Mr. Fuselier is a former executive with Citibank's Latin American Investment Bank, First Investor's and TWA and for seven years operated Dove Aviation. While at Citibank, Fuselier was an analyst in the loan syndication department; focusing specifically on loans to Latin American countries and government-owned industries. As a senior fuel buyer at TWA, Fuselier managed, bid, and contracted to purchase over 40MM barrels ($1.5BN) of jet fuel, gasolines, chemicals and lubricants, annually worldwide.
Dove was the largest independent wholesaler of Texaco and Union Carbide aviation chemicals east of the Mississippi; supplying over 100 airports and most major and commuter airlines. Through its two subsidiaries, Aviation Fuel Supply and Air East, Dove distributed wholesale fuels in thirteen states and provided retail services at seven airports on the east coast; including ground handling, aircraft fueling, engine maintenance, cargo warehousing and charter services utilizing its 17 company aircraft.
Since that time, Fuselier's firm has invested in petroleum, waste and environmental companies such as a regional home heating oil retailer, a leading retail petroleum maintenance company (providing facility maintenance to over 3,000 retail outlets) and several private and public waste companies.
Fuselier is considered an expert turnaround and corporate revitalization operator with a skilled knowledge of finance, operations and securities and has provided turnaround services to Bank of America, Citicorp Venture Capital, Chase, Fleet, NationsBank and others. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University (MSJ) and Louisiana College (BA).
Mr. Cahill brings over 28 years of direct management and practical operating experience to the firm. As general manager of Sandvik Process Systems' Industrial Processing Systems division, he took the division from loss to profit in one year, eventually achieving 14 straight months of profitability. Under his leadership, sales quotas were exceeded by 20% and market share was increased by 5% – while maintaining price leadership and gross profit. In 1982 as GM at Titanium Industries, Mr. Cahill introduced new standards and controls at the $12MM Ti-Fab division to improve production and profitability – in spite of a general downturn in the industry. Later as Vice President of Marketing & Sales, he directed sales activity exceeding $25MM in the US, Canada, and Brazil. After reorganizing the department, sales increased over 90%. The salesforce was expanded into Far Eastern markets, resulting in $8MM in new export business. Mr. Cahill received his B.S. from the University of Detroit and M.S. in Management from Newark College of Engineering.
- Researched targets for Technoflex' first US venture. Also advised Board as to FDA rules and constraints.
- Information Technology
- Researched targets for Sword Group's acquisition of Zen & Art, an IT company with US sales of $9MM.
- Specialty chemicals
- Negotiated and closed the deal for Orapi's first US acquisition (a manufacturer of specialty lubricants, adhesives, and anti-corrosives.) Followed up with acquisitions in Asia and Europe for a total of € 10MM in sales. Orapi went from € 7MM in sales in 2000 to € 50MM in sales at the end of 2006.
- Hair/Beauty Care
- Provided valuation advice (based on US licensing rights) and arranged equity financing with a private equity group.
- Automatic Doors Manufacturer
- Advised a leading European firm on their first acquisition in the US. Also conducted due diligence for other acquisition opportunities in California, Canada and England.
- Advised a consortium on the sale of one of its divisions to a leading private equity group of US investors.
- Valuation of a US internet portal for an acquisition; due diligence and negotiations.
- Conducted search on behalf of our Canadian client and closed on the acquisition of a New Jersey based engineering company with sales of $4MM. The integration led to cross-selling of services and increased sales for the combined entities.
Mr. Leventis is a finance executive with diverse hands-on financial management experience with industrial companies.
He began his career with Elf Aquitaine, the world's fourth largest oil company, as a finance executive in France and the US. In 1987 he joined Killam Associates as Vice President of Corporate Development, where he was instrumental in growing the company from $11MM to $44MM in eight years. In 1995 he joined Flexpaq Corporation, a $50MM packaging enterprise, as Vice President of Finance and Administration. There he was responsible for accounting, treasury, financial planning, and acquisitions, reporting to the President.
Mr. Leventis' experience lies in analyzing, structuring, and providing strategic leadership in the acquisition and/or sale of middle market companies, divisions and subsidiaries. He has been involved in transactions from a wide variety of industries around the globe, including Travel & Tourism, IT, Telecommunications, Accounting, and Automation. Mr. Leventis holds an MA in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Paris.
