Former senior executive and director of various US & European companies including commercial aerospace, defense, manufacturing, electronics, oil & gas, renewable energy, venture capital, food production, IT, software and cybersecurity. In 2008, founded Locum Equity Partners and Integrity Energy Group. After several successful acquisitions, exited in 2011 to private equity. With 40 years of success in leading teams to dramatically grow businesses, has deep knowledge of international negotiations with investors, governments, law firms, accounting groups and insurance companies. Luke has a BS from Yale University, sits on the Trustee Board of St. Michael’s School (Newport, RI) and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.
Rick HundleyVice Chairman
A global P&L and business development executive and director for corporations in precision manufacturing, system integration and technical services: aerospace, aviation, defense, capital equipment, electronics, advanced composites, multiple metals/alloys, IT services and telecom. Mr. Hundley’s career is one of commercial and operative excellence. He has served as director on over twenty corporate boards, executed over thirty successful transactions, and delivered dramatic organic and external growth – agnostic of industry. Rick holds a BS in industrial management & MBA in finance from Lindenwood University. He has served on the boards of Boy Scouts of America (Atlanta, GA), Habitat for Humanity (Wilmington, NC), US Air Force Association, and as an Aerospace and Industrial Expert/Panelist for multiple organizations.
Josh McCaugheyFounder & CEO
Mr. McCaughey is the director of Business Development for The Metacomet Group and has held commercial leadership roles in the aerospace, defense, metallurgical, plastics and power transmission segments. For the last fifteen years, he has been professionally devoted to practicing operational and commercial excellence in the industrial space. Recent deliverables include mechanical upgrades for NATO missile defense systems in Southern Europe, battery life & torque delivery augmentation in autonomous robots and drivetrain optimization in nuclear power generating systems. Josh has held commercial leadership roles with global capital equipment firms, aerospace MRO and S&P mid-cap diversified manufacturers, growing YoY revenues 100 - 300%. He holds an AB in History from Princeton University.
Akhilesh RaviCFO & Co-founder
Mr. Ravi is an accomplished corporate finance, investment banking, private equity and technology leader with deep experience in treasury, capital markets, M&A, LBO, deal structuring & financing across multiple industries including Industrials, Technology, Education, Business services, FinTech, and Energy sectors. He has worked with companies ranging from small and medium businesses to large enterprises. Mr. Ravi has executed over 100 transactions for both corporate and private equity clients. He has worked with companies on strategic and financing needs including transformative and bolt-on acquisitions, roll-ups, divestitures, auctions, raising capital, treasury, hedging, liquidity, budgeting, forecasting, board presentations and debt investor communication. His experience includes guiding companies through multiple phases ranging from funding growth capital for organic & acquisition growth to amendments, restructuring debt & exchange offers for companies seeking relief during downturns. Akhilesh holds an MBA from the Booth School at the University of Chicago and MS in MIS from Texas A&M University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Clarence C. Au-YoungIndustry Expert
Mr. Au-Young has over 30 years in management and hands-on experience with public and privately held companies in operations, program management, strategic planning, M&A, integration, divesture, pricing and contract negotiation and financial management. His experience spans across Commercial and Military Aviation, Space, and Petroleum refinery industries. Clarence holds BS and MS degrees in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University, a MS in Control Systems from California State University and an MBA from USC.
I. Lewis H. GrimmLegal Director
Lewis Grimm has almost two decades of leveraged finance experience working on marquee deals in New York and Australia. He represents financial institutions, direct and institutional lenders, and corporate borrowers on leveraged and IG lending and HY transactions, both domestic and crossborder, as well as high-profile restructuring and bankruptcy matters. One of Lewis’s high-profile deals included helping majority term loan lenders restructure a U.S. facility agreement through an Australian creditors' scheme of arrangement in the metals and mining industry. Lewis has also represented secured term loan lenders in a chapter 11 case with its affiliated debtors in the Oil and Gas Industry. This plan received approval within 15 days of filing, making it the fastest ever chapter 11 reorganization for a debtor having at least $500 million in liabilities. Lewis was recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" for four consecutive years, designated by M&A Advisor as one of 40 leading lawyers under the age of 40, and named by The Legal 500 US as a "next generation lawyer."
Mike MardyAudit Chair
Mike’s leadership in logistics, IT, consumer affairs, and sales administration have resulted in operational achievement; however, during his 25 years of board work, his expertise in finance, investor relations, governance, regulatory, M&A, audit, and securities law has delivered immense growth. Mike led Tumi’s April 2012 IPO. Business was sold to Samsonite in August 2016. GMCR was sold to JAB in March 2016 - both transactions amounted to $16 billion, a significant premium over trading prices. Mike’s distinguished career includes many accolades as he was named CFO of the Year in 2012 by NJBIZ Magazine and was also named as one of 2015’s top 100 directors by the National Association of Corporate Directors. He has also served as Board member and Audit Committee member for the Eden Institute for Autism based in Princeton, New Jersey. Mike has been on the NYSE Advisory Board and is a Trustee of the New Jersey chapter of the Financial Executives Institute. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton Hospital (Penn-Medicine). Mike holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Rutgers University. He started his business career with the international CPA firm of Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC). He is a CPA in the state of New Jersey and holds the Certified Global Management Accountant Certification. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute, the National Association of Corporate Directors, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mike resides in Princeton, NJ with his wife Karen and has two adult children.