Team Members – Watermill http://www.watermill.com A Strategy Driven Private Equity Partnership Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:47:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tracy Streckenbach http://www.watermill.com/team/tracy-streckenbach/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:49:02 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=2228 Tracy Streckenbach is a Partner at the Watermill Group. She has more than 25 years of experience as a CEO, board member, and consultant to companies seeking rapid growth or improvement. She works closely with Watermill portfolio companies and boards collaborating on the implementation of strategic change for the benefit of sustainable company growth. Additionally,...

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Tracy Streckenbach is a Partner at the Watermill Group. She has more than 25 years of experience as a CEO, board member, and consultant to companies seeking rapid growth or improvement. She works closely with Watermill portfolio companies and boards collaborating on the implementation of strategic change for the benefit of sustainable company growth. Additionally, Ms. Streckenbach participates in origination and diligence of potential Watermill investments.

Ms. Streckenbach is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and has been granted the designation of Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP). She is also an active committee member in Boston’s Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and serves as a mentor and guest speaker for the VETRN program (Veteran Entrepreneurial Training & Resource Network), a nonprofit designed to provide a “streetwise MBA” for veteran business owners.

Prior to joining Watermill, Ms. Streckenbach was a founding member of CR3 Partners, a national performance improvement and turnaround consultancy, where she led several turnarounds as a CEO and board member and was an executive team member for a technology startup which grew from 30 people in Boston to 700 people worldwide in just two years. She began her consulting career at Ernst & Young. Ms. Streckenbach was selected by Banker & Tradesman as one of its “Top 40 New Leaders” and has been featured for her leadership and turnaround experience in The New York Times “Corner Office” and in Times Books’ Quick and Nimble.

Ms. Streckenbach received her B.S. from The University of South Carolina. She is married with three children and enjoys travelling and chasing her boys through hockey rinks across America.

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Debora Coller http://www.watermill.com/team/debora-coller/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:02:43 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=2194 Deb Coller is a highly respected Communications and Marketing executive with an extensive record of leadership in multi-billion dollar global enterprises. Coller was most recently the Vice President of Communications for Johnson Controls, a $42B global industrial company serving customers in 150 countries. As an executive with the company’s Building Efficiency Division, she was a...

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Deb Coller is a highly respected Communications and Marketing executive with an extensive record of leadership in multi-billion dollar global enterprises. Coller was most recently the Vice President of Communications for Johnson Controls, a $42B global industrial company serving customers in 150 countries. As an executive with the company’s Building Efficiency Division, she was a global, strategic business partner responsible for communications strategy and execution.   She managed a $40 million budget for the Division, which included 170,000 employees worldwide.  Her experience helped the organization become the fastest growing enterprise within the Corporation.

Prior to Johnson Controls, Coller was Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications for ADT, a division of Tyco International. As the world’s largest electronic security company, ADT achieved revenue of more than $8B with 60,000 employees and operations in 40 countries. Coller’s successful career has been distinguished with notable accomplishments in: vision and strategic planning, innovative public relations and employee communications campaigns, operational leadership and diverse cross-functional assignments.

Coller’s commitment to excellence and personal integrity combined with her skills in business planning and operations management have helped her achieve a highly successful career. Recent career highlights include responsibility for brand management for the ADT trademark, one of the world’s most recognizable brands for electronic security with registrations in over 70 countries; global oversight for more than 50 websites; and public relations and crisis communications for global brands. As part of her unique ability to lead global operations teams in addition to her communications and marketing functions, Coller has managed a $90 million global account sales and operations channel, worldwide business continuity teams, and an award-winning customer service transformation program.

Prior to joining ADT and its parent, Tyco International, Coller served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Sensormatic Electronics Corporation, the global leader in anti-theft systems serving 80 percent of the world’s top 100 retailers.  She developed marketing and communications programs that ranged from Olympic Sponsorships to crisis responses resulting from legacy SEC, FTC and FDA issues.

Before Sensormatic, Coller was Vice President and a founding member of Advanced Promotion Technologies (APT) for eight years.  APT was a joint venture of Procter & Gamble, Dun & Bradstreet and Schlumberger Technologies.  Often credited with the first consumer chip-card program, APT pioneered technologies to help consumer goods manufacturers identify and market to target households based on specific purchases and demographics.

