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Prior to Stone Canyon, from 2000 to 2014 Mr. Cohn was a Partner at Knowledge Universe where he oversaw the firm’s global educational holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Cohn was with J.H. Whitney & Co. and also with BT Alex Brown (and later Deutsche Bank) in New York where he advised private equity groups on leveraged buyout transactions. Mr. Cohn is a member of the Board of Directors of Luxfer and also serves on its Compensation Committee. Mr. Cohn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Skidmore College and a MBA from Columbia University.
Prior to Stone Canyon, from 2006 to 2014 Mr. Fordyce was a Managing Director of J.H. Whitney & Co. Mr. Fordyce began his career at Chemical Bank and later joined Heller Financial Inc. Mr. Fordyce is a member of the Board of Directors of AECOM (NYSE: ACM) where he serves as Lead director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He also serves as director on a number of privately held company boards. Mr. Fordyce earned a B.A degree from Lake Forest College and a MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Fordyce is a member of Saint John’s Health Center Board of Trustees and a member and treasurer of the Providence Saint John’s Health Center Local Board of Directors. He is also a member of the board of The Unit Scholarship Fund honoring those Special Operations Soldiers who selflessly serve our Nation, by providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships to their dependents, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Prior to Stone Canyon, from 2002 to 2015 Mr. Neumann was a Partner at Knowledge Universe where he managed the firm’s global education holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Neumann worked with TCW/Crescent Mezzanine in Los Angeles and BT Alex Brown (and later Deutsche Bank) in New York where he advised private equity groups on leveraged buyout transactions. Mr. Neumann sits on the board of several private companies. Mr. Neumann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to Stone Canyon, from 1997 to 2017 Mr. Salvator was a Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at J.H. Whitney & Co., where he was responsible for the oversight of the firm’s accounting, compliance, finance and investor relation functions. Additionally, Mr. Salvator was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and served on the Board of Directors of several companies within the business services, consumer products, and specialty manufacturing industries. Mr. Salvator helped launch Pledgeling, a charity donation platform and serves on the Board of the GPC Foundation and previously served on the City of Norwalk, CT Pension Board. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, B.S. and a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Prior to Stone Canyon, from 2003 to 2018 Mr. Hirsch worked at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced in the firm’s corporate group advising on mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions and general corporate matters. Prior to that, Mr. Hirsch was with Ernst & Young LLP where he worked in the firm’s audit practice. Mr. Hirsch serves on the Board of Mental Health Advocacy Services and the Corporations Committee of the California Bar Association. He holds a JD from the University of Southern California and a B.S. from the University of Arizona.
CEO of SCI Packaging
Kenneth M. Roessler is President and Chief Executive Officer of BWAY Holdings, Inc. He has been a member of the BWAY Board of Directors since December 2008. Mr. Roessler has held a number of senior executive positions over the past decade guiding BWAY’s transitions and transformation through public and private ownership. His leadership roles also have included Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for BWAY Corporation. Since joining BWAY as Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing in February 2000, Mr. Roessler has overseen a strategy of organic growth and add-on acquisitions in core markets. During his tenure, this focus has resulted in ten acquisitions, most recently Ropak in January, 2013 and KLW in September, 2016. Earlier in his career, Mr. Roessler served in senior management roles for Southcorp Packaging USA , and held similar leadership positions with Berwind Corporation, a private investment management company. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Packaging industry. Mr. Roessler serves on the Board of Directors of the American Coatings Association. Mr. Roessler holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
CEO of SCI Rail
Mr. Kiefer started Independent Draft Gear (IDG) in 1997, selling reconditioned draft gears to Burlington Northern and other Class I railroads. In 2002, Stucki acquired IDG and in 2003 Bill became President and CEO of Stucki. Mr. Kiefer has 20+ years of management experience in the rail industry, and 15 years as President of Stucki. He has orchestrated 11 acquisitions in his tenure, and has grown Stucki into the leading independent seller of new and reconditioned freight car products. Mr. Kiefer holds a MBA from Ohio University and a Bachelors of Engineering from Youngstown University.
