Management & Board of Directors

Management & Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ruben D. Mendoza
Director,President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mendoza became a director upon the listing of our common stock in February 2017. Mr. Mendoza is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of our Company and has over 25 years of industry experience. Prior to founding our Company in 2011, Mr. Mendoza served as the Chief Executive Officer of AMS, a leading distributor of wallboard, suspended ceiling systems, lath and plaster products, doors and other building products. Mr. Mendoza originally joined AMS in 1991 and assumed the Chief Executive Officer role in 2003 after several years as AMS’ Vice President and Sales Manager. AMS grew significantly under Mr. Mendoza’s leadership, particularly across the West Coast and Northern Mexico through Greenfields and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Mendoza attended California State University and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School (Strategy), Wharton School of Business (Management) and Northwestern (Marketing).

As our Chief Executive Officer and founder, Mr. Mendoza brings a deep understanding of our business, operations and strategic planning to the Board. Mr. Mendoza has extensive industry experience gained over 25 years, including through his prior service as Chief Executive Officer of AMS. Mr. Mendoza’s board service also provides a direct and open channel of communication between the Board and management.
Chase Hagin
Director
Mr. Hagin became a director in February 2018. Mr. Hagin is a Director of Lone Star North America Acquisitions, L.P., an affiliate of ours and Lone Star, where he focuses on origination and underwriting activities related to corporate private equity and debt investments throughout the North America region, a position he has held since December 2017. Previously, Mr. Hagin served as a Vice President of Lone Star North America Acquisitions, L.P. from April 2015 to December 2017. Prior to joining Lone Star, Mr. Hagin served in various capacities at H.I.G. WhiteHorse, a credit affiliate of H.I.G. Capital and HM Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, including Vice President, from July 2012 to April 2015, where he was responsible for identifying, evaluating and sourcing investment opportunities. Mr. Hagin began his career as an investment banking analyst at Raymond James & Associates. Mr. Hagin currently serves as a member of the board of directors of other privately held companies. Mr. Hagin holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Hagin brings broad expertise in financial management to the Board. His extensive experience in private equity and the financial markets also allows him to make valuable contributions with respect to our capital structure and financing, acquisition and investing activities.
Fareed Khan
Director
Mr. Khan became a director upon the listing of our common stock in February 2017. Mr. Khan is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kellogg Company, a manufacturer of cereal and convenience foods, a position he has held since February 2017. He has over 20 years of experience working in financial and operational roles, leading teams in accounting, corporate strategy, information technology, supply chain, M&A and investor relations activities. Prior to Kellogg Company, Mr. Khan was the Chief Financial Officer of US Foods Holding Corp., a food service distributor, from July 2011 until February 2017. Prior to US Foods Holding Corp., he was with United Stationers Inc., a publicly traded business product wholesaler, where he served as a Senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer beginning in July 2011. Prior to United Stationers, Mr. Khan spent twelve years with USG Corporation where he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Strategy. Prior to USG, Mr. Khan was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for six years. Mr. Khan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University.

