Steve Breitzka – Former CEO, Apex Tool Group
Steve spent more than a decade as President and Group Executive of multiple divisions at Danaher Corporation. While at Danaher, Steve spearheaded the creation of Apex Tool, a $1.5bn revenue tools business formed via a JV between Danaher and Cooper Industries. As CEO of Apex Tool through 2014, Steve integrated and synergistically grew the businesses contributed by both companies. The business was acquired by Bain Capital in 2013. Most recently, Steve spent a year with Colfax Corporation to help transition the leadership team of its ESAB division. During his one year assisting Colfax, Steve help increase ESAB’s worldwide share in a declining market, improved on-time delivery performance, and helped on-board the new leader for the business. As a member of Gryphon’s Executive Advisory Board, Steve assists Gryphon in evaluating and managing investments in the specialty tools, test and measurement and sensors and controls industries, among others.
Kenneth Brown (“KB”) – Former Group President, Roper Technologies
KB brings deep knowledge and experience in the test, measurement and process control sector having spent 35+ years in the industry. Most recently, he served as Group President at Roper Technologies from 2013-2019 where he oversaw six group of companies totaling ~$250 million in revenue, 32%+ EBITDA. Prior to the Group President role, KB served as President at Dynisco, a Roper company focusing on material analysis equipment and specialty pressure sensors, from 2007-2012, Under KB’s leadership, Dynisco grew 25% in revenue, 40% in operating profit and 32% in EBITDA by 2012. Prior to Dynisco, KB was the VP of Measurement Instrumentation & Global Supply Chain leader at Invensys (now Schneider Electric) where he managed over 1,700 employees. KB’s diverse experience across leading test, measurement and process control companies is a key asset to Gryphon’s Industrial Growth Group.
John Conover – Former President, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
John spent 40 years in the building products industry, starting his career as a sales engineer in the Trane business before rising through the ranks to lead Trane’s Americas-based commercial systems organization. John led a business transformation within Trane, moving the organization from a product-driven company to a solutions business by combining HVAC systems, controls, service and contracting. After Trane’s acquisition by Ingersoll Rand in 2007, John became Sector President of Security Technologies. As a member of Gryphon’s Executive Advisory Board, John assists Gryphon in evaluating and managing investments in the HVAC and building automation industries, among others.
Steve Donly – Former President, Aramark Uniform Services
Steve spent 27 years with Ryder System Inc., serving in various management positions including Sr. Vice President of Operations for Ryder’s largest business unit, Vehicle Leasing & Services, and Sr. Vice President Global Sales and Marketing for the parent company. Following his time with Ryder, Steve joined Aramark as President of its Uniform Services business, growing the company’s revenue from $950MM in 2000 to $1.25B in 2006. Steve then served as CEO of Enterprise Media Networks and President & COO of Truegreen, a subsidiary of Servicemaster. Since 2012, Steve has been active in corporate governance work, serving as an Independent Director of Steritech Group and United Site Services as well as Chairman of the Board at Marcoa Publishing. As a member of Gryphon’s Executive Advisory Board, Steve assists Gryphon in evaluating and managing investments in the specialty chemicals, water treatment, and specialty distribution industries, among others.
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.
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.
Mark Levy – Former President and CEO, Honeywell Life Safety
Mark Levy brings over 35 years of experience in the fire safety and security industry, most recently serving as President and CEO of Honeywell Life Safety. Under Mark’s leadership, Honeywell’s Life Safety business grew from $350 million to nearly $4 billion with a focus on innovation, long standing customer relationships, manufacturing excellence and strategic acquisitions. Mark started his career at Fire-Lite, a $500k revenue family-owned fire alarm business in Connecticut, which he grew to $50 million before selling to Pittway Corporation, and then subsequently grew to $350 million before selling to Honeywell. Mark remained president of Fire-Lite Alarms, Inc., and in 1987 was additionally named president of NOTIFIER, also acquired by Pittway. Mark’s accomplishments have been recognized with the prestigious Honeywell Hero Award in 2001, the top Honeywell Senior Leadership Award in 2004, and as an inaugural inductee into the Security Industry Hall of Fame by Security Sales Magazine. He has served on the Board of Directors of the University of New Haven and Latricrete International, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Easter Seals/Goodwill Industries. Mr. Levy currently sits on the boards of Potter Electric Signal Co., Sciens Building Solutions, and Laticrete International.
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.
Rob Salek – Former CEO, Consolidated Fire Protection
Rob Salek brings extensive experience in the fire and life-safety sector having spent multiple decades in the sector in various roles. In 2006, Mr. Salek took over as the CEO of Consolidated Fire Protection (CFP), a Gryphon III portfolio company. From to 2006 to 2009, the company doubled its revenue and CFP was ultimately acquired by Minimax Global. Impressed by his executive leadership and deep industry knowledge, Minimax retained him as a Managing Director in their Asia division in 2009, advising the new CEO of U.S. Affairs and playing a key role in all acquisition activities throughout the world. Prior to this, Mr. Salek managed the Asian sector of an $11 billion global enterprise at Tyco International as the VP for Asia. Based in Singapore, Rob led the acquisitions team in increasing the sector’s revenue by 500%, rapidly acquiring and growing business from Southeastern Asia into China, Japan, and Korea. Mr. Salek began his career as a designer for a fire protection company, and quickly ascended the ranks due to an unrelenting work ethic, exceptional business acumen, and interpersonal savvy that enable him to work effectively with a diverse group of people.
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.