Howard D. Morgan
Chairman of the Board
Howard D. Morgan has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Previously, Mr. Morgan was Industrea's Chief Executive Officer and a director of Industrea from April 2017 until December 2018. Mr. Morgan is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Argand, where he has also served as a Partner and member of its Management Committee and Investment Committee since September 2015. Prior to forming Argand, Mr. Morgan was the President of Castle Harlan from September 2014 to July 2015 and Co-President from August 2010 to September 2014. In addition, he served as chief executive officer and president of CHI Private Equity from February 2015 to July 2015. Until July 2015, Mr. Morgan was also a member of the board of directors and associated board committees of CHAMP. Mr. Morgan joined Castle Harlan in 1996. Previously, Mr. Morgan was a partner at The Ropart Group, a private equity investment firm, and began his career at Allen & Company, Inc. Mr. Morgan is currently on the advisory board of Oase Management GmbH since July 2018 and a Director of the Board of Directors for Brintons Carpets Limited. Mr. Morgan is a former director of over one dozen companies, including Shelf Drilling Inc. (OLS:SHLLF), Pretium Packaging, LLC, IDQ, Securus Technologies, Inc., Baker & Taylor Acquisitions Corp., Polypipe (now known as Genuit (LSE:GEN)), Austar United Communications Ltd. (former ASX), Norcast Wear Solutions, Inc., AmeriCast Technologies, Inc., Ion Track Instruments, Inc., Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing, Inc., Penrice Soda Products Pty. Ltd., Branford Chain, Inc. and various CHAMP entities. He is a director and past Chairman of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Chairman of the Parkinson’s Foundation, a director of the Alexander Hamilton Institute and the World Press Institute, a director and Treasurer of the Friends of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and a Trustee of the Naval War College Foundation. Mr. Morgan was a director and officer of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2006 to 2011. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College in Mathematics and Government and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Brian Hodges has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Previously, Mr. Hodges served as a director of Industrea from July 2017 until December 2018. From August 1997 to December 2015, Mr. Hodges was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bradken (ASX: BKN), an Australian public company and global manufacturer and supplier of steel products for the mining, transport, general industrial and contract manufacturing markets. During his tenure as chief executive of Bradken, Mr. Hodges guided Bradken through periods of considerable change and corporate activity with four different owners. Over the course of his career, he has gained considerable management and leadership experience in raw material production and processing, supply and logistics and steel manufacturing. Mr. Hodges holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Bruce Young has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Mr. Young joined Brundage-Bone in 1985 and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company in 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Young managed the concrete pumping operations for Brundage-Bone from 2001 to 2008. Mr. Young has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Eco-Pan since its founding in 1999. Mr. Young started his career in the concrete pumping industry in 1980 with O’Brien Concrete Pumping, eventually moving on to start his own concrete pumping company.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Iain Humphries has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since November 2016 and a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Prior to joining CPH, Mr. Humphries was the Chief Financial Officer of Wood Group PSN Americas from 2013 to 2016, having joined Wood Group PLC in 2005. Mr. Humphries has spent over fifteen years working in various finance leadership roles based in the United States and has almost 25 years of international financial and management experience in the construction, oil & gas, power generation and public accounting sectors. He is a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and holds a 1st Class Honors Degree in Accounting & Finance from The Robert Gordon University located in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Stephen Alarcon is a Vice President at Peninsula Pacific, a private investment fund focused on control investments in the gaming, consumer and industrial sectors. Prior to joining Peninsula Pacific in 2013, Mr. Alarcon was a Vice President with Aurora Resurgence where he focused on buyouts and special situations investments for middle-market companies and served on the boards of directors of multiple portfolio companies in North America and Europe. Previously, Mr. Alarcon was an Analyst in the distressed investing team of Highland Capital Management, a global leading alternative investment management firm. Prior to Highland, Mr. Alarcon was an Analyst in the Global Leveraged Finance Group at Lehman Brothers, specializing in high yield and mezzanine underwritings, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring advisory assignments for companies across a broad range of industries both domestically and internationally. Mr. Alarcon received a Bachelor of Business Administration, with high honors, from the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin.
Tom Armstrong has been a member of our Board of Directors since April 2021. Mr. Armstrong is the owner of TKA Investments, LLC, a business advisory service. Since 2016, Mr. Armstrong has been a board member of Sigma Electric, Inc. Mr. Armstrong was President and Chief Operating Officer of Engineered Products at Bradken, a U.S. subsidiary of Bradken Ltd. (BKN, ASX). He joined Bradken as part of the AmeriCast Technologies’ acquisition in 2008 where he was the President since 2003. Prior to AmeriCast’s formation in 2003, Mr. Armstrong served as Chairman and CEO of Atchison Casting Corporation in Atchison, Kansas. Previously he held several positions at Texas Steel Company, including President, and served as the President of the Steel Founders’ Society of America. Mr. Armstrong has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Ryan Beres has been a member of our Board of Directors since April 2021, is a Vice President of Argand Partners, LP (“Argand”) and a member of the Board of Directors for Brintons Carpets Limited. Prior to his membership on our Board of Directors, he served as a board observer of the Company from December 2018 until April 2021. Previously, Mr. Beres was an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions across a variety of industries including power, energy, chemicals and metals & mining. Mr. Beres graduated cum laude from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese and a minor in Government.
