Geoff has broad experience in private equity, management consulting, and corporate strategy leadership roles. His capability and experience set spans strategic, financial, and organizational initiatives in institutions large and small. Thematically, Geoff focuses on enlightened approaches to strategy, performance, and leadership.
Geoff is Founder and Principal of Wilson Growth Partners, LLC (WGP). WGP is a strategic advisory firm with a focus on serving clients on strategic revenue growth, performance improvement, and transformational change initiatives.
Prior to founding WGP, Geoff was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development at Milliken & Company, an innovation-driven diversified manufacturing company with businesses in the specialty chemicals, textiles, performance materials, and floor covering sectors. At Milliken, he led corporate strategy, M&A, and special initiatives. Prior to Milliken, Geoff was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he was an acknowledged thought leader at the intersection of corporate finance, strategy, and operations through his work as a leader of the firm’s Capital Productivity practice. Geoff has also held financial analyst roles with Comerica Ventures, Imperial Bancorp, and UBS/PaineWebber.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Geoff was a 3 year letter winner and 30-game starter as a football player at Stanford. He subsequently received his MBA degree with high distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Geoff is fellow of Liberty Fellowship SC, an affiliate of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is an Adjunct Instructor of Accounting, Business & Finance at Wofford College. He is a board member of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra; and is a resident of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Lindsay, and their four children.
Bud is a Consultant at WGP with broad experience in leadership roles across a range of functional areas in industrial markets extending from specialty chemicals to commercial interiors through to technical textiles. He has a deep experience base in finance, operations, sales, marketing and general management. Fundamentally, while Bud believes strongly in fact based, expertly synthesized strategy, he also knows from years of experience that great strategy must be followed by superb execution. In the final analysis, elegant strategy must pass the experience-based feasibility test.
Prior to joining WGP, Bud was Chief Financial Officer of Milliken & Company’s Performance Products Division. As CFO, Bud had responsibility for financial planning, analysis and strategy for the Division’s diverse portfolio of businesses. Prior to the Division CFO role, Bud led three Milliken business units, two international and one domestic. Bud began his business career BASF AG in the US and in Germany in largely Finance roles. After BASF but before Milliken, Bud worked for FMC Corporation in its Global Lithium Chemical Business in Finance, Operations, IT and Business Development roles.
Bud received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and his Master of International Business Studies degree from the University of South Carolina. International work has been a hallmark of Bud’s academic and professional life with extended living and working assignments in France, Germany and China.
Bud has been involved most recently in a mentorship program for micro entrepreneurs in Spartanburg’s Northside Community. The program is known as StartMe Spartanburg and has just graduated its inaugural cohort of entrepreneurs. Bud is a resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Donlyn, and their two children.
Rick is a consultant at WGP with broad leadership experience in general management and strategic marketing accumulated over 22 years in industrial and building products markets. Rick believes strongly that successful and long-term-sustainable business strategies require the courage to overcome systematic, but often disregarded, barriers to growth and the flexibility to adapt and evolve with the changing environment in which they are implemented.
Prior to joining WGP, Rick was President/General Manager of Brasscraft Manufacturing Company, a Masco Corporation company. As President, Rick led the global building products manufacturing company. Prior to Brasscraft, Rick held various executive roles with Milliken & Company including the Managing Director for EMEA as well as leading two Milliken business units. Rick joined Milliken & Company after leading LSP Products Group, an NCH Corporation company, through a financial and strategic turnaround as its President. Prior to LSP, Rick started his career in functional marketing roles including product management, marketing communications, sales enablement, demand generation, and channel management with several public and private companies as well as management consulting with a focus on helping clients work through strategic marketing challenges.
He received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Bachelor of Science degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rick has worked and lived extensively around the globe managing three businesses with global operations including an international assignment in Europe.
Rick supports increasing Hispanic representation in STEM careers through his involvement with the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and in business as a Fellow for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. He lives in Waxhaw, NC with his wife, Alyssa, and their 2 kids.
