|Todd A. Goergen
|Mr. Goergen is Founder and Managing Partner of The Ropart Asset Management Funds and Chief Operating Officer of ViSalus. He is Chairman of the Board of Digital Traffic Systems and serves on the boards of ViSalus, Crexendo, and Fragmob. Mr. Goergen began his career in Mergers and Acquisitions at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette from 1994 to 1999. After DLJ, Mr. Goergen went on to become Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Blyth, Inc., a leading global designer and marketer of personal and decorative products.
Mr. Goergen received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest University. Mr. Goergen is on the U.S. and International Advisory Councils to the Global Leadership Foundation. He is a proud father, active triathlete in Olympic and 70.3 competitions, and a wine columnist for several magazines.
|Jonathan D. Shapiro, CFA, CPA
|Mr. Shapiro is a Partner at Ropart Asset Management and President and CFO of Fragmob. He previously served as CFO of Nature Technologies and Solution X Global. He began working at Franchise Mortgage Acceptance Company evaluating corporate loans. After FMAC, he joined UBS Investment Bank, advising corporate clients in Mergers and Acquisitions and Consumer Products & Retail in both New York and London. Mr. Shapiro serves on the Board of Directors of Digital Traffic Systems, Nature Technologies, and iCentris and previously served on the board of Solution X Global.
Mr. Shapiro received an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MBA from London Business School, and an MS in Accounting from the Lubin School of Business at Pace, where he attended on scholarship. Mr. Shapiro graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College, completing a BS in Computer Science in three years. Mr. Shapiro is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a licensed CPA.
|Theodore W. Stofer
|Mr. Stofer is a Principal at Ropart Asset Management. He serves on the Board of Directors of iCentris and participates on the boards of Digital Traffic Systems and Fragmob. He previously served on the board of QC Laboratories. Mr. Stofer began his career in the Transaction Services and Risk & Advisory practices at KPMG, where he advised clients on M&A and strategic consulting engagements. After KPMG, he joined Ropart as an Associate.
Mr. Stofer received an MBA with honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar, and a BS in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
|Fred M. DaSilva, CFP
|Mr. DaSilva is a seasoned financial professional with extensive experience in the areas of accounting, finance, and personal financial planning. Prior to joining Ropart, he spent nine years with American Express running a personal financial planning practice. Prior to that, he spent over thirteen years in several financial roles with companies ranging in size from micro-cap to Fortune 500, including four years as a Corporate Controller for a public company in the insurance services industry.
Mr. DaSilva received a BBA in Accounting from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and has successfully completed all parts of the CPA Exam. He is also a Certified Financial Planner.
|Robert B. Goergen, Sr.||Robert B. Goergen is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Blyth, Inc., a leading global designer and marketer of home decorative and fragranced products.Previously, Mr. Goergen was a Partner with McKinsey & Company and was Managing General Partner of The Sprout Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Prior to that he worked with McCann-Erickson and Proctor & Gamble. He has served as a member of numerous private and public companies, including as the non-executive Chairman of XTRA Corporation, NYSE from 1990 to 2001. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Protein Sciences Corporation, a bio-tech venture. Mr. Goergen has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester since 1982 and was Chairman from 1990 to 2003. Since 1997, Mr. Goergen has served on the Wharton School Board of Overseers of The University of Pennsylvania and initiated the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program in 1998. In addition, Mr. Goergen is a member of the National Gallery of Art Collectors Committee in Washington, DC and is a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Whitney Museum in New York City.
Mr. Goergen received his undergraduate degree in physics, graduating cum laude from the University of Rochester and received his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
|Robert B. Goergen, Jr.||Robert B. Goergen, Jr. is an advisor to the Ropart Asset Management Group.
He is the founder and Chairman of Crosby Rock LLC, a private equity firm primarily focused on the investment, growth and support of small and midsize consumer product companies. In line with this role, Rob also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Silver Star Brands, a Wisconsin-based internet retail and catalog company, which is a majority owned company within the Crosby Rock portfolio.
