Our team is committed to building industrial businesses. We are committed to the success of both our investors and management teams, and we work tirelessly to create value.

Steve Ellis



Steve Ellis has been involved in the buyouts of both healthy and distressed companies and has grown and built value within these in his 25-year plus career. An entrepreneur himself, he founded Stratford-Cambridge Group to utilizes his operational skills and experience to build value within its portfolio. Previously, Steve was President and majority owner of BEHCO, Inc., an industrial distribution and manufacturing company until its sale and he remains an advisor to the company.

Steve is currently on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), is an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and The Alliance of M&A Advisors (AMAA), has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPDA) and has also held board and equity positions in various companies.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lawrence Technological University and has completed the Private Equity & Venture Capital program at Harvard Business School.

Emily Bertsche



Emily Bertsche has been involved in the financing and operations of sponsor-backed companies throughout her career. Emily is a Vice President at Stratford-Cambridge Group and is involved with many aspects of the operation of the firm, including evaluating and analyzing investment opportunities, portfolio company management, business development and investor relations.

Previously, Emily worked in Capital Markets at Avant, an online consumer lender, where she was responsible for selling structured finance products to asset managers in the U.S. and China and worked on their securitized products team.

Prior to that, Emily worked as an Associate at Ares Management underwriting junior debt and unitranche credit facilities supporting private equity backed transactions primarily in the middle market space across a variety of industries. Emily started her career as an analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Division in its Global Industrials Group, where she worked on a broad range of M&A, debt and equity assignments.

Emily graduated with honors from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Politics. She is also a member of the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).