Valeria is a Consultant at WGP with extensive experience in the Consumer Goods and Financial Services industries, specialized in new product development and commercialization, business development, marketing and sales.
Prior to working with WGP, Valeria was a Brand Management consultant for PIM Brands, one of the top 100 global candy companies, where she provided strategic advice to C-level executives and flawlessly led multiple new product introductions for Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Juicefuls and Sour Jacks, as well as process improvements and expansion into foreign countries. Prior to this, she held Brand Management leadership roles with P&L responsibility at Reckitt Benckiser and Procter & Gamble, where she managed several new product launches and marketing campaigns. She also held Marketing positions at financial services firms like TIAA and Citicards, was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an auditor and financial analyst at PriceWaterhouse Coopers.
Her professional experience spans 7 countries, including the Unites States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, where she conducted business in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Valeria received her Bachelor in Business Administration and Finance degrees from Universidad Catolica Argentina, with honors, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Most recently, Valeria became involved with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, where she leads an educational program for Hispanic business owners, coordinating multiple constituencies that include government and corporate sponsors, partner educational organizations, and a team of coaches and instructors.
Michael is a consultant with Wilson Growth Partners, LLC (WGP), a strategic advisory firm. Michael has deep experience working with and advising middle-market companies in their strategic, financial and operational initiatives.
Prior to working with WGP, Michael held executive leadership roles with operating companies in the recycling industry. Michael was most recently President of a regional recycling company where he was recruited to grow the supply network to supply a top 5 global auto manufacturer with spent catalyst for reclamation. Prior to that, Michael was CFO of a regional recycling company which he co-founded and grew to $30 million in revenue.
Prior to the recycling companies, Michael was Managing Director of a regional investment banking firm where he advised closely‐held and middle‐market companies and their management teams on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, structured financings and ESOPs. He serves clients in numerous industries including technology, manufacturing, business services, and healthcare.
Michael began his career with Price Waterhouse, serving as an audit manager in their Atlanta, Georgia office. Michael has held the role of Strategy Consultant with Arthur Andersen’s Strategic Services group and was the 3rd employee of a fintech start-up, which was sold to a Fortune 100 company, where he served as Director of Finance.
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Lindsay Wilson is a Research Associate at Wilson Growth Partners. Her research efforts have included work in the industrial materials, materials science, and biotechnology sectors.
She began working in the technology and applied science research and consulting industry in 1999 and has published 13 white paper Insights (some collaborative) on topics including peer-to-peer computing, humanoid robotic interfaces, and biometric integration with smart devices. Lindsay’s prior experience includes working briefly as a sales rep for Pfizer, Inc.; as a business analyst and consultant for SRI Consulting; and a research associate at the Center for Private Equity at the Tuck School of Business.
Lindsay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, where she was a 7-time All American swimmer and a member of three NCAA national championship teams, including one as team co-captain her senior year.
A native of Santa Clarita, California, Lindsay lives in Spartanburg, SC. In her spare time she enjoys coaching. Her coaching roles have ranged from postgraduate assistant role at Stanford University to an assistant coaching role at Dartmouth College, to her current role as a coach for the YSSC Swim Club in Spartanburg. She also trains for and competes in U.S. Master’s swimming events.
Operations and Administration
Gay Seidenfaden is Operations Manager at WGP. She brings years of expertise in management of growing businesses.
She came to WGP after a twenty-seven-year career in the financial services industry. Gay started her career at Merrill Lynch. She has also owned and managed several diversified businesses ranging from financial services to telecommunications services to restaurants; where she has managed sales, accounting, compliance, budgets, and personnel development.
Gay is a resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Karen is an Executive Assistant at Wilson Growth Partners, where she helps keep the organization running in a timely manner.
In addition to Karen’s duties at WGP, she also provides executive assistant support to other organizations via her company, Awan’s Assisting.
She has previously held positions with Zirtual and with Pacific Heritage Academy.
Karen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University