We help you grow.

We focus on investments in unique businesses with strong cultures and growth potential. Our firm works collaboratively with existing management teams, providing not only capital but experience, resources, and connections to grow. We operate under an open, collaborative, win-win philosophy where all stakeholders—investors, management, employees and customers—benefit from our collective efforts.

We are true collaborators.

Clavis functions as a true extension of your leadership team and a trusted partner for ambitious ideas. We trust your know-how, hear where you want to go and work collaboratively to develop and clarify workable plans of action to accomplish aggressive growth goals.

We are growth partners.

We are a cohesive deal team with a growth orientation and a strong track record of achieving above average results. We have the capital, connections, experience and resources to help you achieve ambitious growth goals.

We are experienced operators.

Decades spent leading companies—not just running spreadsheets—equips us to forge a strategy around you. We work our way from the c-suite to the factory floor, building custom-fit solutions that leave a lasting impact.


Business builders at heart.

Todd Dauphinais

Founding Principal & Managing Partner


Patrick Hamner


Meet the Bulldog

Jimmy Watson


Meet the Conductor

Connor McDonough

Senior Associate

Meet the Roadrunner

Ethan Howie


Meet the Young Buck


Ours and yours are extremely important to us.


Resourceful, hands on and self reliant. We’re just as comfortable with blue jeans, hard hats and a little elbow grease as we are in the c-suite or a sea of spreadsheets.


Our consultancy roots are a key driver in the way we solve problems. We’re curious about the world around us and are in it to find the right answer, not the first or easiest one. We evaluate without ego and don’t shy away from deep dives or diverse voices.


Our growth mindset is grounded in a lifetime of real-world experience. We work through problems, have the grit to overcome significant challenges and keep our eye on the larger picture.


No egos or hidden agendas, we bring our whole selves to our work. We know who we are and who we are not and conduct ourselves in an open and honest manner.


Things look a little different around here


We are music lovers at heart and our crew has rock-and-roll roots. For each of our portfolio companies, we make two unique, custom-made guitars – one we send to the company headquarters and one that hangs on our “guitar wall” located prominently in our Dallas offices for all the world to see.

Each guitar incorporates the unique personality and culture of the company it represents. It’s truly one of our team’s favorite moments to hang a new guitar for a recently completed investment in one of our portfolio companies.


Our firm’s ethos is based on open and frequent communication and collaboration – with each other, our portfolio companies, our partners, and our investors.

We believe deeply that success is ultimately determined not by individuals but by a team of dedicated people working together toward common goals.


While we work very hard at what we do, we like to play hard as well. Of course we have the obligatory ping pong table (the scene of many late night spirited matches) but doesn’t every office have an F1 Racing Simulator?


Each year, we host an event that brings together our full eco-system of partners – portfolio company leaders, investors, Clavis personnel and other partners and friends – to collaborate, learn from each other and celebrate our collective partnership. Dubbed the Clavis Culture Conference, this has become a highly anticipated event on our collective calendars.