Board of Directors

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Kenneth B. Hoganson, Jr.
Chairman and CEO
Managing Partner, RBI Advisors, LLC

Ken is the CEO and Founder of the Private Directors Association®.  In addition, he has served as a private Board Director for more than 25 years with Lovejoy, a multinational metalworking company.  Ken has also taught for over a decade at the Keller Graduate School of Management in a senior business planning faculty position.  As a past member of their Board of Directors and/or Chapter President, Ken has been a valued leader for a number of other associations, including the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), serving the private equity and private corporations; the Alliance of Merger and Acquisitions Advisors serving investment bankers, and the Family Firm Institute serving family owned business advisors.  His own privately held business—in existence for more than 24 years—provided investment banking services to private family businesses, private equity companies, and large public companies and completed successful M&A transactions in all major business sectors.  Ken earned his B.S. and his MBA from The University of Chicago.

   
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Cindy Burrell
Director
CEO, Diversity in the Boardrooms

Diversity in Boardrooms consults with Corporate Boards and Advisory Boards. Leading the firm, Ms. Burrell contributes over 20 years of executive search expertise with a special focus in recruiting and referring diverse Director Candidates who enhance a company’s growth, profitability, and social responsibility reputation.

   
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Donald Delves
Director
Director, Willis Towers Watson

Don Delves is a Managing Director of Executive Compensation for Willis Towers Watson’s Rewards Line of Business and Practice Leader for Executive Compensation North America. Based in Chicago, Don is a leading expert and highly sought-after consultant and speaker on corporate governance and executive pay and performance, with over twenty-five years’ experience consulting with major corporate boards and executive teams across the country. Don leads Willis Towers Watson’s Closely Held Business Practice and is a recognized expert on principles-based corporate governance, incentive design, performance measurement and value creation.

Don has published two books and over a hundred articles, and he is frequently interviewed and cited as an expert in major media including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNBC and National Public Radio.

   
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Venita Fields
Director
Partner, Pelham S2K Manager

Ms. Fields is an experienced private board director with over 35 years of finance experience as a banker and private equity investor.  Ms. Fields has served on the board of a dozen companies as a private equity investor, assisting management with acquisitions, strategy and operations.  For the last four years, Ms. Fields has served as an Independent Director for Derry Enterprises, a privately held distributor, providing inventory management and supply chain services for fasteners and other Class C items in the U.S. and Canada and Mexico. 

   
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Joseph A. Ginsburg
Director
Managing Partner, Levin Ginsburg, LLC

For more than 40 years, Joe Ginsburg has served as legal counsel to domestic and international businesses in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, as well as risk analysis and dispute resolution. He has extensive experience in the negotiation and documentation of domestic and international transactions including financing, acquisition, divestiture and mergers. Joe Ginsburg also is experienced and passionate about advising family owned and closely held businesses. He provides advice and counsel in continuity planning and wealth preservation strategies for businesses and their owners.

   
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Phil Grybas
Director
Chairman of the Board, Great Plains Communications

Phil Grybas is an experienced Board member having served as Chairman of the Board for a family owned telecommunications/technology company, as a Compensation Committee Chair and as an independent director for various non-profit organizations.  Phil is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Global Management Accountant, a Certified Global Business leader, a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of the AICPA.  Phil has served as a CFO for publicly traded companies, recently led and completed an M&A transaction, and is broadly experienced in International Finance, process improvement and financial planning/analysis.

   
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Sara Hamilton
Director
Founder & CEO, Family Office Exchange

Sara Hamilton, the Founder and CEO of Family Office Exchange,  is a respected visionary in the private wealth industry. Sara witnessed the emergence of family wealth management as an industry while a trust officer at Harris Bank in Chicago. She was the first professional to recognize family offices as a unique client segment that was both institutional and taxable clients. Sara is the co-author of Family Legacy and Leadership: Preserving True Family Wealth in Challenging Times, and serves on the executive education faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for the Private Wealth Management course offered twice per year in Chicago.

