Professionals

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John B. Weykamp, CTP

Senior Managing Director

John has 30 years of banking, financial management and consulting experience in a variety of industries. He started his career at Comerica Bank as a commercial lender working in their middle market, private lending, small business and automotive dealership financing units. Following his banking experience, John joined the private sector serving as the Chief Financial Officer for a tier one precision machine automotive supplier that included two operating companies, W.A. Thomas Company and Hy-Lift LLC, and approximately $65 million in annual revenues. John also served as the Chief Financial Officer of a steel processing organization that included three operating companies, Flat Rock Metal Company, Bar Processing Corporation and Flat Rock Metal Processing LLC, and approximately $200 million of adjusted revenues. During his service as a Chief Financial Officer John was responsible for all accounting, finance and purchasing activities in addition to leading the both organizations’ corporate development activities resulting in the acquisition of both Hy-Lift LLC and Bar Processing Corporation and the raising of over $75 million of acquisition financing.

 

Since 2001 John has served as a turnaround/restructuring consultant starting with the turnaround consulting firm at Conway MacKenzie in Detroit, MI assisting distressed middle market clients develop and implement turnaround plans in a wide variety of industries, with an emphasis on automotive suppliers. In 2007 John was recruited by Crowe Horwath LLC, the country’s 8th largest public accounting firm to found and serve as Partner and Practice Leader of its Restructuring Advisory Services practice. During his 10 plus years at Crowe Horwath, John lead over 75 restructuring engagements in the construction, food & commodity, financial service, distribution, automotive supply, oil & gas, stamping, precision machining, foundry, not-for-profit and retail industries and has restructured approximately $1.0 billion of senior secured financing for companies ranging from $10 million in annual sales to over $800 million throughout his career. In 2017 John founded Allied Business Advisors, LLC and leads a team of professionals dedicated to assisting privately held middle market companies in a wide variety of industries and circumstances solve complex problems and maximize value for all stakeholders.


John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. In addition, John is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) and a member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).

 

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Jeff Gillesse, CPA, CTP

  

Jeff has over 34 years of experience in public accounting, executive management, corporate restructuring, litigation support, management consulting, business valuations and operations management and as a court-appointed receiver. His experience includes ownership of distressed manufacturing and value-added enterprises where his entrepreneurial and consulting skills were further developed in real world conditions. His operations skills are further enhanced by his previously acquired mechanical aptitude where he achieved certification and demonstrated competency in several areas of automotive, machinery, marine, heavy equipment operation and aviation manufacture and repair.


During his career, Jeff has served as a court appointed receiver for a four-entity manufacturing group, a Chief Restructuring Officer of a publicly held plastic injection molder as well as a financial advisor to a multitude of companies including a heavy machine tool manufacturer, a saw mill and hardwood lumber manufacturer and other various manufacturers and contractors.


Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and is a Certified Turnaround Professional, CTP. Jeff also is the founder and Managing Director of Level Ten Group, LLC, a full-service management and consulting firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Dennis Hoyt, CTP, CPA

An accomplished financial manager, Dennis Hoyt has developed extensive experience though his many consulting engagements, in addition to his background in public accounting, and with middle market companies, both successful and distressed.  Dennis brings excellent analytical, project management, and problem-solving skills to the firm's clients.  He has worked on engagements in all phases of the business cycle including growth, transition, and crisis.


Dennis' experience includes assisting clients with financings, development of financial projections and budgets, monitoring of cashflows, evaluating working capital needs, and developing cash forecasts.  He also aids clients by increasing available cash through balance sheet management, improving product margins and reducing overhead expenses, and identifying and eliminating unprofitable operations. Dennis' industry experience includes the automotive, distribution, grocery, not-for-profit, service, retail, and manufacturing industries.


Dennis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.  Dennis is also a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Financial Professionals.

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Angela T. Mulder, CPA

  

Angela has over 18 years of financial experience. She is certified public accountant and has been a senior financial manager for large, publicly held companies. She has experience in both CFO and transition management for mid-size companies. Her focus is strategic modeling and financial overview, with a background that includes development and implementation of cash flow forecasts, financial management and control, budgeting, strategic planning, due diligence, merger/acquisition/divestiture analysis and negotiations, along with other financial administrative processes.


Angela holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University as well as a Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Angela is a Partner and Executive Manager for Level Ten Group, LLC, a full-service management and consulting firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Russ Richardson

  

Russ is an executive level manager with a diversified background in managing middle market companies. He has extensive experience in start-ups, turnarounds, wind-downs and liquidations as well as companies in crisis. His background includes operations management, production launch, accounting and cost estimating, new product development and technology.


Russ holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, as well as a Master of Management from Aquinas College. Russ also serves a Partner and Executive Manager with Level Ten Group, LLC, a full-service management and consulting firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Gary J. Pierce

Gary has 40 years of corporate finance experience in commercial banking, CFO for a holding company with 3 operating units and consulting in a variety of industries. He began his career at Comerica Bank as a commercial lender working in middle market, asset based lending, credit management and managing private lending & small business units. Following his corporate banking experience, Gary joined the private sector as the Chief Financial Officer for an automotive related holding company.  During his 9-year service as a Chief Financial Officer, Gary was a key member of a 3-person executive team that identified, acquired and implemented turnarounds of 3 operating companies in 3 cities across Michigan during a 4-year period. 


Throughout his career, Gary has been a comunity volunteer and served on the boards of The Grand Rapids Jaycees, The Jaycee Foundation, The Michigan Trails Girl Scouts (n/k/a Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore) and Stepping Stones Montessori School. 


His experience includes acquisitions, divestitures, bankruptcy (as lender and borrower), loan acquisition & structuring, turnarounds, funding organic growth, stakeholder communications and managing key professional service provider relationships. Gary is able to utilize his experience and apply strategic, tactical &/or implementation skills as necessary to the benefit of clients. 


Gary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri (Top Ten Finance Graduate) as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.