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Our experienced leadership team and advisory board have accumulated decades of knowledge, relevant experience and a deep network of relationships.

Executive Management Advisory Board

Executive Management

James H. Fordyce is Co-CEO of Stone Canyon Industries. Prior to Stone Canyon, Mr. Fordyce was a Managing Director of J.H. Whitney & Co., from 1996 to 2014. Mr. Fordyce began his career at Chemical Bank in 1981 and later joined Heller Financial Inc. Mr. Fordyce is a member of the Board of Directors of AECOM (NYSE: ACM) where he serves as Lead director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He also serves as director on a number of privately held company boards. Mr. Fordyce earned a B.A degree from Lake Forest College and a MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Fordyce is a member of Saint John’s Health Center Board of Trustees and a member and treasurer of the Providence Saint John’s Health Center Local Board of Directors. He is also a member of the board of The Unit Scholarship Fund honoring those Special Operations Soldiers who selflessly serve our Nation, by providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships to their dependents, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Adam Cohn is Co-CEO of Stone Canyon Industries. Prior to Stone Canyon, Mr. Cohn was a Partner at Knowledge Universe where he oversaw the firm’s global private equity practice for 15 years. Prior to that, Mr. Cohn was with J.H. Whitney & Co. and also in the investment banking division of BT Alex Brown (and later Deutsche Bank) in New York where he advised private equity groups on leveraged buyout transactions. Mr. Cohn is a member of the Board of Directors of Luxfer and also serves on its Compensation Committee. Mr. Cohn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Skidmore College and an MBA from Columbia University.
Michael Neumann is President of Stone Canyon Industries. Prior to Stone Canyon, Mr. Neumann was a Partner at Knowledge Universe where he had been with the organization for 13 years. Prior to that, Mr. Neumann was with TCW/Crescent Mezzanine in Los Angeles, where he focused on financings for leveraged buyouts. Prior thereto, he was with the investment banking division of BT Alex Brown (and later Deutsche Bank) in New York where he advised private equity groups on leveraged buyout transactions. Mr. Neumann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Sascha Kaeser is a Senior Vice President at Stone Canyon Industries. He has been with Stone Canyon since its formation in September of 2014. Prior to Stone Canyon, Mr. Kaeser was a Vice President at Knowledge Universe where he had been with the organization for more than 9 years. During his time at Knowledge Universe, Mr. Kaeser participated in the execution of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings across various industries both domestically and internationally. Prior to that, Mr. Kaeser was with the investment banking division in the Los Angeles office of Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Kaeser graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Shawn Malleck is a Senior Vice President at Stone Canyon Industries. He has been with Stone Canyon since its formation in September of 2014. Prior to Stone Canyon, Mr. Malleck was a Vice President at Knowledge Universe where he had been with the organization for more than 8 years. During his time at Knowledge Universe, Mr. Malleck participated in the execution of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings across various industries both domestically and internationally. Prior to that, he was with the investment banking division in the Los Angeles office of Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Malleck graduated with Distinction from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Advisory Board