Graduating with High Honors from the University of Florida, Coller has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and a concentration in Computer Science.  She was voted by faculty as the “Student of the Year” at graduation.  In her free time, Coller enjoys boating, traveling with her family and the endless task of renovating her home.

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Wesley Black http://www.watermill.com/team/wesley-black/ Fri, 06 May 2016 16:20:53 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1997 Wesley Black (wblack@watermill.com) is an Associate at the Watermill Group where he is responsible for assisting in the evaluation, due diligence and execution of potential transactions as well as providing project-specific assistance to portfolio companies. Mr. Black has over 5 years of experience in private equity and principal debt investing. Prior to joining Watermill, Mr....

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Wesley Black (wblack@watermill.com) is an Associate at the Watermill Group where he is responsible for assisting in the evaluation, due diligence and execution of potential transactions as well as providing project-specific assistance to portfolio companies. Mr. Black has over 5 years of experience in private equity and principal debt investing.

Prior to joining Watermill, Mr. Black worked as an Associate at JMC Capital Partners, a lower middle market private equity fund in Boston, focused on industrial products companies. While at JMC, Mr. Black was responsible for new transaction diligence and execution as well as portfolio company assistance. Prior to JMC, Mr. Black was an Analyst in the Leverage Financed group at NewStar Financial, a specialty finance company based in Boston. While at NewStar, Mr. Black focused on executing debt investments in support of middle market private equity buyouts across a variety of industries.

Mr. Black received a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting from the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

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Mary Rosone http://www.watermill.com/team/mary-rosone/ Fri, 06 May 2016 16:17:36 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1957 Mary Rosone (mrosone@watermill.com) serves as a key member of Watermill Group’s administration team. Mary has worked with the Watermill partners since the late 1980’s, serving in various capacities with HMK Enterprises, Watermill Ventures and Watermill Group. From 2001 to 2007, Mary joined Sawyer Realty Holdings, LLC, a leading multifamily real estate investment and management firm, returning to Watermill in...

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Mary Rosone (mrosone@watermill.com) serves as a key member of Watermill Group’s administration team. Mary has worked with the Watermill partners since the late 1980’s, serving in various capacities with HMK Enterprises, Watermill Ventures and Watermill Group. From 2001 to 2007, Mary joined Sawyer Realty Holdings, LLC, a leading multifamily real estate investment and management firm, returning to Watermill in 2007.  Mary enjoys water sports and the beach and lives with her family in Rhode Island.

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Kathleen Bowden http://www.watermill.com/team/kathleen-bowden/ Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:03:55 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1903 Kathleen Bowden is the CEO of CXO Communication, a leading brand strategy and communication firm that helps companies articulate what they do and why it matters and then communicate that story to the audiences that matter most to their success. Kathleen serves as a trusted advisor to top executives at companies ranging from start ups to...

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Kathleen Bowden is the CEO of CXO Communication, a leading brand strategy and communication firm that helps companies articulate what they do and why it matters and then communicate that story to the audiences that matter most to their success. Kathleen serves as a trusted advisor to top executives at companies ranging from start ups to Fortune 50 brands.

Prior to CXO, Kathleen was a managing director at Citigate Cunningham, a public relations firm known for its strategic work with the world’s most respected technology companies. Kathleen founded the firm’s Digital Consumer Practice and led communication efforts for brand names including Atari, Berklee College of Music, Cisco Systems, Creative Labs, Fast Company, IBM, Kodak, Motorola, Sears and Sun Microsystems. Earlier in her career, Kathleen worked for Weber Shandwick, the world’s largest public relations firm.

Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from Emerson College.

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Robert Schaal http://www.watermill.com/team/robert-schaal/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:16:42 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1900 Bob has 46 years of experience in heavy manufacturing, primarily in the steel industry. Bob started his career as a trainee at Lukens Steel Company after serving three years as an officer in the USMC. He worked his way up the corporate ladder becoming President of the Company. After leaving Lukens, he served as CEO...

