Paul J. Huston is a Partner and Chairman at Hudson Ferry Capital. In addition to being involved in all aspects of making new investments, Mr. Huston handles the firm's relationship with the Small Business Administration. He serves on the Board of Directors of Laguna Tools, GWTT, Tri-W, Soft-Tex, and MeTEOR Education, and previously served on the Board of Directors of ASAP Industries and Percheron Holdings.
Prior to co-founding Hudson Ferry Capital, Mr. Huston was a Managing Director and founding member at Liberty Capital Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm. Preceding Liberty's founding, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch Interfunding, a private equity subsidiary of Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Huston began his business career in 1982 as a staff accountant with Coopers & Lybrand where he advanced to the position of audit manager.
Over the last 25 years, Mr. Huston has served on the boards of numerous privately held companies. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fairfield University, where he served as Chairman from 2002-2012. Mr. Huston received an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Fairfield University.
Stephen J. Fisher is a Partner at Hudson Ferry Capital where he focuses on sourcing, structuring and creating value in private equity investments. Mr. Fisher is a member of the Board of Directors of VIRA Insight, Percheron Holdings, American Signcrafters and ALCOM.
Prior to co-founding Hudson Ferry Capital, Mr. Fisher was a Managing Director at Liberty Capital Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm. During his 11 years at Liberty Partners, he was responsible for all aspects of private equity investing. Previously, Mr. Fisher was an attorney for five years with the private equity practice group of Kirkland & Ellis. While at Kirkland & Ellis, he gained extensive private equity transaction experience as he structured, negotiated and closed over 50 private equity transactions.
Mr. Fisher has served on the boards of numerous privately held companies throughout his investment career. Mr. Fisher received his JD, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. He received an MBA and a BS in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis.
Bruce B. Robertson, Jr. is a Partner at Hudson Ferry Capital where he focuses on sourcing, structuring and creating value in private equity investments. Mr. Robertson is a member of the Board of Directors of Laguna Tools, Tri-W, Soft-Tex, MeTEOR Education and ALCOM and was formerly on the Board of ASAP Industries.
Prior to co-founding Hudson Ferry Capital, Mr. Robertson spent over 20 years in senior positions at GE Capital, Heller Financial and Bank of Scotland providing capital to middle market and lower middle market companies, most of which were undergoing a change of control. During his career, Mr. Robertson closed in excess of $3.0 billion of committed financing to over 100 middle market companies participating in industries such as equipment rental, consumer products, building products, manufacturing and distribution.
Mr. Robertson received an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA in Economics, cum laude, from State University of New York at Oswego.
Timothy R.G. Ross is a Partner at Hudson Ferry Capital where he focuses on sourcing, structuring and creating value in private equity investments. Mr. Ross is a member of the Board of Directors of VIRA Insight, Percheron Holdings, American Signcrafters and GWTT.
Prior to co-founding Hudson Ferry Capital, Mr. Ross spent seven years at Liberty Partners making investments in lower middle market companies and three years at Lazard Frères gaining mergers and acquisitions advisory experience. Previously, Mr. Ross was President of Bayamon Steel Processors, a portfolio company of Merrill Lynch Interfunding, the private equity subsidiary of Merrill Lynch. He also held operating positions at Thypin Steel Company, including product manager, plant manager and industrial engineer.
Mr. Ross received his MBA, MS in Industrial Engineering, and BS in Industrial Engineering with Highest Distinction from Columbia University.
Robert L. Athas is a Vice President at Hudson Ferry Capital where he focuses primarily on new business development in addition to sourcing and structuring new investments. Previously, Mr. Athas was a Vice President at KPMG Corporate Finance, a leading middle-market investment banking firm. At KPMG, Mr. Athas executed mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, management buyouts and recapitalizations, and valuations. Mr. Athas has worked with private/family-owned, middle market public and Fortune 500 companies in a number of industries including basic manufacturing, specialty chemicals, building products, business services, technology and energy services. In prior roles, Mr. Athas worked at Cross Keys Capital, Bank of New York and Bear Stearns.
Mr. Athas received an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island.
Carl B. Hedlund is Chairman of the Board of MeTEOR Education and on the Board of Directors of Percheron and Loewen Windows.
Mr. Hedlund was President and CEO of ThermaTru Doors from 2000 to 2007. ThermaTru is the leading manufacturer of fiberglass entry doors for residential construction in the U.S. Under Mr. Hedlund's leadership, ThermaTru grew significantly and was sold to Fortune Brands in November 2003. Mr. Hedlund remained as CEO through 2007, successfully positioning the company in new segments and channels such as home centers (becoming Lowes' Vendor of the Year in 2005 and 2006). Previously, Mr. Hedlund held senior leadership positions for over 25 years with Owens Corning Fiberglass, including President of the International Building Materials Division (based in Brussels), President of Asia Pacific (based in Hong Kong), President of the Roofing and Asphalt and Retail Distribution Divisions (based in Toledo, Ohio), and Managing Director of Latin America (based in Brazil).
Mr. Hedlund also serves on the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Ohio and Red Feather Development. He is a member of World Presidents Organization. Mr. Hedlund received his BA from Arizona State University and has attended the Stanford University Advanced Management Program.
Robert D. Manroe has been Managing Board Member of ALCAL Specialty Contracting, a division of Pacific Coast Building Products since 2007. ALCAL provides contracting services to homebuilders in a wide range of building products such as roofing, waterproofing, insulation, fireplaces and garage doors. Previously, he was President of Masco Contractor Services West, a division of Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS). This division provides an assortment of building products, usually on an installed basis, to national and regional homebuilders. Such products included insulation, fireplaces, gutters, tub surrounds and cabinets. Mr. Manroe was in charge of this division from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, he was Co-President of BSI Holdings and responsible for all aspects of the West Coast division. BSI Holdings was formed in 1998 and sold to Masco in January 2001. Mr. Manroe was President of The Hill Companies from 1989 to 1998 and had various senior positions with the firm before that time. The Hill Companies was acquired as part of the formation of BSI Holdings. The Hill Companies had sales of $100 million.