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CEOs

We believe CEOs choose Aurora because they consider our program the optimal environment to catalyze their companies’ success. We feel privileged to be their partners.

 

 

Selected Current & Former CEO Partners

 

Jeff Clark

President and CEO of Anthony

Jeff was long considered one of the pioneers of the commercial refrigeration industry. During his tenure Jeff led a number of strategic initiatives that accelerated organic growth and diversified the company’s customer base into new end markets and geographies. Jeff partnered with Aurora in 2004 to transform Anthony from a U.S. commercial refrigerator door manufacturer into a global, diversified refrigerated merchandising specialist. In partnership with Aurora, Jeff led the acquisition of six complementary businesses that expanded Anthony into Asia and Europe, added reskinning services, and provided a leadership position in the highly specialized curved glass market. In addition to his team at Aurora, Jeff partnered with independent directors Margaret Dano, Richard Goodspeed, and Paul Shelton.


Michael DeDomenico

Chairman and CEO of NuCO2

Michael DeDomenico joined NuCO2 in 2000 as President, and oversaw more than a decade of uninterrupted growth, more than quadrupling revenue during his tenure with the Company. Mike partnered with Aurora in 2008 to accelerate growth by investing in new product offerings, “operationalizing” NuCO2’s acquisition program, and optimizing the Company’s routing and logistics. In addition to the Aurora team, Michael partnered with independent directors Dale Frey, Larry Bossidy, Mike Wickham, and Tom Zusi.


Darrin Eisele

CEO of SRP Companies

Darrin co-founded Pugs in 1984, growing it to become one of the largest players in specialty category management for the convenience store channel, even prior to its combination with Solaray to form SRP. Darrin has led significant growth at SRP post-merger through the development of scan-based trading offerings and a harmonized product suite. Darrin partnered with Aurora in 2016 to invest in his vision of offering platinum level category management to customers and to significantly accelerate SRP’s acquisition program. In addition to his team at Aurora, Darrin has partnered with Wiley Smith (founder of Solaray) and independent directors Todd Dunn and Paul Shelton.


Jim Janik

President and CEO of Douglas Dynamics

Jim Janik helped lead Douglas Dynamics into the modern manufacturing age. Jim partnered with Aurora in 2004 to carve Douglas Dynamics out of AK Steel and invest in a strategic acquisition, in sales and marketing resources, and in the implementation of lean manufacturing which dramatically reduced lead times for Douglas’ products during peak, in-season demand. In addition to his team at Aurora, Jim partnered with independent directors Jack Peiffer and Mike Wickham.


John Kennedy

President and CEO of Autocam

John Kennedy is a visionary executive within specialty manufacturing. He successfully implemented a strategy of focusing on niche value-added components and pursuing lean manufacturing and continuous improvement initiatives, developing Autocam’s reputation for tight tolerances and mission critical performance, earning long-term sole-source relationships with a wide range of automotive suppliers, and mitigating risk through customer, product and geographic diversification.

John partnered with Aurora in 2000 to take the Company private and to invest in strategic acquisitions to diversify Autocam’s geographic and technological capabilities.


Jeff Kiesel

CEO of Restaurant Technologies

 Jeff has led RT’s transformation from a small regional Midwest service provider to an industry-leading national player. Having excelled in senior sales and marketing leadership roles for more than 20 years at General Electric, Jeff has helped lead the expansion of RT’s service offering to many key foodservice brands across the country.

Jeff partnered with Aurora in 2015 to further invest in sales force and marketing capabilities to penetrate the large, untapped portion of RT’s addressable market as well as sharpen the focus on field productivity. Additionally, Jeff and his team have recently completed RT’s first acquisitions and are strategically targeting additional complementary assets. In addition to his team at Aurora, Jeff has partnered with independent directors Larry Bossidy, Charlie Crew, Todd Dunn, Bill Prather, and Paul Shelton.


John Knox

CEO of ADCO

John Knox successfully repositioned the company into higher-growth markets by focusing on global megatrends in support of energy efficiency and mechanical fastener replacement, acquiring strategic acquisitions, and transforming the Company’s low-cost manufacturing footprint through expansion in Asia.  In addition to his team at Aurora, John partnered with independent directors Paul Shelton and Kears Pollock.


Bill McGinnis

Vice Chairman of NTS
 

 

Bill has spent more than 35 years as a leader in the industry and within the company through a variety of operating and leadership roles. Having joined NTS as a Test Engineer in 1980, Bill was President and CEO for over a decade before becoming the Vice Chairman of NTS. Bill partnered with Aurora in 2013 to invest in both the organic and acquisition-driven expansion of NTS’ world-class capabilities and geographic footprint, furthering his career-long goal of delivering an unparalleled level of capability and service to the most performance-oriented customers in demanding markets. In addition to his team at Aurora, Bill has partnered with independent directors Dean Flatt, Jay Haberland, Ray Milchovich, and Terry Sutter.


Bill Midgette

President and CEO of Porex

Bill Midgette designed and implemented the product development and customization process that unlocked dramatic growth for Porex, and laid the groundwork for continued growth for many years to come.

Bill partnered with Aurora in 2009 to undertake a significant strategic repositioning of the business, including carving the Company out of HLTH/Web MD, acquiring Porex’s largest competitor, and divesting the Company’s surgical implant business to Stryker. In addition, Bill worked with Aurora to dramatically increase investment in sales & marketing, new product development, and engineering. In addition to the Aurora team, Bill partnered with independent directors Mike McLain, Paul Shelton, and Terry Sutter.


