Cambridge Capital Team
Cambridge Capital has assembled a unique combination of operating and investment professionals with unmatched expertise in the applied supply chain. Our team creates value by bringing proven expertise to companies throughout the growth cycle, from early-stage to late-stage.
The firm’s Operating Partners, each of whom is a successful entrepreneur and experienced operating executive, provide critical operational and strategic assistance to portfolio company management throughout the investment and serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Cambridge Capital’s professionals provide additional support to its portfolio companies through its deep team, lending assistance with strategic planning, financial structuring, recruitment, and all other areas associated with company growth.
Our team includes the following professionals:
Benjamin Gordon is Managing Partner of Cambridge Capital. He draws on a career spent building supply chain companies. As CEO of BGSA, Mr. Gordon led the firm’s efforts, advising on over $1 billion worth of supply chain transactions. Mr. Gordon has worked with firms like UPS, DHL, Kuehne & Nagel, Agility Logistics, PWC Logistics, National Freight, NFI Logistics, Genco, Nations Express, Raytrans, Echo Global, Dixie, Wilpak, and many others.
Prior to BGSA, Mr. Gordon founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Mr. Gordon raised $28 million from blue-chip investors including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BancBoston Ventures, CNF, and Ionian. 3PLex was then purchased by Maersk. Prior to 3PLex, Mr. Gordon advised transportation and logistics clients at Mercer Management Consulting. Prior to Mercer, Mr. Gordon worked in his family’s transportation business, AMI, where he helped the company expand its logistics operations.
Mr. Gordon is an active civic leader who is committed to giving back to the community. As founder and chairman of GesherCity, he has boosted young adult volunteerism, expanding the organization to over 100,000 members in twenty locations. Mr. Gordon also serves on the Boards of several non-profit groups, including the Palm Beach United Way, the Palm Beach Federation, the Palm Beach Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the JCCA, the Middle East Forum, and various other community organizations.
Mr. Gordon received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.
James Kang is a Senior Vice President with Cambridge Capital. James is responsible for leading transactions and managing client relationships in the TMT sector. He brings nearly 20 years of investment banking, operational management and entrepreneurial experience to our clients across all industry sectors.
Before joining BG Strategic Advisors, James worked at various bulge bracket banks including Citigroup, Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital where he advised on several M&A and Capital Markets transactions for industry leading companies including Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon. Prior to Business School, James was an E-commerce and Internet pioneer as Co-founder and President of Kozmo.com, the first last mile, Internet enabled delivery and logistics company in the world.
James received a Masters in Business Administration from The Sloan School of Business at MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from NYU's Stern School of Business.
Andrea Vandersall is a Senior Associate with Cambridge Capital.
Ms. Vandersall is responsible for leading investments in the food and agribusiness supply chain. She brings with her a range of experience in asset management, investment banking, and private equity.
Prior to joining Cambridge Capital, Andrea worked at Profile Capital Management, a private investment firm based in Chicago. While at Profile Capital Management, Andrea analyzed investment opportunities in the business services sector. Before attending business school, Andrea worked for Seale & Associates providing M&A advisory services to clients across a wide range of sectors. Andrea started her career at Cambridge Associates where she advised institutional clients on asset allocation and investment manager selection.
Andrea received a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Rob Hamill is an Associate with Cambridge Capital. He is responsible for business development in value-added distribution, as well as providing transactional support across the supply chain industry.
Prior to joining Cambridge Capital, Rob worked at Norwest Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in Minneapolis. While at NEP, Rob was responsible for evaluating investment opportunities and providing transactional support for multiple platform investments. Additionally, he supported portfolio companies with a variety of strategic initiatives, including meaningful add-on acquisitions. Before joining NEP, Rob worked in the investment banking division of R.W. Baird. While at Baird, he focused on sell side M&A advisory for distribution companies across the industrial MRO, integrated supply, foodservice, automotive aftermarket, and industrial and commercial lubrication industries.
Rob received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
David Stubbs is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Before Cambridge Capital, Mr. Stubbs was with Kuehne + Nagel from 2000-2009. As Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Lead Logistics business, he started up and managed the P/L of the first global 4PL in logistics industry. Mr. Stubbs was a leader in the replication of the offering in Europe and Asia to provide global platform for growth.
Prior to joining KN, Mr. Stubbs spent 21 years with Champion International (now International Paper) a Stamford, CT based forest products company where he held a variety of sales, marketing, and logistics positions. His last position there was Vice President- Supply Chain.