Mr. Khan brings extensive financial and accounting expertise to the Board developed during his professional career, including through his service as a chief financial officer for multiple companies. His public company experience also provides the Board with valuable insight regarding public company reporting matters, as well as a first-hand view of management’s day-to-day duties and responsibilities.
Chris Meyer
Director
Mr. Meyer became a director upon the listing of our common stock in February 2017. Mr. Meyer is a Senior Managing Director at Lone Star Funds, responsible for originating investment opportunities in North America. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Hudson Americas L.P., or Hudson Americas, an affiliate of ours and Lone Star, since February 2015. Mr. Meyer has oversight responsibility for a number of Lone Star’s private equity investments, including our company, and also assists with the due diligence and underwriting of potential operating company investments. Prior to joining Hudson Americas, Mr. Meyer held a number of positions with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, most recently serving as a Director (Senior Partner). While at McKinsey, Mr. Meyer managed the Dallas office, co-led the Consumer Practice group and co-founded McKinsey’s Consumer Marketing Analytics Center. Mr. Meyer currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Forterra, Inc. and a number of privately held companies, including several for which he serves as chairman. Mr. Meyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Meyer’s background, including as a management consultant in a wide range of industries, allows him to assist the Board in understanding and addressing a wide variety of the issues it faces. Mr. Meyer also brings significant financial and operational expertise developed through his past and current leadership and oversight roles. His responsibilities for Lone Star’s companies, including our company, also provides Mr. Meyer with a deep working knowledge of our business and operations.
Rafael A. Colorado
Director
Mr. Colorado became a director in April 2018. Mr. Colorado has been a Director with Hudson Advisors L.P., or Hudson Advisors, an affiliate of ours and Lone Star, since January 2016. In such capacity, Mr. Colorado advises on legal issues impacting operating companies that are affiliates of Lone Star within North America, as well as other corporate investments for which Hudson Advisors or its subsidiaries provide underwriting and asset management services in North America. In particular, Mr. Colorado has been actively involved in the negotiation and closing of numerous acquisitions, asset sales and lending transactions, for us and other Lone Star portfolio companies since joining Hudson Advisors in 2016. This is Mr. Colorado’s second stint with Hudson Advisors having previously been a Vice President at the firm from 2008 to 2012. In between his times at Hudson Advisors, Mr. Colorado was a Partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, from 2012 to 2016, where he supported clients in various types of mortgage banking transactions, private and public securities offerings, debt financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his time at Hudson, Mr. Colorado was an attorney with Bank of America and a CPA with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Colorado currently serves as a member of the board of directors of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Colorado graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Professional Accounting degree. Mr. Colorado also received a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Colorado is a licensed attorney and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

Mr. Colorado’s knowledge of our Company allows him to bring a well-informed perspective to the Board regarding our operations and the associated legal risks. His experience with debt transactions and mergers and acquisitions involving the Company and other Lone Star affiliates allows him to make valuable contributions with respect to our financial and investing activities. His legal background provides valuable insight to the Board regarding issues we may face.
Matthew J. Espe
Director
Mr. Espe became a director in February 2018. Mr. Espe is currently Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Klöckner Pentaplast. Mr. Espe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Radial, Inc., an e-commerce services business, from January 2017 until November 2017. Prior to Radial Inc., Mr. Espe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong World Industries, a global building products company, from 2010 until 2016. He also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ricoh Americas from 2008 to 2010 and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IKON Office Solutions, Inc. from 2002 to 2008. Mr. Espe is also a member of the board of directors of Realogy Holdings Corp. and Wesco International, Inc. He was formerly a member of the board of directors of Armstrong World Industries from 2010 to 2015, Unisys Corporation from 2004 to 2014, Con-Way, Inc. from June 2015 until its acquisition in November 2015, Veritiu Corporation from 2016 to 2017, and NCI Building Systems, Inc. from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Espe received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Whittier College.

Mr. Espe brings extensive building products industry expertise to the Board. His experience with Armstrong World Industries, one of our key suppliers, provides valuable insight as the Company pursues its organic growth initiatives. He has almost 20 years of experience in executive roles and is a respected global business leader with a career record of driving industrial transformation efforts that significantly increased earnings and shareholders’ equity.
Chad R. Lewis
Director
Mr. Lewis became a director in April 2018. Mr. Lewis is a Director of Hudson Americas where he is responsible for executing and managing private equity investments. Previously, Mr. Lewis served as Vice President of Hudson Americas from July 2015 to December 2018 as well as an Associate of Hudson Americas from January 2015 to June 2015. Prior to Hudson Americas, Mr. Lewis was a Consultant at Bain & Company from January 2014 to January 2015 and an Associate at Prospect Partners, LLC from August 2009 to July 2011. Mr. Lewis began his career as an investment banking analyst, and later an Associate, at Lincoln International. Mr. Lewis holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, which was earned between his time at Prospect Partners, LLC and Bain & Company, and a Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University.