Senior Vice President
Prior to Stone Canyon, from 2005 to 2015 Mr. Kaeser was a Vice President at Knowledge Universe where he participated in the execution of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings across various industries both domestically and internationally. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Prior to Stone Canyon, from 2006 to 2015 Mr. Malleck was a Vice President at Knowledge Universe where he participated in the execution of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings across various industries both domestically and internationally. Mr. Malleck graduated with Distinction from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Prior to Stone Canyon, Mr. Cox was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Wabtec Corporation where he had been with the organization for 11 years. Prior to that, Mr. Cox was with Eaton Corporation as a Director of Business Development. Prior thereto, he spent 8 years in investment banking with UBS Warburg, Prudential Securities and Stephens Inc. Mr. Cox holds a MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the McIntire School, also at the University of Virginia.
Advisory Board Member
Diana Cantor is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee and the Board of Managers of Alternative Asset Management, LLC. Previously, Ms. Cantor was a Managing Director of New York Private Bank & Trust and served as the founding Executive Director of the state agency that administers Virginia’s Section 529 college savings plans. She also held the position of VP at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, serving as Chief Administrator of the firm’s leveraged buyout and internal investment funds and merchant banking/principal investment operations. Ms. Cantor serves as a director on numerous company boards. She is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida, a MBA from the University of Miami, and a JD from New York University.
Paul Coulson worked with Price Waterhouse in London and Dublin and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978. Mr. Coulson established his own accounting firm before setting up Yeoman International and developing it into a significant leasing and structured finance business. He then became Chairman of the Ardagh Group and initiated its transformation into a leading global packaging company. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Coulson has been involved in the creation and development of a number of businesses, including Fanad Fisheries and Sterile Technologies. Mr. Coulson earned a business degree from Trinity College, Dublin.
Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton is the founder and CEO of Crumpton Group (CG) LLC, an international research/advisory and business development firm. Established in 2008, CG serves the Fortune 500 leadership and the global business elite. He is also the CEO of Crumpton Ventures, with investments in telecommunications, cyber-security, training/education, and robotics with an emphasis on unmanned aerial systems. Ambassador Crumpton is the CEO of Aardwolf Creative LLC, a TV/film production company, including a joint venture with STX Entertainment. He served as an independent director of Argan Inc. (NYSE: AGX) for eight years. He was on the advisory boards of AECOM, DC Capital Partners, and The Coca Cola Company. A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, he operated in the foreign field, including tours as Chief of Station, for most of his career. From 2003-2005 he was the Chief of the CIA’s National Resource Division, responsible for all Clandestine Service operations in the United States. In 2005 President George W. Bush appointed him the U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Ambassador Crumpton is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Art of Intelligence. A graduate of the University of New Mexico and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, he is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the OSS Society.
Robert L. Edwards is the former President and CEO of Albertsons/Safeway. He previously held several other executive-level positions with Safeway Inc., including President, CEO, CFO, and EVP. Prior to joining Safeway, Mr. Edwards served as a senior executive at Maxtor Corporation, Imation Corporation and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation. He serves as a Director of KKR Financial Holdings, LLC and of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Safeway Inc. Mr. Edwards holds a MBA and a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Jon Feltheimer is the CEO of Lionsgate Entertainment, a position that he has held since 2000. During his tenure, the Company has evolved into a next generation global content leader noted for its innovation. Lionsgate’s market capitalization has grown from $80 million in 2000 to more than $5 billion today, and its revenue has increased more than 20 times over. Mr. Feltheimer has also held leadership positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment and New World Entertainment and has been responsible for tens of thousands of hours of television programming and hundreds of films, including the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise and multiple Academy Award winners La La Land, Crash, Monster’s Ball and Precious.
