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 being on the Board of 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 13 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 7 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 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, including responsibility for locations across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Monica earned her B.A. in Accountancy from Western Michigan University and has several years of experience with business start-ups, acquisitions, divestitures and dissolutions, and systems implementations. Her focus at DWH is on assisting clients with business advisory and leadership services, interim executive coverage, financial analysis, modeling, and reporting.
Monica’s experience in finance, operations, and project management allow her to provide services to execute and support continuous improvement, cost control and containment, and staff development and reorganization. She is also well-versed in project execution, financial leadership, reporting and modeling, and other business advisory services.
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 a position with the Kent County Girls on the Run. She is also involved with the Grand Rapids and Michigan Junior Chambers of Commerce and the Michigan Titanium Race Committee.
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.
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 30 years of experience in a variety of financial, technology, logistics, and business development roles. With a B.B.A in Finance and Economics from Western Michigan University, Dave has worked for multi-national companies, holding a variety of positions, including Manager of Information Systems, CFO, and Director of Logistics. Dave also excels in financial governance, accounting operations, product pricing, and business analysis.
With his technology experience, including the management of over $4 million in technology expenditures annually, Dave assists DWH clients across various industries with their IT & telcom operations, implementation, and development. His work includes virtualized processing, data storage and enterprise backup systems, disaster recovery, VoIP telephony, network security and WAN systems. Dave’s experience as a CFO allows him to work with companies as they look to improve their financial governance, as well as assist with growth initiatives, including business strategy development, new products and markets, and business model redesign.
Dave currently serves as board chair of Greater Ottawa County United Way and has previously held the role of treasurer, executive committee member, and volunteer committee chair. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Imagine Charter High School and Loutit District Library. 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 30 years of experience in business management, 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, managed all marketing activity for three major automotive brands including two that were global, and led a technology team that delivered a groundbreaking and cost saving system to a global client that earned her the coveted McCann Worldgroup Global Entrepreneur award. 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 M.B.A. from Michigan State University. She is a Lifetime member of Leadership Detroit and a past recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40”. Marianne is on the board of Detroit Public Television (PBS) where she currently chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. 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 also on the Board of Invest Michigan, a 501C3 organization that manages the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 supporting Michigan based entrepreneurs.
At DWH, Marianne leads clients through sales and marketing strategy planning, providing ongoing oversight to ensure growth. She brings her successful record of building and managing teams and 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.
Bryan Ford has more than 25 years of commercial banking experience, primarily focused in commercial loan workout as both a relationship manager and divisional market manager for banks both small and large. He received his B.B.A. degree from Eastern Michigan University and has served as an asset based loan officer as well as a mortgage backed security trader.
At DWH, Bryan’s practice focus is on helping client leadership to improve their operational performance and risk mitigation through strategic planning and implementation. He draws from his extensive banking experience to assist clients as they navigate through restructures or ownership transitions, advising on the types of reporting a lender expects and then working with clients to enhance the information and communications they provide. He also helps clients understand the risks they may face caused by current and proposed financing structures, and works with them to mitigate business risk within their organization.
Bryan also plays an integral role in the growth and development of DWH in Southeastern Michigan.
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. He also has earned the Certified Turnaround Professional (“CTP”) designation as well as the Chartered Financial Analysts (“CFA”) designation.
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 20 years of experience in diverse working environments with divestitures, post-merger integration, turnarounds, 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 M.B.A. 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, 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 a business and the implementation of a divestiture of two business units to position the organization to execute organic and acquisition growth strategy. As a Director of Operations, Craig oversaw 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 a growth or restructuring situation.
Beth Short has more than 15 years of experience in accounting, project management, and administration. Beth earned her B.B.A. from Baker College and her M.B.A. from Cornerstone University. She has substantial background in cash flow modeling, financial analysis, and procedure development in automotive, construction, service, recreational, and commercial & residential real-estate operations.
In addition to serving as the Controller for DWH, Beth focuses on financial management and receivership services for our clients. She has extensive experience with receiverships across a broad spectrum of industries, and is well-versed in auditing and prioritizing creditor claims, complying with and completing reporting for courts, and communicating with creditors, governmental agencies, vendors, employees, and legal teams.
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, 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, 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 holds positions on the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the John Ball Zoo event committees.
Dan Vollink has over 35 years of sales and marketing experience with extensive practice in the areas of product, service, business, and real estate development. Mr. Vollink earned his B.B.A. from Grand Valley State University and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Michigan. At DWH, his focus is on assisting clients with market analysis, valuations, and the identification and evaluation of alternative courses of action.
Dan’s experience in a broad range of business environments has provided him extensive negotiations experience in products and real property, and a deep knowledge of residential and commercial real estate markets, with special skills as relates to the development and redevelopment of real property. He is able to supplement traditional valuation assessment tools with supply and demand characteristics, by both real estate asset classes as well as by geographical area. Dan also is skilled in contract review, development, and negotiations, and has a demonstrated ability to assess alternative courses of action as well as creative methods of obtaining desired outcomes.