Barry M. Zekelman
Chairman and CEO, John Maneely Company
Barry was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He received his early education in Windsor and later attended York University in Toronto, Ontario.
His University education was interrupted in 1986 with the sudden passing of his father, the late Harry Zekelman, when the ownership of Atlas Tube Inc. was assumed by Barry and his two brothers. Under Barry’s leadership Atlas Tube has grown from sales of $2m in 1986 to sales in excess of $1.2B today.
Due to his progressive initiatives with employee motivational tools such as gain sharing, lean initiatives, and continuous improvement programs, Atlas Tube Inc. has become the most efficient producer of structural steel tubing in the world.
In October 2006, John Maneely Co., a maker of steel tubing that is owned by private-equity giant Carlyle Group announced a merger with Atlas Tube Inc creating the largest independent tubing company in North America. In March of 2011 the Zekelmans’ purchased the remaining shares of JMC from Carlyle.
Today JMC Steel Group, the parent of Atlas Tube, Wheatland Tube, Energex and Picoma and Sharon Tube produces over 2.4 million tons per year and employs over 2600 people throughout the United States and Canada. Barry is currently the Chairman and CEO of JMC Steel Group and is responsible for taking the company to new heights.
Armand F. Lauzon, Jr.
Armand Lauzon is an accomplished CEO and Board member with a proven track record of consistently achieving significant returns for shareholders by quickly assessing and stabilizing turnarounds, balancing leadership focus on both commercial and operations to drive results, integrating multiple acquisitions, and building strong relationships with investors, lenders and customers.
For the past 13 years he served as CEO and Board Member for three portfolio companies of the Carlyle Group, one of the largest and most successful PE firms with $200+ billion in assets. His most recent role was CEO of Sequa Corporation, a current portfolio company of Carlyle, that was taken private in 2007 with three operating units: Chromalloy (leading supplier of technologically advanced repairs for the aerospace industry), Precoat Metals (largest independent metal coil coater in North America), and Sequa Automotive Group (manufacturer of inflators and sensors, sold in late 2012). He assumed a board seat at Sequa in 2007, became the acting COO in July 2008, and then CEO in December 2008 of this global $2+ billion group of companies with operations in 15+ countries.
Prior to Sequa, Armand was Executive Chairman and CEO and currently sits on the board of JM Steel Group, the largest independent steel tubular manufacturer in North America. J.M. Steel was formed in 2005 and 2006 through a series of private to private transactions that included the John Maneely Company, Atlas Tube, and Sharon Tube. He assumed a board seat in 2005 and transitioned into the CEO position five months post-acquisition for this $2+ billion company with 11 plants in 5 US states and Canada. From time of purchase to exit, the company increased sales by 3x and EBITDA by 4x, and reduced working capital by 50%.
Armand’s first role with Carlyle was at Firth Rixon, which was taken private and merged with Forged Metal in 2002, and then merged in 2004 with Schlosser Forge to manufacture seamless and welded rings, die forgings, extrusions, and metal ingot. He was recruited to be the CEO upon Carlyle’s acquisition of this $400 million business with 8 facilities in 3 countries, and 800 employees.
Armand joined The Carlyle Group from Precision Castparts Corporation, a world leader in structural investment castings, forged components and airfoil castings for aircraft engines. At Precision Castparts he led both investment casting and forging related businesses including serving as President, Wyman Gordon, a $500 million subsidiary of PCC that manufactures forged metal components for gas turbine, aircraft and medical industries. He had full P&L responsibility for 10 manufacturing plants, plus sales, marketing, materials, finance and HR, with 2,500 employees worldwide.
Earlier in his career, Armand held a variety of operations leadership roles with General Electric (Aircraft Engine Division), Textron Lycoming and Fairview Machine Company, a specialized manufacturer of precision components and assemblies for the medical and aerospace industries.
He is a current Board Member of J.M. Steel Group, KleerMail, Inc., and CureMeta. He is also Executive Chairman of the Fairview Machine Company, and Board Chairman of the Commonwealth Center of Advanced Manufacturing. Previously he served as a Board Member of Sequa Corporation and Firth Rixson. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA.