HR STRATEGY

Affiliates of the Pritzker Organization to Acquire Epic Staffing Group

The Pritzker Organization | April 19, 2022

Merger News
On April 18th, The Pritzker Organization (TPO) and Epic Staffing Group announced that the affiliates of TPO have signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Epic Staffing Group. TPO is the Tom Pritzker family’s family merchant bank.

"We are truly excited to be partnering with TPO for the next chapter of Epic's growth story. We have enjoyed outstanding organic growth, completed several successful acquisitions during our time with Webster Equity Partners, and our business has never been better positioned to help our clients across healthcare, life sciences, and schools."

- Mark Siegel, CEO of Epic

"Epic is exactly the type of company that we look to partner with – a sustainable, growing business with an outstanding management team that is committed to further growth. Mark and his team have done a great job building the Epic platform, and we are very optimistic about the ability of Epic to continue to expand its business through providing high-quality service to its existing customers and growing its customer base organically and through further acquisitions."

- Larry Tarschis, Managing Director of TPO

The transaction will be an all-cash transaction and is expected to be completed by the second or third quarter.

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