The Meaning of Roark
Roark Capital Group was named after Howard Roark, the protagonist in Ayn Rand's classic The Fountainhead.
For much of the book, Roark's unwavering commitment to his style of architecture put him at odds with the people in power and thus the people who influenced public opinion. While many of his peers altered their architectural designs to gain public approval and fame, Roark was always true to himself and his work, refusing to succumb to conventional wisdom. By the end of the book, the former architectural elite are exposed as frauds, and Howard Roark is discovered as a true visionary.
Integrity, according to Ayn Rand, is commitment to one's own thinking and one's own mind. If a man sincerely believes a claim to be true, then he must hold to this belief even though society opposes him. He must think independently and form values that he never sacrifices. Howard Roark's life exemplified the true nature of this independence and integrity.
Roark Capital Group's investment style and business philosophy is meant to emulate the life of Howard Roark. We hope to invest in outstanding companies in partnership with exceptional operating executives, regardless of conventional wisdom or the latest trend. Further, Roark Capital Group will support its portfolio companies and its management partners, in good times and bad, as long as the fundamental long-term opportunity remains intact. In the end, we seek to generate superior risk adjusted investment returns for Roark Capital Group.