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Gilman Anderson

Gilman Anderson has more than 30 years of cross-industry experience with a track record of increasing stakeholder value through strategic thinking, strong operational leadership, and extensive information technology knowledge. Today Mr. Anderson is an active angel investor, a member of three boards of directors, and is an executive advisor to both business and private equity firms.

Most recently he was the CEO of The Allant Group, a technology company focused on addressable TV advertising and database marketing. During Q4 of 2015 the company was sold in two parts; one to Acxiom and the other to a private investment group.

In 2013, Mr. Anderson retired from Accenture as a Senior Partner, where he led there $150MM airline reservations business before moving to run the delivery of $500MM+ outsourcing contract in the hospitality industry. In addition, he performed quality audits on large customer contracts, evaluated M&A opportunities, and spearheaded R&D efforts around Big Data, xaaS, and Cloud Computing.

Prior to Accenture he was the CIO for GfK AG's Custom Research Division. GfK is a $2B+ global market research company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany. His move to GfK was the result of him selling to them Caribou Lake Software, his Web technology company that he started 5 years earlier.

During the 90’s, Mr. Anderson held executive positions with Andersen Consulting and Oracle, where he spearheaded building their manufacturing consulting practice. He spent the first 10 years of his career (the 80’s) working in computer integrated manufacturing at Hughes Aircraft's Radar Systems Group and Northrop's B-2 Division, the latter being where he was responsible for building the “factory of the future.”

Mr. Anderson has a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has participated in executive education programs with W. Edwards Deming at George Washington University and Peter F. Drucker at Claremont College, in addition to completing programs at Northwestern and Oxford universities.


Ronald Bernard

Ron Bernard has over 35 years of experience in the entertainment, sports, and media industries in both senior operating and financial capacities. He is currently a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal specializing in the media/sports industries. In addition, since January, 2003, he has been President of LWB Consulting where he has worked with a number of private equity investors in identifying and acquiring media properties.

Mr. Bernard was CEO of Sekani, Inc., a digital media licensing and digital asset management company which he and a number of venture capital firms sold to Corbis, Inc. in 2002.

Mr. Bernard was President of NFL Enterprises, the media business division of the National Football League from 1993-2000. He was responsible for NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Films, NFL International, and all new media ventures. Prior to that, he held a number of senior level positions at Viacom Inc., including serving as Corporate Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer of Showtime Networks Entertainment, and President of Viacom Networks Enterprises.

Mr. Bernard formerly served on the boards of Premier Exhibitions and Atari, Inc. He is a New York CPA, with an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Bob Caulk

Mr. Caulk is a seasoned CEO with extensive experience building businesses and integrating acquisitions in a Private Equity environment.  From 1999 through 2005 Bob was Chairman and CEO of United Industries, a $1+ Billion manufacturer and marketer of consumer lawn, garden and pet products.  Its brands included Cutter, Spectracide, Vigoro, Tetra, and others.  During his tenure, the company grew in revenue from $270 Million to over $1 Billion through an aggressive new product development program and a series of successful industry-consolidating acquisitions. United Industries was owned by private-equity sponsor Thomas H. Lee and was sold in 2005 to Rayovac Corporation.  Prior to joining United, Bob was President of Clopay Building Products, the market-leading manufacturer of residential and commercial garage doors.  Immediately before Clopay, Bob was the North American President of Johnson Outdoors, the parent company for a number of market-leading recreational products businesses, including Scubapro, Old Town, Mitchell, Minn-Kota, and others.  Earlier in his career he held finance, marketing, and corporate development positions at S.C.Johnson (consumer products), and DuPont (chemicals).

Bob currently serves on the Board of two MidOcean portfolio companies.  He is Executive Chairman of Hunter Fan, Inc., the market leader in branded ceiling fans, and on the board of Waterpik, Inc., the largest manufacturer of water flossing devices and showerheads.  In addition to the MidOcean portfolio companies, Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors of Menard, Inc., a multi-billion privately owned retailer; Maritz, Inc., a $1 billion privately owned travel, loyalty, and marketing services company, and several other corporate and non-profit boards.  He previously was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bushnell Outdoor Products, a MidOcean Partners portfolio company and a global marketer of optics and other consumer products for outdoor recreational use.  Key brands are Bushnell, Bolle, Serengeti and Hoppe’s.  Bushnell was sold in November, 2013.  Bob has a B.A. in History from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  He and his family reside in St. Louis.

Jules Haimovitz

Mr. Haimovitz’s experience incorporates all aspects of operating and managing diverse businesses through all their various phases.  From his starting-up the Showtime, Lifetime, Sundance and Smithsonian cable channels, to his leading and subsequently managing various acquired companies such as MTV Networks, to presiding over ‘turn around’ companies such as Aaron Spelling Productions and ITC, Mr. Haimovitz has been faced with virtually the full gamut of business challenges.  Through his experience served the shareholders of Imclone beneficially when he chaired both the Audit Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee of Imclone through its sale to Eli Lilly.

