Girish is the CEO of Workplace Answers, a leader in online compliance training. Workplace Answers has featured in the Inc 500/5000 fastest growing companies for fout out of the five years under his leadership. Girish also serves as the Managing Partner at Finrock Growth Partners, the investment firm that is the majority owner of Workplace Answers and a source of growth equity for the company. Girish has over 20 years of experience in setting up and growing businesses in the technology enabled services sector. As a senior executive with Infosys Technologies, (NASDAQ: INFY) a $20 billion market-cap technology and consulting services firm, Girish managed a portfolio of businesses exceeding $ 70 million in revenues and grew the business at an annual rate exceeding 30% over a 4 year period. Before Infosys, Girish was a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen, where he led multiple process and technology transformation programs for Fortune 500 corporations. He is on the Austin board of advisors at Pratham, a non profit focused on providing education to underprivileged children. Girish is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.
Brad is a Director for McKinsey & Company and leads the Business Technology Office (BTO) in New York, as well as the North American Financial Services Operations & Technology Practice. He has worked with banks, insurance carriers, asset managers, and transaction services companies on issues of strategy, organization, operations, and technology. He has functional expertise in operations transformation, IT transformation, infrastructure, and outsourcing. Before joining McKinsey in January 2000, Brad spent almost 3 years as a partner in the Stenbeck Group of companies, a global conglomerate owned and controlled by the Swedish billionaire Jan Stenbeck. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he became managing director of the company's North American information technology practice. Brad received his B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College, an M.S.E.E. in computer sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School
Mr. Cassutt is the Co-President of Nelson Nameplate, a rapid prototyping and engineering support company based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Nelson, Mr. Cassutt functioned as the Controller of Bristol Corporation from 1978-1984. He currently sits on the board of American Security Products and Columbia Sanitary Products. Mr. Cassutt received his Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of California, Irvine and his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Michael de Anda
Mr. de Anda has been investing in privately held companies since 1993 and has over ten years of experience in the private and public equity markets. Mr. de Anda serves on the Board of Directors of Pricing Dynamics and Circle of Friends. Previously, he was an Advisor to Ecoupons and sat on the Board of NetHandicap and Federal Research prior to their sales. Mr. de Anda was a General Partner of Eureka Capital, a small cap focused hedge fund. Mr. de Anda earned his C.P.A. in Illinois in addition to an M.B.A from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Accounting from DePaul.
Peter T. Francis
Peter Francis is board chair, president and CEO of J. M. Huber Corporation, a diversified, multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources, and technology-based services. Mr. Francis joined the company in 1992 as vice chairman. In 1993, he became board chair of Huber and president of its largest division, AVEX Electronics, which he led in a major turnaround to profitability. He became CEO and president of the parent corporation in 1994, which he has since grown to over $2.5 billion in revenues. In 2004, the company completed the largest acquisition in its history when it acquired CP Kelco, a global leader in the hydrocolloids industry. Before joining Huber, Mr. Francis was CEO of a leveraged buyout in the wood products industry. He also designed and managed the development of a high-technology oceanographic instrument for the oil and gas industry. He and his wife circumnavigated the world by sailboat, visiting 38 countries, covering 55,000 miles, and spending 558 days at sea. Mr. Francis served on the Board of Overseers of the New Jersey Institute of Technology for five years, where he chaired its strategic planning committee. He is a trustee of the Rumson Country Day School and chair of its long-range planning committee. Mr. Francis graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with his BA from Middlebury College and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Mr. Lazier is the Co-President of Nelson Nameplate, a rapid prototyping and engineering support company based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining Nelson, Mr. Lazier functioned as an Engineer with IBM Corporation from 1982-1984. He is currently on the board of American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products, Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation and the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Lazier received his Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University
