Silver Beacon Partners LLC
Silver Beacon Partners LLC

Advisors & Investors

Behind SBP is a team of advisors & investors who bring deep professional insights and networks to the partnership, themselves having a diverse collection of experiences as entrepreneurs, executives, advisors, and investors.

Most have worked with or invested with our managers in the past, and all have long-standing personal and professional relationships – on average for more than 12 years.

Cordell Bennigson

Cordell is currently the General Manager of Texas Operations for Durcon, Inc., a private-equity-held global leader in manufacturing high quality customized epoxy resin surfaces for laboratories and schools.

Prior to joining Durcon, Cordell was a Senior Business Manager at Dell where he was responsible for strategy, marketing, and product development for the Global Consumer Imaging business. He also gained experience in materials control, Lean manufacturing operations, and project management as an Operations Manger in Dell’s U.S. server manufacturing facility.

Previously, Cordell worked as a Strategic Planning and Business Development Associate at the aerospace and defense electronics company BAE Systems, and was President and Co-Founder of Podrenaline, Inc., an internet based digital media and fitness provider.

Cordell holds a Bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Cordell also served nine years in the United States Marine Corps where he flew AV-8B Harrier jets, ultimately achieving the rank of Major, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Stephen Brothers

Steve is President of Land Development Consultants, Inc., a development consulting and project management firm he founded in 1984. Over the last three decades Steve has managed and participated in more than 100 projects in California and across the U.S. in such varied markets as public land use; oil & gas production; commercial, industrial, mixed-use, and residential real estate; transportation; retail; hospitality; entertainment; and professional sports venues.

In retirement Steve has taken leadership roles in numerous charitable organizations, including the Napa Solano chapter of Habitat for Humanity, where he serves as President of the Board of Directors, and the Phi Kappa Tau of Berkeley Foundation, where he serves as President. Steve has also served in the elected position of National President of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, a national fraternity organization consisting of 85 chapters and 70,000 collegiate undergraduates.

Steve has a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from Syracuse University.

Mark Buck

Mark brings more than 10 years’ private sector experience in supply chain management and global sourcing, Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, acquisition assimilation, and organizational change, completing complex outsourcing and global sourcing projects in senior leadership roles with NCR, Solectron, Asyst Technologies, and Apple Computer. At Apple, Mark established the Service Supply Chain and “No Quibble” warranty for launch of the original iPod, accommodating more than 5 million repairs annually. Currently Mark is the Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics at Celerity, a leading capital equipment and component supplier to the Semiconductor Industry, where he has led numerous cost- and risk-reducing initiatives, including overseas sourcing of mission-critical, high-purity and high-complexity materials.

Prior to joining the private sector, Mark served for more than 6 years in the United States Marines Corps, ultimately commissioned a Second Lieutenant, and completing deployments in Kuwait (Operation Desert Storm) and Somalia (Operation Restore Hope).

Mark received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, and an MBA from National University in La Jolla, California. Mark is also a certified Quality Systems Review (QSR) assessor, and he has been responsible for establishing, with more than 300 suppliers, world-wide compliance with Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), adopted by the European Union in 2006 to eliminate six environmentally hazardous materials from products and components.

Doug Cofiell

Doug is CEO of The Ivystone Group, a leading Gift and Home sales organization based in Exton, Pennsylvania. Doug has spent his entire career in the Gift and Home segment, first working for Ivystone Group as a field rep; as a sales manager Doug helped expand the company’s geographic reach, until he purchased the business outright in 1995. Doug has since overseen the merger of 9 regional sales agencies to build a unified network encompassing 180 sales reps across 48 states. The Ivystone Group has corporate showrooms throughout the country, including Atlanta, Dallas, High Point (NC), Las Vegas, and Philadelphia.

Doug received a Bachelors degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Richmond.

Dean Dorman

Dean is a professional in the Operations Practice at TPG Capital, a top global private equity firm. Previously, Dean was President and CEO of spend-management software and consulting provider Silver Oak Solutions, successfully organizing a strategic sale to CGI Group Inc., a multi-billion international outsourcing, systems integration, and consulting company. Prior to Silver Oak, Dean filled a variety of senior roles including Vice President of Business Development for Chemdex, a pioneer in B2B electronic commerce; evaluating acquisition candidates for General Electric, and leading the early stages of GE's corporate e-commerce strategy; and as a business consultant with McKinsey & Co., specializing in Operations Effectiveness and Supply Chain Management.

