Doug Wilterdink has more than 35 years of experience in corporate finance, public accounting, management consulting, restructuring and turnaround, and other transition situations. Doug earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing). He founded DWH in 2006 and currently serves as a Managing Partner.
Doug has led restructure and turnaround situations as an employee (CFO and CEO), as an entrepreneur, and as an outside advisor. Following his employment with an international public accounting firm, he took a financial management position with a company that was part of a family-owned portfolio. That evolved to leading turnaround and M & A activities for a number of companies in the portfolio. Doug used this experience to then purchase a distressed company, which he turned around and eventually sold. This turnaround involved significant changes in strategies and tactics, recapitalization and refinancing, developing and implementing improved forecasting, financial reporting and other controls, as well as other business development and operations improvement initiatives.
Doug applies his hands-on experience to each unique client situation, taking into account all the stakeholders affected by a transition situation. He is able to understand, from an entrepreneurial standpoint, all the business items an owner and manager has to think about, including financial management and modeling, contractual relationships, operations, international practices, and corporate administration.
In addition, Doug is active in many professional and community organizations including serving as Board President for the YWCA West Central Michigan and past President of the West Michigan Turnaround Management Association.
Rabih Jamal, CTP has more than 10 years of experience in business leadership and management. With an MBA from Grand Valley State University and a B.S. in Engineering from The University of Michigan, he serves as a Managing Partner at DWH and holds the Certified Turnaround Professional designation.
After graduation from The University of Michigan, Rabih worked as an engineer for a tier-one automotive supplier for two years before pursuing his entrepreneurial interests. He purchased a distressed business, which was successfully turned around, and which he continues to own. Hard work, discipline and attention to employing best business practices contributed to the successful turnaround. These attributes are now combined with DWH protocols and personnel to assist our clients with their challenges.
While at DWH, Rabih has focused on business consulting, including managing client turnarounds, wind-downs and exits, strategic and tactical planning, debt and capital restructuring, and succession/transition planning. He has served in advisory as well as interim management roles where he assumed responsibility for day-to-day leadership and management challenges. He has also assumed responsibility for much of the leadership and day-to-day management of DWH.
Rabih is involved with Grand Valley State University’s Seidman School of Business Alumni Board, the Association for Corporate Growth Board, and is on Spectrum Health’s Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board.
David Nemes has more than 15 years of experience in consulting, financial analysis, entrepreneurship, accounting, and problem solving within a broad array of industries. David earned B.S. degrees in Accounting and Finance from Miami University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing).
He assists our clients with business turnaround, start-up, growth management, and sale advisory. David has a specialty in financial analysis/modeling, which helps facilitate decision-making and improve operational effectiveness. He also assists public sector clients with analyzing and assessing institutional risk.
David has founded and operated his own businesses, allowing him to understand many of the day-to-day challenges facing DWH clients. As a business operator, he developed comprehensive operational structure and procedures, and has taken strategic business plans from conceptualization to implementation. David has worked with the FDIC for the past 8 years. During the height of the financial crisis, he advised the FDIC on resolving failed financial institutions, and more recently is helping to assess and manage the residual loss share liabilities resulting from the bank failures.
With an extensive finance and operations background, Monica King has over 15 years of experience with companies of varying size and industry, in locations across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Monica earned her B.A. in Accountancy from Western Michigan University and has an extensive background with business acquisitions, divestitures & dissolutions, start-ups, and systems implementations. After spending a significant amount of her career in various management roles with Fortune 500 companies, Monica established and operated her own business advisory firm focusing on small business growth ad stabilization. Through this work, she engaged with DWH through a mutual project and quickly learned they had a great connection and aligned in core philosophies and values. It was an easy decision for her to join the team soon after.
Since joining DWH, she has assisted clients with a wide-range of business advisory and leadership services including interim executive coverage, management transition support, organizational development and reorganization, financial reporting and modeling, continuous improvement project management or execution, and financial forensics.
Emma Baranowski has more than 15 years of experience in administrative positions and received her B.S. in Communications from Grand Valley State University.
She is responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration of the firm, with responsibilities that encompass many aspects of the business. Emma handles the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and billing functions for DWH. She also administers various human resources plans and procedures for all company personnel and assists in the development and implementation of company policies and procedures.
In addition to providing administrative support to internal team members, Emma also assists clients with financial and data analysis to facilitate decision-making.
Emma is highly involved in the community, holding positions on various race committees including the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and Michigan Titanium.
