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OPERATIONAL ROOTS

Forsyth Advisors was founded by manufacturing and supply chain experts who were trained on the front lines and in the boardrooms of multinational corporations, including General Electric and Alstom. Our founders developed and deployed many of today’s leading manufacturing tools. For over 20 years, we’ve adapted the best practices of world class manufacturers to the needs and constraints of private equity owned middle market companies.

PRIVATE EQUITY EXPERIENCE

With 15 years of direct employment at an operationally focused private equity group and dozens of projects with portfolio companies of over 75 private equity groups, Forsyth Advisors has a unique perspective on the risks and opportunities in the supply chain of PE backed niche manufacturing, value added distribution, and consumer products companies.

BROAD INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Forsyth has broad experience across many industries, and deep expertise across a number of strategic spend categories including direct materials, logistics, and packaging. Example industries & categories can be found here, though we experience and capabilities beyond the examples shown.

“We built our team to work with integrity and put our clients’ needs first. Our unique process as well as our sourcing breadth and depth enable us to consistently deliver value beyond initial expectations.”
JIM PRATT • MANAGING PARTNER

LEADERSHIP TEAM

JAMES PRATT
MANAGING PARTNER
314-662-2052
James Pratt is a co-founder and managing partner at Forsyth Advisors. Since 2002, Jim has worked exclusively with small to midsize companies with revenues ranging from $10 million to over $750 million. Jim creates operational strategy, manufacturing implementation, and sourcing improvements in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer packaged goods, contract filling, electronics, heavy industrial, light industrial, safety, and value added distribution.

His previous experience includes leading the first Asia sourcing group at a GE Transportation, creating a domestic supply chain for Alstom, and driving sourcing cost savings across Harbour Group’s portfolio of middle market companies. Jim is an engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

NATHAN OVERBOE
MANAGING PARTNER
314-398-1377
Nathan Overboe is a co-founder and managing partner at Forsyth Advisors. Since 2006, Nate has worked with exclusively with small to midsize companies with revenues ranging from $7 million to over $500 million. Nate has extensive experience in manufacturing and sourcing and works across a wide spectrum of industries including consumer products, heavy industrial, and distribution businesses.

Nate began his career designing and managing production of plastic injection molds for companies like Husqvarna, John Deere, and Sunbeam. Nate joined Harbour Group in 2006 where he led global sourcing projects and managed portfolio-wide leveraged pricing agreements. He holds a M.B.A from Washington University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

MATTHEW GIESEKING
PARTNER
314-495-1750
Matt is a Partner at Forsyth Advisors and leads our business development efforts. He has over 25 years in global manufacturing, marketing, & business development. Prior to joining Forsyth Advisors in 2011, Matt worked in a broad range of industries, including, commercial building products, marine vessels, consumer products, and real estate investments – holding positions of Founder & CEO of Omni Architectural Products, Mailco Real Estate Holdings and Launch NPD new product development. Matt is a LEED Associate accredited sustainability professional, a graduate member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (formerly Y.E.O.), and board Vice President at the St. Louis Economic Council VentureWorks incubators. Matt has a B.S. in Marketing from Missouri State University..
MK SATHYA
OPERATING PARTNER
314-495-1750
MK Sathya is an operating partner at Forsyth Advisors. MK has extensive experience developing sourcing strategies and operational improvements for private equity owned companies such as Saxco International, Keystone Automotive, VWR International, as well as multinational corporations such as Textron, GE and Alcoa.

MK’s most recent executive position was as the Senior Vice President of Sourcing and Global Operations at Saxco International, where he oversaw strategic sourcing and operations strategy, warehousing, packaging operations and inventory management. MK is a an engineering graduate from Bangalore University with a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Textron Global Leadership Forum from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black-belt.

SONJA HORDVIK
SR. PROJECT MANAGER
636-368-6078
Sonja Hordvik is a Sr. Project Manager at Forsyth Advisors and leads Forsyth’s Management Development Program for new associates.  Sonja has facilitated client engagements across a wide range of industries including consumer products, manufacturing, food and beverage, value added distribution, and contract filling.  Since joining Forsyth in 2014, she has delivered over $15 million in annual profit improvements.

Sonja is a business graduate from University of Missouri St. Louis with an MBA from Maryville University. Additionally she has completed the business analytics program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

PROFESSIONALS

MIMS WILLIAMSON
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mims is a Vice President and a leader within the business development team. He has over a decade of solutions sales experience and specializes in trust based engagements that are client focused. Mims has experience in a wide range of industries including financial services, advertising, security technologies, and telecommunications. Throughout his career, delivering innovation and increasing client value has been the centerpiece of his efforts.

