Team


Investment Professionals


Todd A. Goergen
Managing Partner
tgoergen@ropart.com
Mr. Goergen is Managing Partner and Founder of Ropart Asset Management and Chief Strategy Officer of ViSalus. He started his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette from 1994 to 1999. After leaving DLJ, Mr. Goergen went on to become Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Blyth, Inc., a leading global designer and marketer of home decorative and fragranced products. In addition to, Mr. Goergen is the chairman of QCL Holdings and Digital Traffic Systems and serves on the Board of Directors of Crexendo, FragMob, and ViSalus.

Mr. Goergen received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest University.


Jonathan D. Shapiro, CFA, CPA
Partner
jshapiro@ropart.com
203-552-6659
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 is a board member for the CFO Alliance – New York, a member of NYSSA (New York Society of Security Analysts), the CFA Institute, the American Institute of CPAs, and served on the board of his co-op in NYC.  Mr. Shapiro also enjoys triathlons (Olympic, 70.3), marathons (NYC, Philly), and hiking (Machu Pichu, Base Camp @ Everest).

Mr. Shapiro received an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MBA from London Business School. He received 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
Director
tstofer@ropart.com
203-552-6697
Mr. Stofer is a Director at Ropart Asset Management. He began his career in the Risk & Advisory and Transaction Services practices at KPMG, where he advised clients on M&A and strategic consulting engagements. After KPMG, he joined Ropart as an Associate. Mr. Stofer serves on the boards of QCL Holdings and iCentris, and participates on the board of Digital Traffic Systems.

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.


Mohammed A. Khalil
Associate
mkhalil@ropart.com
203-552-6661
Mr. Khalil is an Associate at Ropart Asset Management. Prior to joining Ropart, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banking group of Jefferies & Company.  While at Jefferies & Company, he focused on transactions in the healthcare, industrial, consumer & retail, and business services industries.

Mr. Khalil received a BBA with a concentration in Finance from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.


Fred M. DaSilva, CFP
Controller
fdasilva@ropart.com
203-552-6692
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.


Advisors


Robert B. Goergen, Sr. Robert B. Goergen is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer 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. joined Blyth in 2000 as Director of Blyth’s Internet Strategy and E-Business Initiatives Group, overseeing both web-oriented initiatives and strategic technology investments throughout the Company.  In 2002, Mr. Goergen, Jr. was appointed Vice President of Blyth’s Business Development Group, overseeing the Company’s acquisition strategy and implementation.  In 2004, Mr. Goergen, Jr. became a member of Blyth’s newly-formed Office of the Chairman and was named President, Catalog & Internet Group.  He assumed responsibility for Blyth’s Wholesale businesses in 2006 which, combined with the Catalog & Internet companies, became the Multi-Channel Group.  In 2012, Mr. Goergen, Jr. was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Direct Selling Group at Blyth and President, PartyLite Worldwide.  Mr. Goergen, Jr. continues to manage the Company’s acquisition strategy and implementation.

Prior to joining Blyth, Mr. Goergen, Jr. 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 worked in corporate marketing at Candle Corporation of America.  Mr. Goergen, Jr. currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Mr. Goergen holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


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 William began his career as a CPA for six years with a regional accounting firm in the Southeast. Next, William was the Chief Financial Officer of Flavor House Products, then the nation’s largest private label processor of snack nuts, which he originally joined as a turn-around 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 Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Security Capital Corporation, a public portfolio company of Capital Partners.  Most recently, William was a Partner at Ropart Asset Management.

William 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.


Outside Partners


Ranjit Bhonsle Mr. Bhonsle is General Partner and Executive Director of Ithmar Capital, a private equity firm based in Dubai. Previously he worked for two mid-market private equity firms: Ravelin Capital Group, which he founded in 2002, and Kohlberg & Co., where he was a general partner. Ranjit began his career as a financial analyst at Kidder, Peabody & Co., a mid-market investment bank.

Mr. Bhonsle serves on the board of QC Laboratories. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an 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.

He 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.