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Bob has 46 years of experience in heavy manufacturing, primarily in the steel industry. Bob started his career as a trainee at Lukens Steel Company after serving three years as an officer in the USMC. He worked his way up the corporate ladder becoming President of the Company. After leaving Lukens, he served as CEO of two separate steel companies; first, Gulf States Steel in Alabama, followed by Jindal Steel in Texas. Bob is currently COO and part owner of ARTCO Group International, which operates steel service centers and fabrication facilities in Houston, Texas and Hannibal, Ohio. Bob has a BS degree from SUNY Oswego, and an MBA degree from Widener University.

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Ronald M. Krisanda http://www.watermill.com/team/ronald-m-krisanda/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:13:58 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1897 Mr. Ronald M. Krisanda is the Former President and Chief Operating Officer at Milacron Holdings Corporation.  Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer and President of the Mold-Masters business and leader of the integration of Mold-Masters into Milacron post the acquisition in May 2013.  Mr. Krisanda is skilled at driving significant operational improvement programs,...

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Mr. Ronald M. Krisanda is the Former President and Chief Operating Officer at Milacron Holdings Corporation.  Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer and President of the Mold-Masters business and leader of the integration of Mold-Masters into Milacron post the acquisition in May 2013.  Mr. Krisanda is skilled at driving significant operational improvement programs, leading and positioning companies for growth and market share gains and enhancing shareholder value.  As a corporate officer he was part of the team that was responsible for a successful IPO in June 2015 on the NYSE.

Mr. Krisanda served as the Chief Operating Officer of Edwards Group Limited from January 2009 through November 2012, and led the Operations, Supply Chain, Engineering and Technology organizations, and was responsible for its extensive restructuring program that more than doubled the EBITDA performance of the business.  This turn around led to an IPO on the NASDAQ in May of 2012, and an eventual trade sale to Atlas Copoco.

From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Krisanda held senior management positions with Tyco International, including President of $3.5B Tyco Fire & Security Europe, Middle East and Africa, President of Tyco Safety Products and Vice President of Operations for Tyco Plastics.  Prior to Tyco, he was Senior Vice President of Operations of Multilink Technology Corp. from November 2000 to 2002, and Vice President Asia Operations for Motorola’s Broadband Communication Sector (the successor by acquisition of General Instrument Corporation), based out of Taiwan from 1997 to 2000.

Mr Krisanda started his career at the Ford Motor Company in 1984 and worked in both the Electronics Division and the Climate Control Division holding a variety of engineering, operations and supply chain leadership positions.  He is a skilled international business leader experienced with both Private Equity owned and publicly held companies, and  received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Watermill Group portfolio company, Quality Metalcraft, Inc.

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Richard Bruno http://www.watermill.com/team/richard-bruno/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:13:02 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1894 Dr. Richard Bruno serves as the CEO of Beyond If Corporation. After twenty-five years as an entrepreneur, he now focuses his energy on mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, managing technology investments and defining innovation policies for governments-industry. He also plays an active role on the boards of McGill University Innovation, OMGsignal Inc., Tenere Inc.,...

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Dr. Richard Bruno serves as the CEO of Beyond If Corporation. After twenty-five years as an entrepreneur, he now focuses his energy on mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, managing technology investments and defining innovation policies for governments-industry. He also plays an active role on the boards of McGill University Innovation, OMGsignal Inc., Tenere Inc., TPG Inc., Univalor Inc., the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies and Walter Surface Technologies.

Between 2004-14, he played key roles as the founder and former chairperson of Quebec Angels, a two term member of the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program advisory board, a member of the CVT Corporation advisory board, a two term board member of the Foundation of the Mayor (Montreal Inc.), a board member of Toon Boom Inc. as well as having been a board member of the SAT, Stromatec Medical Devices Inc. and Medical Intelligence Inc. and, an advisory board member of Hexagram Inc., PassWordBox Inc. and Wajam Corp.. During this time period he also served as a venture partner at Cycle Capital Management, Cycle-C3E Capital, iNovia Capital, and MSBi Capital. Between 2004 and 2006 he was the director of McGill University’s Office of Technology Transfer and Industry Funded Research.