Mr. Stubbs is a graduate of Haverford College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance.
Herb Shear is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Mr. Shear is also principal owner, chairman and chief executive officer of GENCO Supply Chain Solutions, North America’s 2nd largest and a Top 50 Global third-party logistics provider based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Joining GENCO in 1971, Mr. Shear became the family's third generation involved in the logistics business. Mr. Shear successfully transformed the company by pioneering supply chain processes, which focused on optimizing the value of customer assets. In the early 90s he founded the centralized returns process, known today as reverse logistics, through partnership and collaboration with leading retail and manufacturing companies. GENCO’s proprietary reverse logistics software combined with innovative product liquidation solutions is now utilized by many companies to generate revenue from their returned and overstocked inventory. Today, GENCO is a $788 million company offering a complete suite of supply chain management and technology solutions to a diverse range of retail, manufacturing and government customers. GENCO employs over 7,000 teammates, operates over 37 million square feet of warehouse space at more than 130 operations throughout North America and has numerous software installations in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Shear is a past recipient of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ Distinguished Service Award, the association's highest honor to an individual who has made significant, career-long contributions to the supply chain management and logistics professions.
Mr. Shear holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Marketing and completed post-graduate studies in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. He has also completed Executive Entrepreneurial and Leadership Programs at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, World Presidents Organization, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Warehouse Education and Research Council. He also sits on the advisory board of Southern Illinois University College of Business Administration.
Bill Conley is an active Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital. He has been involved with several start-ups in the technology and logistics sector, including as a current Board Member and former CEO of Sky-Trax (dba: Total Trax). In that role, Mr. Conley brought over 35 years of supply chain logistics experience, extensive managerial experience with both large-scale and growth-oriented operations, and strong relationships with key players in the supply chain industry.
Before Sky-Trax, he was President of ATC Logistics and Electronics, a $360 million division on ATC Technologies Corporation, where he held responsibility for the overall leadership and management, while providing strategic vision for value-added logistics and supply chain services for high value, high velocity, and serialized products from post-manufacturing to end of life. Prior to ATC, Mr. Conley was Vice President- General Manager, of FedEx Supply Chain Services-Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he was responsible for value added logistics and supply chain services, including e-fulfillment for Federal Express Corporation. Bill held a number of positions during his FedEx career, including Vice President, Logistics and Electronic Commerce Asia; Managing Director, Air Freight Systems; Managing Director, System Control; and Managing Director, National Accounts. Earlier in his career, Mr. Conley was National Manager, Sales and Service, for Allied Airfreight, a division of Allied Van Lines, and he also worked for Delta Air Lines.
Mr. Conley holds a BS in Aeronautics from St. Louis University, Director Certification from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Executive Development Certification from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and did post-graduate work at DePaul University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and received various commendations for his service during the Vietnam Era.
Mr. Brooks is the former President of the Cargo Division of American Airlines, a position he held for 16 years. During his tenure he implemented numerous industry-leading improvements to American’s airfreight and mail franchise in the areas of product development, business process reengineering, and customer service. American’s Cargo Division has been routinely recognized for its service levels, and was voted the best North American Cargo Airline for the third year in a row by its customers in a highly regarded industry survey.
Prior to leading American’s Cargo Division, Mr. Brooks was President of the Airline Services Division of AMR Services, an aviation services company owned by AMR Corporation, where is was responsible for the international growth of the business. AMR Services was sold by AMR in 1996 and is now known as Worldwide Flight Services, a leading global provider of aviation services.
Mr. Brooks is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Cargo Airport Services, the largest ground handling company in North America. CAS is owned by ICV Partners, a New York-based private equity fund that manages $400 million in committed capital.
Mr. Brooks is a graduate of Dickinson College (BA) and Cornell University (MBA) and resides in Dallas, Texas with his family.
Sidney R. Brown is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Mr. Brown is Chief Executive Officer of NFI, a premier integrated supply chain solutions company.
NFI, founded in 1932 as National Hauling, has evolved from a trucking company in a regulated environment, into one of the largest privately-held third party logistics companies in the country. In the early 1980’s, the company, then known as National Freight, was focused mainly on over-the-road trucking services. The company quickly evolved into four affiliated companies providing transportation services (National Freight), warehousing and inventory management (National Distribution Centers), dedicated fleets and transportation management (Interactive Logistics) and real estate development (Real Estate). In 2008, the company continued to evolve and positioned all its companies under one corporate brand, NFI. NFI now consists of Logistics, Distribution, Transportation, Global Services, Intermodal, Consulting, and Real Estate.