Mr. Lewis brings broad expertise in financial and operational management to the Board. His experience in private equity and the financial markets also allows him to make valuable contributions to our Board with respect to our growth initiatives, acquisitions and investing activities.
Allison S. Navitskas
Director
Ms. Navitskas became a director in January 2019. She currently serves as a consultant to Lone Star. Most recently, Ms. Navitskas served as a Managing Director, Global Business Development and Strategy, with Lone Star, a position she had held since March 2018. Previously, Ms. Navitskas was a Managing Director with Hudson Advisors serving in a variety of roles including Head of Asset Management for LStar Capital, a corporate direct lending platform, from September 2016 to February 2018, and as Director, Senior Counsel from August 2014 through August 2016. During her time at Hudson Advisors, Ms. Navitskas provided services in both business and legal capacities, which have included negotiation and closing of numerous acquisitions, asset sales and lending transactions as an in-house attorney, as well as heading the asset management and workout practice for LStar Capital. Ms. Navitskas has served on the board of directors for several private companies. Prior to joining Hudson Advisors in 2012, Ms. Navitskas was Vice President/Associate General Counsel at FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated, a real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector. Ms. Navitskas was engaged in the private practice of law with Jenkens & Gilchrist P.C. and later at Hunton & Williams LLP specializing in financial institutions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities law. She is a graduate of Columbia College. She earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Ms. Navitskas also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Ms. Navitskas brings extensive experience with capital market transactions involving unrelated companies and other affiliates of Lone Star. She also provides guidance on capital structure, financing and investing activities. Her legal background provides valuable insight to the Board regarding various legal issues we may face.
James F. Underhill
Director
Mr. Underhill became a director upon the listing of our common stock in February 2017. Mr. Underhill was a senior executive at MRC Global (McJunkin Red Man Corporation) for over 30 years serving in both financial and operational roles. Most recently, Mr. Underhill was the Chief Operating Officer of MRC Global’s United States/North America division, its largest segment with approximately $6.0 billion in revenue, from November 2012 through August 2013, and Executive Vice President of the same division from November 2011 to November 2012. Prior to that, he served as MRC Global’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President from May 2006 through October 2011. He serves on the boards of Pipeline Supply & Service, Inc., Transplace Holdings, LLC, and Adventure West Virginia Resorts and previously served on the board of directors of U.S. Security Associates Holdings Corp. and board of managers of SCADA Products LLC. Mr. Underhill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Economics from Lehigh University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Underhill brings broad financial and operational management expertise to the Board from his prior executive positions. His service on other boards of directors, including audit and compensation committees, also adds a depth of knowledge to our Board as to best practices in corporate governance.

Management

Ruben D. Mendoza
Director,President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mendoza became a director upon the listing of our common stock in February 2017. Mr. Mendoza is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of our Company and has over 25 years of industry experience. Prior to founding our Company in 2011, Mr. Mendoza served as the Chief Executive Officer of AMS, a leading distributor of wallboard, suspended ceiling systems, lath and plaster products, doors and other building products. Mr. Mendoza originally joined AMS in 1991 and assumed the Chief Executive Officer role in 2003 after several years as AMS’ Vice President and Sales Manager. AMS grew significantly under Mr. Mendoza’s leadership, particularly across the West Coast and Northern Mexico through Greenfields and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Mendoza attended California State University and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School (Strategy), Wharton School of Business (Management) and Northwestern (Marketing).