Don Bittner has more than 30 years of experience in operations and business development, and holds his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, majoring in finance and his B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University where he majored in business. As a senior executive Don has extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation, organizational development, supply chain activities, and continuous improvement initiatives. He has maintained financial responsibility for domestic operations of a $200 million multi-national company, assisted in the development of joint ventures and strategic alliances, and has also been part of restructuring a privately-held supplier, allowing them to re-enter the automotive sector.
At DWH, Don focuses on assisting our clients with interim management, business restructuring and turnaround, operational improvement, and organizational and leadership development. His hands-on experience in business operations has been pivotal in improving distressed business enterprises or those in transitional growth stages. Don is also skilled in strategy formulation and implementation, sales growth and commercial activities, change management, and organizational development, with an ability to lead and unify individuals from multiple backgrounds toward a common goal.
Don is active in the community, serving on the St. Robert of Newminster Pastoral Council and taking part in support of God’s Kitchen and the Congregational Partnership Program (Salvation Army) in Grand Rapids.
Ben Borisch has over 15 years of experience in accounting, finance, operations, and human resources roles with several privately held companies. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Davenport University.
Ben helps business owners understand the fundamental problems their businesses face and provides them with tools to help them solve these problems. Ben has extensive experience with cost accounting in a variety of industries and builds useful models to show business owners the costs of running their business and the impact certain decisions might have on those costs.
As a consultant, Ben has served in interim CFO and HR Manager roles in a wide variety of companies, such as an oil and natural gas equipment distributor, a watersport dealership, and a commercial painting company. He has also been brought on by clients to lead special projects such as strategic planning, executive recruiting, aircraft financing and registration, and liquor licensing.
Rob Burch has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in private, public and private equity capital structures. He has developed strong customer relationships to achieve top line growth, and developed a keen understanding of the relationships between the product or service and commercial and supply chain parts of the business and how those results are reflected in the financial model. Rob earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and holds a Certification in Production and Inventory Management.
In addition to providing supervision and coaching for operations and supply chain management consultants within the firm, Rob performs interim general and operational management for clients. His areas of expertise include process re-engineering, corrective action system development and implementation, leadership development, assessment, diligence and acquisition, technology implementation, project management and process re-engineering, and development and implementation of top-line growth initiatives.
Rob is effective in communicating challenges and building alignment and energy with leadership teams and front line employees to meet goals, especially in the midst of challenging financial situations many companies face. By leveraging current team members and bringing in new resources, he is able to drive improvement in the short-term followed with systems that ensure on-going performance improvements.
Steve Coutré has more than 25 years of experience in IT systems implementation and project management, structural design, and construction project management. Steve earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. His focus is on assisting DWH clients with the evaluation of business systems and processes, and then designing and implementing software and business process solutions to meet unique needs.
Steve has been engaged as an interim IT Manager where responsibilities included development and implementation of a streamlined time reporting system and estimating and project management system. He also has a substantial background in engineering design, construction project management, and custom programming.
With a proven track record of improving internal information systems, Steve helps clients enhance data integrity and improve efficiency, while ensuring end users’ needs are served by their internal information systems. He has played an integral role in developing DWH protocols and systems for financial modeling and data analysis, allowing the firm to provide clients the necessary tools to generate timely and relevant financial data to facilitate better decision-making and to improve communication.
Dave De Young
Dave De Young has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing, finance, technology, logistics, and business development roles. With a B.B.A in Finance and Economics from Western Michigan University, Dave is a highly experienced professional manager having worked within a national bank holding company and within an international manufacturing holding company. He held a wide range of positions, including CEO, CIO, CFO, Director of Business Development and Director of Logistics. Dave excels in roles requiring executive leadership, operational management, financial governance, accounting operations, product pricing, mergers and divestitures, and general business analysis.
Dave’s experience as a CEO and CFO allows him to work with companies as they look to improve their financial governance, and undertake growth initiatives, including business strategy development, new products and markets, and business model redesign.
His CIO experience includes managing the delivery of IT & Telecom services to 20+ locations in three countries and management of $4+ million in technology expenditures annually. Dave assists DWH clients across various industries with their IT & telecom operations, implementation, and development initiatives.
Dave currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Imagine Charter High School and Loutit District Library. He is the former board chair for the Greater Ottawa County United Way where he previously held roles as treasurer, executive committee member, and chair of volunteerism. He has also served as board member and treasurer for the Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and March of Dimes Campaign co-chair.