Wayne Mincey

CEO of Market Track 

Wayne was responsible for Market Track’s strategic vision as well as the significant investments in corporate infrastructure and sales resources that were the hallmark of his tenure as CEO. Wayne partnered with Aurora in 2012 to expand Market Track’s position from dominance in consumer/retail promotional data to leadership across the entire spectrum of advertising and pricing intelligence. Under his leadership, Market Track completed 10 add-on acquisitions during Aurora’s ownership, dramatically expanding the scope of the company’s solutions to include brand advertising and eCommerce pricing and assortment data. In 2016, Wayne was elevated to the role of Executive Chairman and appointed Dennis Moore as his successor. In addition to his team at Aurora, Wayne partnered with independent directors Jim Lindner, Andrew Leitch, and Alan Roth.


Dave O'Brien

President and CEO of Zywave

Dave O’Brien was one of Zywave’s original employees, having been with the company for nearly 25 years. Dave has led the major initiatives responsible for the recent growth of Zywave, including designing and implementing the unique sales and training engine that has accelerated the adoption of Zywave’s products in the marketplace.

Dave partnered with Aurora in 2013 to increase investment in Zywave’s sales & marketing function, as well as to develop new products and explore acquisition opportunities. In addition to the Aurora team, Dave has partnered with directors Bill Haack (founder of Zywave), Jim Lindner, Alex Sun, and Tom Zusi.


Brent Reilly

President and CEO of
Randall-Reilly

Brent held multiple leadership roles at Randall-Reilly prior to assuming the CEO role in 2015. He fostered a culture of innovation at the Company that facilitated Randall-Reilly’s remarkable transition from print-based media offerings to data-driven digital services. Brent partnered with Aurora in 2017 to increase investment in Randall-Reilly’s data and digital services suites, as well as to develop new products and explore acquisition opportunities. In addition to the Aurora team, Brent has partnered with independent directors Todd Dunn, Jim Lindner, and Wayne Mincey.


Ken Schwartz

CEO of K&F Industries

Ken partnered with Aurora during a pivotal time in the evolution of K&F Industries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aircraft brakes. By revitalizing the focus of the business around growth, particularly in the high braking-demand areas of regional jets and unmanned aerial vehicles,  Ken helped position K&F in some of the most attractive segments of the market, leading to an NYSE IPO and ultimately a highly successful investment for both Aurora and K&F’s public shareholders. In addition to his team at Aurora, Ken partnered with independent directors Larry Bossidy, Dale Frey, Tom Johnson, Jack Peiffer, and Tom Zusi.


Alex Sun

President and CEO of Mitchell International

Alex Sun led the strategic transformation of Mitchell into a diversified P&C insurance cost containment company with a broad suite of proprietary workflow management and information services solutions.

Alex partnered with Aurora in 2007 to further Mitchell’s active add-on acquisition program as well as to fund the development of Mitchell’s next generation software platform. Under Alex’s leadership, Mitchell more than doubled EBITDA and developed several new solutions that yielded robust organic growth during Aurora’s ownership. In addition to his team at Aurora, Alex partnered with independent directors Larry Bossidy, Jim Lindner, Jim Gilmartin, Deborah Kerr, and Tom Zusi.


Steve Vanderboom

President and CEO of Pace Analytical

Steve founded Pace in 1978 and is considered an iconic leader in the U.S. environmental testing sector. Having grown Pace from a single Minneapolis location in 1978 to what is today the broadest network of testing capabilities in North America with more than 50 locations, Steve and his team have developed operating procedures and service standards that lead the industry today.

Steve partnered with Aurora in 2016 to further invest in the leading technology and customer responsiveness for which Pace is industry-acclaimed as well as to continue his vision of offering a level of testing service that the most sophisticated industrial, consulting, and governmental customers can secure with no other industry provider. In addition to his team at Aurora, Steve has partnered with independent directors Ray Milchovich, David Chernow, and Mike McLain.


Charles Veniez

President and CEO of Industrial Container Services

Charles Veniez joined ICS in 2014 and transformed ICS from a steel drum reconditioning business into a packaging solutions provider by developing reconditioning capabilities in intermediate bulk containers and distributing niche packaging. Concurrently, he redesigned the company’s productivity program and implemented it across ICS’s entire network of nearly 50 facilities. In addition to the Aurora team, Charles partnered with independent directors Margaret Dano, Terry Sutter, Dean Flatt and Andrew Leitch.


Jeff Welsh

President and CEO of DuBois

Jeff is an industry leader in the chemicals sector and has grown DuBois into the premier middle-market specialty chemicals company, through both organic opportunities and nine highly accretive add-on acquisitions since 2008. Jeff partnered with Aurora in 2012 to help expand the company’s acquisition platform and implement a suite of new operating initiatives. In addition to his team at Aurora, Jeff partnered with independent directors Charlie Crew, Larry Bossidy, and Paul Shelton.


Mary Zappone

CEO of RecoverCare

Mary Zappone led the reinvention of RecoverCare to make it the premier rental distribution platform in post-acute healthcare. By working with Aurora to optimize the Company’s business selection and sales, inventory & operations planning processes, Mary turned the business into an ideal partner to Joerns, the leading capital provider to the same market segment, with whom RecoverCare merged to become the clear leader in post-acute healthcare across both products and rental services. In addition to her team at Aurora, Mary partnered with independent directors John Myers, David Chernow, Bill Harrison, Paul Shelton, Wayne Smith and Terry Sutter.