Building and Motivating the Organization


Financial and Legal Oversight

Human Touch:

This family owned company was purchased by J.H. Whitney in 2003

I stayed on as CEO

In 2004, I worked with Jefferies to secure $100m in High Yield Bonds to refinance the company. This included signing off on the Offering Memorandum and conducting numerous Road Show presentations.

In 2004 and 2005, I worked with Merrill Lynch towards an IPO offering. This included exhaustive work and sign off on the S1 and more than 45 Road Show presentations.

Participated in every board meeting as a member of the Board of Directors

Participated in every Board Audit Committee Meeting

Worked closely with Comerica Bank on banking issues

Worked closely with Duff & Phelps on the annual valuation process

Signed off on all audit documents, working closely with KPMG and Deloitte & Touche

Worked closely with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher on all legal matters

Worked closely with Christie, Parker, Hale on all intellectual property and trademark/trade dress issues

I continue to be an investor in the company


I have also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lynx, Inc. (a manufacturer and wholesaler of high-end outdoor barbecues)

I was with The Gap and The Sharper Image when those companies went public

I was with Smith & Hawken when the company was refinanced with venture capital from DDJ