As our Chief Executive Officer and founder, Mr. Mendoza brings a deep understanding of our business, operations and strategic planning to the Board. Mr. Mendoza has extensive industry experience gained over 25 years, including through his prior service as Chief Executive Officer of AMS. Mr. Mendoza’s board service also provides a direct and open channel of communication between the Board and management.
John Gorey
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Gorey is our Chief Financial Officer and has over 30 years of industry experience. Prior to starting the Company in 2011 with Mr. Mendoza, Mr. Gorey served as the Chief Financial Officer of AMS, a leading distributor of wallboard, suspended ceiling systems and other related building products. Mr. Gorey originally joined AMS in 1986 and assumed the Chief Financial Officer role in 2001 after several years as AMS’ Controller. Prior to AMS, Mr. Gorey worked for Barry McKinley and Associates, an accounting firm. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Peter A. Welly
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Welly is our Chief Operating Officer and has over 35 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the Company as Chief Operating Officer in 2013, Mr. Welly served as Vice President of U.S. Operations for Winroc-SPI from 2001 to 2013. Prior to Winroc-SPI, Mr. Welly served in executive sales and marketing roles at AMS beginning in 1987. He has served on numerous Armstrong, Chicago Metallic and Sto advisory councils. Mr. Welly has also served on numerous industry association boards. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications. He has also attended the Executive Management Program at the Kellogg School at Northwestern.
Alan Kirby Thompson
Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Mr. Thompson is our Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Prior to joining the Company as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 2013, Mr. Thompson was Vice President of Sales for Home Acres Building Supply Co., LLC, a company we acquired, which was a distributor of drywall, suspended ceiling systems and other related building products, from 2002 until 2013. Mr. Thompson was previously President of Michigan Acoustical Supply House from 1984 until 1993, which was a suspended ceiling systems and wallboard distributor. He graduated from Wittenberg University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
Jim Carpenter
Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Carpenter is our Vice President of Business Development, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Carpenter was a Regional Vice President from 2013 to 2015. Prior to joining the Company in 2013, Mr. Carpenter was President of Southwest Building Materials LLC, a position he held from 2005 to 2013. Southwest Building Materials LLC, a company we acquired, was a distributor of wallboard, metal framing, suspended ceiling systems and other related building products. From 2000 until 2005, Mr. Carpenter was a Manager of Center Operations for L&W Supply Corporation, which had purchased Mr. Carpenter’s previous wallboard distribution business. Mr. Carpenter attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
Richard J. Tilley
Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Mr. Tilley is our Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, a position he has held since 2016. Prior to joining the Company in 2016, Mr. Tilley was the Vice President of Legal Affairs for Mophie, a technology company, where he led the sale of Mophie to ZAGG, Inc. From 2009 until 2015, when he joined Mophie, Mr. Tilley was Assistant General Counsel for Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc., a flexible printed circuit board manufacturer with operations in the United States, Asia and Europe. Mr. Tilley graduated from the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University and has a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach.
Barbara J. Bitzer
Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Controller
Ms. Bitzer is our Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Controller, a position she has held since 2017. Before joining the Company in 2017, Ms. Bitzer served as Vice President & Controller of Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., a publicly traded manufacturer of oils, solvents and waxes, since December 2015. Prior to Calumet, Ms. Bitzer served as Vice President, Global Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Remy International, Inc., a manufacturer and remanufacturer in the automotive, heavy duty and transportation industry, from December 2010 to November 2015. Previously, Ms. Bitzer was owner and Principal of Simons Bitzer & Associates, PC and a Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP. Ms. Bitzer attended the University of Evansville where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Ms. Bitzer is also a licensed CPA in the State of Indiana.
John C. Moten
Vice President of Investor Relations
Mr. Moten is our Vice President of Investor Relations and has over 30 years of finance and capital markets experience. Prior to joining the Company in 2017, Mr. Moten was President and Chief Investment Officer of BYW Investment Advisors. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Moten was Vice President of Investor Relations for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals where he established the investor relations department prior to spin-off as a publicly traded company. He has also held positions of increasing responsibility as Institutional Portfolio Manager and Sell-side Analyst. Mr. Moten earned an undergraduate degree from Saint Lawrence University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.