David A.B. Brown
Chairman of the Board
David A.B. Brown has been our Non-Executive Chairman since July 2017. Mr. Brown was the Chairman of the board of directors of Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq: LAYN), a global water management, construction and drilling company, from May 2005 until June 2018 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from June 2014 to January 2015. In addition, Mr. Brown has served on the board of directors of EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME) since December 1994, of Hercules Offshore, Inc. (OTC: HERO), an energy services company, from February 2015 to December 2016 and of Global Power Equipment Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: GLPW) since May 2016. Mr. Brown served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Pride until Pride's acquisition by Ensco (NYSE: ESV) in May 2011 for approximately $8.6 billion, and he served as a member of Ensco's board of directors from May 2011 to May 2014. Mr. Brown also previously served as the co-founder and President of The Windsor Group, Inc., and a director of numerous other companies in the energy industry. Mr. Brown is a Chartered Public Accountant. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Accounting from McGill University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Howard D. Morgan
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Howard D. Morgan has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Industrea Board since April 2017. Mr. Morgan has been a co-founder, Partner and Senior Managing Director of Argand Partners as well as a member of its Management Committee and Investment Committee since September 2015. Prior to forming Argand Partners, Mr. Morgan was the President of Castle Harlan from September 2014 to July 2015 and Co-President from August 2010 to September 2014. In addition, he served as chief executive officer and president of CHI Private Equity from February 2015 to July 2015. Until July 2015, Mr. Morgan was also a member of the board of directors and associated board committees of CHAMP. Mr. Morgan joined Castle Harlan in 1996. Previously, Mr. Morgan was a partner at The Ropart Group, a private equity investment firm, and began his career at Allen & Company, Inc. Mr. Morgan is currently on the advisory board of Oase Management GmbH since July 2018. Mr. Morgan is a former director of over one dozen companies, including Shelf Drilling Inc., Pretium Packaging, LLC, IDQ, Securus Technologies, Inc., Baker & Taylor Acquisitions Corp., Polypipe, Austar United Communications Ltd. (ASX: AUN), Norcast Wear Solutions, Inc., AmeriCast Technologies, Inc., Ion Track Instruments, Inc., Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing, Inc., Penrice Soda Products Pty. Ltd., Branford Chain, Inc. and various CHAMP entities. He is a director and past Chairman of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Vice Chairman of the Parkinson’s Foundation, a director of the Alexander Hamilton Institute and the World Press Institute, and a director and Treasurer of the Friends of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Mr. Morgan was a director and officer of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2006 to 2011. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College in Mathematics and Government and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Executive Vice President and Director
Heather L. Faust has been our Executive Vice President and a member of the Industrea Board since April 2017. Ms. Faust has been a co-founder, Partner and Managing Director of Argand Partners as well as a member of its Management Committee and Investment Committee since September 2015. Previously, she was a Managing Director at Castle Harlan, where she worked from August 2008 to July 2015. In addition, she served as a Managing Partner of CHI Private Equity from February 2015 to July 2015. Prior to joining Castle Harlan, Ms. Faust was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked in the U.S. and abroad across a variety of industries. Ms. Faust advised and directly assisted her clients in defining and implementing key strategic and operational business transformations. Ms. Faust's experience also includes roles in the consumer industry as well as international development work in the Middle East. She has been a director of Sigma Electric since October 2016, chair of the advisory board for Oase Management GmbH since July 2018, and a director of Tensar Corporation, an industrial manufacturing company, since July 2014. Ms. Faust also previously served as a director of Baker & Taylor Acquisitions Corp., IDQ and Ames True Temper. Ms. Faust graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Executive Vice President and Director
Tariq Osman has been our Executive Vice President and a member of the Industrea Board since April 2017. Mr. Osman has been a co-founder, Partner and Managing Director of Argand Partners as well as a member of its Management Committee and Investment Committee since September 2015. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Castle Harlan (and its affiliate, CHAMP), where he worked from January 2003 to July 2015, where he focused on private equity transactions across a wide range of industries, including portfolio management work for Shelf Drilling, Gold Star Foods, Caribbean Restaurants, International Energy Services, Blue Star Group and Austar United Communications. In addition, he served as a Managing Partner of CHI Private Equity from February 2015 to July 2015. Mr. Osman also previously worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. In this role, he advised clients in the oil and gas, mining, construction and telecommunications sectors on strategy and operational improvements. Mr. Osman began his career in Australia as an engineer at Gutteridge, Haskins & Davey, working on oil and gas, mining and government infrastructure projects. He has been Chairman of the board of directors of Sigma Electric since October 2016, a Chairman of the board of directors of Brintons Carpets Limited since July 2017, and a director of Gold Star Foods, a food distribution company, since April 2014. In October 2016, Argand Partners acquired Sigma Electric, a global manufacturer of small, highly engineered castings for multinational companies serving the North American electrical products, power transmission and distribution, and general industrial markets. Sigma Electric operates nine manufacturing plants in India and has its U.S. headquarters and distribution center in Garner, North Carolina. He is a former director of Shelf Drilling Inc., Caribbean Restaurants, LLC, International Energy Services, the Blue Star Group and Hercules Offshore, Inc. (OTC: HERO). Mr. Osman holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, a Masters of Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
Thomas K. Armstrong, Jr.
