Wayne C. Kocourek
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kocourek has been involved in principal investing since 1986
and has over thirty years of operational and business experience.
In 1986, Mr. Kocourek completed the acquisition and formation
of Applied Industrial Materials Corporation (AIMCOR). At the
time AIMCOR was a $500 million international supplier of industrial
carbon products and an operator of bulk shipping terminals, a producer
and marketer of ferroalloys, metals, ladle metallurgy materials,
and a producer of various mineral products. Mr. Kocourek was
actively involved in the management of AIMCOR as its Vice-Chairman
and President. This very successful leveraged buyout was sold
in October of 1997.
Prior to forming Mid Oaks Investments in 1997, Mr. Kocourek
served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Susquehanna
Corporation, an AMEX Company, where he was instrumental in Susquehanna's
successful turnaround. Previously he was an executive with Nekoosa
Papers, Inc., a subsidiary of Great Northern Nekoosa Corporation,
in a financial and operations role. Mr. Kocourek also spent eleven
years with Arthur Andersen & Co.'s Milwaukee office in the
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid Oaks' portfolio
Mr. Kocourek earned a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin
at Milwaukee and is a certified public accountant.
Michael A. Kocourek
Mr. Kocourek joined Mid Oaks Investments in 1997 and has responsibilities
in all aspects of Mid Oaks' activities. He has primary responsibility
for sourcing transactions in addition to evaluating, executing
and monitoring portfolio investments.
Prior to joining Mid Oaks, Mr. Kocourek served in various financial
functions at ACCO World Corporation, a subsidiary of Fortune
Brands (NYSE) and at Applied Industrial Materials Corporation
(AIMCOR). At AIMCOR he also served as Midwest Territory Sales
Manager for cat litter products.
Mr. Kocourek is the owner and operator of several small businesses
and commercial real estate investments.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of D&W Fine
Pack and Plastic Packaging Technologies,
both of which are Mid Oaks portfolio companies.
Mr. Kocourek earned a B.S. from Roosevelt University
Additionally, Mr. Kocourek serves on the Board of the Illinois Venture Capital Association. He also participates on the Boards of the Lake Geneva Utility Commission; The Lake Geneva Business Improvement District (as President); The Lake Geneva YMCA (as Finance Chair); and the Lake Geneva Economic Development Corporation.
Donald F. Piazza
Senior Managing Director
Mr. Piazza joined Mid Oaks Investments in 1998 and brought some
twenty years of business and investment experience to the firm.
He began his professional career at Arthur Andersen & Co.'s
Chicago office in the audit practice becoming an audit manager.
He subsequently served as Treasurer of the American Hospital
Association before joining the Sun Times Company as initially
Chief Financial Officer and then as Chief Operating Officer.
After the Sun Times he acquired and operated a retail marine
Mr. Piazza has extensive operating and financial experience
as well as experience in developing and executing strategy. At
the Sun Times he was instrumental in leading a leveraged buyout
of the business, team building and developing and executing a
successful growth strategy that included both organic initiatives
and the acquisition of several strategically located community
newspapers and other businesses. Sales and earnings increased
significantly during his tenure at both the newspaper group and
the retail marine business.
Mr. Piazza has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations
including The Sun Times Company and The Rehabilitation Institute
Of Chicago. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of
D&W Fine Pack and Plastic Packaging Technologies, both
of which are Mid Oaks portfolio companies. He is also past Chairman
of the Committee on Entrepreneurship
University of Illinois.
Mr. Piazza earned a B.B.A. from Loyola University and is a certified
Managing Director and Chief Financial
Mr. Boyle joined Mid Oaks Investments in 2005 and brings to the firm extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, banking and investor relations, financial reporting, taxation and information technology.
Prior to joining Mid Oaks Mr. Boyle served as the Chief Financial Officer of Globe Union Group, Inc., a holding company with subsidiaries engaged in the manufacture and distribution of plumbing products. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC the largest subsidiary.
Mr. Boyle began his professional career at Arthur Andersen & Co.'s Chicago office in the middle market audit practice and subsequently as a Senior Manager in the Transaction Advisory Services Group.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of D&W Fine Pack which is a Mid Oaks portfolio company.
Mr. Boyle earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, a B.S. in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University and is a certified public accountant.
Mr. Crouch joined Mid Oaks in 2007 with responsibility
to conduct M & A transactions. Prior to joining Mid Oaks,
he was with BMO Capital Markets for 10 years. At BMO, Mr. Crouch
was a Director in the Financial Sponsor Group and was previously
responsible for investment banking in the Transportation Group.
Prior to BMO, Mr. Crouch spent 3 years in Corporate Banking
at Bank of America.
Mr. Crouch spent six years as Product Engineer at Chrysler Corporation
in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His experiences at Chrysler included
quality assurance/audits of suppliers, production launch at assembly
plants, design & development of electrical components.
Mr. Crouch holds an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from
Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business
and a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame.
Nicolas J. Gallo
Mr. Gallo joined Mid Oaks Investments in 2010 and brings extensive merger
and acquisition experience to the firm. Mr. Gallo is responsible for evaluating
and executing investment opportunities, as well as monitoring the firm's existing
Prior to joining Mid Oaks, Mr. Gallo worked in the Transaction Services Group
(Mergers and acquisitions advisory) of KPMG LLP in Chicago; there he focused
on strategic and private equity buyout transactions in a wide-array of sectors.
Mr. Gallo graduated with a B.S. in Finance & Accounting from Indiana University.
He is a chartered financial analyst and a certified public accountant. Mr. Gallo
is a member of Mensa.
Daniel A. Nadler
Mr. Nadler joined Mid Oaks Investments in 2012 and brings extensive
merger and acquisition experience to the firm. Mr. Nadler is
responsible for evaluating and executing investment opportunities,
as well as monitoring the firm’s existing portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Mid Oaks, Mr. Nadler worked in turnaround and
management consulting at Silverman Consulting. Previously he
was in public accounting with experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers
and Crowe Horwath. His experience was focused on audit and due
diligence assignments throughout various industries. He was also
an Associate at AlixPartners in its Financial Advisory Services
Mr. Nadler graduated with a B.S. in Finance from University
of Illinois, and is a CPA.