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Operating Advisors

Iron Range Capital relies on Operating Advisors as a valuable resource in both screening potential investments and creating value for portfolio companies. Our Operating Advisors have either owned or operated significant businesses themselves and can provide valuable perspective throughout the investment. Operating Advisors assist in due diligence and investment thesis development prior to close. After close, they are often board members that can help mentor management teams (if needed) and provide strategic advice, operating experience and other resources to both management and the board. Below are some or our more active Operating Advisors (click on name for bio).

 

Martin Beck
Leon Endres
Dick George
Greg Lasonde
Andrew Levien
Scott Murchison
Christopher Scott
Robert Smith

 

Martin Beck

Martin Beck is a Managing Director with MAT Capital, a private equity firm based in Long Grove, Illinois. Prior to joining MAT Capital, Martin worked in the Industrials group at Macquarie Capital and was a member of the M&A group at JPMorgan.  Martin currently serves on the board of Reyco Granning LLC, a manufacturer of suspension systems for commercial vehicles, and as chairman of Serta International SAS, a manufacturer of hydraulic components. Martin received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

 

Leon Endres

Leon J. Endres serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Reconserve, Inc., a leading recycler of bakery and cereal grain by-products nationwide. Leon is the founder of Endres Processing LLC, which converts discarded bakery and snack food into feed for livestock, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 2014, when it was sold to Reconserve.  Endres Processing had sales in excess of $200 million and ten facilities. Leon is also a Partner in the Endres family farm in Hampton, Minnesota. Mr. Endres serves as a director of privately-held enterprises and is an active investor and advisor to start-up companies.

 

Dick George

Dick George has a BS and MAS in Accounting from the University of Illinois and is a CPA. His career began with Jewel Companies, Inc. where and rose to the position of Executive Vice President Finance, where he was responsible for the company's accounting, treasury and informational systems. He also served as President and CEO of Osco Drug, Inc., a subsidiary which operated 680 stores and $3 billion in sales.  He co-founded Ulta Beauty and served as Chairman and CEO for five years.  

 

Dick is currently President of RG Trends, his consulting company.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of True Value and is a member of its Executive, Audit and Compensation Committees.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Factory Connection a chain of 300 retail apparel stores in the Southern US.  Over his career he has served on ten additional retail Boards of Directors.

 

Greg Lasonde

Greg has over 25 years of experience managing and improving global manufacturing & distribution businesses in the automotive (OEM and aftermarket), aerospace, medical device and heavy truck & trailer markets. He has worked with two privately owned, $1+ billion, growth-driven companies and has managed individual businesses from $10 - $55 million in revenue and groups that totaled $150 million producing highly engineered, application specific products utilizing a broad range of metal forming, molding and machining processes. Greg’s specialty is evaluating and transforming acquired and underperforming businesses from the ground-up, where attention to detail and execution are critical. He is a hands-on leader with a unique set of technical, financial, commercial and general management skills and experience that are well suited to identify latent value within a business and develop the management team, systems and plan to capitalize on it

Previously, Greg was the President at Triax Turbine Components (TTC), a P/E backed producer of investment cast and machined blades, vanes and other components for Aerospace and Industrial Gas Turbines. Prior to TTC, Greg held a corporate position working for the President/COO of MAT Holdings, a privately held, diversified $1.3 billion global manufacturing, marketing and distribution company that provides quality manufactured products and trusted brands to the hardware and fencing, automotive and power equipment industries. In his role, Greg focused on acquisitions (U.S. and Europe), improvement of targeted MAT companies and providing oversight for select Joint Venture and Private Equity investments. Prior to joining MAT, Greg spent 22 years in senior management positions with the automotive group of MacLean-Fogg Company, a privately held, diversified $1+ billion manufacturer of engineered products for the automotive, aerospace, medical, industrial and electric power transmission & distribution markets. Greg currently serves on the board of Reyco Granning LLC, a manufacturer of suspension systems for commercial vehicles.

Greg received Bachelor and Master Degrees in Engineering from Dartmouth College and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

 

Andrew Levien

Currently, Andrew Levien is Chief Executive Officer and a director of ArcScan, Inc.  Over the past 20 years, Andy has served in a senior management roles for development and marketing of medical devices, diagnostic and analytical equipment such as Coriolis flow meters. 