Thomas K. Armstrong, Jr. has served as a director of Industrea since July 2017. Mr. Armstrong previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Engineered Products division, a full service steel foundry and machining organization, at Bradken, from August 2008 to October 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Armstrong served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AmeriCast Technologies, Inc., from December 2003 to July 2008 when the business was sold to Bradken. He has also served as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atchison Casting Corp. Mr. Armstrong has been a business advisor for TKA Investments LLC since March 2014 and a director of Sigma Electric since October 2016. Mr. Armstrong has also been President of the Armstrong Foundation since October 2013. Mr. Armstrong holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
David G. Hall
David G. Hall has served as a director of Industrea since July 2017. Mr. Hall was the Chief Executive Officer of Polypipe (LON: PLP) and a member of Polypipe's board of directors from September 2005 to his retirement in October 2017. Polypipe is one of Europe's largest and most innovative manufacturers of plastic piping and energy efficient ventilation systems for the residential, commercial, civil and Infrastructure sectors. Following a number of divisional Managing Director positions in both private and publicly listed companies, Mr. Hall led the management buyout of Polypipe in Sept 2005, and following a number of disposals and acquisitions to reposition and refocus the business after a successful period of private ownership, Polypipe listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange during April 2014. The company achieved FTSE 250 status in January 2016. Mr. Hall has been a non-executive director of Brintons Carpets Limited since February 2018. Mr. Hall served as President of the British Plastics Federation and vice Chairman of the Construction Products Association, and has more than 20 years of experience in the building products industry. Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kingston University.
Brian Hodges has served as a director of Industrea since July 2017. From August 1997 to December 2015, Mr. Hodges was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bradken (ASX: BKN), an Australian public company and global manufacturer and supplier of steel products for the mining, transport, general industrial and contract manufacturing markets. During his tenure as chief executive of Bradken, Mr. Hodges guided Bradken through periods of considerable change and corporate activity with four different owners. Over the course of his career, he has gained considerable management and leadership experience in raw material production and processing, supply and logistics and steel manufacturing. Mr. Hodges holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle.
Gerard F. Rooney
Gerard F. Rooney has served as a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Industrea since July 2017. Mr. Rooney has been an independent financial and operations consultant since July 2016. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of operations of Armored Autogroup Inc., a consumer products company featuring the iconic Armor All and STP brands, from March 2014 to June 2016 after its merger with IDQ, the leading manufacturer of do-it-yourself air conditioner recharge products. Mr. Rooney was also responsible for the integration of Armored Auto Group and IDQ. Mr. Rooney was Chief Operating Officer of IDQ from December 2012 to March 2014 and Chief Financial Officer of IDQ from January 2008 to March 2014. Mr. Rooney was also previously the Chief Financial Officer of the predecessor of IDQ, Interdynamics, Inc. Mr. Rooney is currently a director of UCI Holdings, Inc., an industrial manufacturing company, and he is a member of the advisory board for Oase Management GmbH since July 2018. In addition, Mr. Rooney is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds his B.B.A. in Public Accounting from Pace University.