Mr. Brown attended Georgetown University and graduated in 1979. He began his career working for Morgan Stanley in New York City as financial analyst in the corporate finance department of the investment bank. He moved on to pursue his MBA at Harvard University. Graduating in 1983, he immediately joined the family business with his two brothers, Ike and Jeffrey. Working under his father, Bernard, Mr. Brown worked in many different areas of the business and rapidly rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Under Mr. Brown’s guidance, the company began to grow rapidly across North America, through startups, acquisitions, and aggressive growth of the base business. Today NFI employs more than 5,000 people in the US and Canada. Revenues have surpassed $800 million and the company is well positioned to continue its explosive growth.
Mr. Brown sits on the Board of the Sun Bancorp, Inc. where he serves as a Vice Chairman (NASDAQ:SNBC). He is also a Board Member of J&J Snack Foods (NASDAQ: JJSF).
Michael Ibrahim is an operating partner with Cambridge Capital.
Ken Kellaway is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Mr. Kellaway was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of RoadLink Intermodal Logistics, North America’s largest intermodal transportation company and warehouse workforce solutions provider, with over 5000 associates and drivers and 120 locations nationwide. Prior to becoming COO, Mr. Kellaway served as the President of the East region and was also Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for key aspects of the marketing, acquisitions and strategic positioning of RoadLink.
Mr. Kellaway founded Kellaway Intermodal & Distribution Systems, Inc. in 1988 and grew this business from a standalone warehouse company to New England’s premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation. Over a 10 year period Kellaway became New England’s largest, full service logistics company offering “Single Source Solutions” to both international shipping companies and importers/exporters alike. Kellaway Intermodal was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row.
In 1995 Mr. Kellaway founded Quality Logistics Solutions, Inc, a dedicated logistics company offering private fleet management services and nationwide truckload and intermodal line-haul services. Quality Logistics became the largest Agent in the US for Mark VII Transportation, the country’s second largest intermodal marketing company, 5 years in a row. In 2000 Kellaway and Quality became two of the founding companies of RoadLink USA.
Mr. Kellaway received his undergraduate degree from Providence College in 1985 and his MBA from Babson Business School in 1987. He lives in Norwell, MA with his wife and 3 children.
Bob Koerner is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Mr. Koerner’s career in logistics spans over 30 years, and began when he started his own trucking company. After selling that company, Mr. Koerner went on to start Power Transportation, and Power Brokerage for The Power Group. In the mid 80’s Mr. Koerner moved to Rollins Truck Leasing, where he started Rollins Brokerage Services, and managed all of Rollins Truck Rental operations. Years later, Mr. Koerner moved back to the Power Group, and became President of Power Logistics; he moved to Europe to become president of Power Europe; and then back to the states to become president of the parent company, Power Packaging. In 1998 Mr. Koerner started his own company, Pro Source, which he later sold to Total Logistic Control (TLC), and became TLC’s president. In 2005 TLC was bought by Supervalu, and Bob became TLC’s CEO. Bob retired from TLC in 2008, and currently owns BK Partners, Inc.
Mr. Koerner is a graduate of United Electronics Institute, and attended the University of Louisville, where he majored in business. He has served 2 terms on the board of directors for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, and served on the Government Affairs Committee, for the International Warehouse and Logistics Association.
Jim van Leenen is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Mr. van Leenen is CEO and President of Flash Global Logistics. In 2007 he acquired Flash in collaboration with investors, with the objective to develop Flash into a global leader in the Mission Critical Parts space.
Mr. van Leenen brings a successful 30-year track record as business leader in Logistics and Supply Chain industry in a number of different countries. A native of the Netherlands, Mr. van Leenen speaks four languages and has enjoyed international assignments in the logistics industry in The Netherlands, UK, France and Canada in addition to the USA.
Mr. van Leenen’s broad business experience includes senior leadership roles at Livingston International Inc. (Vice President Canada), GE Capital Equipment services (Vice President & General Manager Canada) and with GE Capital in Europe (Vice President Operations Europe and Managing Director Corporate Integrations). From 1998 through 2004, he held the positions of President Canada and President of the International division with Sirva Inc. with business units in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Sirva went public in 2004.