   
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Eileen Kamerick
Director

Ms. Kamerick serves as an adjunct professor at University of Chicago Law School, Washington University in St Louis College of Law, and University of Iowa College of Law.  She consults and lectures on corporate governance matters and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She had previously served as CFO of such leading companies as BP Amoco America, Leo Burnett, Heidrick & Struggles, and Houlihan Lokey She began her career as a lawyer at the law firm of Skadden Arps and she holds a JD and an MBA, with honors, in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago.   She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the Board of Directors  for Associated Banc-Corp, AIG Funds, Hochschild Mining, plc, and  27 closed end Legg Mason mutual funds. She served on the Board of Directors for ServiceMaster and IRI before both companies were purchased by private equity firms. She qualifies as an SEC financial expert.  In addition to her corporate board roles, she serves on the boards of the Eckerd Connects, a national child welfare charity, the Children’s Radio Network, a charity using radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, and Christ the King Jesuit High School, a Cristo Rey Network school. 

   
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Dennis Kessler
Director
President, Midwest Family Business Advisors

Dennis Kessler is the President and founder of Midwest Family Business Advisors, a firm that specializes in helping families to overcome the challenges inherent in mixing business with family. He advises clients on, succession planning, conflict resolution, and strategic planning. Dennis is the former Co-President of Fel‑Pro Inc., which was in his family for 80 years. He has served on  six Public and  Private Company Boards as well as numerous non-profit Boards. Dennis is a founder of the PDA.

   
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Mathias J. Klein, III
Director
Retired Chairman, Klein Tool, Inc.

Mat Klein III is the oldest member of the 5th generation of the Klein family to own and operate Klein Tools since its founding in Chicago in 1857. Mat retired in 2015 as Chairman of the Board for Klein Tools and he served in various management roles in his 46 years of employment at Klein.  He remains on the Board as a Director.  He attended St Norbert College (DePere, WI).  Mat is married and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren and enjoys skiing, water sports, tennis, gardening and travel.

   
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Lawrence M. Molinari
Director
Director, Perlick Corporation

Larry Molinari is a on the Board of Directors of the Perlick Corporation and represents the fourth generation of family members involved with the business.  Perlick is a manufacturer of Commercial and Residential refrigerators and freezers.  In addition on the commercial side Perlick produces a complimentary line of under bar stainless steel and beverage dispensing products found in bars, restaurants and stadium worldwide.

Larry served as the Co-CEO for 20 years and since retiring from day to day management four years ago Perlick has dramatically increased the role of the board in the business.  We have a very active advisory board composed of senior leaders from other businesses.  We have also increase the involvement of the fifth generation of the Perlick family with a family council.

Larry has an undergraduate business degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntyre School of Commerce.  In addition he has an MBA from the University of Toronto.  Larry also is the Moderator (board chair) of his church.

   
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Joseph S. Poehling
Director
Chairman & CEO, Prometheus Group, Inc.

Joseph Poehling is the Chairman of the Prometheus Group, the holding company of First Supply, Gerhards Kitchen and Bath Stores, The Kohler Signature Stores, Parkk Real Estate and other related companies. First Supply is a distributor of plumbing, heating, industrial, utility, pump, well and building supplies, while the Kitchen and Bath Stores are available for the consumer to make their product selections. They server contractors, industrial, home centers and consumers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Western Iowa, Northern Illinois and the Upper-Peninsula of Michigan. The companies employ 600+ people at 28 distribution operations, 1 CDC operation and 18 retail stores and does approximately $300 million in sales annually.  

   
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Roy Verstraete
Director
Retired CEO, Anchor Danly

Corporate director, senior executive and internationalist with 30+ years of operating leadership including 20 years serving on Board of Directors for private, public and startup companies. Currently specializing in Corporate and Advisory Board Roles, strategy and implementation, exec mentoring and succession planning.

   
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Dave Watkins
Director and Treasurer
Retired, Former Executive VP & CFO, East Balt Bakeries

Dave is a seasoned CEO, COO and CFO with Big Four Audit and International Ex-Pat experience. A hands-on leader with a broad operational and financial skill set. Demonstrated success with privately held, family-owned and private equity backed companies in dynamic, turn-around and multi-national environments.Dave began his career at KPMG where he spent 20 years, the last 10 as an audit partner before moving to the Corporate world.  Dave has had a number or roles, most notably serving as the CEO for Maritz Europe while living in London and his pre-retirement role as EVP-CFO of East Balt, the largest supplier of bakery products to four of the most significant global quick serve restaurants.