Recently, Mr. Haimovitz served as Vice Chairman and Managing Partner of Dick Clark Productions, from leading its acquisition in 2002 until its sale in 2007.  Mr. Haimovitz is president of Haimovitz Consulting, and recently served on the boards of Blucora Inc. (formerly Infospace) and Dial Global, both public companies.  From 2003 to 2009, he also sat on the board of Blockbuster, Inc., until it was sold to Avail Media, and TVN, a company then privately owned by Morgan Stanley. 

Mr. Haimovitz joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in June of 1999, where he held the position of President of MGM Networks, Inc. and Chairman of the Library Task Force.  He also served as Special Consultant to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer until 2004.  Mr. Haimovitz served as a consultant to Liberty Media with regard to its evaluation of Universal Studios and its assets during the summer of 2004. Prior to joining MGM in 1997, Mr. Haimovitz served as President and Chief Operating Officer of King World Productions, Inc.  Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of ITC Entertainment Group from 1993 until 1997, during which time he oversaw the sale and integration of ITC into PolyGram N.V., one of the world’s leading global music and entertainment companies.  From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Haimovitz served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Spelling Entertainment Inc.  Prior to that, He spent eleven years at Viacom International Inc., in various senior executive capacities, including President of the Viacom Network Group, and President of Viacom Entertainment Group. 

A native New Yorker, now living in California, Mr. Haimovitz holds a dual B.A. degree in Mathematics and Communications, as well as an M.A. degree in Mathematics from Brooklyn College.  Mr. Haimovitz currently serves on the Brooklyn College Foundation Board.

Doug Fox

Doug Fox has been working with MidOcean to evaluate consumer and business services opportunities and currently serves on the board for Allant, Hunter and Young America Corporation, MidOcean portfolio companies. He has served as both a senior line and staff executive across a broad range of consumer and industrial businesses. He was the SVP of Marketing and Strategy for Compaq Inc., leading five worldwide business units (Corporate Strategy, Global Alliances, Business Development, Marketing and Public Relations) comprising over 2,000 people. Prior to that he was the President and COO of Landmark Communications, Inc. a $650 million private media company with 2 CBS affiliates, 2 CATV networks, 43 newspapers and 6 magazines. Mr. Fox also served as President and COO of Newsday, a 3,000-person organization leading the paper�s growth from ninth to fourth largest paper in the US in five years and as the Senior VP of Marketing for International Paper Company. Mr. Fox also worked for the Procter & Gamble Company for eleven years in various managerial roles. In addition to serving on the board of several current and former MidOcean portfolio companies, Allant, Hunter, totes>>Isotoner, Young America Corporation and Vitaquest International LLC, Mr. Fox also serves or has served as a director of Bowne & Co., Inc., Bowne Global Solutions, Inc., Advanstar Communications Inc., Ziff-Davis Media Inc., Arcade Marketing Inc., and Oreck Corp.

Duke Ligon

Mr. Ligon is a lawyer and owns and manages Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC.  From January 2007 to March 2010, Mr. Ligon worked as a Legal Strategic Advisor to Love’s Travel Shops & Country Stores, Inc. From February 1997 to January 2007, Mr. Ligon served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Devon Energy Corporation in addition to serving as a member of Devon’s Executive Management Committee.  Prior to that, Mr. Ligon was a partner in the New York office of the law firm Mayer, Brown & Platt from 1995 to February 1997. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Ligon worked as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director and the Head of Energy Merchant Banking for Bankers Trust Company in New York.  Prior to that, Mr. Ligon worked for Corcoran, Hardesty, Whyte, Hemphill & Ligon P.C. as a partner in the law firm’s Washington D.C. office from 1982 through 1985.

Mr. Ligon is a Member of the Major Gifts Committee of the Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;  Chairman of the Board of Directors of Security State Bank, Oklahoma; Member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Trust Company, Oklahoma; Member of the Board of Directors of Vantage Drilling Company, Houston, TX; Chairman of the Board of Directors of PostRock Energy Partners, L.P. f/k/a Quest, Oklahoma; Chairman of the Board of Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. f/k/a SemGroup Energy Partners, L.P., Oklahoma; Member of the Board of System One, Pittsburgh, PA;  Member of the Board of Directors of Emerald Oil and Gas USA Holdings, Inc. Denver, CO; Member of the Board of Directors of Orion California, L.P., Bakersfield, CA and Member of the Board of Directors of Civil War Trust, Washington, DC. 

Mr. Ligon received a B.A. from Westminster College in 1963 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1969.