During his 8 year tenure with GE Capital, Mr. van Leenen was awarded the prestigious GE Pinnacle award in 1996 and the GE President’s Circle award 5 years consecutively, recognizing his achievements as a successful business leader in one of the world’s largest companies. In 1996, at GE Capital in Europe, Mr. van Leenen played a pivotal role in the roll out and implementation of Six Sigma throughout Europe. He underwent extensive leadership training in the “GE University” and he is a certified Green Belt and Black Belt.
Bill Phelan is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Before joining Cambridge Capital, Mr. Phelan was the founder and CEO of Charter Brokerage LLC, a premier non-asset based third-party logistics provider to the petroleum, chemical and airline industries. Charter’s services include customs and export brokerage and compliance services, duty drawback consulting and claims processing, and administration of storage and distribution facilities for foreign-trade zone status jet fuel. Mr. Phelan was responsible for the growth of Charter from a start-up to an industry leader, and in 2014 oversaw the sale of the business to Berkshire Hathaway.
Prior to Charter, Mr. Phelan was a partner in the international trade law firm of Phelan & Mitri.
Mr. Phelan holds J.D. from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Holy Cross College, where he serves as a trustee.
Gene Tyndall is an Operating Partner with Cambridge Capital.
Mr. Tyndall is also Executive Vice-President and Leader, Global Supply Chain Services, at Tompkins International, a leading consulting and services firm. Gene is a globally experienced and recognized management consulting and business executive, having advised over 100 corporations in over 40 countries. He has co-authored four books (including SUPERCHARGING SUPPLY CHAINS); authored dozens of articles; and is frequently quoted in business and industry media, including SCDigest, where he is an Associate Editor. He is a frequent seminar/conference chairperson, speaker, moderator, and panelist around the world. He is a Director on two Boards.
Prior to merging his executive advisory firm (SCEA) into Tompkins, Mr. Tyndall was Executive Vice-President at Ryder System, Inc., and President of the company’s Global Supply Chain Division, a $1.8 Billion Business Unit providing logistics services for over 200 client companies around the world. Prior to joining Ryder, Mr. Tyndall was a Senior Partner and Leader of the Ernst & Young Global Supply Chain Management Consulting Practice, growing the business to over $1.5 Billion annually. He advised and led business transformations for over 100 well-known global corporations during his consulting career across several industries.
Mr. Tyndall was awarded the “Global Logistics Person of 2007” by the Global Institute of Logistics, which also voted him into the Global Logistics Hall of Fame. He was named one of the “Top Ten Innovators for 2002” by Information Week magazine. He has won several awards as a Keynote Speaker, Seminar Leader, Group Facilitator, and Conference Chairman.
Mr. Tyndall was a U.S. Navy Officer, serving globally on an aircraft carrier and at the Pentagon. He graduated from the University of Maryland; The George Washington University; the Institute of International Management Development in Switzerland; and several executive training programs at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Miami.
Eric J. Wilhelm is an Operating Partner at Cambridge Capital.
Eric is an innovative and results-driven leader intent on achieving exceptional results by motivating, mentoring and leading talented professionals to succeed. In 1994, Eric founded Wilpak, Inc., a Contract Packaging company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. As CEO and President, he grew the company with constant revenue and profit increases in each of the thirteen years in business. Wilpak, Inc. was known worldwide for its efficient operations and capacity, supported by a rather unique suite of specific IT solutions, created in-house. The company became the benchmark of the industry with 1 million square feet of manufacturing and logistics facilities, and 600 employees.
During his tenure at Wilpak, Inc., and later at JacobsonWilpak, Eric sat on the Board of Directors for the Contract Packaging Association and was quite active in promoting the image and growth of the fragmented industry. He brings a lifetime of experience to the table; from his childhood growing up in the warehousing business, to sales engineering, marketing, manufacturing, and executive level logistics sales positions throughout his professional career. He was also an active member of CLM, IWLA, IoPP, and WERC, and is a major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Atlanta. In 2006, Eric merged Wilpak, Inc. with The Jacobson Companies to create JacobsonWilpak, a fully integrated supply chain solution for their combined clients. The following year, he sold his remaining interest in the company to The Jacobson Companies.
Today, Eric is an investor with a controlling interest in a number of joint ventures, including apparel, power sports and real estate development. Eric also sits on the Board of Directors of Metro Bank. He and his wife Deborah manage and operate Del Cavallo, LLC, a family-owned horse-breeding farm, and continue their fundraising efforts for numerous charitable foundations.