Jun 14, 2018




DALLAS, Texas, June 14, 2018 – Playbook Investors Network (PIN), a web-based business capital and education platform created to foster the engagement of minority-, women- and veteran-owned enterprises, government businesses and the LGBTQ community with institutional and private investors., announced new strategic partnership with RKJ Partners LLC (RKJ), a boutique investment bank, providing advisory services for lower middle-market companies.  PIN can now offer clients greater opportunities for growth capital and/or recapitalizations through RKJ’s extensive network of senior, mezzanine, and equity capital provides.  “At some point, most businesses will experience an inflection point regarding their growth plan.  Generally, an injection of capital will be required to help a company reach its next business cycle milestone”, said Cyril Jones, RKJ’s Founder and Managing Partner.  RKJ will also provide sell-side and buy-side M&A advisory services to PIN in the near future.

“As we endeavor to raise our visibility across the industrial spectrum, PIN continually reviews its approach to providing long term solutions to small-to-middle market enterprise; particularly in the area of capital sourcing.   In so doing, we are pleased to be aligned with the principals of RKJ Partners.   Without question, their transaction expertise adds breadth of sophistication to our ecosystem.   More importantly, their reputation and genuine desire to view minority and women-owned business for its intrinsic value as well as risk is a fitting compliment to our network of investors and financial partners,” says PIN’s Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Jesse McRae.   “We are excited about our connection with RKJ Partners.  Joining forces helps us create greater opportunities for our clients,” says Tracy McGrady, PIN’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner.


About RKJ Partners, LLC


RKJ is an established advisor to leading lower middle-market growth companies. We provide our clients with experienced-based solutions and unbiased advice. Our comprehensive array of strategic advisory and execution capabilities allows us to meet the needs of our clients and provide an outstanding level of service in connection with a variety of transaction processes, including:


  • MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS: RKJ serves as a trusted advisor in executing merger and acquisition transactions for lower middle-market clients. In addition to our significant investment banking transactional experience, RKJ’s bankers have owned businesses and have served in interim CFO roles for clients. Because of our experiences as business owners and senior level managers, RKJ’s bankers are able to bring a unique perspective to the mergers and acquisitions process.


  • CAPITAL ADVISORY: RKJ possesses substantial expertise in assisting lower middle-market clients raise capital to fund growth strategies. Whether the capital source is senior debt, mezzanine/subordinated debt, private equity, or venture capital, RKJ has both extensive and relevant relationships within the capital community to enable the deployment of optimal solutions for our clients.


  • STRATEGIC ADVISORY: RKJ provides financial advisory services to owners, management, shareholders and their boards to assist in the evaluation strategic alternatives and options for extending and/or maximizing shareholder value.


Cyril Jones possesses more than 22 years of professional experience.  Mr. Jones is the Founder and Managing Partner of RKJ Partners, LLC.  In addition to his responsibilities at RKJ, Jones served as interim Chief Financial Officer for Advanced Engineering Design, Inc., ProParts Distribution Cooperative, LLC & Frontline Selling, LLC.  Prior to forming RKJ, Jones operated as a strategic consultant for two southeast based private equity firms: Brighton Partners, LLC and Five Paces Ventures.  To learn more about RKJ Partners and Mr. Jones, visit their website at


About PIN


Playbook Investors Network (PIN), headquartered in Dallas, Texas is a web-based business capital and education platform created to foster the engagement of minority-, women- and veteran-owned enterprises, government businesses and the LGBTQ community with institutional and private investors. PIN identifies, evaluates, educates and introduces certified, eligible business owners to both institutional and private investors actively seeking opportunities to support underserved markets; all while helping businesses extend capacity for job creation.  For more information, visit

Rodney Woods, PIN’s Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman, retired from the Dallas Police Department after serving 20 years.  In separate ventures, he has grown a business portfolio that includes clients such as Toyota, Volkswagen, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Adidas, Converse, General Motors, and various small businesses.  In addition to PIN, Woods is also the CEO of Diversity in Promotions; a business development procurement portal.

Tracy McGrady(T-Mac),  PIN’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner, is an American retired professional basketball player who is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA).  McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, two-time NBA scoring champion, and one-time winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award.  He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017.  Since retiring, McGrady has worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN’s “The JUMP”.  McGrady is also Managing Partner of Diversity in Promotions, a business development procurement portal and has other business ventures pending in the U.S. and internationally.

Jesse McRae, PIN’s Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer, has over twenty years of experience as a financial service professional and entrepreneur with investment firms whose offerings include tax-exempt and taxable fixed income products, large block equity execution services, private equity mezzanine and domestic long-only growth equity disciplines. McRae is a former FINRA Registered Representative, General Securities Principal and Licensed Equity Trader.


Media contact:

Chiquita Tate

Chief Marketing Officer

Playbook Investors Network, LLC


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