Blake Lipham

After joining Bushnell in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lipham was named President of Bushnell in 2008 and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Prior to Bushnell, Mr. Lipham spent three years as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Union Corrugating and five years as the Chief Financial Officer of Home Depot Installed Products. Previously, he held a number of financial and operational management positions at Procter & Gamble and The Home Depot.  In addition to the KidKraft Board of Directors, Blake also sits on the Boards of ThermaCell Repellents, Inc., and Offenbacher's. Mr. Lipham received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Marc Aronstein

Mr.  Aronstein has 25 years of investing experience, including 19 years of direct private equity experience. Mr. Aronstein was previously at BelHealth Investment Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, where he was responsible for originating, structuring and executing Fund transactions. He previously served as a Managing Director and Co-Head of Private Equity Investing and Mergers and Acquisitions at The Marwood Group, where he led transactions and worked extensively with lower middle market healthcare services companies. Previously, Mr. Aronstein was a Managing Director at The Beekman Group, a private equity firm focused on investing in lower middle market companies, where he assumed lead roles in sourcing and executing investments and initiated a focused healthcare investing effort, concentrating in thirty healthcare sub-sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Aronstein was a Partner of Odeon Capital Partners, a private equity fund, where he served as a director of five companies. He began his private equity investing career at EXOR America and Morgan Lewis Githens & Ahn, where he focused on making control investments in middle market companies. Mr. Aronstein also served as the Chief Financial Officer of The River Group, a consumer products company and as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. in their Merchant Banking and High Yield Finance groups. Mr. Aronstein earned an M.B.A from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in Finance with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Manish Sood

Mr. Sood has 20 years of global industry experience and is currently focused on applying AI/deep learning, big data applications, visual analytics, geospatial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) in Investment Management, Risk and Compliance analytics. Currently, in addition to working with MidOcean on investment opportunities, Mr. Sood is the founder and CEO at Smart Data Science LLC, a boutique firm that provides resilience and risk management platform for multilaterals and governments. Under his leadership, the company was recognized by the World Bank Group as one of the top innovative vendors providing ‘big data applications for resilience’. Prior to his current role, Mr. Sood served as co-founder, CEO and Product Management Leader at Messagemind LLC, from 2009 to 2014. Messagemind, an AlwaysOn Top-100 Innovative company, created patented business software products including an intelligent email management app and a social network mapping analytics platform. Prior to Messagemind, Mr. Sood led the R&D, Program Management and HR/Technology Staffing functions from 2001 until 2009 at Business Instruments Corp., an IT consulting firm. Prior to that Mr. Sood held various roles in corporate in corporate planning, business process reengineering, IT and business development positions with large multinationals in the ERP/SCM/CRM software, power generation, automobile, water and agriculture sectors. Mr. Sood holds multiple patents on unstructured data analysis, user behavior learning and intelligent decision support systems. Mr. Sood has an Executive MS in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, USA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, India, and a Bachelor of Technology in Agriculture Engineering from PAU, India.

Doug Gernert

Mr. Gernert has over 35 years of cross-industry experience in both operating and management capacities. Most recently, he held the position of President & Chief Executive Officer of totes Isotoner, a former MidOcean portfolio company. Prior to his time at totes, Mr. Gernert was the President of Cupples Inc. Prior to this, he held senior positions in corporate development at Robertson Ceco Corporation and HMK Enterprises. Mr. Gernert has also held positions at Bain & Company and Procter & Gamble. Current board seats include totes Isotoner, Travelpro Group, both MidOcean portfolio companies, Aden & Anais, Inc., Simpson Performance Products and Kid Pan Alley. Past boards include Incase and Huffy Corporation. Mr. Gernert received a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Frank Sowinski

Frank Sowinski has been working with MidOcean to evaluate information and marketing services opportunities. Mr. Sowinski currently serves on the boards of two of MidOcean's portfolio companies, Allant and LegalShield.  He has spent most of his career at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B) serving in numerous positions including Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Chief Financial Officer and most recently, President. After leaving D&B in 2001, Mr. Sowinski served as Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer of Pricewaterhousecoopers Consulting prior to its sale to IBM in 2002 and Executive Vice President Of Liz Claiborne Incorporated in 2004. Mr. Sowinski currently serves on the Boards of Buckeye Pipeline Company and Princeton University Varsity Club and has previously served on the Boards of American Credit Indemnity and iMarket Corporation.

Dan Stebbins

Mr. Stebbins has been working with MidOcean Partners since 2006.  He has spent the majority of his career with Dragoco including President of the Flavor Division, Worldwide and a member of the Executive Board of Dragoco, GmbH.
Mr. Stebbins was part of the executive team that integrated Dragoco and H&R into Symrise, the 4th largest flavor & fragrance company.  He became The President of Symrise, Flavor Div. Worldwide.

Dan has been honored with numerous awards including the Erich Bruell award from FMA and IFRA and the Dr. Richard Hall award from FEMA for outstanding service to the Fragrance and Flavor Industry.

He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Agilex Fragrances, a recent MidOcean Partners acquisition.