INDUSTRY ADVISORS

NICK BILLIG

Mr. Billig has held a number of senior operating roles in the building products and industrial sectors, both domestically and Internationally. Mr. Billig began his career with The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), working through successive levels of responsibility in sales and marketing in the paper products division. Following P&G, Mr. Billig spent 10 years with Titan International Inc. (NYSE: TWI), the largest manufacturer of tire and wheel systems for off-highway vehicles, supplying global OEM customers such as Deere and Co., Caterpillar, CNH Industrial and AGCO Corporation.  At Titan, Mr. Billig served as an Executive Vice President, based in Europe, where he was instrumental in growing the division from $50 million in annual revenue to $350 million, primarily through the acquisition and integration of six businesses across Western Europe and India.  Following Titan, he spent 10 years with Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), a Fortune 500 diversified building products manufacturer and supplier. As CEO of Moores Furniture Group, a Masco subsidiary with approximately $200 million in annual revenue, Mr. Billig led the turnaround of the largest UK cabinet manufacturing company resulting in more than $90 million of incremental enterprise value. Later, as a Masco Group Vice President, he had operational responsibility for 9 companies, representing approximately $800M in annual revenue, that manufacture and supply branded building products into EMEA. Most recently, Mr. Billig served as the CEO of Armstrong Cabinet Products, a sponsor-backed corporate carve-out of Armstrong World Industries (NYSE: AWI), leading turn-around efforts that resulted in more than $50 million of value creation and repositioning the company for sustainable future growth. Mr. Billig received a BA in Economics from Duke University.

JOHN BRENNAN

Mr. Brennan is the President, CEO and owner of Franklin Valve, a Houston-based, ISO-certified manufacturer of valves primarily used in the midstream oil and gas sector.  Mr. Brennan began his career in 1971 as a Project Engineer at Bruno Machinery Corporation. In 1975, he joined Valve Systems and Controls (VSC), a specialized industrial distributor in New Jersey. In 1978, he moved to VSC’s headquarters in Houston as Manager of Engineering. He advanced through positions of increasing responsibility and was named President in 1983.  VSC was subsequently purchased by Crane Company and in November 1989, John became President of Crane Valves. In 1994, John became President of Limitorque Corp., a manufacturer of electric valve actuators based in Lynchburg, VA. In 1997, he left Limitorque to purchase VSC and become its President. In May 2007, VSC was purchased by Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). Mr. Brennan earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Western New England University where he has served on the Board of Trustees and on the Engineering Advisory Board.

MIKE COOK

Mr. Cook is the President at RCL Services Group (RCL), a provider of railroad signal material integration services and rail materials recovery to the freight and passenger rail industries. Mr. Cook joined RCL in Missouri in 2005 after a 25-year career at Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) as an executive in the engineering department.  In 2008, he moved to RCL headquarters in Texas where he played an integral role in increasing the revenue of Railroad Controls L.P., a leading provider of railway signal construction services from $21 million to approximately $75 million at the time of the company’s sale, to Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) in 2015. In his current role, Mr. Cook is responsible for overseeing the overall operations of all RCL companies, including RCL Wiring, LP, RCL Burco, LLC, RCL Track Services, LLC, and Quiet Zone Technologies, LLC.  Mr. Cook earned a bachelor’s degree from William Woods University.

SANFORD GREEN

Mr. Green currently serves as an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer at RCL Services Group (RCL). Mr. Green joined RCL in 1995 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as President of RCL Wiring, LP and President of RCL Services Group, LP and played an integral role in the divestiture of Railroad Controls L.P., a leading provider of railway signal construction services with annual revenues of approximately $75 million, to Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) in 2015. Mr. Green is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a graduate degree from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

GORDON JONES

Mr. Jones is currently an industry advisor for DalFort Capital Partners. He most recently served as President of Air System Components, Inc. (“ASC”), a division of Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI).  ASC is a market-leading supplier of heating, air conditioning and ventilation system components for commercial, industrial, and residential applications.

 

Mr. Jones began his career with ASC in 1995 as head of research and development with Krueger, responsible for all product engineering, administration and laboratory research.  In 2000 he was named Vice President of Krueger responsible for all aspects of branding, sales, engineering, business development, and organizational development.  In May of 2006, he assumed additional responsibilities as Vice President of two brands, both Krueger and PennBarry.  In October, 2008, he was named President of ASC with full P&L responsibility for the company.

 

Mr. Jones was a past Deputy Chairman of the ARI (Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute), section on Control and Air Distribution Devices. He holds four patents in the field relating to linear slot diffusers and a fifth patent relating to the delivery of energy efficient electric heat when applied to VAV single duct and fan powered terminal units.

 

Gordon received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Morehead State University.

JOHN MASTRANTONI

John Mastrantoni is an industry advisor for DalFort Capital Partners. Mr. Mastrantoni began his career in the chemical industry in 1980 and most recently served as President of IMCD US, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients for the industrial and life science markets. He joined M.F. Cachat in 1984 as a Sales Representative and served as Director of Sales from 1994-2002 before being named President. In May of 2015, IMCD purchased a controlling interest in M.F. Cachat. Mr. Mastrantoni graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

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