Our management team and board of directors are a dynamic and visionary group of professionals with diverse expertise in medical and life sciences, automotive technology and industrial solutions. Committed to innovation and excellence, they steer us towards pioneering advancements, driving growth and delivering exceptional value to customers globally.
Jeff brings 30+ years of entrepreneurial, growth-oriented experience to the Ascential Technologies team built upon basic fundamentals which include customer obsession, continuous improvement, persistence, and the underlying belief that you win with people. Jeff comes to Ascential from Dematic (Ref: KION Group), the global leader in warehouse automation, where he most recently served at Chief Commercial Officer. During his13 year career at Dematic the company grew nearly 10X. Prior to Dematic, Jeff spent most of his early career as an entrepreneur serving the automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications industries. The common threads that connect his career include engineering intensive businesses, robotics, lasers, automation, and project management.
Jeff and his family are avid football fans. He borrows his LinkedIn tagline from a book written by former Ohio State Football coach Woody Hayes, “You Win with People.” Jeff’s favorite music: old school – Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen; new school – Post Malone. Jeff’s wife and kids accuse him of making up his own lyrics. Jeff likes his lyrics better.
Gabe is an operationally-oriented Finance Executive with a solid record of global Leadership achievements with Fortune 500 Corporations. Prior to Ascential, Gabe was CFO at Dematic, and before that, held a number of senior finance roles at leading organizations including LaFarge and Ford Motor Company. Gabe holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Windsor, and is a licensed CPA in the province of Ontario, Canada. When he's not crunching numbers, Gabe enjoys watching action movies and spending time with his wife and kids. His favorite quote is: "80% of something is better than 100% of nothing."
Georgette is a results-driven, legal and business executive leader with over 30 years of broad corporate legal and HR experience. Before BPG, Georgette served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at ELMS, as Vice President, Legal at Dematic, and held senior roles at FCA Group (now Stellantis) and MSX International, among others. She also co-owned Tech-Line Automation, a controls engineering services business. Georgette began her career as an Associate Attorney at Clark Hill PLC. She holds BA in Corporate Finance and Juris Doctor degrees from Wayne State University. Georgette and her husband, Dan, have four daughters, two dogs and a cockatiel. She loves celebrating her Mexican culture and is happiest when with her family at their cottage in northern Michigan. Her favorite quote is: “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo
Melissa is a highly tenured Human Resources professional with over 28 years experience across a range of manufacturing and industrial companies. Prior to Ascential, she was CHRO at PLZ Corp, and prior to that, held senior positions at Inventus Power and Plymouth Tube Company. Melissa has a BA degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Lewis University. Melissa is passionate about Veteran’s causes and serves on the Board of a local non-profit, Naperville Responds to Veterans. She also champions women’s development in the manufacturing field and serves on the National Board of the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation. She is recently an empty nester, with her 3 kids all away at college in varying parts of the world. In this next chapter of her life, she enjoys staying active and has taken on some new forms of exercise, including boxing! Her favorite quote is: “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been” Jimmy Buffett
Scott has a long track record of leadership and entrepreneurship, centered around assembling and growing teams dedicated to creating breakthrough businesses. Prior to Ascential, Scott was co-founder and CEO of D&K Engineering, a global product development and manufacturing services company. Scott is also a co-founder and Partner at FusionX Ventures, a venture capital firm of Souther California. Scott has a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and an MS from Stanford University in Mechatronics and Smart Product Design. In his free time, Scott enjoys travel with friends and family, adventure of almost any kind, backcountry backpacking, aviation, and outdoor sports. His favorite quote is: “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
Scott is a highly analytical and hands-on executive with 20+ years of progressive leadership experience directing substantial growth, streamlining operations, and building high performance teams. Prior to Ascential, Scott was Chief Operating Officer at Dematic, and before that, was Managing Director & Midwest Practice Lead at Blackbriar Advisors and President & Chief Operating Officer at Celerity Logistics, Inc. Scott holds a BA from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Michigan State University. Scott enjoys woodworking, hiking, and trying to keep up with his grandchildren. An avid soccer fan, Scott intensely follows the Arsenal team. His favorite quote is: "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Theodore Roosevelt
Patrick J. Balthrop, Sr. is the founding principal of Apalachee Ventures, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience building, growing and turning around businesses and commercial enterprises around the world, including as CEO of a publicly-traded company. His experience is global in nature, including commercial optimization, product launches, international assignments and technology and R & D leadership, primarily in the life sciences, including the highly regulated industries of medical devices and diagnostics. Pat currently serves as a director of MaxCyte (NASDAQ: MXCT), a device company powering cell and gene therapy. Previously, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Oxford Immunotec PLC (NASDAQ: OXFD), an immune-mediated disease diagnostics company; CEO, President and a member of the board of directors of Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX); President of Fisher Healthcare. He also served for 20 years at Abbott in positions of increasing responsibility, in diagnostics and vascular devices. Pat has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. His undergraduate studies were at Princeton University and Spring Hill College. He earned a BS in Biology from Spring Hill.
