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Joe Brandmeyer

Healthcare Services and Devices
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Mr. Brandmeyer founded and served as the Chairman of Enturia, Inc. (originally named Medi-Flex), a manufacturer of disposable antiseptic applicators for medical facilities. Mr. Brandmeyer began the company in 1985 after acquiring antiseptic product lines from Marion Laboratories, Inc. In May 2008, Enturia was sold to Cardinal Health for nearly $500 million. Prior to founding Enturia, he served as the President of the scientific division of Marion Laboratories, Inc.

Dave Dillon

Retail, Food & Beverage, Consumer
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Mr. Dillon is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Today the company employs 450,000 associates who serve customers in more than 2,800 supermarkets under two dozen names. Kroger also operates 28 food-processing plants, and convenience stores and jewel stores.

 

Dave served in a variety of leadership roles since joining the Dillons Company in 1976 with its King Soopers division in Denver, Colorado. During his career, he also served in various positions with Fry’s Food Stores and with the Dillon Companies prior to being named president of Dillon Companies in 1986.

 

He was appointed executive vice president of Kroger in 1990 and was elected president and chief operating officer of the company in 1995. Dave was named CEO of Kroger in 2003.

 

Dave’s current and former Board of Director or Trustee roles include: Kroger, Union Pacific, 3M, Convergys Corporation, Bethesda, Inc., Catalyst, University of Kansas Hospital, MRI Global, University of Cincinnati Foundation, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and University of Kansas Endowment. Dave holds a B.S. in business from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.

Bill Egan

Media & Communications
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Bill is founder and General Partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners, Massachusetts-based venture capital firms. He founded Alta’s predecessor firm, Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979, and has identified and backed several of America’s leading growth companies in the information technology, life sciences, and communications industries including Fedex, Continental Cablevision, Cephalon and Asurion. Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., Bill was a Partner at TA Associates. He began his career as a Manager of Venture Capital for New England Enterprise Capital Corporation.

Bill is an owner of the Boston Celtics professional basketball team and the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He is past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a former trustee of Fairfield University and the University of Pennsylvania and a former member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School.

Bill received a degree in Economics from Fairfield University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Bob Fasso

Transportation
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Mr Fasso is currently the Chairman, President and CEO of GirtonLLL, GRC’s liquid bulk hauling company, based in Mission, Kansas.  He also serves as a director of, and consultant to, Apple Bus Company, GRC’s student transportation business.

 

Mr. Fasso has a history of turnaround and growth leadership at private and public transportation companies of $40 million to over $2 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Fasso founded Evergreen Management, a business management consultancy with a focus in the transportation and logistics industry and specializing in start-up, undervalued or underperforming companies.

 

Prior to Evergreen, Mr. Fasso was the president and CEO of Central Freight Lines, a $400 million regional LTL truck line, where he led a successful turnaround and subsequent IPO. Before that Mr. Fasso was an officer of USFreightways Corporation and president of the USF Regional Carrier Group, overseeing the five LTL and one TL group of truck lines, with revenues of $2.2 billion, 18,000 employees, 257 terminal locations, 21,000 trailers and 9,000 tractors. Mr. Fasso was also the CEO at three of the USF trucking subsidiaries where he completed successful turnarounds while managing the consolidated group to industry leading profit and growth.

 

Mr. Fasso served on the boards of Bestway, a Southwest $150 million regional carrier, Red Star, a Northeast $300 million regional carrier, Dugan, a $200 million Midwest regional carrier and Central Freight Lines, a $400 million Western States regional carrier. Mr. Fasso has also served on the Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Association and has been the president and partner of Southwest Premier Properties, which owned commercial and industrial properties, with more than $110 million of appraised value.

