We pride ourselves on attracting talented people to run our small business locations. There is a lot of freedom within the framework of The LEV Way. Of our current General Managers several of them worked directly with an owner-operator prior to joining us. Others joined a local team and moved up quickly. A couple wanted to buy the locations they now run. We are stronger together than apart. Each graduated from our General Manager Training program. Our District Managers help our General Managers climb. We each strive to help our teammates climb… and they score our managers highly, dolling out a 9.66/10 employee net promotor score!


If you own an autoglass, skydive or tool & die shop in the Midwest with 5-25 employees, we’d love to get to know you. Daryl and his District Managers are on the road regularly and happy to stop by, grab lunch or just chat by telephone about your succession plans. We have a great group of people at our core and the ability and appetite to onboard new managers at a controlled pace. Please hop on a call now and see if we can get you lined up for a succession you can be proud of.


If you are another small business owner with an inability to reinvest in your own private company, tired of the complexity of your real estate portfolio, and have a distaste for financial advisors, we will probably get along. We are a band of owners strung together to buy and own business for the long term via an evergreen investment partnership.

The General Partners:

This group is responsible for the day-to-day capital allocation decisions. Daryl Starr started Little Engine Ventures with Mikel Berger. Berger’s company was a vendor to Starr before Little Engine Ventures and he was the first partner. That friendship turned vendor, and later turned business partner has racked up 18 years of working together. Together, they looped in a handful of others owners and set Little Engine Ventures in motion. We are certain there are more to come.