Prior to founding Crosby Rock LLC, Rob served for 15 years as a member of the management team of Blyth, Inc., ultimately as the Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors. From 1994 to 2016, Blyth was a leading, publicly-traded, multinational holding company which specialized in the management and growth of direct selling, internet retail and direct marketing companies. In 2015, Rob led the successful sale and privatization of Blyth to the Carlyle Group.
From 1995 until 1998, Rob served as Account & New Media Director for McCann-Erickson, where he oversaw E-commerce development and Internet marketing efforts for consumer products and services accounts. Prior to that, he competed on the ATP / ITF professional tennis tours from 1993-1994.
From 2006 until 2016, Mr. Goergen, Jr. served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Choate Rosemary Hall. During his tenure at Choate, Rob served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and was a member of the Finance, and the Building and Grounds Committees. He continues to serve as a member of the Finance Committee at the Grace Church School in New York City. In addition to his capacity as a member of non-profit boards and committees, Mr. Goergen, Jr. has served on numerous corporate and industry association boards. These include his current role as an investor and Board member of BEAUTYCOUNTER, and his previous position on the Board of ViSalus, Inc. He was also a member of the Board of the Direct Selling Association.
Mr. Goergen, Jr. graduated with an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.
|Ryan J. Blair||Ryan Blair is the CEO of ViSalus Sciences, a health and wellness focused direct sales company that offers a diverse line of quality nutritional supplements, energy drinks, and weight management solutions through a global network of independent distributors. Ryan is a self-made multimillionaire and serial entrepreneur who established his first company, 24-7 Tech, when he was 21 years old and has since created or actively invested in several high tech startups. He is also the author of Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain (Penguin/Portfolio). Ryan has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox Business and has been featured in Time, BusinessWeek, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Hollywood, California with his son, Reagan. More at: www.nothingtolose.com.|
|William R. Schlueter||Mr. Schlueter is the CEO of synAllergy and a Managing Partner of S Roc Partners, LLC. Previously he was a Partner at Ropart Asset Management.He began his career as a CPA for six years with a regional accounting firm in the Southeast. Next, William was the CFO of Flavor House Products, then the nation’s largest private label processor of snack nuts, which he originally joined as a turnaround consultant. After Flavor House Products, William was a Managing Director at Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Greenwich, CT, for nine years. During his time there, William also served as the SVP and CFO of Security Capital Corporation, a public portfolio company of Capital Partners.
Mr. Schlueter received a BA from Auburn University, graduating with high honors. He also served in the US Army, where he earned several commendations and an airborne badge.
|Ranjit Bhonsle||Mr. Bhonsle is the Chief Operating Officer of Amanat, an integrated healthcare and education company listed on the Dubai Financial Market. He is a US national and has served until recently as the general partner of Ithmar Capital.He started his professional career as a financial analyst in the corporate restructuring group of Kidder, Peabody, and subsequently worked for Kohlberg & Co., a private equity firm. In 2002, he founded Ravelin Capital to pursue growth and buyout opportunities in the small to middle enterprise sector before joining Ithmar Capital in 2007. He has current board representations on a number of private companies across the region and the US.
Mr. Bhonsle obtained a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a MBA from the London Business School.
|Louis Marx, Jr.||Mr. Marx is President of Brae Capital, a private investment firm based in New York. Mr. Marx is a widely known participant in the venture capital and financing fields. During a 50-year career, he has funded numerous companies in the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, transportation, and communications industries.
Mr. Marx completed his undergraduate education at Princeton University and later served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Marx is a Trustee of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Medical Center, where he donated the Louis Marx Emergency Room and is a supporter of the Department of Radiology. At Princeton, he donated Marx Hall and created the School of Human Ethics. He is also President of The Louis Marx Foundation and the Victorinox-Swiss Army Knife Foundation.
|Fred Warren||Mr. Warren serves as Manager of Sage Venture Partners, a venture capital partnership. Previously he worked for Brentwood Associates, a west coast venture capital firm that he co-founded in 1972. Prior to that, Mr. Warren was President and CEO of Westland Capital Corp., a venture capital firm, and General Television, a leveraged build-up in the cable industry.
Mr. Warren earned an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He serves as a director of FleetPride Corp. and Cricket Communications. He has participated on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association and the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees and Engineering School Board of Overseers.