Sharon Bracken has served as Head of the Diagnostics Business Area and Laboratory Diagnostics Business Line since May 2022. She currently oversees Siemens Healthineers’ in-vitro diagnostics business, which is focused on providing proven, customized diagnostic solutions that transform networked care delivery. Sharon has 20 years of in-vitro diagnostics experience and more than 30 years of global business leadership experience. Prior to joining Siemens Healthineers, Sharon served for three years as president and chief executive officer of the Perma Pure group of companies within Halma, plc. Prior to joining Halma, Sharon spent nearly 14 years with Abbott Diagnostics. During her tenure at Abbott, Sharon served in roles of increasing responsibility across global supply chain, operations, and manufacturing. Sharon has a bachelor’s in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and her MBA from Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business.
Scott has a long track record of leadership and entrepreneurship, centered around assembling and growing teams dedicated to creating breakthrough businesses. Prior to Ascential, Scott was co-founder and CEO of D&K Engineering, a global product development and manufacturing services company. Scott is also a co-founder and Partner at FusionX Ventures, a venture capital firm of Souther California. Scott has a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and an MS from Stanford University in Mechatronics and Smart Product Design.
Former Chief Executive Officer of Burke Porter Group
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering & Management Institute) and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. He has more than 30 years’ experience in management-related roles on a global level. He has lived abroad, predominantly in Asia, and from 2006 to 2022, he was the President and CEO of the Burke Porter Group, a global $500M organization with a manufacturing presence in the US, Europe, and China. Prior to joining Burke Porter, David worked in a variety of positions with Tower Automotive, Steelcase, United Technologies, NordicTrack, and Antares Pharma.
Former President & Chief Operating Officer of DURA Automotive Systems
TJ is the former President & Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of DURA Automotive Systems, a tier-one supplier of mechatronic control systems for hybrid/electric vehicle systems, Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), and luxury trim systems for premier automotive brands. At DURA, he was responsible for strategic growth, commercial excellence, product innovation, technology, and six sigma operational initiatives across the global enterprise, including operations in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Prior to DURA, TJ had a 30-year career, including global senior executive roles at General Motors Corporation (GM) and United Technologies Corporation (UTC), now Raytheon Technologies. During his 25 years at GM, TJ held various leadership positions in operations, business development, mergers and acquisitions, engineering, strategy, and innovation & technology product development, ultimately serving as GM’s Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Customer Experience. In addition, he currently serves on the board of directors of four public corporations. TJ received his Executive Aerospace & Defense Master of Business Administration (ADMBA) in Operations, Strategy & Finance with Highest Distinction from the Haslam Business School at the University of Tennessee, a B.S. in Pre-law from Eastern Michigan University, and a BASc in Industrial Engineering Technology from Purdue University.
Anneka is a Principal on AEA’s Middle Market Private Equity team. In her role, she focuses on investment opportunities in the industrials and services sectors. Anneka serves on the boards of Burke Porter Group, SitelogIQ and Spectrum Plastics Group. Prior to joining AEA, Anneka was an analyst at The Blackstone Group in the restructuring and reorganization group and prior to Blackstone, an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the leveraged finance group. Anneka earned a B.A. in political science and Hispanic studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with honors. Anneka currently serves as the Treasurer of the Parents Association of All Souls School in New York.
Vinay is a Partner on AEA’s Middle Market Private Equity team. In his role, he focuses on AEA’s investments in the industrials and services sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Burke Porter Group, Excelitas Technologies and Spectrum Control. He also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Dematic and Evoqua Water Technologies. In 2006, he relocated to Hong Kong for three years to help AEA establish its presence in Asia and evaluate investment opportunities in the region. Prior to joining AEA, Vinay was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in San Francisco and London. Vinay earned an A.B. in history and science from Harvard University, where he graduated with honors.
Fred Lynch is an Operating Partner on AEA’s Middle Market Private Equity team. In his role, he is primarily focused on working with portfolio companies to maximize value creation through improved operating performance, strategic planning, leadership development and coaching, industry networking and cross-portfolio best practice development. Prior to joining AEA Fred served for 12 years as President and CEO of Masonite International (NYSE:DOOR) a leading global building products manufacturer, and before that, he spent 18 years at Honeywell International (formerly AlliedSignal), most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the Specialty Chemical Business. Fred graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and has an M.B.A. from The Fox School of Business at Temple University.
Jeff is an experienced global leader with a demonstrated history in the automotive, automation, and logistics and supply chain industries. Prior to BPG, Jeff spent 13 years at Dematic, where he held a number of executive roles, including CEO of Dematic International and Chief Commercial Officer. Jeff holds a BS in Engineering from The Ohio State University as well as a post-graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Said Business School, University of Oxford.
Tom is Chief Operating Officer of AEA and a Partner on AEA’s Middle Market Private Equity team, where he focuses on investment opportunities in the industrials and services sectors. Tom serves on the boards of Burke Porter Group, Hero Digital, NES Fircroft, Numotion, Process Sensing Technologies, Redwood Logistics, SitelogIQ, Spectrum Control and TricorBraun. Prior to joining AEA, Tom worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Tom graduated with honors from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with a double major in finance and accounting and a minor in mathematics. Tom is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Scott is a highly analytical and hands-on executive with 20+ years of progressive leadership experience directing substantial growth, streamlining operations, and building high performance teams. Prior to Ascential, Scott was Chief Operating Officer at Dematic, and before that, was Managing Director & Midwest Practice Lead at Blackbriar Advisors and President & Chief Operating Officer at Celerity Logistics, Inc. Scott holds a BA from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Michigan State University.