We invest in performance-driven
organizations and their leaders.

We invest in
organizations and their leaders.

About Us

Ambassador Enterprises (AE), a performance-driven private equity company, builds companies and leaders that impact communities. We invest as active partners who learn and collaborate with a focus on the long-term health of our companies and partners. While we value financial success, we are also driven by personal and professional growth and community transformation.

Our History

Ambassador Enterprises was founded by Daryle Doden in 2006 after he successfully sold Ambassador Steel, the largest independent rebar distributor in the United States. Daryle established AE not only as a philanthropic private equity company, but also as a learning lab where innovation is intentionally researched, incubated, developed, and commercialized.

We build relationships and strategies with long-term goals in mind.

Meet Our Leadership

Daryle actively leads the organization alongside the leadership team to ensure AE’s 100-year vision continues to grow. As legacy buyers and owners, we build relationships and strategies with long-term goals in mind for both areas of our organization—Ambassador Capital Group and Ambassador Impact Investing. Our approach positions us to capitalize on the continual growth and optimization of our affiliate companies and their leaders.

Daryle Doden
Arlan Friesen
Brad Miller
Bob Vitoux
Jeremy Gayed
Doug Clark
Adrienne Wampole
Matt Hohman
Kristin Giant
Years in Business


Employees in our affiliate companies*


Annual Revenue*



*Includes associated non-affiliates


Ambassador Enterprises has learned and accomplished a lot in our short history. We’re honored to employ over 2,000 people in our affiliate companies with revenues exceeding $650MM. While our primary investment focus is in our community of Northeast Indiana, we have also invested in strategic opportunities throughout the United States and overseas.

Our Affiliate Companies

AE’s dedicated investment team, Ambassador Capital Group (ACG), works hard to identify, invest, and build long-lasting relationships with great companies. ACG serves as the corporate development department for AE’s portfolio, assisting in the creation and execution of our affiliate companies’ growth strategies.

Correct Craft has a 94-year history as a marine product manufacturer and developer, operating in more than 60 countries. Along with the Nautique boat brand, Correct Craft’s portfolio of companies includes additional boat brands, engine brands, and recreational watersport cable parks.

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Mend Medical invests in companies that have innovative technologies and transformational ideas to solve real problems in the healthcare industry. They partner with companies to impact the culture of healthcare by working to lower costs, eliminate waste and make life better for patients.

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VIA Developments is a full-service real estate development company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From new developments to renovations, to ongoing property management, they aim to bring transformative real estate projects to life.

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WMI is a team of dedicated professionals in refrigeration, food process, mechanical and HVAC contracting. Their mission is to provide complete customer and employee satisfaction through uncompromised integrity and excellence in engineering, installation, service, and training.

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Ambassador Supply is a group of companies that focuses on providing manufactured building products, post-frame building solutions and the highest quality building materials to professional contractors within the agricultural and residential building markets.

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ATSWare is a full-service software development firm that serves high-growth companies of all sizes. They partner with clients to build quality products and make lasting improvements to their business performance.

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Diakonia is a rapidly growing group of companies focused on providing innovative material-handling solutions to companies in the parcel-handling and retail-distributing markets. The Diakonia group includes Designed Conveyor Systems (engineering and project management), Talos (manufacturing) and Spring Automation.

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For more than 50 years, American LandMaster (formerly known as American SportWorks) has been manufacturing and distributing on- and off-road UTVs, with over a million vehicles sold to date. American LandMaster UTVs and power sport vehicles are built tough to tackle any task and make the most of any property. Where there’s a job to be done, there’s an American LandMaster vehicle built for the challenge.

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BookShout! is a reading app that allows users to create reading circles, share reading notes and invite others to join in reading a particular book. It is a cross-platform application that runs on iOS, Web and Android, so users can save and access notes and books on every platform.

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Partner With Us

Ambassador Enterprises actively seeks to buy companies, greenfield opportunities, and to partner with other like-minded leaders. If you have a desire to sell your organization, solve an unmet need in the marketplace, or want to partner with us in another way, please let us know. We want to hear from you!