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Meet The Team

Charles Scripps

Charles Scripps

Managing Partner

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Industry Experience

Chad has over ten years experience investing in dynamic, growing businesses in diverse industries and geographies.

His private equity experience includes HIG Capital, which has over $12B in capital under management, and AEA Investors, which manages over $3B of invested and committed capital. While at HIG and AEA, Chad led diligence, structuring, and financial analysis of potential and existing investments, and completed transactions in the industrial products and consumer services industries. Chad also has experience investing in the public equity markets, most notably as a Managing Director at Fox Point Capital, a $1B fund seeded by Julian Robertson of Tiger Management. He invested across a number of industries, including industrials, financials, technology, and consumer products, and led Fox Point’s international research. Prior to focusing his career on investing, Chad was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, solving strategic problems for the world’s leading companies.

Education

Chad earned an MBA with Honors in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with Distinction in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Richard Grove

Richard Grove

Advisory Board Member

Industry Experience

Dick served for ten years as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, a power tool and accessories company with over $500M in annual sales. Throughout his career, he has had extensive leadership experience in operations, finance, planning, and marketing.

Prior to his position at Milwaukee Electric Tool, Dick was Treasurer, Controller, and CFO of Amstar Corporation, a corporation having businesses in sugar refining (largest was Domino Sugar), industrial companies (largest was Milwaukee Tool), and electronics. Dick participated in a number of acquisitions, divestitures, and financial transactions that included leveraged buyouts led by KKR and Merrill Lynch Capital Partners.

Dick serves and has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards of directors, including chairing several non-profits.

Prior to Amstar, Dick was a management consultant with Touche Ross (now Deloitte).

Education

Dick holds an electrical engineering degree from Cornell University and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

LaDon Johnson

LaDon Johnson

Advisory Board Member

Industry Experience

A veteran senior financial executive, LaDon has experience in corporate transactions, finance, international business, IT management, and human resources.

LaDon currently serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Icicle Seafoods, Inc.  Icicle Seafoods owns and operate fishing boats, onshore plants and processing vessels throughout Alaska and is dedicated to delivering sustainable, quality seafood throughout the world.

Prior to Icicle Seafoods, LaDon was CFO of Cibus Global and President of Cibus International. Cibus Global is a trait development company that utilizes world leading technology and partners with Ag-chemical and seed companies to produce, market, and distribute its traits in most major field crops around the world. Under LaDon’s leadership, Cibus Global increased its revenues seven fold between 2008 and 2011.

In 2006 LaDon established Johnson Consulting in the US and Belgium, with projects including biofuels transactions, customer development work for a genetic specialty business, and seeds business mergers. From 2001 to 2006 he acted as Managing Director and CFO at Advanta, the fifth largest crop seed company in the world. Prior CFO roles also include Seedworks, Inc., a company that developed proprietary germplasm and produced commercial vegetable seeds in major global markets, and Garst Seed Company, where he was responsible for leading the integration process of the AgriPro Seeds acquisition. LaDon also worked at Gaylord Container and McGladrey & Pullen in accounting roles.

Education

LaDon received his BA in Business Administration from Iowa State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Mark Strang

Mark Strang

Advisory Board Member

Industry Experience

Mark has over 30 years experience in the industrial service sector. His experience ranges from leading various operating facilities at General Electric to founding, owning, and managing his own industrial service business.

Mark founded American Industrial Motor Service (AIMS) in 1988 to provide high-horsepower industrial motor, control, and switchgear service. AIMS began as a local business and quickly grew to four locations, serving customers throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Service efforts were focused on maintenance, engineering, and repairs to large electrical apparatus and mechanical systems, including their controls. Mark’s leadership resulted in AIMS becoming the largest apparatus service company in the Upper Midwest.

Prior to founding AIMS, Mark served in plant management positions throughout the Midwest, including service center startups and established service centers, primarily in the steel, paper, chemical, refining, and power generation markets. He spent 19 years working for General Electric during which time he was a leader in establishing methods to measure and monitor productivity in the service business.

Education

Mark earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1969. He attended numerous upper level management courses while with GE.