Mims is an active member in the professional and social community including service in the past and present on a number of non-profit boards and other local organizations. He holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Mims is a lifetime St. Louisan alongside his wife and three children.

OSCAR OWENS
PROJECT MANAGER
Oscar has leveraged his engineering training and analytical skills to deliver results to clients in industries ranging from appliances, food and beverage, and LED lighting.
CLAYTON BRENNER
PROJECT MANAGER
Clayton has managed projects across a wide breath of industries ranging from private label food manufacturers to custom cabinetry manufacturers and successfully identified savings in ingredients, direct components, and packaging categories.

Clayton almost won $10k in our first “Winternship”. Coming in 2nd place at least got him a job! Clayton is still trying to overcome the fact that people still assume he is the intern based on his face. Derpy Hooves!

JACOB ANDERSON
PROJECT MANAGER
During his time at Forsyth, Jacob has found success with clients operating in a variety of industries including agricultural chemicals, consumer appliances, medical devices, nutritional supplements, and metallurgy. Jacob dislikes taking formal photos.
JEFF RUSS
PROJECT MANAGER
Jeff has delivered savings on multiple categories while at Forsyth including spices, food ingredients, rigid and flexible packaging, and corrugate. Prior to joining Forsyth Advisors, he spent four years working at Curium, a global provider of nuclear medicine, as a laboratory technician in the Analytical Chemistry and Radiation Physics laboratories. Jeff has an Associate’s Degree in Chemical Technology from St. Louis Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Logistics and Operations Management from the University of St. Louis – Missouri. Always remember – Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls.
NATHAN FIELD
ASSOCIATE
After serving 5 years in the Marines, Nathan returned home to St. Louis where he earned both his B.A. and MBA at Lindenwood University. After working in the world of finance and accounting, he’s found a home with Forsyth where his breadth of experience is accepted.

Since joining the team, Nathan has carried out several strategic sourcing projects and has also been anointed, “Natty” by Jim. He despises this new name, but shamefully accepts it anyway because, you know, rank.

CHRISTOPHER LENZ
ASSOCIATE
In his time at Forsyth, Christopher has leveraged his analytical training in order to develop expertise in industries ranging from household appliances to metal fabrication. It could be said that Christopher has leveraged everything that an associate might leverage in order to maximize clients’ industry leverage.
KYLE PRATT
ASSOCIATE
Since joining Forsyth, Kyle has found success across a wide range of project areas including sourcing initiatives for consumer products, cleaning products, LEDs, injection molded components, metal castings, high purity minerals, mission critical springs, and nutrition supplements. He has also made strategic improvements to the distribution and carrier selection for middle market manufacturing companies.

While in college, Kyle became a founding member of his fraternity: Zeta Beta Tau – Omega where he held several leadership roles and managed many small teams. Kyle received his BSBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Trulaske College of Business in May of 2018.

NICK DUDLEY
ASSOCIATE
Nick has a degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and has been at Forsyth since graduating from The University of Tulsa with his MBA. In his free time, Nick enjoys being on the golf course, watching Blues hockey & Cardinals baseball, and visiting the Farmers Market for $2 beers.
JONATHAN BABCOCK
ASSOCIATE
Jonathan Babcock is an Associate with Forsyth aiding in new client engagements. Prior to Forsyth, Jonathan worked in buy-side and sell-side investment banking, leading target identification on both platform and add-on acquisitions for private equity groups and corporations collectively managing over $1B in committed capital. Additionally, Jonathan provided transaction support for senior-level deal managers including financial modeling, valuations, and industry research for companies ranging from $50MM to $250M. Jonathan also worked at KeyBank Real Estate Capital as a Financial Analyst in the CMBS loan portfolio evaluating investment results.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting with a minor in International Business Management from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

In Jonathan’s free time he enjoys volunteering at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center and traveling.

JONATHAN SHANAHAN
ASSOCIATE
After finishing his MBA, John spent time as a marketing associate for a Fortune 500 company where he collaborated with current and prospective vendors to negotiate lower prices and implement cost saving solutions.

As a sourcing associate, he believes in implementing cost saving strategies that address more than just the bottom line.

When he isn’t working, you’ll find John playing with his dogs, planning the next adventure with his fiancé, and trying very hard not to kill his garden.”

HEATHER KARTAL
OFFICE MANAGER
Heather is the only vegetarian we know who owned a burger joint. She previously served in the U.S. Army and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Textile and Apparel Management from University of Missouri.

When away from Forsyth, Heather enjoys time with her husband, three beautiful children and bad cat. Heather is also an ambassador for the Mosaic Project and was active part of the events committee for Home Sweet Home.

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

CONTACT US

8000 Maryland, Suite 1230
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: +1 (314) 375-5800
Email: info@forsythadvisors.com
Web: ForsythAdvisors.com