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Frank G. Skedel James J. Kacala Wendy A. LaLonde
Frank G. Skedel

Frank G. Skedel

Mr. Skedel is a co-founder, President and the Managing Partner of highbridge associates and paul~lawrence associates. Prior to co-founding the firms, Mr. Skedel, a distinguished businessman, was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of ALLTEL Corporation and, at that time, the youngest corporate treasurer of a Fortune 1000 company. Mr. Skedel later became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LDI Corporation as well as President and CEO of LDI's largest operating company. Frank subsequently formed and launched Target Marketing Solutions, Inc., a one-to-one direct marketing Company. As President, CEO and board member, he grew the start-up company in a three year period to over $30 million. He began his career with The B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio.

Mr. Skedel has extensive management experience in mergers and acquisitions, business start-ups and compressions and management of high-growth companies; and has developed and executed business models and strategic plans for a variety of enterprises. His direct executive-level experience includes executive management, operations, sales and marketing, finance, and new product development spanning five different industries including small to Fortune 1000-sized companies. On the financial side of the house, Frank has raised more than $1.6 billion of private and public debt and equity capital to finance over 50 acquisitions, domestic and international business expansions and capital asset purchases. He has extensive private & public company board level experience.

Mr. Skedel received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Ohio University and completed his Master Degree studies at the University of Akron.

Specialties: M&A strategies and execution, including the associated capital raise; and the related identification, alignment and retention of high-value talent.

email: fskedel@paul-lawrence.com


James J. Kacala

James J. Kacala

Jim Kacala, Senior Vice President, Research & Competitive Intelligence for paul-lawrence associates, serves as the firm's primary point of contact for Research support and information. He has conducted Research for senior-level searches and managed projects within a variety of industries including high-technology, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, computer hardware, software, networking and telecommunications, non-profit, academia and more.

Prior to joining paul-lawrence associates, Jim served as Associate Research Director for StratfordGroup, at that time, the 13th largest executive search firm in the United States, and Research Scientist and Research Manager with Christian & Timbers. Jim's fifteen years of experience in Research, including eight years at the managerial level, provides paul-lawrence associates with focused, in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries and disciplines. Before entering the executive search world, Jim worked at Penton Publishing's design engineering magazine, Machine Design, as a Staff Editor.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Analysis with a concentration in Management from Miami University of Ohio.



Wendy A. LaLonde

Ms. LaLonde is Senior Vice President, Administration & Operations of paul-lawrence associates. She is an accomplished professional with 15 years management, marketing, business development, sales and operations. Wendy was Manager of Corporate Administration with the Stratford Group, a major national executive search firm with responsibility for corporate policy administration and corporate reporting. She also interacted with a wide variety of business clients and prospects in a business development capacity. Ms. LaLonde was previously Manager of Corporate Projects for a rapidly growing direct marketing firm where she managed a wide array of initiatives including strategic plan execution, acquisition execution, and debt & equity funding processes. As corporate secretary, she administered the stock plans and corporate record keeping functions.

Wendy was also the Merchandise Marketing Manager for the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club where she was responsible for managing all operations and the expansion planning and execution for 33 team stores. She expanded the operation from 3 stores to 33 stores, increasing sales over five-fold during a three-year period. Her interaction with Major League Baseball and the Indian's executive management were key strengths in her executing this extremely rapid and successful expansion program.

Wendy got her initial sales and marketing training with the May Company department store group where she progressed rapidly during her nine-year tenure to Senior Buyer for a 16-store region. , responsible for planning, advertising, marketing merchandising and profitability. With an $8 million budget responsibility, Wendy markedly improved sales and profits by over 30% annually over a five-year period, earning numerous recognition awards.

Ms. LaLonde earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Youngstown State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

email: wlalonde@paul-lawrence.com   



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