Marianne Fey has over 35 years of experience in business leadership, sales and marketing, and building and growing organizations both as an entrepreneur and as a senior corporate executive. Prior to joining DWH, she was a senior executive at global agency McCann Erickson where she gained deep experience in the automotive sector both in retail and brand building. Through her career at McCann, Marianne built and managed a nationwide field sales organization, led all marketing activity for three major automotive brands including two that were global, led a technology team that delivered a groundbreaking and cost saving system to a global client. She started her career as an entrepreneur, growing a small regional advertising agency into a national retail advertising powerhouse, eventually selling to McCann.
Marianne earned her B.A. from Oakland University and her MBA from Michigan State University. She is a Lifetime member of Leadership Detroit, a past recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” and a multiple recipient of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in North America. Marianne is a Trustee on the Oakland University Board of Trustees. She is active in the entrepreneurial start-up community and is a corporate advisor to tech start-ups through Tech Town Detroit, having also coached start-ups at Tech Town’s Venture Accelerator program. She is on the Board of Invest Michigan, a 501C3 organization that manages the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 supporting Michigan based entrepreneurs and is a Michigan Angel investor herself. Marianne is also an emeritus Trustee of Detroit Public Television (PBS), an organization who’s Board she served on for 13 years.
At DWH, Marianne is a team lead for the company’s trademark Assessments. She also leads clients through sales and marketing strategy planning and providing ongoing oversight to ensure growth. She brings her successful record of building and growing organizations to help companies as they prepare for a sale or transition, and also advises and leads post sale transition teams. In addition, Marianne helps to grow DWH’s relationships and presence in Southeastern Michigan.
With an extensive background in accounting and financial leadership, Ron Lebiecki has more than 40 years of distinguished performance and experience with manufacturing and distribution companies of varying size and industry. He has a proven track record in reorganizing, streamlining, and strengthening financial and accounting processes to maximize performance and profitability.
Ron earned his B.B.A. in Accountancy and his M.B.A. from Western Michigan University. He has an extensive background in accounting, financial reporting and analysis, cost control and containment, budgeting and forecasting, cash management, process improvement, staff development, and reorganization. After spending a significant amount of his career in controllership positions with small and mid-sized manufacturing companies, Ron went on to an executive leadership position as the General Manager of a multi-state greenhouse cooperative. He provided oversight for strategic planning and execution, customer and supplier relations, financial management, business development, marketing and sales, logistics, procurement and employee relations.
Later in his career, he held managerial accounting and finance positions for global Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. His passion for producing consistently reliable, accurate and timely financial reporting and analysis and cost control and containment were exemplified there and enabled him to be a highly regarded member of those management teams.
Ron has demonstrated skill in establishing and managing key resources and creating cross-functional relationships to sustain and grow sales and profitability across an organization. His hands-on approach and attention to detail have enabled him to drive change, develop team harmony and cohesiveness and ultimately produce process improvement throughout all functional areas.
Jim Mullen has a history of working in program management and sales management with small businesses. He has founded a venture capital backed company focused on healthcare logistics, and managed software development. Most recently, Jim worked for a technology-based software-as-a-service company as a program manager where oversaw software development, sales, implementation, training, and customer service. He worked with executive team and Board of Directors through an asset acquisition to publicly traded acquirers.
As a consultant, Jim has taken on several roles varying from program management, product definition, management transition, and corporate contract negotiations. At DWH, he focuses on company turnaround assessment and implementation. Jim pulls from his background in management and sales to work with clients in developing and implementing business cycles. He also works with teams through management transitions as new leadership takes on roles and responsibilities.
Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and he has also worked as a controls engineer in the automotive industry.
With over 25 years of experience, JP Norkus applies his commercial banking background, which included relationship management, special assets, and regional credit approval, to DWH clients across a wide variety of industries. JP holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Grand Valley State University and an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University.
At DWH, JP serves clients in a variety of capacities, including roles as a Chief Restructuring Officer, Court-appointed Receiver, Project Team Leader, and Advisor to Board of Directors. Areas of emphasis include turnaround and crisis management, profit enhancement, creditor negotiations, and post-acquisition integration. In each engagement, he focuses on communicating in an aligned manner with all stakeholders to develop and implement financial and operational restructuring strategies to improve performance, minimize risk, and maximize recovery value.
In his team lead roles within DWH, JP continuously demonstrates his ability to balance urgency with seasoned cross-disciplinary judgment to achieve maximum benefit to all stakeholders. He has faced challenging business situations where he successfully devised and implemented turnaround and restructuring plans that created value and restored performance within client companies.
