Lloyd W. Coppedge, Advisor, was the CEO of Professional Plumbing Group, Inc., having served as the President of Wolverine Brass since 1987. Previously, Mr. Coppedge served as President of The Lonestar Corporation (a manufacturer of air movement equipment) and in various executive capacities with Clark Equipment, Consolidated Aluminum Corporation and American Can Company. He is on the Board of Directors of PPG, Inrtek, Inc. and the School of Science at Coastal Carolina University. Mr. Coppedge earned his B.B.A. from Texas Tech University.
C. Hamilton Davison Jr., Advisor, is currently a Principal with Advantaged In Strategy, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in turnaround and growth of small to middle market companies. Mr. Davison also serves as the Executive Director of the American Catalog Mailers Association, a Washington-based 501(c)(6) advocacy group. Formerly, he was the President and a director of Paramount Cards, Inc. a manufacturer and retailer of greeting cards. He also served as Chairman of Cardsmart Retail Corporation, a retail format he created. Mr. Davison has served on the Mailing Industry Task Force for the U.S. Postal Service and was the Secretary and Treasurer of the Mailing Industry CEO Council. Long active in postal affairs, he has testified before both Houses of Congress, a Presidential Commission in addition to substantial lobbying and media activities. Mr. Davison serves on a variety of private and not-for-profit boards. Until its sale in 2000, he was a board director and member of the audit committee of publicly listed Valley Resources, Inc. Mr. Davison received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas.
Robert J. Halpern, Advisor, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trimark USA, Inc. from 1999 to 2005. Previously, he was President of United East Foodservice Supply, Co., a foodservice equipment and supply distribution company, from 1975 until 1999. Mr. Halpern serves as a board member of Electron Beam Technologies, Inc. Mr. Halpern graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1961.
Nelson R. Henry, Advisor, retired as Chief Executive Officer of Zollner Industries, Inc., a supplier of automotive parts. Mr. Henry was President and Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Proudfoot Company, a worldwide management consulting firm. Mr. Henry previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Grove Manufacturing, a manufacturer of construction equipment which is now part of Volvo; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Clark Equipment; and Group Vice President of The Eaton Corporation. Mr. Henry received a B.S. degree from the University of Missouri.
Jerald I. Hyman, Advisor, is the President and CEO of TriMark USA, Inc., the nation’s second largest distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Mr. Hyman has been involved in the foodservice industry for over 30 years and started at TriMark USA, Inc. in 1981. Mr. Hyman currently serves as a Director and President of Allied Buying Corporation, a Director of the Foodservice Equipment Distributor’s Association, Supply America, the International Foodservice Equipment Distributor’s Association and TriMark USA, Inc. Mr. Hyman is a graduate of Cornell University.
Brian Kelly, Advisor, is the President of Waverly Partners, Inc. He is also a Director National Manufacturing Co., Inc., a specialty manufacturing company. Prior to starting Waverly in 1994, Mr. Kelly was President of Fitchburg Coated Products, a manufacturer of specialty coated papers and a winner of the USA Today National Quality Award. From 1984 to 1989, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Technographics, Inc. Mr. Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant, received an AB in Political Science from Providence College and an MBA from McGill University.
Edward H. Levine, Advisor, is the President/CEO of Neumont University, South Jordan, Utah. Neumont is a private equity funded educator that grants bachelor and master degrees in computer science. He is also the co-author of, “Deep Branding on the Internet.” Previously, as co-founder and CEO of Firebrand LLC., Mr. Levine and his colleagues advised senior managers, developed strategic growth plans and directed brand programs at client companies in the USA and Europe. Engagements have included: wireless communications, finance, education, retail, wholesale distribution and non-profit organizations. At the age of 24, he co-founded a bicycling equipment company which merged with Bell Sports. Mr. Levine serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island School of Design and is board member of Manifold Products, Neumont University, and Independent Printing Company, Inc. Mr. Levine graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor degree from the Industrial Design department.
D. Bruce Merrifield, Jr., Advisor, is the President of Merrifield Consulting Group, Inc., a business consulting and speaking practice founded in 1980. In 1983, he purchased and turned around Clark Security Products, located in San Diego. Mr. Merrifield is an expert in the field of distribution and has given presentations to more than 100 different trade associations and companies of all sizes, including many of the world’s largest corporations. His range of speaking topics is reflected in over 100 published articles and a successful book, “Electronic Commerce for Distribution Channels”. Mr. Merrifield serves on several corporate boards and has pioneered work in the areas of “innovation and collaboration management.” Mr. Merrifield graduated from Princeton University and received an MBA from The Harvard Business School.
Lee R. Miskowski, Advisor, was Vice President of The Ford Motor Company, General Manager of the Lincoln-Mercury Division and General Manager of the Parts and Service Division of Ford and also was assigned in Europe. He has been on the board of Autocraft Industries and the Advisory Board of Lear Corporation. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Hospice of Michigan as well as Michigan Parkinson Foundation. He has received BBA and MBA degrees in finance from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Miskowski was on the board of Adco Technologies, Inc. and Professional Plumbing Group, Inc.
James F. Robinson, Advisor, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufco Technologies, Inc. Previously, Mr. Robinson was Business Development and Technical/Business Director-Latin America for Mondi, a publicly traded multinational company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Robinson was also a founding member of Hygenitec, LLC, a Wisconsin-based wet wipes manufacturer. Mr. Robinson serves as a director on the board of Independent Printing Company, Inc. He received a B.A. in Business Administration/Economics from Lakeland College, attended graduate school in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Charles E. Sax, Advisor, was President and Chief Executive Officer of Adco Technologies, Inc. from 1985 to 1996 and is currently a consultant. Mr. Sax joined Adco in 1985 from Nalco Chemical Company following its acquisition of Adco and spent a combined 40 years with Nalco and Adco. Mr. Sax holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Mr. Sax was a member of the Board of Adco Technologies, Astor Holdings II, Ampco Metal, Inc., and Professional Plumbing Group, Inc.
Richard M. Segel, Advisor, was President and CEO of Pamarco Technologies, Inc. from 1998 to 2004. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Segel was President and CEO of Dunmore Corporation, a converter of industrial films. Prior to this, Mr. Segel held senior level positions with Bell and Howell, M.A.N. Roland, Inc. and Rockwell International. Mr. Segel received a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering in mechanical engineering from Yale University and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Mr. Segel is a director of Pelagus Fund, Inc. and a Trustee of George School, Newton, PA.
John R. Whitmore, Advisor, was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bessemer Group, Incorporated and the Bessemer Trust Company, N.A. from 1975 to 1999. Mr. Whitmore is currently a Senior Advisor to the Bessemer Trust Company, N.A., a Director of Bessemer’s Old Westbury Funds Inc., Meadowbrook Real Estate Fund, LLC and Fifth Avenue Alternative Investments, LLC. He is also a director of Chevy Chase Bank, Saul Centers, Inc., B.F. Saul Company and the B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust. In addition, he is a Trustee Emeritus of The Foundation Center, New York, New York, and a Director of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland. Mr. Whitmore received an AB in Political Science in 1954 and a JD in 1958 from the University of Missouri. He is a member of the Bars of Missouri, Illinois and the District of Columbia.
William Ziemendorf, Advisor, is the CEO of Independent Printing Company, Inc., having joined Independent in 1986. Previously, he was employed as a CPA at Shinners, Hucovski & Company. Mr. Ziemendorf received a bachelor degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.