dennisdunnbioDennis Dunn

is the Founder and Managing Member of D2 Equity Capital, and leads the execution of the firm’s acquisition strategy in conjunction with Freestyle Capital professionals. In employing the complementary financial/operating executive model which Mr. Dunn has followed throughout most of his career, selected operating executives, profiled below, are actively engaged in executing transactions and in assisting management of acquired businesses post-closing.

Prior to founding D2, Mr. Dunn served as managing Director of Carlisle Enterprises, LLC, a San Diego-based private equity firm comprised primarily of former Fortune 500 operating executives. During his 20 year tenure at Carlisle, the firm acquired over 75 companies with aggregate revenues of over $5.0 billion. Mr. Dunn was actively involved in all phases of Carlisle’s acquisition program, which targeted middle and lower-middle market companies in industrial manufacturing and services, business services and selected consumer segments. Beginning in 2004, Mr. Dunn led the development and execution of Carlisle’s Small Business Initiative (“SBI”). The SBI was a strategy targeting businesses with revenues of $10.0 million to $40.0 million, which leveraged the firm’s capabilities and experience in the firm’s historical targeted industry sectors. Mr. Dunn served on the boards of numerous Carlisle portfolio companies, and remains active on the board of MSA Aircraft Products, an existing portfolio company.

Prior to joining Carlisle, Mr. Dunn began his private equity career as Principal at J.B Poindexter & Co. His responsibilities there included leading the acquisitions of small businesses engaged in industrial manufacturing, distribution and service segments, and developing a portfolio of leading companies in truck body and accessories manufacturing, steel distribution, specialty metal alloy investment casting and machining, and floor coverings manufacturing and distribution.

Prior to his acquisitions experience, Mr. Dunn worked with McKinsey & Company, an international general management consulting firm. Mr. Dunn contributed to a number of strategic management, marketing, organizational, and internal efficiency improvement engagements while at McKinsey. Mr. Dunn began his professional career with Conoco Inc., now a part of ConocoPhillips, an international integrated energy company, in the company’s domestic oil and gas exploration division. He holds a B.S. in Administrative Science from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. 

Operating Executive Advisors

Michael Militello

Mr. Militello’s professional career spans a variety of successful hands-on roles leading the operational and financial turnarounds of small, privately held manufacturing companies in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Mr. Militello recently retired as President of Waltco Lift Corp., a leading manufacturer of lift-gates serving the North American truck equipment industry. During his tenure, he doubled sales and significantly increased profitability within two years by recruiting key members of the management team, streamlining manufacturing operations, developing new market-leading product lines, establishing industry-standard quality and service, and repositioning the company’s marketing strategy.

Prior to Waltco, Michael was Owner, President and CEO of MHI, Inc., the holding company of Ultron Lift Inc. and Del Tailifts, the leading lift-gate manufacturer in Canada and the U.K.  When Waltco acquired the MHI operations, Mr. Militello assumed the President’s role for the combined operations. Mr. Militello’s prior professional career also includes serving as Vice President and General Manager for both public and privately held companies involved in the aerospace, machine tool, and printing and packaging sectors. His early professional experience includes serving in a Regional Controller capacity for Sheraton Corporation.

He holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University.

Phil Sauder

Mr. Sauder currently serves as Chairman of Micromatic, LLC, a manufacturer of high technology robotic and automation equipment and specialty hydraulic rotary actuators. He formerly served as Chairman and controlling shareholder of PayAmerica, a niche payroll service provider acquired from Ceridian Corporation. Mr. Sauder is a Limited Partner-investor of Carlisle Enterprises, LLC, a private equity firm based in San Diego, California. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Technologies and formerly served as Chairman of Aviation Systems International (ASI), both former Carlisle Enterprises portfolio companies. Alpha is a manufacturer of sophisticated instruments and software which measure and test cure characteristics of compounded rubber and other industrial compounds. ASI is a supplier of spare aircraft parts to commercial and general aviation markets worldwide.

Earlier in his professional career, Mr. Sauder served as Vice President and General Manager of the Aerospace Division of Abex Inc., a $500 million manufacturer of flight and engine control systems; hydraulic pumps, motors and servo valves; automotive friction material and airport boarding bridges. Other previous positions include President and General Manager of Cleveland Pneumatic Company, a $275 million company involved in the manufacture and overhaul of aircraft landing gear for commercial and military customers; General Manager of the PTC Aerospace Division of Pullman Inc., a $75 million manufacturer of commercial aircraft seating; and Vice President, Operations for Trailmobile, Inc., a manufacturer of over-the-road trailers. Mr. Sauder is a former director of American International Airways, Inc.

Tim Jeffries, KM

Mr. Jeffries serves several business ventures as a values-based founder, leader, advisor and influencer.  He founded P7 Enterprises, a strategic advisory firm for senior executives and companies operating throughout the world.  Mr. Jeffries also founded Lizard Ventures, an entertainment partnership currently focused on book publishing with two global sellers in print, and two additional books in process.  In addition, Mr. Jeffries serves as a Senior Advisor to 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions, LLC, an investment banking firm, and he serves as a Limited Partner and investor at Carlisle Enterprises, LLC, a mergers and acquisition firm.  Mr. Jeffries also serves as a Senior Vice President of IHS, Inc., (NYSE: IHS) the worldwide leader in information and insight services, where he has led several global business optimization initiatives commissioned by the Chairman of the Board.  Lastly, Mr. Jeffries serves in various leadership positions on three privately-held corporate boards and several non-profit boards.

Prior to the aforementioned business endeavors, Mr. Jeffries served as the EVP & COO of Mobility Electronics, Inc., where he led the global turnaround of the publicly-traded mobile accessories company.  Prior to his first business turnaround, Mr. Jeffries served as VP & GM of the $1.5 billion Storage and Components Division after serving as the VP & GM of the $10.3 billion Vendor (“Technical”) Sales Division of Ingram Micro, Inc., a Fortune 50 Company and global leader in information technology distribution and services.  Mr. Jeffries also served as VP of Business Development and VP of Marketing at Intelligent Electronics, Inc., a Fortune 250 Company acquired by Ingram Micro in July 1997.

Mr. Jeffries graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  He also graduated from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with a Master of Business Administration.

Bill Pesch

Mr. Pesch is an energetic cross-industry CEO who has led and grown four private equity owned businesses to double digit growth in revenue, EBITDA, and market share. He has a passion for building high performance, cross-functional teams that often exceed established objectives. Bill has extensive international and domestic experience and is an expert in leading global business development, sourcing, and lean manufacturing operations. His broad industry experience base includes the electronic, mechanical, aerospace, specialty vehicle, test & measurement, and diagnostic equipment markets.

Previous professional accomplishments include Bill’s leadership in the construction of an electronic assembly plant for Siemens, which introduced circuit boards, power supplies, sensors, transducers, and control cabinets, winning a national award for productivity.  Later in his career, he led international based manufacturing businesses for Maytag and Marconi.

Bill served the last fifteen years leading four private equity-owned businesses, and two businesses for family office owners. Bill most recently served as COO of Joined Alloys and Di-Matrix Precision Manufacturing, a machine shop providing high tolerance parts for commercial aircraft engines and medical diagnostic equipment. Both businesses are located in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Bill holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Bill and his wife live in Scottsdale, Arizona, where both of their sons are small business owners.