We are a private investor seeking growth-oriented companies that can contribute to our value-creation strategy while we contribute to their success. 



who we are

  We invest our own capital, in partnership with other investors, to provide leadership and counsel to both private and public companies.

what we do

  We are focused on driving the success
of portfolio companies, guided by our extensive experience leading strategy, operations, finance and risk management.

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what we bring

At our core, we are operators, not just investors. We are growth-oriented, agile, ethical, dependable and hands-on partners. Our goal is to create value for our co-investors and portfolio companies.



Flatwater Partners combines decades of experience in storage, handling & distribution, logistics, trading, processing, risk management and investing with wide-open thinking. 

Founding Partner 


Greg Heckman has more than 30 years of experience in the agriculture, energy and food processing industries.

Most recently, Greg was CEO of The Gavilon Group, LLC. During his time at Gavilon, Greg led the company through a period of considerable growth in both the agriculture and energy industries prior to the eventual sale of the agriculture business to Marubeni Corporation and the energy business to NGL Energy Partners. He not only set the vision and direction for the company, but was the key leader in the formation of Gavilon and the spin off of ConAgra Trade Group from ConAgra Foods in 2008.

Prior to Gavilon, Greg was Chief Operating Officer of ConAgra Foods Commercial Products and President and COO of ConAgra Trade Group. During his 24-year career at ConAgra Foods, he ascended quickly through the organization, led the turnaround of several operating divisions and drove many key strategies including the formation of ConAgra Trade Group (the predecessor to Gavilon) in 1998.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture economics and marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is on the Board of Directors of Bunge Limited, a global agribusiness and food company and OCI NV, a global producer of fertilizer and chemicals. Greg is an Advisory Board Member for JBS USA Holdings, Inc, a leading animal protein company. He has also been appointed to the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Campaign Steering Committee.