Charles Banks – Former CEO of Wolseley PLC
As former CEO of Wolseley, the world’s leading trade distributor of plumbing and heating products, Charles Banks directed and oversaw one of the largest acquisition and roll-up strategies in the industrial distribution space. He is widely considered a leading expert in value-added industrial distribution and brings broad experience across a variety of product segments, including plumbing, HVAC, building materials, civil/waterworks, electrical, wiring, and lighting. Previously, Charles was Chairman and CEO of Ferguson Enterprises and became the combined companies’ CEO when it was acquired by Wolseley, its European equivalent, in 2001.
Jack is the former President and CEO of Honeywell Process Solutions, a leading global process automation solution provider with 13,000 + employees conducting business in over 100 + countries. During his 30 year career, he had responsibilities including complete P&L responsibility, global marketing & direct sales distribution, engineering projects, R&D, legal, HR and operations strategy. As a member of Gryphon’s Executive Advisory Board, Jack assists Gryphon in evaluating and managing investments in the automation, energy and engineering industries.
Abraham Gulkowitz – Founder, Brookville Capital
A founding senior manager of Brookville Capital, a hedge fund specializing in credit analysis, Abraham works closely with top management on a broad range of capital markets, private banking, and risk management issues. He has been at the forefront of thinking on topics related to technology, energy markets and the changing geography of world business and shares those insights with Gryphon. Abraham is the long-time producer of The Punch Line, an acclaimed economic forecasting publication.
William Hansen – Former Chairman and President of Scantron & Global Scholar Corporation; Former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Education
William Hansen was Chairman and President of Scantron & Global Scholar Corporation, an education assessment and survey solutions provider with 1,500 employees. In addition to his private sector experience, Mr. Hansen brings over a decade of public service experience, including as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and Director of the Education Transition Team for the Bush-Cheney Administration. Mr. Hansen currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Madison Education Group, an education consulting and strategic advisory group for the elementary, secondary, and post secondary sectors.
Loring Knoblauch, Former President and CEO, Underwriters Laboratories
Loring’s most recently served as the President and CEO of Underwriters Laboratories, a global public safety testing and certification organization with 6,000 employees. Previous positions include the President of International for Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE) and President and CEO of Talon Automated Equipment Company (machinery for food processing) based in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to Talon, Mr. Knoblauch worked for Honeywell Inc. for twenty years with his final position as President of the Asia Pacific region. As a member of Gryphon’s Executive Advisory board, Loring assists Gryphon in evaluating investments in the manufacturing industry, with a focus on identifying a company’s international opportunity.
Kelly O’Dea – Chairman & Co-Founder, AllianceHPL Worldwide
Kelly co-founded AllianceHPL, a strategic services firm and subject of a Harvard Business School case, in 2004. The firm’s clients include Ford Motor Company, Lenovo Computers, Samsung, and McDonalds. Previously, Kelly was the President of Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide (later acquired by Interpublic Group), a global marketing communications and branding firm. Kelly began his career with Ogilvy & Mather, where he worked for 25 years and ultimately rose to President of Worldwide Client Services, Board Director, and a member of the Executive Committee. Kelly also currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a graduate school lecturer and media commentator. The unique combination of Kelly’s career as a global marketing expert and business builder along with his deep involvement at Thunderbird is a key asset to Gryphon’s General Industries team.
Lee Powell – Former Segment President at SPX Corporation
As the former President of Industrial Products at SPX Corporation, Lee oversaw a group with ~$1.2 billion of revenue that produced highly engineered products to a variety of end markets. As leader of this group, Lee managed a portfolio of 12 businesses, including selling two of the units and constructing growth platforms for the others. Lee was also responsible for integrating the cultures of these separate business units into the broader group. Prior to SPX, Lee was the President of Invensys Controls, a 26-location division of Invensys with 7,800 employees. Under Lee’s management, the size of the business doubled through customer acquisition and product line expansion.
Jim Swartwout – Former Chairman and CEO, Summa Industries
Jim is an accomplished CEO/board member with deep experience in a range of industrial companies. Most recently, Jim was CEO of Summa Industries, a manufacturer of highly engineered plastic components used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. As an advisor to Gryphon’s GIE team, Jim leverages 30-years of deep experience in engineered products and general manufacturing across a broad array of functions, including sales, engineering, operations, and finance.
Mike Zaharna – Former CEO, ABB Automation
Mike has more than 20-years experience actively managing world-class high technology organizations. His expertise in industrial automation extends back three decades, providing him with a depth of expertise that is unmatched in the sector.
- Proactive Initiatives & Sectors of Interest:
- Value-Added Distribution
- Post-Secondary Education
- Unconventional Energy Services
- Industrial Automation / Process Controls
- Education Services Providers
- Experiential Learning
- Engineered Products