David Finch

Food, Consumer, Contract Packaging
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Mr. Finch has been the President of Finch Grocery Company, LLC, a private firm for capital investments, board memberships and related business activities in the food and consumer products industries, since 2006. Mr. Finch has extensive experience in the food industry and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of both Rupari Food Services LLC, a mid-sized ($145 million) meat products manufacturer, and Ryt-Way Industries LLC, a large ($325 million) dry foods contract packager.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Finch was with Johnsonville Sausage LLC for 11 years where he ended as a Group Vice President. While there his responsibilities included, amongst other things, overall company strategy and day-to-day operations.  Mr. Finch started his career at Hormel Foods Corporation.

 

Current and prior board experience includes: Duluth Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTH), an American workwear and accessories company; JonnyPops, LLC, a frozen popsicle business; J&B Group, a food manufacturing and distribution company; Quality Ingredients Corporation, a spray drying company; SALO, LLC, a Minneapolis-based staffing company; Foundation for Strategic Sourcing, a non-profit organization that established a forum for consumer packaged goods marketers, external manufacturers and secondary packagers; and, the American Polocrosse Association.

 

Mr. Finch holds a B.S. degree in economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University.

Tom Grant

Business Services
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Tom Grant served as CEO of one of the nation’s largest life reinsurance companies called BMA from 1983 to 1990 until the sale of the company to Generali in 1990. In 1995, Mr. Grant took over as CEO of an insurance testing laboratory called Home Office Reference Laboratory that had been a subsidiary of BMA. Mr. Grant changed the name of the company to LabOne, and diversified the insurance lab’s business. The company expanded its product offering in the risk assessment market and expanded into the toxicology and clinical lab business growing the business from $50 million in sales to just under $600 million in sales by 2005. LabOne became the largest central lab in the North American continent testing approximately 60,000 people a day and generating well over 1,000,000 tests per year. In November of 2005, LabOne was acquired by Quest Diagnostics for a little under $1 billion.

 

Mr. Grant’s past and present board of director roles include: AMC Entertainment, Inc., Assicurazioni Generali Life Insurance Company, BMA, LabOne, Inc., Commerce Bancshares and Kansas City Power and Light, among others.

 

Mr. Grant has a B.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Hale

Transportation
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Mr. Hale is a licensed certified public accountant with over 25 years of experience as the chief financial officer for four transportation companies ranging in size from $20 million to $400 million of annual revenue. He has extensive experience handling complex accounting, treasury, information technology, operating tax, human resource, and legal issues. Mr. Hale assists GRC in sourcing, performing diligence, and assisting portfolio companies with a particular focus on the transportation sector. He is currently the CFO of GirtonLLL, a liquid bulk hauling company and GRC portfolio company based in Mission, KS.

 

Mr. Hale began his career as an accountant for Big State Freight Lines, a less than truckload (LTL) carrier based in Texas. He progressed to CFO and a board member of Big State, which in 1989 was purchased by USFreightways (USF), a publicly traded $2.2 billion transportation company. Big State was merged into USF Bestway, a $150 million subsidiary company of USF, and Mr. Hale was named CFO of the surviving company. In 2002 Mr. Hale left USF to join Central Freight Lines, a $400 million regional LTL carrier based in Texas, as CFO. At Central, Mr. Hale was a key member of the team that took the company public in 2003.

John Janitz

Industrials
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Mr Janitz is Chairman and Co-Founder of Evergreen Capital Partners.  Mr. Janitz supports The Gores Group by sourcing investment opportunities and advising on strategy, technology, manufacturing and operations matters in the industrial sector. Evergreen has previously been engaged by TowerBrook Capital Partners where Mr. Janitz was a member of the Management Advisory Board and by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the Private equity arm of Credit Suisse where he held the position of Chairman – Global Industrial Partners. Prior to forming Evergreen, Mr. Janitz served as Co-Managing Principal for Questor Partners Funds, a $1 billion private equity turnaround fund.