Craig Scott has more than 25 years of experience in diverse working environments in leadership and corporate executive rolls. He has extensive experience with new business start-ups, divestitures, post-merger integration, turnarounds, receiverships, product and process innovation, operations, value engineering, strategic sourcing, project management, and sales. Craig earned a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Michigan University and has completed his MBA course work from Kennedy Western University. Craig assists DWH clients with improving their operating performance through strategic and tactical planning, restructuring, and plan implementation through the employment of leadership development, lean manufacturing principles, management tools, and technology.
Craig has substantial hands-on experience in business operations, and is well-versed in financial tools that are foundational for senior management roles, particularly distressed business enterprises or those in transitional growth stages. He has served in interim COO roles, including the stabilization of businesses and the implementation of divestitures to position organizations to execute organic and acquisition growth strategies. As an executive in leadership rolls, Craig has simultaneously overseen multiple cross-functional business areas, including purchasing, IT, HR, engineering, maintenance, scheduling, and all direct labor staff.
Craig understands the complexities business owners and managers face day-to-day, allowing him to thrive in dynamic and fluid environments, whether working in organizational growth or restructuring situation.
Dan Spiegel has more than 25 years of manufacturing experience including Tier 1 automotive, construction equipment, office furniture, aluminum ships, and lithium ion batteries. He received his Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree from The University of Michigan, graduating cum laude, and his Master of Business Administration with majors in Finance and Marketing from The Kelly School of Business. Dan has served as a manufacturing engineer, financial analyst, and many manufacturing leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer of a $188 million ship builder.
Dan has lead the Lean journey with several companies and has a thorough hands-on working knowledge of the Toyota Production System. He has participated in over 60 kaizen events with dramatic improvements such as 85% reduction in tool change over time (SMED event) and 16% year-over-year productivity improvement for the entire company.
With Dan’s strong finance experience coupled with Operations Leadership experience including COO (full P&L), global supply chain and sourcing, engineering, new product development, extensive lean manufacturing, accounting, sales and marketing, he supports DWH with consulting and interim management roles.
Bruce Townsley has more than 35 years of accounting experience in controllership positions in small to mid-size manufacturing, beverage distribution, transportation and warehouse operations. He holds the Certified Management Accountant designation and earned his B.S. in accounting from Wright State University.
At DWH, Bruce assists clients with financial analysis, cash flow management and the development and use of effective financial models and decision tools. His extensive experience allows for a short learning curve when working with new clients, allowing him to accomplish accounting tasks efficiently, while also training and mentoring financial staff within client organizations.
Bruce has served in interim CFO roles for companies such as an electronic circuit board manufacturer, heavy steel manufacturer, marketing research firm, wholesale tool supplier, and a temporary employment agency. He has also provided turnaround and restructure services to distressed companies such as an aluminum extrusion manufacturer, inner city retail grocery chain, residential furniture manufacturer, powder coated wood manufacturer, commercial pump manufacturer, professional employment agency, food wholesaler and retail gasoline/convenient store chain.
Chris VanBergen has over 10 years of experience in administrative and marketing positions. After earning her B.B.A. in Marketing from Grand Valley State University, Chris took on roles where she was responsible for general administration and company support, firm development, and the production of marketing collateral.
Much of Chris’s background centers around client communication and interaction, including media placement and press releases, conferences and presentations, and special events. At DWH she brings this expertise, and is heavily involved in the firm’s business development efforts. She is also responsible for providing support to internal staff related to project reporting, processes and protocols, and business development needs.
Chris is involved in many of the firm’s community outreach initiatives, and is involved with the John Ball Zoo, YWCA, and Junior Achievement.
Rachel Wilbourn has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance roles in the automotive and aerospace industries. She spent many years in a variety of lead and supervisory roles and gained extensive experience as a cost accountant and financial analyst. Most recently, she completed a certification in Government Contracts Accounting from George Mason University. Rachel earned both her B.B.A and M.B.A in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
Rachel has extensive finance and accounting experience across the automotive and aerospace industries, including work as a lead financial analyst at a multi-billion-dollar power management company. She has led the implementation of key system conversions and excels at budget management, financial consolidation & analysis, and process improvement. Rachel also has experience with and foundational knowledge and application of government contract accounting.
Rachel’s focus at DWH is on providing various accounting and finance services; interim controller and staff coverage; reporting, analysis & modeling; project execution; and other business advisory services in the public, private, and government space.