Raymond Cheesman has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Mr. Cheesman is a Senior Research Analyst at Anfield Capital Management LLC (“Anfield”) and member of the Investment Committee. Anfield is a registered investment advisor that serves as the advisor to the Anfield Universal Fixed Income Mutual Fund and the Anfield Universal Fixed Income ETF in addition to other vehicles. Mr. Cheesman has been with Anfield since September 2012. Prior to joining Anfield, Mr. Cheesman worked for Jefferies & Company for 17 years where he was a High Yield debt analyst for 10 years and then as an Investment Banker. During the last 5 years, Mr. Cheesman served as a Managing Director that was part of a team responsible for generating client relationships leading to over $30 billion of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, advisory and restructuring transactions. Mr. Cheesman also previously worked at Bear Stearns & Company for three years concluding as a Managing Director in the High Yield Research Department where he was elected to the Institutional All-American Research Team in 1992. Prior to that Mr. Cheesman was a Senior Vice President for 6 years at Solomon Asset Management, a leading High Yield bond investment manager for Fortune 500 pension funds. Mr. Cheesman received his BBA in Finance from George Washington University.
Heather L. Faust has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Ms. Faust is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Argand, where she has also served as a Partner and member of its Management Committee and Investment Committee since September 2015. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President and a member of the board of Industrea Acquisition Corp. ("Industrea") from April 2017 to December 2018 and a Managing Director at Castle Harlan, where she worked from August 2008 to July 2015. In addition, she served as a Managing Partner of CHI Private Equity from February 2015 to July 2015. Prior to joining Castle Harlan, Ms. Faust was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked in the United States and abroad across a variety of industries. Ms. Faust advised and directly assisted her clients in defining and implementing key strategic and operational business transformations. Ms. Faust’s experience also includes roles in the consumer industry as well as international development work in the Middle East. She has been a director of Sigma Electric since October 2016, chair of the advisory board for Oase Management GmbH since July 2018, a director of Midwest Can Company and Container Specialties, Inc. since March 2020, a member of the supervisory board for Cherry AG (FRA:C3RY) since May 2021 and a director of Tensar Corporation, an industrial manufacturing company, since July 2014. Ms. Faust served as a member of the advisory board of Cherry GmbH from September 2020 until May 2021. Ms. Faust also previously served as a director of Baker & Taylor Acquisitions Corp., IDQ and Ames True Temper. Ms. Faust graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
David G. Hall
David G Hall has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Previously, Mr. Hall served as a director of Industrea from July 2017 to December 2018. Mr. Hall was the Chief Executive Officer of Genuit Group PLC (formerly Polypipe) (LON: GEN) and a member of Genuit’s board of directors from September 2005 to his retirement in October 2017. Genuit is one of Europe’s largest and most innovative manufacturers of plastic piping and energy efficient ventilation systems for the residential, commercial, civil and Infrastructure sectors. Following a number of divisional Managing Director positions in both private and publicly listed companies, Mr. Hall led the management buyout of Genuit in Sept 2005, and following a number of disposals and acquisitions to reposition and refocus the business after a successful period of private ownership, Genuit listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange during April 2014. The company achieved FTSE 250 status in January 2016. Mr. Hall has been a non-executive director of Brintons Carpets Limited since February 2018, Chairman of Rocky Holdco Ltd. (holding company of Aspen Pumps) since October 2020 and Bulb Topco Ltd (holding company of Energy Saving Lighting) since October 2021. Mr. Hall served as President of the British Plastics Federation and vice Chairman of the Construction Products Association, and has more than 20 years of experience in the building products industry. Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kingston University.
John M. Piecuch
John M. Piecuch has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Mr. Piecuch is a retired ex-Chief Executive Officer of several successful cement and concrete manufacturing and construction companies, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of MMI Products, Inc., which, at the time, was the largest manufacturer of welded steel reinforcing products for concrete construction, from 2001 to 2006. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Piecuch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Corporation, one of the largest construction materials companies in North America. He also served in various other senior executive positions with Lafarge Corporation and its parent entity, Lafarge S.A., from 1987 to 1996. From 1979 to 1986, Mr. Piecuch held various positions, including President of the Cement Division of National Gypsum Company. Mr. Piecuch currently serves as advisor and a director of JMP Construction Materials, LLC. Previously, Mr. Piecuch served as a director of Brundage-Bone from 2011 to 2014, including as Chairman of its compensation committee and a member of its audit committee. He also served as non-Executive Chairman of U.S. Concrete, Inc. from 2009 to 2010. Mr. Piecuch holds an M.B.A. and B.S.B.A., both in Finance, from the University of Akron.
M. Brent Stevens
M. Brent Stevens has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Mr. Stevens is the founder and Manager of Peninsula Pacific, a private investment fund focused on control investments in the gaming, consumer and industrial sectors. In connection with serving as Manager of Peninsula Pacific Mr. Stevens served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Gaming, LLC, a company which he founded in 1997 and sold to Boyd Gaming Corporation in 2012. From 1990 through 2010, Mr. Stevens worked in the investment banking group of Jefferies & Company, holding various positions, most recently as an Executive Vice President and Head of Capital Markets. He also served as a member of Jefferies’ Executive Committee. Mr. Stevens received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.