 

Before his private equity roles, Mr. Janitz was President, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Textron Inc. a NYSE-listed multi-industry company with over $12 billion in worldwide sales. Before Textron, Mr. Janitz was an Executive Vice President with TRW Inc. a multi-national company providing advanced technology products and services. In addition, he served as President of Wickes Manufacturing Company, and held a number of key executive positions with Wickes’ predecessor company, Gulf+Western Industries, Inc. Mr. Janitz began his career with Ford Motor Company. Mr. Janitz holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate of the Harvard University Advanced Management Program. Current and prior board directorships include Kodak (NYSE:KODK), STR Holdings LLC (NYSE:STRI), Sparton Corp. (NYSE:SPA), Aerostar Logistics, Davalor Mold, Continental Structural Plastics, Taco Inc., Store It Cold, TurbineAero and US Farathane.

Ed Kuklenski

Healthcare Services and Devices
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Mr. Kuklenski has over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, holding multiple sales, marketing and management roles during his career.  Most recently, Mr. Kuklenski was Chairman and CEO of Suture Express, a private-equity backed national distributor of wound closure and disposable surgical instruments.  Prior to Suture Express, Mr. Kuklenski was Senior Vice President at Child Health Corporation of America, a leading group purchasing organization for children’s hospitals.  Prior experience also includes senior roles at Baxter International and American Hospital Supply Corporation.  Mr Kuklenski has significant current and past experience investing in, and sitting on the boards of, many healthcare-related companies.

Scott Marden

Media, Business Services
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Scott C. Marden is managing director of CIP Capital, a middle-market private equity fund targeting the business information and services industry. For over two decades, Mr. Marden has been a recognized leader in the information, software, services and media, with leadership experience balanced between senior operating and financial roles. Before founding CIP Capital in 2010, Mr. Marden led the investment activities in the information, media and services sectors at Credit Suisse (DLJ Merchant Banking Partners).

 

Mr. Marden has over 20 years of experience in private equity and financial services. In addition to his two most recent roles at CIP and DLJ he also led the information and media investment banking practices at Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank), and Bear Stearns & Co. During these 8 years he was responsible for more than 40 completed transactions exceeding $20 Billion.

 

As an operating executive, Mr. Marden has held positions of leadership in several prominent information and media companies, serving as: President of McGraw Hill’s Information and Media segment, which included S&P Global/Platts Energy Information Group, JD Power & Associates, Dodge Data and Analytics, Business Week and McGraw Hill Broadcasting; President and CEO of Philips Electronics’ Software & Services Division where he held worldwide operating responsibility for Philips’ software, digital, broadband, and service businesses; President/COO of Marvel Entertainment; and, President of CBS Inc.’s International Publishing division.

 

Past and current corporate and non-profit boards include: NAVTEQ, Inc., United Pan European Communications N.V., Advanstar, Inc., General Magic, Inc., Whittle Communications, Inc., Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc., Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Inc., RevSpring, CoAdvantage, the Museum of the Moving Image, OnCourse Learning, eDriving, Compliance Solutions Strategies, Cisive Corp, and WilsonHCG.  He also serves as a member of the University of Chicago Harris School’s Visiting committee.

 

Mr. Marden holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, completed Ph.D. coursework at University of Chicago, and received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Harris School.

John Moenius

Agriculture, Distribution
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Mr. Moenius is the current President and founder of Coventry Partners LLC, a consulting practice that he set up to best utilize the skills he has gained throughout his career. Mr. Moenius currently sits on the board of Fairbank Equipment, a GRC portfolio company based out of Wichita, Kansas that supplies agricultural parts and equipment. Prior to Coventry, Mr. Moenius spent 2+ years in the Netherlands where he was the Group Director for Pon Holdings, in charge of leading the 700 million Euro Caterpillar construction equipment division in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Earlier in his career, Mr. Moenius spent 21 years with Martin Tractor Company Inc., a multi-store Caterpillar construction equipment and engine distributor.  While there, he rose from being a VP of Finance and Treasurer to being the COO and President of the company.  Prior to Martin Tractor, Mr. Moenius worked in corporate finance for Marion Laboratories, United Telecom and Perdue Farms.  He also served as a captain in the United States Air Force.

 

Mr. Moenius has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Kansas, an MBA from Rockhurst University. MBA, and he is a CPA.  He currently is a guest lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Business and has taught investments and corporate finance.