- $600MM: Steel industry turnaround
- Sale and successful turnaround of a highly leveraged steel service center company in crisis
- $200MM: Truck accessory maker
- Planning and installing “profit improvement teams” resulting in savings and efficiencies in excess of $15MM on an annualized basis
- $1.0BN: Analysis and strategy
- Performed a revenue/margin analysis; assisted in lender negotiations; performed strategic and operation planning and defense in a hostile tender offer for a $1BN steel manufacturer
- $400MM: Apparel importer
- Revamped operating planning techniques, especially in the areas of inventory controls and asset management
- $25MM: Reorg and sale
- Concluded a SBU operational/ financial reorganization and successful sale of four units of a closely held $25 million company
- $90MM: Roll-up
- During a three year period, assisted in a roll-up within a niche distributor market through seven acquisitions creating a national $90 million company
- Analysis and development
- of the re-organization plan for the largest retail petroleum maintenance company in the US
- Expert witness
- in various legal and arbitration cases
With over thirty years of financial and operational experience, Mr. O’Neill brings a valuable store of managerial talent to any organization. During this period he has acquired extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, turn-around, and managing cash flow in highly leveraged companies. His experience coveres all areas of auditing, taxes, and management services including providing operational and financial services to mid-range and Fortune 500 companies in finance, corporate restructuring and reorganizations, and mergers & acquisitions. During his career Mr. O’Neill has assisted in the purchase and/or sale of over fifty companies with revenues of approximately $2.7BN; seventeen financing transactions raising approximately $0.9BN of debt/capital; four bankruptcies, and twelve other legal, arbitration, or administrative proceedings.
Mr. O’Neill obtained his CPA certificate and spent approximately five years in public accounting, first with Wiss & Company and then Laventhol and Horwath.
Leaving public accounting at the end of 1979, Mr. O’Neill entered the private and public corporate arena. His first position was as Manager of Financial Planning and Corporate Development for Ashland Technologies Inc., a $1.0BN subsidiary of Ashland Oil. During his tenure, the company doubled in size though internal growth and acquisitions and then was sold, by core groups, at a large profit under plans formulated and executed by Mr. O’Neill and others. Following a brief period as Financial Reporting Director of ERMC, a major real estate subsidiary of the Equitable, Mr. O’Neill became Assistant Corporate Controller and Director of Strategic Planning for Argo Communications Inc., a start-up telecommunications joint venture company—growing the organization to profitability and then merging it with two other companies.
Mr. O’Neill began his turn around experience in 1986 when he was recruited by Chas. P Young Company, a $150MM financial and securities printer, to assist management and the bondholders in its attempted turnaround. After reorganizing the corporate financial and planning departments, he assisted in reorganizing the operations of the five operating units, removing $15MM of cost inefficiencies and assisting in a refinancing of the company through a $50MM public debt offering, a private placement offering, and a $15MM asset based financing agreement. Mr. O’Neill assisted the bondholders in the eventual sale of the company.
From September 1989 through November 1995, Mr. O’Neill became the in-house financial and operating officer for the J.P. Poindexter Company, Inc. Since November 1995, Mr. O’Neill has operated as a financial and operating advisor to a number of public and privately held companies, and has assisted several financial institutions in refinancing and reorganizing their holdings and debt structures; taking management positions when requested.
Mr. O’Neill graduated Summa cum Laude from St. Peter’s College, graduating first in the school of Business Administration with a degree in Accounting. Mssrs. O’Neill and Fuselier have worked together since 1999.
For over 40 years, Donald Turner has been a successful marketing, advertising and public relations executive. He was named as one of the top 100 creative people in the country in a national ADWEEK survey and a wide range of his work appears in, “Advertising Concepts and Strategies”, the college textbook published by Random House.
Mr. Turner has created marketing, advertising and public relations campaigns for a range of major companies such as Ford Motor Company, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Cablevision Systems, Budget Rent A Car, Northfield Savings Bank, City & Suburban Federal Savings Bank, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute), Value Line Investment Surveys, C.E. Jamieson Nutraceuticals, A-1 Herbs & Vitamins Company, Richardson Vicks, Columbia Presbyterian, St. Charles & St. Francis Hospitals, Geri-Care & Uniflex Healthcare Products, Canon Copiers, JVC Video Recorders, Doubleday Book Clubs, Pilot Pens, and Sanyo Business Systems.
Mr. Turner has also been involved with the introduction of new products and their national distribution, plus the financing, merger and acquisition of companies in a variety of industries.