Bob Watson has over 25 years experience
as a senior operations executive, entrepreneur, technology
innovator, strategic planner and investment banker.
As H. Roark's managing principal, Bob guides the direction
and growth of the firm while supporting the various operational
activities. In the Strategic Advisory Group he participates
in overall strategy development and provides the primary interface
with the financial community; guiding the advertising and
promotion of client companies within the secondary capital
Bob's career experiences include the founding of two high-tech electronics companies, Rangemaster Golf Enterprises and Novatek Technology Corporation, and serving as Chairman and CEO of publically held Amistar Corp (AMTA.PK). As a founding managing director of Hunter Wise Financial Group he developed the strategy and business model for a new innovative investment banking firm. At Phoenix Systems and Technologies
he led the acquisition, turnaround and restructuring of a
$20 million electronics manufacturing company operating under
chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. He was a highly successful
project manager at Hughes Aircraft managing the development
of a $150 million satellite communications project. Prior
to Hughes he held technical management positions at Aerojet
Electrosystems Company, Allied Signal Corporation, EG&G
and Lockheed Electronics Company.
Bob received his MBA degree from Pepperdine University's
Graziadio School of Business and Management. He holds
an MS degree in Physics from the University of Wyoming
and a BS degree in Physics from Stephen F. Austin University.
Bob is active in numerous professional organizations
including the Forum for Corporate Directors, Association
for Corporate Growth, and the Pepperdine University
Alumni Association. He holds Series 24 and Series 62
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Michael Anderson has more than 10 years of professional experience in finance and operations management. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive having founded and managed a number of successful business enterprises. For the last five years, he has served as a consultant specializing in financial and strategic turnarounds to protect owners’ equity.
He was the founder and managing partner of Eclipse Corporate Development, which helped start-up, rapidly growing, crises-plagued, and turnaround companies successfully move to the next level. Earlier in his career, Mr. Anderson founded and led four companies in California and Nevada ranging from a regional distribution operation to an imaging supply company.
Michael is an adjunct faculty member in the undergraduate and graduate business management programs at the University of Nevada, Reno. He teaches courses in strategic planning and turnarounds. His students consistently win the Top 20 Global Business Strategy Game Competition award sponsored by McGraw-Hill.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree. He was also an examiner for the Nevada Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence (APEX), a state-level Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology. He served more than 3 years as a business coach for the Silver & Gold Venture Capital Conference and a judge for the Governors Cup Student Business Plan Competition.
Michael is a member of the Young Venture Capital Society, and a Director of the Nevada Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. He is the TMA Chapter's 2007-10 program committee chair. In 2008, he was awarded the Nevada Small Turnaround Professional of the Year Award.
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Steve Ferraro has over 10 years
of consulting experience in manufacturing, service, Internet
and web-hosting industries. Assignments have included interim
CFO, financial analysis, business valuation, capital budgeting,
forecasting, strategic positioning and capital acquisition.
He has also advised both buyers and sellers in control transactions.
Companies benefited from analysis of their organizations,
competition, industry trends, and improved financial management.
Steve is a member of H. Roark's Strategic Advisory Group
as well as providing financial analysis support to all groups
within the firm. He is also an Associate Professor of Finance
at Pepperdine University where he teaches Corporate Finance,
Mergers and Acquisitions, Valuation, and Financial Statement
Analysis, all at the MBA level. He has publications in top
tier finance journals related to asset restructuring and is
currently working on takeover defense and financial restructuring
Steve holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, and
MBA from Brigham Young University, and a B.A. from the University
of Utah. Professional designations earned include Certified
Cash Manager (CCM) granted through the Treasury Management
Association. He is also a 3rd level Chartered Financial Analyst
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Denny Roja is a principal of H. Roark &
Company. Concurrently, he is the managing director of
Acuity Ventures, a venture capital fund in Palo Alto,
California focusing on newly emerging and startup technology
companies, and chairman and CEO of Blue Wave Technologies,
Inc., a technology software company.
