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Aaron is an entrepreneur with 25 years of experience as a founder, partner, investor, and advisor across a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, logistics, and fashion. He bootstrapped the growth of digital transformation firm AHEAD, from startup to $250M in revenue, six offices, and 150 employees in seven years. A 2011 Entrepreneur Magazine article celebrated his successful leadership. The operational structure Aaron designed and implemented allowed the business to reach its current size of over $1.0B in revenue. Aaron has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Previously, Richard served as President and CEO of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, a power tool company with over $500M in annual sales. His background includes a range of acquisitions, divestitures, and financial transactions – including leveraged buyouts led by KKR and Merrill Lynch Capital Partners. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
LaDon currently serves as CFO of Icicle Seafoods, Inc. Previously he was CFO of Cibus, a trait development company, and Advent, the world’s fifth largest crop seed company. While with Cibus, he increased revenue sevenfold. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Iowa State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mark is the founder, owner, and operator of American Industrial Motor Service (AIMS), a provider of high-horsepower industrial motor, control, and switch gear services. During his nineteen-year tenure with General Electric, he served in plant manager positions throughout the Midwest. Mark has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Chad brings two decades of experience investing in private and public businesses. Prior to founding Black Lake, he was at leading private equity firms HIG Capital and AEA Investors, which manage $37B and $15B, respectively, and began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He earned an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School and a BS in Chemical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin.