Executive Leadership Alliance

Executive Profiles of ELA Members

Listed below are ELA member's executive profiles. Please click on their biography for in-depth work experience information.

Dean Abrassart
Strategic C-Level Business Leader Who Knows How to Create Value

Dean Abrassart is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who will aggressively develop and profitably commercialize technology by skillfully evaluating innovative opportunities, creating strategic and actionable business plans, and lead the implementation of multi-functional, milestone-driven projects.

Robert Anderson
COO | CEO | CFO | Business Builder | Turnaround Professional | Transportation & Logistics | Travel & Leisure | E-commerce

Bob Anderson is a senior executive with over 15 years of C level management experience. He has facilitated key leadership positions in the USA, Canada, and Latin America for global leaders in transportation, distribution, logistics, travel & leisure and e-commerce. From startups to fortune 500 companies, Bob is a business builder and turnaround professional providing financial and operational leadership to positively impact change, accelerate growth and enhance bottom line performance.

Tom Boynton
Finance and Supply Chain Executive

Tom has been recognized as “a talented person with a wealth of experiences and capabilities. After a successful set of roles in finance, he was brought in by Wrigley to help develop a strategic framework for capital disbursement. He is able to quickly draw upon his supply chain and strategic planning experiences to drive real-time, relevant solutions to business challenges. It was a great opportunity to work with him.”

Bill Burke
CEO/President Global Packaging/Manufacturing

Bill has been described as a performance driven CEO, Change Agent and Sales Growth Champion with a diverse background in key executive roles within private equity, consulting and manufacturing niches. He has demonstrated success turning around low-performing entities, streamlining complex business processes, deploying unique products and driving profitable growth strategies.

Sandy Cantwell
Sales / Sales Operations Leader

Sandy Cantwell is a sales transformation leader who creates sustainable processes, tools and support structure that enable sales teams to be the most effective, motivated and successful in their industry. She has led enterprise wide incentive compensation plan simplification and standardization. She has driven advances in sales tools, business intelligence, analytics and reporting, optimized sales processes increasing selling time, accelerated profitable growth while controlling costs.

Scott Coney
Manufacturing Executive, General Manager, C.O.O., V.P. Operations

Scott is an accomplished General Manager with a significant background in Operations and Product Development leadership in small and middle market manufacturing companies that are public, private, or private-equity held.

Paul R. Cox
Accomplished senior corporate executive for public and private companies

Paul R. Cox has a proven record of building enterprise value globally through strategy, general management, accretive acquisitions, and business development.

James Duke
Chief Credit Officer

Jim Duke is a global finance leader with high-energy and creative approaches to the design, negotiation, and implementation of highly successful financing strategies allowing companies to accelerate sales growth.

Tim Dunn
Chief Financial Officer / CPA, CGMA, Board Chair and President

Tim is an experienced executive with a proven track record of creating and implementing successful strategies for profitable growth. He provides financial and operating leadership that maximize the value derived from company resources. In addition to his 16 years in public accounting and 20+ years as a senior financial officer, he has had senior management responsibility for managing the tax, IT, HR, and risk management functions. Extensive experience working with boards, stakeholders, and rating agencies.

Judy Foley

Supply Chain & Operations Executive| Board of Directors Supply Chain Professionals| VP of Board of Directors YWCA

Judy Foley has been described as the following:”Her leadership and advocacy for CNA was exceptional and she was key to the successful adoption of several cost savings strategies which were to the benefit of the company. She can make seemingly difficult issues very simple; brings an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to work and is excellent with business relationships. I admire Judy for her insightfulness, wit and strong set of values. Judy is a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending her.”

Dave Gibbons

Sales, Marketing and General Management Executive – Global leadership

Dave has a consistent track record of driving significant top and bottom line growth across multiple B2C and B2B channels worldwide. He has demonstrated the ability to develop and implement winning business strategies for several leading brands that compete in highly competitive product categories and complex local markets across the US, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. His success has come through building brands, launching innovative new products and developing high performance teams and long term customer partnerships with major retailers and B2B key accounts.

Greg Hayward
General Manager, Manufacturing Executive, CEO, Private Equity, Portfolio Company CEO

Greg is a “dedicated, hardworking, and talented strategic thinker and business manager; who grows both the top and bottom lines by aggressively promoting organic growth, continuously pursuing cost controls, and actively managing the transitioning of bolt on acquisitions. His success comes from strong management skills, diverse experiences, a multidiscipline education; resulting in a proven record of revenue, margin, and profit growth“.

