. The pandemic additionally prompted many individuals to flock to the suburbs. Now demand outstrips provide and homes have gotten costly, which leads those that already personal property to remain put and rework fairly than transfer, Dupuy explains.

“We imagine that there’s vital and sustained momentum on this business,” says Jay Mitchell, managing director at Audax. “There are a variety of secular shifts underpinning continued tailwinds, comparable to low housing availability inflicting would-be consumers to as an alternative renovate, want to age in place in present properties, rising house fairness values incentivizing house funding, larger curiosity in non-urban residing and a extra versatile work setting.”

Renovo focuses on high-volume, quick-turn reworking initiatives versus customized reworking, Dupuy says. Renovo’s companies work on short-duration reworking jobs, together with bathe conversions, cupboard refacing, window and door substitute, roofing and the like. These initiatives can normally be accomplished in a single to a few days. “This can be a very enticing and scalable enterprise mannequin,” Dupuy notes.

“Throughout the early days of COVID, folks tended to give attention to small DIY initiatives that price lower than $5,000,” Dupuy says. “As soon as issues began opening up, they began shifting to bigger and ‘do it for me’ kind initiatives.” These are usually within the $15,000-$25,000 vary, Dupuy provides.

Because of COVID, we’ve rediscovered our properties for each work and leisure. Individuals need to age of their house. With house costs rising, many individuals would fairly improve than purchase new.

John Dupuy

Renovo Dwelling Companions

Scouting for Add-Ons

The Dreamstyle enterprise is predicated in Albuquerque, New Mexico, whereas Alure is headquartered in East Meadow, New York, and Rework USA is in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Dupuy desires to develop Renovo’s presence across the nation, taking a look at areas like Texas and the Southwest typically, the Midwest, Florida and the Southeast. Whereas Alure and Rework USA already give the corporate a foothold within the Northeast, Dupuy is fascinated about constructing an even bigger presence there, too.

Renovo’s preliminary plan is to amass companies which have a minimum of $10 million in income, Mitchell says. “Our purpose is to companion with robust operators who’ve nice manufacturers and supply superior customer support,” he provides.

The manufacturers will proceed to function underneath their very own names and administration groups with Renovo serving as an umbrella group that handles a variety of back-office capabilities. Renovo is constructing a company crew in Dallas to guide capabilities in finance and accounting, data expertise, and human assets and recruiting. A number of key senior positions have already been stuffed. Dupuy had held senior roles at a number of non-public equity-backed companies and helped them with buy-and-build methods up to now. Previous to becoming a member of Renovo, he was on a brief project as interim CEO of MPL Co., a Wynnchurch Capital-backed producer of cultured marble tub merchandise. From 2017 to 2020, Dupuy served as an working companion at Align Capital Companions. Whereas there, he held a number of roles at Align-backed corporations throughout industries as a chief govt or board member.

Renovo’s Benefit

Dupuy thinks of Renovo as greater than a holding firm. The enterprise is seeking to share greatest practices amongst its manufacturers, construct out best-in-class IT infrastructure, and optimize methods and processes, whereas nonetheless letting the manufacturers function independently, capitalize on their model recognition and work with their authentic executives and founding groups.

“The extent of collaboration between our acquired companion corporations has been unbelievable,” Dupuy says. “Our competitors usually replaces administration groups and dictates find out how to run the enterprise. That’s not what we do. We’ll encourage them to undertake a greatest apply, however I’m not going to dictate to them what to do.”

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Renovo and Audax are spending thousands and thousands of {dollars} on funding in IT enterprise methods, infrastructure and cybersecurity. They’re additionally investing closely in folks and course of enhancements in areas like advertising, finance and accounting, human useful resource administration and recruiting. “This delivers assets to the manufacturers that they wouldn’t be capable of afford on their very own,” Dupuy says.

“We’re having very totally different dialogues with potential sellers, in that we respect their model heritage and administration crew and take a partnership strategy in managing the enterprise, as an alternative of a heavy-handed one-size-fits-all strategy.”