Lew Frankfort is the Founder of Benvolio Group, which focuses on direct investing in early-stage, disruptive consumer-facing concepts. Mr. Frankfort serves as Chairman of Flywheel Sports, Inc. and is on the board of directors of WeWork. In addition, he holds the title of Chairman Emeritus of Coach, Inc., the premier American multinational accessories company. During his tenure as CEO at Coach, Mr. Frankfort transformed the company from a cottage-industry manufacturer of leather goods into a leading global, modern, luxury accessories brand. Mr. Frankfort has also held various management roles in New York City government, culminating in the position of Commissioner of New York City’s Head Start and Day Care Programs. He holds a B.A. from Hunter College and a MBA from Columbia University.
Dr. Ray R. Irani is the Chairman and CEO of Ray Investments, LLC, a privately held investment company. Prior to the formation of Ray Investments, LLC, Dr. Irani served as Executive Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Dr. Irani is a member of The Conference Board and The Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Irani is a Life Trustee of the University of Southern California and a Trustee Emeritus of the American University of Beirut. Dr. Irani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Southern California.
Hans-Peter Schaefer was the Chief Executive Officer of the Mauser Group from February 2012 to December 2017. From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Schaefer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Container Group, and from 1996 to 2003 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Schütz Container Systems in the United States. From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Schaefer was with Bayer AG, Germany, and his responsibilities included serving as Head of Purchasing and Special Projects, as well as Head and General Manager of Bayer's world-wide rubber and chemicals business division. As Head of Materials Management at Bayer, he was involved in setting up joint ventures and analyzing production locations in the Far East including China. Mr. Schaefer received a degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim in Germany. He has dual Citizenship (German and American) and speaks both languages fluently.
Ken Simril is President and Chief Executive Officer of Fleischmann’s Ingredients, a leading manufacturer of liquid, natural specialty ingredients based in Los Angeles, California. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Simril has an established record of successful venture development, with a career that spans multinationals, start-ups and private-equity backed ventures. His domestic and international experience includes technology, manufacturing and financial services companies. He has more than 20 years of experience as a senior-level executive in planning, building and leading startup ventures, including billion dollar initiatives with various multi-national corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Level 3 Communications. Mr. Simril is proud to have served on the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, the Board of the Los Angeles City Employee’s Retirement System (LACERS) and as a former Board of Investments Trustee for the $50 billion Los Angeles County Employee’s Retirement Association (LACERA). He currently serves as an independent director for Capital Research and Management Company’s Growth funds, a $250 billion series of investment portfolios designed to provide long-term growth of capital and income. In addition, Mr. Simril is a member of the USC Board of Councilors at the Viterbi School of Engineering and actively engaged in the mentoring of students pursuing careers in engineering, private equity and venture capital.
Douglas W. Stotlar was President and CEO of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) until October 2015, when the company was acquired by XPO Logistics. He previously served as President and CEO of Con-Way Transportation Services, Inc. and also directed the company’s non-asset-based business units. Mr. Stotlar has held executive positions at the American Trucking Associations (ATA), American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), Transportation Research Board (TRB) and The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He currently serves on the board of directors for AECOM, Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co., and LSC Communications Inc. Mr. Stotlar earned his bachelor’s degree in transportation and logistics from The Ohio State University.
Kevin Turner is the former Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft, the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions, a position he held from September 2005 to July 2016. While COO, Mr. Turner led the company’s global sales, marketing and services organization of 55,000+ employees in more than 190 countries. Focused on achieving a strong track record of results, execution excellence and improved efficiency, he drove the customer satisfaction scores to the highest in company history. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Turner spent nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores, where he rose through the ranks to become the youngest corporate officer in Wal-Mart’s history, at the age of 29. From 2000 to 2002, he was the Chief Information Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, and on his last assignment he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SAM'S CLUB, a $57 billion division of Wal-Mart Stores. With more than 30 years of business experience, he started Forward Progress Ventures LLC in 2017, focusing on strategic Private Equity and Venture Capital work and investing. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board and Senior Advisor to the CEO, Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, as well as Chair of the Technology committee and Finance committee for Nordstrom Inc. Mr. Turner holds a B.S. in Management from East Central University and became a Distinguished Alumnus in 2003.
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