Previously Dean was a senior design engineer, earning a Professional Engineer (PE) designation in Civil Engineering, and he served 5 years as a combat engineer officer in the U.S. Army in Washington and Honduras.

Dean received a Bachelors degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Christopher Gaines

Christopher is Founder and CEO of GGI LLC, a multi-faceted holding company with interests in domestic and international scrap materials recovery and recycling, aerospace manufacturing consulting, and residential real estate. GGI, with its collective joint venture partners, operates offices and warehouses domestically in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, and internationally in England, Thailand, Philippines, UAE, and China.

Christopher attended the University of California, Berkeley.

Budd Goldman

Over a forty year career, Budd Goldman has demonstrated his business skills and talents as an executive and entrepreneur. He founded, and successfully exited, a number of enterprises that have developed, manufactured and marketed a wide variety of consumer products sold through a broad spectrum of retail and internet channels. Mr. Goldman currently sits on the boards of three consumer products companies, two of which are owned by private equity funds. Earlier in his career he served as the Senior Managing Partner of a Certified Public Accounting firm.

Budd lives in Manhattan with his wife Jane. They enjoy theater, film, art, music, museums and the many culinary delights of the city.

Alan Raines

Alan is a founding partner of Raines & Fischer LLP, a full-service accounting firm based in New York that provides accounting, legal and business consulting, and tax services for businesses and high net worth individuals. Prior to founding Raines & Fischer, Alan was with Coopers & Lybrand, and he has held various positions including Controller of a major sleepwear manufacturer, Vice President of Holding Capital Group, a mid-market private investment firm, and General Manager of the largest coin-operated laundry equipment service company in the New York metropolitan area.

Alan received a Bachelors degree from Boston University, an MBA from New York University, and a JD from Fordham University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.

Martin Stein

Martin is the Founder and Managing Director of Blackford Capital. Martin has ten years of private equity experience and leads the firm's acquisition sourcing activities and serves on the boards of its portfolio companies. Prior to founding Blackford Capital, Martin worked as a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting, where he developed growth strategies for Fortune-500 clients such as Sears, Dow Chemical, Searle, Pfizer, and PacifiCare Health Systems. While at Mercer, Martin also played a leading role in helping develop the firm's intellectual-property and knowledge-management systems. Martin has experience in a variety of different industries including plastic injection molding, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment, packaging, retail, health care, and home furnishings.

Previously, Martin worked as a consultant with the Council for Excellence in Government where he implemented private sector management strategies to improve the organizational efficiency of various executive branches of the federal government such as the Department of Labor, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Energy.

Martin received a Bachelors degree with Honors from the University of Chicago, where he was a College Honors Scholar and was selected by USA Today as one of the "Best and Brightest Leaders in America," and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sean Witty

Sean is co-owner of M.C. Tool LLC, a supplier of high precision CNC and EDM machined tooling, production parts, and assemblies for the Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Energy, Industrial, and Medical Device industries, a company he acquired in 2007.

Sean was previously a partner at SilverDeer LLC, a private equity firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he led acquisition, financing, and general management of SilverDeer’s investment portfolio across multiple industries, including restaurants, concrete manufacturing, high rise beach condominium development, residential home construction and refurbishment, mobile home sales and leasing, and land acquisition and development.

Prior to joining SilverDeer, Sean worked at Red Hat, Inc., the leading distributor of the Linux operating system for computers, working in their Mergers and Acquisitions group and leading integration efforts for all newly acquired companies. Sean later took a role in the Corporate Development group, where he helped implement the company’s transition from a retail software provider to an enterprise service provider. Sean began his career with General Electric’s Power Systems division where he worked in various manufacturing positions, including Demand Flow Technology facilitator, Six Sigma Green Belt, and night shift foreman.

Sean received a Bachelors degree with Highest Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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