 

Prior to ArcScan, Andy was President of Fluid Controls Group of Norgren comprising four operating units in Las Vegas, Nevada and Hartford, Connecticut, US; Geneva, Switzerland; and Bad Ouyenhausen, Germany with combined sales of $200 million and 1,200 employees worldwide.  Prior to this role Andy served as VP Global Operations for Norgren with a combine sales of over $1.3 billion and six thousand employees world-wide.

 

Before joining Norgren, Andy served as Senior Vice President of Operations and General Manager for Micro Motion Inc. Boulder, Colorado, a division of Emerson Electric Co.  Micro Motion is an $800 million revenue manufacturer of industrial Coriolis technology flow meters with manufacturing facilities in the US and Mexico, and distribution centers in the US, Netherlands, Japan, and China.  While with Emerson, Andy was asked take on the role of VP Engineering Chromalox, Pittsburgh, PA, a division or Emerson Electric. 

 

Andy holds a BSc in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley as well as an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, also at UC Berkeley.

 

Scott Murchison

Scott Murchison is an experienced C-Level Executive/General Manager with over 15 years of direct P&L responsibility and nearly 30 years packaging experience. He has an extensive global background with responsibilities including P&L, operations, strategic planning, sales and financial management.  Currently, Scott is President and CEO of Brook & Whittle, which produces labels and packaging for many of the nation’s leading brands across all industry sectors including personal care, beverage, food and household.

 

Prior to Brook and Whittle, Scott was EVP of Operations for Duro Bag Manufacturing Company and was responsible for $500 million in revenues and 9 plants in the US and Mexico.   He also served as President for the North America glass container business of Owens Illinois, which included P&L responsibility for $2.5 billion in revenue and 21 plants.  Prior to these roles, Scott had a successful career spanning over 20 years at International Paper in a range of roles and responsibilities running various business units from $150 million to $1.1 billion in revenues.

 

Scott has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Management from McMaster University and is Lean SixSigma, Green Belt Certified

 

Christopher Scott

Christopher Scott has spent the majority of his career growing the P&L of various food and consumer related companies into highly valuable entities. He has extensive skills coaching and leading change, transforming business by working on areas of strategy, execution, human capital, finance and operational excellence.  In addition to his Operating Advisor role with Iron Range Capital, Chris currently is involved in various consulting projects.  Chris’s most recent endeavor was co-founder and President / CEO of Wagables, a pet supply products company designing and marketing innovative pet products to customers in US, Europe & Australia.  Prior to Wagables, Chris was President/COO of Little Lady Foods.  Little Lady Foods was an unprofitable $160M frozen food manufacturer, which Chris ultimately grew to $265M in revenue and substantially profitable. Prior to this, he was VP Operations & Principal of Boca Burger, a venture capital backed acquisition which grew to a $50M revenue frozen food products company which was sold to Kraft foods. Prior to Boca, he was VP Operations for Brooklyn Bagel Boys, a private equity backed acquisition in the frozen bagel space which was sold to Maple Leaf Foods.

 

Chris obtained a BSBA in Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  He resides in St Charles, IL and is married with two children.

 

Robert Smith

Bob is an experienced executive who has lead and managed diverse industrial businesses. He is currently President and Director of the Charlottesville Committee on Foreign Relations; Bob is a past Director of Fuel-Tech Inc. (Nasdaq- FTEK); of CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE - CVI); of Atlas Pacific Engineering Co.; and of American Natural Soda Ash Corporation. During Bob’s executive career he was Chairman & CEO of Atlas Pacific Engineering Company, a privately held international manufacturer and leaser of specialty food processing equipment. Prior to that he was President of UNOVA (now part of Honeywell) Corporation’s Industrial Automation Systems segment; Group Vice President of Valspar’s Industrial Coatings segment; and Vice President or General Manager of businesses for Valspar, FMC, and Weyerhaeuser. Earlier in his career he worked for Exxon. Bob earned a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bob and his wife of 44 years live in Keswick, VA. He enjoys golf, skiing, travel, reading, and the company of family and friends.

 

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