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.
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
Consultants and Active Affiliates
At WGP: Bailey is a Business Analyst supporting WGP’s overall client agenda.
Career experience: UPS, LexisNexis, University of South Carolina School of Law, Robert J. Reeves, PC, The Crockett Law Offices
Academic Profile: Bachelor’s Degree, Michigan State University; MBA, University of South Carolina; JD, University of South Carolina
At WGP: Dani is a Business Analyst supporting WGP’s overall client agenda.
Career experience: FIFCO, brand strategy, sales, and sales operations
Academic Profile: Bachelor’s Degree, Clemson University
At WGP: A broadly experienced finance professional and business analyst. Alex has engagement experience in the automotive aftermarket, government services, and private equity sectors.
Career experience: Financial Analyst, American Credit Acceptance
Academic Profile: Bachelor’s Degree, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Master’s Degree in Finance, Georgetown University
Senior Consulting Affiliate
At WGP: A senior advisor on automotive and supply chain topics, Ernie has deep operations and supply chain expertise.
Career experience: McKinsey, Ernst & Young, General Motors
Educational background: MBA, University of Michigan; BSME, Case Western Reserve University
Senior Consulting Affiliate
At WGP: Very experienced consulting leader with broad strategy engagement experience and a particular expertise in digital transformation.
Career experience: Mckinsey, HP Enterprise Systems (EDS), multiple entrepreneurial ventures.
Academic Profile: BS, MS, PhD, University of Southern California
Senior Consulting Affiliate
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.
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.
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.
Finance, Strategy, and Sales Leadership
At WGP: Very experienced strategic and financial leader. Michael has led engagements for WGP in the Telecommunications and education spaces with focus on financial leadership 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
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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