Michael Miles is currently the Chairman and Co-Founder of SeatonCorp, a leading provider of recruiting, vendor-on-premise staffing and end-to-end supplier management solutions. An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Miles founded SeatonCorp in 1988, shortly after college graduation. Under his leadership, Michael has grown SeatonCorp from a staff of two to one of Crain’s “Largest Privately Held Companies” inChicago, with more than 1,100 employees. SeatonCorp has achieved consistent, organic growth resulting in a 25%+ compounded annual growth rate over a 20-year period, earning more than $300 million in revenue during 2008. Michael is a director at Alexian Brothers Health Network and an advisory board member for Conference Solutions. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance fromArizona State University
Mr. Mina is a co-founding Partner of Sverica International and is based in the Boston office. He currently serves on several portfolio company boards including Ackerman Security Systems, Center Rock Inc., Creative Catalog Concepts, iCoat Company, Oasis and Prospect Education. Mr. Mina also serves on the board of the Swedish School of Boston. He was previously President and CEO of Cameraworld.com, one of Sverica's pre-fund portfolio companies. In earlier careers, Mr. Mina worked in the public and private sectors in a number of industries, including technology (United Nations Computing Centre and Storage Technology), banking (Citibank, Goldman Sachs & Co. and VISA) and telecommunications (consultant for a large European company). A native of Italy and Sweden, Mr. Mina earned his BSc degree in Computer Engineering from Imperial College at the University of London and his MBA degree at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.
Karen is the founder and CEO of Carillon Assisted Living, a North Carolina-based developer and operator of quality, moderate-income assisted living communities providing residential living services to seniors. Ms. Moriarty has raised nearly $30 million in equity funding, secured $80 million in construction and permanent mortgage loans, and negotiated a $105 million sale leaseback of Carillon's original properties. Ms. Moriarty is a graduate ofStanford Universityand the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a Director of Liberty Towers.
Limited PartnerMr. Niehaus was a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman before joining Housatonic Partners in 2001. During his twelve-year career at Hellman & Friedman, he was involved in several of the Firm's recurring services, media and communications investments including Eller Media, Falcon Cable, and Mitchell International. Earlier in his career, Mr. Niehaus was employed in the Merchant Banking and Mergers and Acquisitions departments at Morgan Stanley & Co. He is a Director of Braden Partners, LP; California Communications, LLC; Convergent Broadcasting, LLC; Momentum Media, LLC; Precis Communications, LLC; and South Florida Media Group, LLC. Mr. Niehaus is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Somoza most recently was the Co-Founder and CEO of VIU Media,Puerto Rico’s largest locally-owned outdoor advertising company, which was sold to Lamar Advertising. Prior to becoming CEO of VIU Media, he was the Co-Founder and CEO of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity group formed to identify, acquire, and operate a company inPuerto Rico. Previously, Mr. Somoza worked at CS First Boston, where he was involved in structuring over $1.2 billion in financings. He received the 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Media Category forPuerto Rico, and currently sits on the board of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. Mr. Somoza graduated cum laude, with a BA in Economics and Political Science, fromYale University, and holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Stella most recently was the Co-Founder and President of VIU Media,Puerto Rico’s largest locally-owned outdoor advertising company, which was sold to Lamar Advertising. Prior to becoming President of VIU Media, he was the Co-Founder and President of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity group formed to identify, acquire, and operate a company inPuerto Rico. Previously, Mr. Stella worked at KPMG Peat Marwick in the middle-market Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Group. He also worked for UBS and Chase Manhattan Bank. He received the 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Media Category forPuerto Rico. Mr. Stella graduated with high honors, with a BA in Economics, Finance and Investments, fromBabson Collegeand graduated cum laude with an MBA from The University of Michigan.
Mr. Thorndike founded Housatonic Partners in 1994. Prior to that, Mr. Thorndike worked with the Walker Publishing Company and T. Rowe Price Associates.Mr. Thorndike is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a Director of Access Information Management; Alta Colleges; Continental Fire & Safety Services, LLC; Carillon Assisted Living, LLC; Rapid Communications, LLC; White Flower Farm, Inc. and a Trustee of the Groton School, the Boston Athenaeum, and the College of the Atlantic.
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