Brant Kanak
General Management in Medical Devices and Healthcare Services

Brant is a senior healthcare executive with extensive general management experience in both medical devices and healthcare services. Throughout his career, he has consistently demonstrated the ability to identify emerging opportunities, craft and execute effective strategies, and successfully drive profitable growth. Brant is a collaborative, results-oriented leader who builds focused, team-oriented organizations.

Mark Kardon
Senior Marketing and Product Development Leader

Mark is described as an energetic and optimistic leader that propels new thinking in customer-focused marketing initiatives.

Thomas J. Kenter
CAO / CFO / Senior Finance Executive / Business Partner to CEO’s & COO’s

Tom is a global senior executive and corporate officer with 25 years of progressive experience in manufacturing, distribution, and service industries. Tom works to be an operationally focused business partner while bringing expertise in finance, business improvement, business strategy, change management, cost reduction, cash generation and risk management to the mix. Tom is a collaborator who works to influence decision making by bringing a fresh perspective, broad thinking, independent analysis, and new insights to the business.

Ken Levin
Entrepreneurial CIO/CTO, Operations, Software Development

Ken is a leader who excels in building and managing best-cost solutions that drive revenue and enable companies to gain long-term competitive advantage. Experience working in public, private equity backed, and privately held companies across multiple verticals. Ken has a deep knowledge in consumer and commercial electronic product development, company turnarounds, M&A, reorganizations, process improvement and organizational talent development.

Michael Mallen
Sales & Marketing Executive / Chief Marketing Officer / Business Problem Solver

Michael enjoys the “pressure” of running a business. He continuously measures the effort against the results and focusing on limiting errors and preventing mistakes. His background in all aspects of corporate disciplines complements his role as an exceptional leader and strategist. His greatest pleasures come from the success of the people who work with him. Creating an environment of hard work followed by monumental success is not easy, and Michael has had enumerable wins in his career.

Louis Morales
CEO | Fortune 500 Executive | Entrepreneur | Consumer/Financial Services | eCommerce | Social Media

Lou receives high praise from his colleagues and associates. Here is what one partner has to say, “Lou worked tirelessly to make Acuity a success in a highly competitive market and with all the challenges of getting a business up and running in India and Asia. He is a high integrity, well-rounded individual with broad business knowledge and with the ability to meet and exceed even the most demanding challenges.”

Keith N. Nippes
CEO / COO / President / Global Mass Transportation Industry Leader

Keith is a global company leader with a reputation for creating rapid multimillion-dollar growth for companies in the industrial engineered products industry. Over his career he has launched new and international markets, driven product innovation, designed highly successful business development strategies, and improved operational efficiency for a variety of companies public and private. He has a keen ability to design and implement internal and external initiatives that increase revenue, manufacturing capability, market share and customer satisfaction, while reducing cost and waste that cut into profitability.

Ralph Placzek
CFO / Visible Finance Leader / CPA / CMA / CGMA / MBA

Ralph has been experiencing a successful career as a Visible Finance Leader / CFO by developing cultures that lead to delighted customers. Because of this customer centric focus, he has become a builder of sustainable and profitable revenue growth at global organizations in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and technology industries. Ralph’s current availability represents an exceptional value to an organization where he will bring the right balance of listening, communication, collaboration, continuous improvement, financial clarity and partnership.

Mathew R. Prazenka
CEO, President, Business Development & Management Executive

Matt Prazenka has been described as: “One of the most respected professionals in the service industry. Matt’s history is one of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, combined with an attention to detail and management by the numbers.”

Kurt Redig
Vice President Procurement

Kurt has been described as, “a thought leader who is constantly driving for improvement. His background in finance makes him an especially strong business partner and he is the most creative thinker; solving problems in ways most of us never consider while all the time, keeping it fun.”

Joseph Schneider
Sales, Marketing, & Operations Executive Officer

Joe has been described as, “an inspirational and competitive leader that can be relied upon in very difficult situations. Joe is that person that can motivate people to drive positive impact within an organization - which he has successfully proven across multiple industries.”

Christopher Siebert
Senior Operations Executive and General Manager

Collaborative and analytical P&L leader driving sustained business transformation results. Generated over $250 million of value in critical, high-impact situations for global industrial and business services companies.

Mark Stach
President/Chief Operating Officer/Strategic Chief Financial Officer

Mark has been described as, “a Business Converter who transforms and leads businesses to greater profitability and sustainability.” Reaching a new growth curve sometimes requires moving beyond the familiar into new, ambiguous environments where Mark excels and others fail.

Elizabeth Suerth
General Manager, P&L Management, Operations and Sales Leadership

Elizabeth is known to “take on any challenge and work diligently to make sure every part of the process is managed thoroughly resulting in profitable solutions for all who are involved”. Her passion is tied to building organizations that can thrive and grow in the competitive marketplace.


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