Gary Peck

Staffing
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Mr. Peck is the founder and CEO of GWP consulting, which focuses on (i) executive and leadership coaching, and (ii) private equity and board consulting with an emphasis on human capital sectors. Mr. Peck is a director of Labor Source, GRC’s light industrial and restoration staffing business.

 

Prior to GWP, Mr. Peck was the President of Spherion’s [$1 billion] Staffing Group division, which provided workforce management and staffing solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market firms.  While at GMP, Mr. Peck has served in several board and executive consulting roles in the staffing sector, including with Construction Labor Contractors, MDT Personnel, The Elwood Group, The Bartech Group, and Medical Staffing Network.  In addition, he has served as an Executive Chair of Vistage Group, a leading executive peer network.

 

Mr. Peck also serves as a Board Member for Brilliant, a Chicago-based financial services company, and Caring People, a Florida-based home care agency. Mr. Peck received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and English from Northern Illinois University in 1975.

Dom Schiano

Industrials
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Dominick J. Schiano is president and co-founding partner of Evergreen Capital Partners LLC. Evergreen provides advisory services and co-invests with private equity sponsors. Evergreen is currently affiliated with The Gores Group where Mr. Schiano is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, and for providing strategic, operational and financial guidance to the firm with respect to portfolio company investments in the industrial sector.

 

Evergreen has previously been engaged by TowerBrook Capital Partners where Mr. Schiano was a member of the Management Advisory Board and by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the private equity arm of Credit Suisse where he held the position of Vice Chairman – Global Industrial Partners. Prior to forming Evergreen, Mr. Schiano served as a Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee of Questor Partners Funds.

 

Previously, Mr. Schiano served in various executive roles at Textron Inc., including executive vice president and CFO of Textron Automotive, executive vice president and CFO of Textron Fastening Systems, Inc., and finally as executive vice president and general manager of Textron Fastening Systems Inc. (Threaded Products Group). Prior to Textron, Mr. Schiano held senior positions at TRW Inc., where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, and strategic alliances. Prior to that, Mr. Schiano held progressively responsible finance, M&A and operating roles at Wickes Companies Inc., its predecessor, Gulf+Western Industries Inc. and Emerson Electric Company Inc.

 

Mr. Schiano attended Long Island University, majoring in finance and has completed the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School Management Development Program and the Northwestern University – Kellogg School Mergers and Acquisitions Program.

Dan Trott

Consumer, Food & Beverage, Pet
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Mr. Trott is the current Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Foods Inc., a middle market frozen food manufacturing company. Prior to that, Mr. Trott served as the Chief Executive Officer of Phelps Industries LLC, a leading pet treat company. Prior to his CEO roles, Mr. Trott served as: Chief Operations Officer of Russell Stover Candies (the 3rd largest chocolate company in North America) from 2006 to 2014; EVP of Sales and Marketing for American Italian Pasta Company, the largest pasta company in North America; and a variety of leadership roles at Pepsi, including VP of North America Sales for Non-Carbonated Beverages. Mr. Trott began his career as a Director of Export Operations at Anheuser-Busch.

 

Mr. Trott received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Quantitative Management, Marketing, and Computer Science from Southeast Missouri State University in 1983 and received an MBA from University of Missouri St. Louis in 1988.

Jim Waldeck

Consumer, Food & Beverage
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Mr. Waldeck most recently served as the Executive Chairman of Mountain Valley, GRC’s formerly-owned premium bottled water business.  Mr. Waldeck successfully developed and executed Mountain Valley’s strategic plan and ultimate sale to Cott Corporation, a large publicly traded beverage company.  Prior to Mountain Valley, Mr. Waldeck was with Nestle Corporate for 30 years, most recently as the President of Nestle Waters Canada, a $700mm division.  Prior roles with Nestle include Senior VP and General Manager of Retail and Route divisions of Nestle Waters US.

 

Mr. Waldeck graduated with a B.S. in English and Communications from St. Mary’s University.

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