Steven R. Gerbsman - Crisis/Turnaround CEO/Restructuring Professional, Private Investment Banker, Founder of Gerbsman Partners
Steven R. Gerbsman is a nationally recognized Crisis/Turnaround CEO/Restructuring Professional and Private Investment Banker who has been involved in maximizing enterprise value, stakeholder and shareholder value in a broad variety of industries. He has worked with a wide spectrum of senior and junior lenders, bondholder groups, venture capital and private equity sources, private investors and institutional groups. He has acted in the capacity of Crisis/Turnaround CEO, Chief Restructuring Officer, Crisis Consultant, Private Investment Banker, Examiner for the Office of the United States Trustee, a member of the Board of Directors of various companies and Advisor to stakeholder groups.
Mr. Gerbsman has over 43 years of senior management, marketing, sales and finance experience and has been involved in various business and investment ventures as an Officer, Director, Consultant and Investor, both in the US and internationally.
Since 1980, he has been in the business of maximizing enterprise value for highly leveraged, under-valued, under-performing and under-capitalized technology, life science and medical device companies and their Intellectual Property, as well as assisting Mobile 2.0 and Web 2.0/3.0 companies with strategic alliances, M&A, distribution of content and licensing. To date, Mr. Gerbsman has been involved in over $ 2.3 billion of restructuring, financing and M&A transactions. In 2000, he also began focusing on Israeli and European technology and life science companies, with the objective of providing access to the US capital markets and developing strategic alliances, M&A and licensing opportunities for them.
In 1999, Mr. Gerbsman expanded Gerbsman Partners' "Board of Intellectual Capital" as a resource to rapidly identify business and marketing strategies, strategic alliance candidates and financing for its client companies and their Intellectual Property. This distinguished group includes nationally and internationally recognized financial, communications, media, advertising, public relations and technology senior operating executives.
Mr. Gerbsman has also assisted numerous Venture Capital/Private Equity Investors in terminating/restructuring their real estate and equipment lease executory contracts. To date, he has been involved in terminating/restructuring in excess of $ 795 million of real estate, sub-debt and equipment lease executory contracts and since 2001, has maximized enterprise value for 68 technology, life science and medical device companies and their Intellectual Property.
Prior to forming Gerbsman Partners in 1980, he was President of four operating divisions at ITEL Corporation with responsibility in the technology, leasing and business sectors. Mr. Gerbsman began his business career at the IBM Corporation in 1967.
Mr. Gerbsman received a BS degree in Accounting from Hunter College, New York and attended the Baruch Graduate School of Business, in New York City. Mr. Gerbsman has also been a guest lecturer at the McDonough School of Business MBA program at Georgetown University and at the Haas Graduate School of Business in Berkeley, California. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentfield Fire District and has been an advisor to American Legion Post 911, an American Legion Post founded to support returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.
Kenneth Hardesty - International Technology CEO
Kenneth Hardesty is an international technology manufacturing CEO/COO with a dynamic professional career in both private and public companies. At various time in his career, he has lived and worked in the US, Asia, India or Europe and worked with local and country governments, accessing capital markets, and building shareholder/stakeholder confidence. As CEO, he has directly established sales and a global audience, establishing global manufacturing operations from start-up, to over seven thousand employees.
Mr. Hardesty started his career at IBM Corporation, then left to start up as founder/CEO and President of DATA MAGNETICS COMPANY beginning with IBM as its only customer. Over the next nine years, he led and built the company into a major high technology global sub-contracting manufacturing and licensing/engineering company. DATA MAGNETICS went public in Hong Kong, employing over seven thousand employees, in eighteen manufacturing facilities in six countries.
Mr. Hardesty was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY, Founder of DISC MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY, with Seagate as his first customer, building the company to profitability and then sold the company to Komag Corporation. He was President of ROSSI-HARDESTY FINANCIAL, COO/Executive Vice President of worldwide opertions at SYQUEST TECHNOLOGY, CEO of CASINO DATA SYSTEMS, a developer of major corporate software tracking systems for companies.
Some of the largest highly respected world wide customers and partnerships that Mr. Hardesty developed and worked with directly to get his companies qualified and approved as major suppliers are: In the United States Ð IBM, HP, Storage Technology, Digital Equipment, Seagate, Texas Instruments. In Europe Ð Siemans, BASF, Phillips and Olivetti. In Japan Ð TDK, Matsushida, Sony, Akai, Hitachi, Toshiba, Fujitsu and many others worldwide.
Mr. Hardesty assists Gerbsman Partners, where appropriate, as a CEO in residence, working in the technology, life science, medical device and cleantech companies. He also provides guidance for strategic partnering opportunities, as well as contract manufacturing and licensing partners in Asia, India and worldwide
About Gerbsman Partners
Gerbsman Partners focuses on maximizing enterprise value for stakeholders and shareholders in under-performing, under-capitalized and under-valued companies and their Intellectual Property. Since 2001, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in maximizing value for 68 technology, life science and medical device companies and their Intellectual Property and has restructured/terminated over $795 million of real estate executory contracts and equipment lease/sub-debt obligations. Since inception in 1980, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in over $2.3 billion of financings, restructurings and M&A Transactions.
Gerbsman Partners has offices and strategic alliances in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Europe and Israel.