About Us

DesignWorks Investments is a private investment firm focused on the equity and liquidity needs of small businesses in the gift and stationery industry. Established by Joseph Moore, a 20-year industry veteran, the firm’s mission is to help owners expand their business opportunities, increase brand and product awareness, improve operating efficiencies, and, most importantly, *build profit and brand equity.

The firm’s primary interest is in recapitalization opportunities – joining side-by-side in equity ownership with founders and owners – and working together to grow business. In fact, DesignWorks Investments prefers to partner with creative owners and entrepreneurs who want to stay with their companies. Potential partner companies are design-driven, niche-oriented, and generating revenues between $3 million and $25 million.

DesignWorks Investments manages Cedarwood Capital, the investment partnership funded by Sam Moore with Joseph Moore and families. This committed capital and limited partnership is earmarked for investments in the gift, stationery and publishing sectors.

Profiles: Partners and Advisors

Joseph Moore

Joseph Moore -- Prior to establishing DesignWorks Investments, Joseph Moore was president and vice chairman of CR Gibson, a privately held company in the gift and stationery industry. Experienced in both start-ups and leveraged buyouts, Moore coordinated four acquisitions and one divestiture during the last 10 years, successfully integrating those businesses into CR Gibson. In 2001, Moore and partners took CR Gibson private in a leveraged transaction. After de-leveraging the company and generating double-digit increases in revenues and profits, he successfully sold CR Gibson to CSS Industries, a company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Moore served as executive vice president for Thomas Nelson Publishers, a public company. There, he directed the company’s book publishing and gift units and served on the board of directors.

Joe Powers

Joe Powers -- A certified public accountant, Joe Powers recently retired after 40 years with Thomas Nelson, Inc., where he served for two decades as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company. Thomas Nelson, a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, was sold to a private investment firm in 2006. During his tenure there, Powers led and participated in multiple acquisitions and divestitures involving book publishing, music, gift and stationery, manufacturing, greeting card, and conference businesses – negotiating agreements as well as developing and implementing strategic integration plans. His expertise includes accounting, credit, distribution, customer service, purchasing, information technology, taxes, treasury, and financial reporting.

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