Robert L. Edwards is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons/Safeway, a North American food and drug retail company, a position he held from January 2015 to April 2015 due to Albertsons’ acquisition of Safeway Inc. Mr. Edwards previously held several executive level positions with Safeway Inc., including President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2013 to April 2015, President and Chief Financial Officer from April 2012 to May 2013, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2004 to April 2012. Prior to joining Safeway, Mr. Edwards served as a senior executive at Maxtor Corporation, Imation Corporation and Santa Fe Pacific Corporation. He serves as a director on KKR Financial Holdings, LLC and on Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Safeway Inc. Mr. Edwards holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Paul Coulson graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a business degree in 1973. He spent five years with Price Waterhouse in London and Dublin, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978. He then established his own accounting firm before setting up Yeoman International in 1980 and developing it into a significant leasing and structured finance business. In 1998 he became Chairman of the Ardagh Group and initiated the transformation of Ardagh from a small, single plant operation into a leading global packaging company. Over the last 30 years he has been involved in the creation and development of a number of businesses apart from Yeoman and Ardagh. These include Fanad Fisheries, a leading Irish salmon farming company, and Sterile Technologies. Prior to its sale to Stericycle, Inc. in 2006, Sterile Technologies had been developed into the leading medical waste management company in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton is the founder and CEO of Crumpton Group (CG) LLC, an international research/advisory and business development firm. Established in January 2008, CG serves the Fortune 500 leadership and the global business elite. He is also the CEO of Crumpton Ventures, with investments in telecommunications, cyber-security, training/education, and robotics with an emphasis on unmanned aerial systems. Ambassador Crumpton is the CEO of Aardwolf Creative LLC, a TV/film production company, including a joint venture with STX Entertaiment. Since 2008 he has served as an independent director of Argan Inc. (NYSE: AGX). He is also on the advisory board of Enirgi Group, a Toronto based natural resource enterprise with global operations. A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Ambassador Crumpton served as an operations officer in the foreign field, including tours as Chief of Station. From 1998-1999 he was the Deputy Chief of the FBI’s International Terrorist Operations Section. From 1999-2001 he served as the Deputy (Operations) of the CIA Counterterrorist Center. After 9/11 he led the CIA’s Afghanistan campaign in 2001-2002. From 2003-2005 he was the Chief of the CIA’s National Resource Division, responsible for all Clandestine Service operations in the United States.
Diana Cantor is a Partner and a member of the Investment Committee and the Board of Managers of Alternative Asset Management, LLC, an independent, privately-held investment management firm. Previously, she was a Managing Director of New York Private Bank & Trust and served for over a decade as the founding Executive Director of the state agency that administers Virginia’s Section 529 college savings plans. She has also held the position of Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, serving as chief administrator of the firm’s leveraged buyout and internal investment funds and merchant banking/principal investment operations, and prior to Goldman Sachs, she practiced law in the real estate department of the New York office of Kaye Scholer LLP. Ms. Cantor’s service as a director of public and private company boards currently include Media General, Domino’s Pizza, and Universal Corporation; and her former directorships were with Revlon, Edelman Financial Services, Vistage International, Knowledge Universe, and Service King Collision Centers. In the non-profit arena, she serves as the Vice Chairman of the Virginia Retirement System Board of Trustees and a board member of 100 Women In Hedge Funds and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she also served as the Chairman of the prior supporting foundation, the Policy Forum Endowment Fund. Ms. Cantor is a CPA and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Florida, an MBA from the University of Miami, and a JD from New York University.
Douglas W. Stotlar was president and chief executive officer of Con-way Inc. until October 2015 when the company was acquired by XPO Logistics. Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), was a $5.8 billion freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. Con-way delivered industry-leading services through its primary operating companies of Con-way Freight, Menlo Worldwide Logistics and Con-way Truckload. These operating units provided high-performance, day-definite less-than-truckload (LTL), full truckload and intermodal freight transportation; logistics, warehousing and supply chain management services. Con-way also operated Con-way Manufacturing, a trailer refurbishing and manufacturing company which supplied trailing equipment to the company’s trucking fleets. Con-way Inc. and its subsidiaries operated from more than 500 locations in North America and 20 countries across five continents. As Con-way’s top executive, Mr. Stotlar was responsible for the overall management and performance of the company. He was named president and CEO in April 2005. Mr. Stotlar previously served as president and chief executive officer of Con-Way Transportation Services, Inc. (renamed Con-way Freight in 2006). Appointed to this position in 2004, he was responsible for the day-to-day management and long-term strategic planning of an LTL trucking company operating a network of regional trucking units throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He also directed the company’s non-asset based business units, Con-Way NOW, Con-Way Logistics and Con-Way Air. Before being named head of Con-way, Mr. Stotlar served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Con-way Transportation Services (CTS), a position he had held since June 2002. From 1997 to 2002, he was executive vice president of operations for CTS. Prior to joining the CTS corporate staff, Mr. Stotlar served as vice president and general manager of Con-Way NOW after drafting and executing its business plan, and launching the company in 1996. Mr. Stotlar joined the Con-way organization in 1985 as a freight operations supervisor for Con-Way Central Express (CCX, now known as Con-way Freight), one of the company’s regional trucking subsidiaries. He subsequently advanced to management posts in Columbus, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Milwaukee, Wis., where he was named northwest regional manager for 12 service centers. A native of Newbury, Ohio, Mr. Stotlar earned his bachelor’s degree in transportation and logistics from The Ohio State University. He served as vice president at large, treasurer and a member of the executive committee of the American Trucking Associations; was on the board of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI); was a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and served as a director and chair of the Detroit Branch of The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. Stotlar currently serves on the board of directors for AECOM, a Los Angeles-based global engineering, construction and management services firm; Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co., a Los Angeles bases metal services company; and LSC Communications Inc., a Chicago based printer of books, publications and manufactirer of branded office supplies.
Lew Frankfort is the founder of Benvolio Group, the investment arm of the Frankfort family, which focuses on direct investing in early stage disruptive consumer-facing concepts. Lew serves as the Chairman of Flywheel Sports, Inc. and is on the Board of Directors of WeWork. In addition, Lew holds the title of Chairman Emeritus of Coach, Inc., the premier, global American accessories brand, having recently retired from the company as Executive Chairman after 35 years. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Lew transformed Coach from a cottage-industry manufacturer of leather goods into a leading global, modern luxury accessories brand. Prior to joining Coach, Lew held various management roles in New York City government, culminating in the position of Commissioner of New York City’s Head Start and Day Care Programs. He holds a BA degree from Hunter College and an MBA from Columbia University. He is also affiliated with a number of not-for-profit organizations.