In 1989 he launched his first multimillion-dollar startup in the Karaoke space and, from then on, became a successful six-time repeat entrepreneur in the multimedia production, computer games, digital video & audio chipsets, video-conferencing and information security market spaces. Prior to that, he served as a research group manager and chief technology officer for over sixteen years at N.V. Philips Germany.

Richard began his career in 1971 as a university professor in solid state physics at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and the C.H. Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet.

Richard earned a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from McMaster University, an honors B.S. in Physics from McGill University, and an Executive Program MBA from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Richard has authored over a hundred and fifty publications, patents and books in fields as varied as solid state physics, epidemiology, clean-tech, software engineering, multimedia, cryptology, optical systems and chip set development.

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Pierre Somers http://www.watermill.com/team/pierre-somers/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:12:08 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1891 Pierre Somers is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walter Group headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The Group’s operating company, Walter Surface Technologies, provides specialized mechanical tools (abrasives, tooling and power tools) to the metal fabricating industries. Environmental solutions (cleaners, degreasers, lubricants and bioremediation parts washers) are offered to those industries by its Bio-Circle® Division....

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Pierre Somers is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walter Group headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The Group’s operating company, Walter Surface Technologies, provides specialized mechanical tools (abrasives, tooling and power tools) to the metal fabricating industries. Environmental solutions (cleaners, degreasers, lubricants and bioremediation parts washers) are offered to those industries by its Bio-Circle® Division. The company operates in 9 countries in the Western Hemisphere and in Europe.

Fluent in French, English and German, Mr. Somers initially worked after graduation in Germany as a Mechanical Engineer for Metabo AG. He later assumed different positions of increased responsibilities within Walter Surface Technologies in Canada and in the USA. Mr. Somers was appointed President of the company in 1989.

Mr. Somers is a founding member of the “Business Families Foundation”. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization, the CEO Organization, the Presidents Club of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Mount Royal Club.

Mr. Somers trained as a Mechanical Engineer and graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY where he obtained a B.Sc. in 1976. In 2005 he was appointed Alumni of the YPO/MBA Program at the Harvard Business School.

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David Bovenizer http://www.watermill.com/team/david-bovenizer/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:11:15 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?post_type=team&p=1888 Throughout his career in industrial manufacturing and banking, Mr. Bovenizer has completed more than 25 transactions totaling over $2.0 billion in value including leveraged acquisitions, cross-border M&A, numerous debt financings, public debt offerings, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures. As a co-founder in May 2004, Mr. Bovenizer has built Lionheart Industrial Group LLC into a global...

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Throughout his career in industrial manufacturing and banking, Mr. Bovenizer has completed more than 25 transactions totaling over $2.0 billion in value including leveraged acquisitions, cross-border M&A, numerous debt financings, public debt offerings, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures.

As a co-founder in May 2004, Mr. Bovenizer has built Lionheart Industrial Group LLC into a global diversified group of industrial manufacturing business with four platforms with leading companies in combustion components and systems; specialty pumps; pneumatic actuators and valves; and precision aerospace and industrial gas turbine engine components.

Prior to forming Lionheart, Mr. Bovenizer was Vice President, North America for Zomax Incorporated, a media manufacturing and supply chain management services company (NASDAQ: ZOMX). Mr. Bovenizer played a significant leadership role in expanding the company’s facilities to Juarez, Mexico and Memphis, Tennessee, growing and adding leading technology customers such as Dell, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, AOL, Apple and Logitech, and establishing a joint venture for On-Demand Digital print services.

Prior to joining Zomax, Mr. Bovenizer held several leadership positions at The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation (“DKM”) including President, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Vice President of Finance, Director of Marketing and Director of Operations. DKM is a privately held holding company based in New York City. Mr. Bovenizer held leadership positions in its technology manufacturing business units including infrared opto-electronic components, fiber optic transceivers, automotive electronics, semiconductor test relays, and electronic sensors/actuators. In addition to operating responsibilities, Mr. Bovenizer designed and launched a rotational MBA management development program called DAY ONE!

Mr. Bovenizer earned his MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma. He graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with a BA in Industrial Psychology.

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