Board of Directors

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Joseph S. Poehling
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chairman and 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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Kenneth B. Hoganson, Jr.
Founder, Director and President & 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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Dennis Kessler
Founder, Director and Vice-President & COO
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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Paul Marcela
Director and Vice President & Corporate Secretary
President, Governance Partners Group LLC

Paul Marcela is President of Governance Partners Group, a corporate governance services firm that specializes in providing external Corporate Secretary services to companies that seek support in attending to the corporate governance requirements of their Boards of Directors. GPG focuses on providing governance services to private companies, small to mid-cap public companies and not-for-profit organizations that may not have sufficient internal resources to practice good governance in a robust manner.

Paul is the Secretary of the Private Directors Association and has served the Society for Corporate Governance as Chair of the Society’s Private Companies Committee, as a member of the Society’s National Board of Directors and the Southeast Chapter Advisory Council and as President of the Detroit Chapter.

Previously, Paul has been Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel of two Cerberus Capital Management private equity portfolio companies and Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of Dow Corning Corporation.

Paul earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, a M.B.A. from Central Michigan University and a B.S. from Allegheny College. 

   
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Cindy Burrell
Founder and 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 ReviewFortuneThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Today ShowCNBC and National Public Radio.

   
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Phil Grybas
Director and Audit & Risk Committee Chairman
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, Georgetown University Law Center, 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  23 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 Alzheimer's Association, and the Children’s Radio Network, a charity using radio to amplify youth voices across Africa.

   
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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 and Nominating & Governance Committee Chairman
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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Helga Reidel
Director
President and CEO, The ENWIN Group of Companies

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the ENWIN Group of Companies, Helga is a Chartered Professional Accountant and was awarded the designation of Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants in 2018. She is an executive with more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience in the public and private sectors where she improved efficiency, stability and labour relations. Her business sector experience includes Utilities, Municipal Government, Financial Services, Education, Bottling and Audit/Advisory.

Helga’s current appointments include Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor (Chair of Pension and Audit Committees), Director of the Board of Transform, a Shared Services Organization serving area hospitals and Trustee of the WSIB Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan. She is also a Founding member and Treasurer of the Detroit/Windsor/Toledo Arm of the Private Directors Association and has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of PDA National based in Chicago.

Helga is a graduate of the University of Windsor holding degrees in Commerce and Education. She holds the designations of FCPA, FCA designation and an OCT designation as well as an ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

   
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Roy Verstraete
Founder, Director and Vice President for Chapters
Retired CEO, Anchor Danly; Current Director of 4 Private Manufacturing Companies

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 
Retired CFO, East Balt Bakeries 

Dave recently retired after 43 years of financial and executive leadership positions. Dave was a partner for 10 years at KPMG and has had Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive positions in various companies, including Maritz, (travel incentives, market research and learning businesses), HD Smith, (Pharmaceutical), and East Balt Bakeries, (an international bakery supplying the quick service restaurant industry - primarily McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King and KFC with 23 bakeries in13 countries). He also had a three-year Ex-Patriot assignment in London England serving as CEO of the European operations of Maritz.

Dave has demonstrated success with privately held companies with an emphasis on private equity-backed companies in dynamic, turn-around national environments. His expertise includes board governance and compliance, executive compensation/performance management, turn-around/change management, US GAAP, IPO and SEC reporting, strategic planning and budgeting, M&A negotiations, due diligence and acquisition integration.

Dave was named CFO of the Year for Large Private Companies in 2015 by Financial Executives International, (FEI) and twice won HD Smith’s “Executive of the Year” for Outstanding Leadership, Collaboration and Business Acumen.

Dave is a member of the Board of Directors of the Private Directors Association and serves on the Audit/Risk committee. He previously served as an independent board member of Epi Breads, an ESOP-owned bakery in Atlanta and was Chairman of the Board for East Balt Korea Inc., a joint venture between East Balt Bakeries and Maeil Dairy, a South Korean food conglomerate. Dave meets the SEC Audit Committee Expert requirements so could serve on an audit committee as either a member or the chairperson.

Dave earned a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana.