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 has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Accounting, Business & Finance at Wofford College. He is a board member of Liberty Fellowship SC and is a resident of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Lindsay, and their four children.
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.
Consultants and Active Affiliates
Senior Consulting Affiliate
At WGP: Brittany has led engagements in the food, retail, automotive, industrial, and construction materials sectors. She has strong change management, strategy, and organizational leadership experience.
Career experience: Accenture Strategy, independent consultant.
Educational background: Vanderbilt BA, University of Chicago MBA
At WGP: Paul has experience in engagement topics including program management, change management, product strategy, automotive, operations, and distribution services.
Career experience: As a Manager at Elliott Davis, LLC, Paul provided consulting services related to growth strategy, large-scale transformation, mergers and acquisitions, and process improvement. Additionally, engagement experience included extensive strategic financial modeling and business valuation services across several industries including manufacturing and distribution, retail, automotive, and food processing.
Educational background: BS in Financial Management, Minor in Accounting, Magna cum laude, Clemson University
At WGP: Carrie has experience in engagement topics including industrial strategy, hazmat compliance, program management, and government services.
Career experience: Automotive supply chain and logistics at Arrival and BMW Manufacturing
Educational background: Bachelor’s degrees in Operations Management and German from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Clemson University.
At WGP: Alex is a broadly skilled finance professional and consulting associate who has engagement experience across a variety of sectors including automotive aftermarket, construction, distribution services, manufacturing, and private equity.
Career experience: Financial Analyst, American Credit Acceptance
Educational background: Bachelor’s Degree, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Master’s Degree in Finance, Georgetown University
At WGP: John has experience in engagements across the industrials, construction, and automotive aftermarket sectors; engaging in topics spanning product management, workforce development, procurement and fleet management.
Career experience: Catholic Relief Services, Head of Operations (Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan); United States Peace Corps; Union Pacific Railroad
Educational background: BSBA Accounting, BSBA Finance and Banking, Appalachian State University; Masters in Accounting, Iowa State University
At WGP: Connor has engagement experience at WGP on market research and strategy.
Career experience: Independent Real Estate Developer; Development Chemist and Business Technical Manager, Milliken & Company. Experience in product development, process improvement, and project management.
Educational background: BS in Chemistry and MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a focus on Business Negotiations, Clemson University
At WGP: Duncan has experience in engagement topics including the automotive aftermarket and construction industries.
Career Experience: At ADP, Duncan coordinated the evaluation of benefit plans, payroll technology, and HR strategy for small- to medium-sized businesses, while also managing systems implementation for clients.
Education: BA in Political Science, Minors in Accounting and History, Summa Cum Laude, Presbyterian College, CFA Program participant, Completed Level 1 in 2023, CFA Institute
At WGP:Ejona has experience in the construction, private equity, automotive aftermarket, and industrial sectors.
Career experience: University of Michigan, Research Assistant; Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism, Republic of Albania
Educational background: BS in Neuroscience, University of Michigan
At WGP: Hal is a business analyst with engagement experience in the automotive aftermarket and light manufacturing sectors.
Other experience: Warehousing, legal services, manufacturing
Education: BA, Finance Wofford College
Affiliate and Consultant Alumni Profiles (Example Professional Profiles)
Senior Consulting Affiliate
At WGP: Rich provided client support on implementation and project management efforts. His deep corporate experience provided practical underpinning for WGP client engagements.
Prior to WGP: Rich held numerous positions in corporate development, business unit strategy, marketing strategy, and corporate strategy at Milliken & Company over a career spanning decades.
Education: BS, Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee
At WGP: Dani was an Associate leading WGP’s work in textiles, food, and automotive aftermarket sectors on topics relating to strategy and transformation leadership.
Career experience: FIFCO, brand strategy, sales, and sales operations
Academic Profile: Bachelor’s Degree, Clemson University
Senior Operations Expert
At WGP: A very experienced Operations consultant, Larry has supported WGP’s mission on lean operations, supply chain, and strategy deployment efforts.
Career experience: McKinsey, KPMG, Accenture Strategy, Four40 Partners LLC
At WGP: Experienced consultant with direct banking, risk, strategy, and operations experience. Arina worked with WGP across numerous engagements in support of our client mission.
Career experience: Sberbank, Liberty Mutual, other sales expertise.
Academic Profile: Bachelors and Masters degrees in management from Moscow State University, Faculty of Public Administration. MBA degree from Clemson University.
At WGP: Billy joined WGP as a business analyst. He supported WGP’s strategy and industry analysis work.
Career experience: Moody’s Wofford Wash, Independent Consultant.
Academic Profile: Bachelors Degree, Wofford College
Senior Consulting Affiliate
At WGP: Bud led engagements 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.
Before WGP: Bud was Chief Financial Officer of Milliken & Company’s Performance Products Division. 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.
Education: Bud received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and his Master of International Business Studies degree from the University of South Carolina.
Strategy and Transformation
At WGP: Experienced consultant with extensive pricing, operations, and strategy expertise. Supported WGP engagements in the basic materials and industrials sectors.
Career experience: McKinsey, AlixPartners, Startups, Independent consulting, Equitium Group
Academic Profile: MS, MIT, MBA, MIT.
Senior Consulting Affiliate
At WGP: A very experienced entrepreneurial leader, Brad led engagements in the telecommunications services and retail construction sectors.
Career experience: Multiple startup and early-stage ventures, BlackBaud, Inc. The Studer Group, Huron, Inc.
Academic Profile: BA, Dartmouth; MBA Harvard Business School
Experienced P&L Leader
At WGP: A hybrid operator / consultant, Rick brought a true P&L owner’s view of strategy and operations to WGP. He led engagements in strategy valuation and other strategic areas.
Career experience: NCH Corporation, Milliken & Company, other marketing, sales, and strategy roles.
Academic Profile: MBA, Dartmouth; BS, MIT
Visionary Marketing and Change Leader
At WGP: Supported WGP’s market analysis and marketing initiatives. Outstanding and visionary change leader.
Career experience: Brand management consultant, PIM Brands; McKinsey; PWC
Academic Profile: MBA, Dartmouth; Bachelors, Universidad Catolica Argentina
Senior Consulting Affiliate
At WGP: Bill has led engagements in the healthcare and consulting sectors for WGP. He has a proven record of C-level leadership on growth and operational excellence in both commercial for-profit and non-profit technology organizations.
Career experience: DEC, Dun &Bradstreet, multiple entrepreneurial ventures. Operating, board, and advisory roles in healthcare, telecom, utilities, electronic publishing, advanced materials, and applied R&D vertical markets.
At WGP: Very experienced strategic and financial leader. Michael led engagements for WGP in the Telecommunications, consumer goods, industrial, retail, and education spaces with focus on financial, operational, and sales leadership.
Career experience: Operational ownership in the recycling industry, Managing Director of a regional investment banking firm, PWC audit manager, strategy consultant with Arthur Andersen.
Academic Profile: Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Notre Dame; MBA, Wharton