Prior to joining H. Roark & Company and Acuity
Ventures, he was an attorney specializing in corporate,
securities and mergers and acquisitions law for technology
startups and emerging growth companies for the Enterprise
Law Group and Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson &
Horn. Admitted to the California Bar, he also served
as Vice President-General Counsel and Chief Financial
Officer for three emerging growth companies, including
Aplex, Inc., a semiconductor equipment company and two
software companies: Portal Bay, Inc. and Why Not Creations,
Prior to practicing law, Denny was a corporate finance
executive and an investment banker specializing in mergers
and acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliance
transactions for twenty years. As an investment banker,
he has negotiated and closed more than fifty merger
& acquisition, strategic alliance and financing
transactions. He served as Executive Vice President
and Managing Director of Harris Roja Corporation, a
spin-off from Hambrecht & Quist that specialized
in high technology mergers & acquisitions, strategic
partnering and business valuation. He was later a principal
of NewCap Partners, Inc., a boutique investment banker.
Denny received an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a J.D.
from Fordham University School of Law, and an M.S. in
Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington.
He also completed a graduate fellowship in Industrial
Engineering and Operations Research at Georgia Institute
of Technology. He holds Seris 24, 28, 62 and 63 Securities
Denny has served as President of the Association for
Corporate Growth (ACG), Silicon Valley Chapter, and
presently serves on its Board of Directors. He has been
a board member of Portal Bay, Inc. and is presently
on the Board of Directors of the Asian Business Association,
the Science and Technology Advisory Council, and the
International Angel Investors Institute.
In 2000, he gained the distinction of being elected
to the Stanford University Alumni Multicultural Hall
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Bill Towne has over twenty-five years experience
as a senior financial and operations executive. He has extensive
experience in the international business arena including an
overseas assignment. He has also participated in raising over
$2 billion in a variety of financing vehicles.
He is a member of H. Roark's Corporate Finance and Valuation
Services Group where he develops financing plans, performs
financial due diligence and valuations that support strategic
analysis and merger and acquisition activities.
Bill's career experiences include CFO positions at four companies
that were all small to mid-cap public companies. He has undertaken
bank finances, high yield public debt, convertible debt, private
equity, IPOs, and secondary offerings as well as supporting
merger and acquisition activities. While CFO at Forstmann,
he restructured the balance sheet of this over leveraged company
and then conducted an IPO. At Leiner Health Products, he successfully
completed a recapitalization of the company. At International
Rectifier, he completed five acquisitions while raising $900
million in a secondary and convertible debt offering. Bill
also has ten years of manufacturing management experience
with Procter and Gamble.
Bill received his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business.
He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington
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Connie Tuerk has over thirty years of experience
in the middle-market merger/acquisition, valuation and financial
fields. His career experience includes operating his own firm,
Tuerk & Associates, for over 14 years and six years as
President of Geneva Research Corporation and Geneva Business
Services, the valuation and merger/acquisition subsidiaries
of The Geneva Companies, then wholly owned by Chemical Bank.
He is a member of H. Roark's senior advisory group specializing
in merger and acquisition transactions, valuation services
and growth strategies. His constant monitoring of the economic
environment, M&A transactions and capital markets contribute
significantly to the firms expertise in Monitor market companies.
Connie spent 15 years as an investment banker with Dominick
& Dominick and W.E. Hutton, Inc. and served as President
of a venture capital company where he turned around a troubled
portfolio, handled special investments and participated in
IPOs and mergers. During his career Connie performed or participated
in literally hundreds of business sales, acquisitions and
Connie holds a B.S. in Economics from Xavier University.
He was Co-Chair of the Tech Coast Corporate Investment Conference
sponsored by The Orange County Business Council in both 1999
and 2001. He is a past President of the Orange and Chicago
chapters of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).
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