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Gryphon Portfolio Company JENSEN HUGHES Acquires Russell Phillips & Associates

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JENSEN HUGHES Acquires Russell Phillips & Associates, Expands Specialized Service Offerings to the Healthcare Industry

JENSEN HUGHES, a global leader in fire protection and life safety engineering and consulting services, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA). RPA is headquartered in Fairport, NY and led by David Hood and Scott Aronson. RPA is a leader in providing fire and emergency management consulting and technology solutions for the healthcare industry.

RPA is now a JENSEN HUGHES company and will continue to operate and support their existing client base as they are today. This merger greatly enhances our emergency management strategic service offerings and provides greater value to the healthcare industry.

Raj Arora, President of Strategy and Business Development for JENSEN HUGHES, said, “Combining our industry expertise and RPA’s core competence in the Healthcare space we will be able to rapidly advance the development of new technology solutions for Healthcare and bring that to markets across the globe.”

RPA’s technology solutions include the Life Safety Management Solution and the RPA Navigator Emergency Management Module, which enables healthcare organizations in planning for, responding to and recovering from disasters.

“We are excited to merge with JENSEN HUGHES. Their commitment to technology, quality and the integration of our specialized solutions makes them the perfect partner to grow our business model and provide more value to our clients,” said David Hood, President and Principal of RPA.

RPA and JENSEN HUGHES’ mission, vision and values align well with a focus on their clients’ needs, technical excellence and innovative solutions. The combined value will provide clients, such as hospitals, long term care and other healthcare facilities, with practical and realistic approaches to protect the lives of patients and staff from injury or other disasters while reducing risk, liability and unnecessary expenditures.

Scott Aronson, Principal of RPA, stated, “All of our services and programs are designed with interconnection in mind. This holistic approach increases efficiency and effectiveness and underscores our commitment to support healthcare organizations. A focus on life safety, education, and innovative technology enables us to meet the specific needs of the healthcare environment today and stay at the forefront of the industry in the years to come.”


JENSEN HUGHES ( a global market leader in fire protection engineering, life safety code consulting, security consulting, and risk-informed analysis. Their engineers, consultants and scientists develop and deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to a global client base involving fire protection systems design and analysis, code consulting, emergency management services, security consulting, forensic engineering, fire research, risk-informed applications, probabilistic risk assessments, development and testing, commissioning and construction services. Operating from offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, JENSEN HUGHES’ consulting teams participate on projects around the globe in all markets, with Healthcare being a target growth market.

 About Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA)

RPA ( fire and emergency management consultation, services and technology solutions to over 1,300 healthcare facilities, representing more than 3,000 locations, throughout North America. Since their establishment in 1976, they’ve serviced only healthcare facilities. This concentrated focus, hands-on investigation of local and regional incidents, leadership roles in professional associations and committees, and continuous industry research ensures the highest level of preparedness for their clients to keep their patients safe during an emergency.

About Gryphon Investors

Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors ( is a leading private equity firm focused on profitably growing and competitively enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management. Managing over $2.6 billion of equity investments and capital since 1997, the firm has an extensive track record of leading equity investments of $50 million to $200 million per portfolio company with sales ranging from approximately $100 million to $500 million. Gryphon prioritizes investment opportunities where it can form proactive partnerships with owners and executives to build leading companies, utilizing Gryphon’s capital, specialized professional resources, and operational expertise. Gryphon closed its fourth private equity buyout fund, Gryphon IV, in November 2016 at $1.1 billion, and raised a $100 million captive mezzanine fund, Gryphon Mezzanine Partners, L.P., in August 2017.


Caroline Luz

Lambert & Co.