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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 have 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

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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

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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
VICE PRESIDENT
636-368-6078
Sonja Hordvik is a Vice President 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.

HEATHER KARTAL
OFFICE MANAGER
314-375-5801
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 a bad cat. Heather is also an ambassador for the Mosaic Project and was an active part of the events committee for Home Sweet Home.

PROFESSIONALS

OSCAR OWENS
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Oscar has leveraged his engineering training and project management experience to deliver results to clients in industries ranging from automotive, food + beverage, and LED lighting. Oscar has delivered over $6 million in annual profit improvements in addition to his reshoring, make-buy, should-cost, and diligence projects.
CLAYTON BRENNER
SENIOR 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!

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.
KYLE PRATT
PROJECT MANAGER
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.

CHRISTOPHER LENZ
SENIOR 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.
JONATHAN BABCOCK
SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Jonathan Babcock is a Senior 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 serving as a Board Member at The Buddy Fund.

JONATHAN SHANAHAN
SENIOR 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.

NATHAN BECKERMANN
ASSOCIATE
Prior to joining Forsyth, Nate worked in Corporate and Commercial Banking for U.S. Bank. Nate prepared historical financial statement spreads, quarterly trend analysis reports, and financial projections for private and public companies. Additionally, he measured and monitored financial covenants as specified within credit approval documentation.

Nate holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

In his free time, Nate enjoys spending time with his family, playing softball, and watching Premier League football & Cardinals baseball.

NICK DIPIETRO
ASSOCIATE

Nick attended the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration, where he studied finance and data analytics. Prior to joining Forsyth, Nick worked as an analyst for a boutique investment bank.

He got to work on both buy-side and sell-side M&A deals for companies with an EBITDA between $1 and $10 million. He enjoys working on deals within the tech and healthcare sectors. His responsibilities include financial modeling, valuation, putting together pitch decks and industry research. In college, Nick also interned for KeyBank’s commercial bank and financial advisory units.

MORGAN CHILDERS
ANALYST

Morgan joined Forsyth Advisors to support client sourcing projects, after completing her BSBA at the University of Missouri St. Louis majoring in Supply Chain Management and Transportation. She competed for the UMSL volleyball team and helped the Tritons reach the NCAA Division II Regional Championship.

In her free time, Morgan stays active playing sand volleyball and running with her golden retriever puppy.

ALEXIS STRAUSS
ANALYST

Alexis has worked on a wide variety of project areas, including plastics, LEDs, contract brewing, and consumer products. While working at Forsyth, she has been able to combine her passion for data analytics and research with helping clients reach their long-term operational goals.

While attending the University of Missouri – Columbia, Alexis received degrees in Economics and Mathematics. Prior to joining Forsyth, she was an Economic Research intern for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and tutored students in various grade levels in several Economics and Math subjects.

Outside of the office, Alexis is the philanthropy advisor for her former chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity and the lead volunteer for a bone marrow drive she helped create with the St. Louis Cardinals called Join4Joe. In her free time, she enjoys watching baseball, golfing, traveling to new places, and spending time with her friends and family.

KIRSTEN SHIPLEY
ANALYST
Kirsten is a consulting professional at Forsyth Advisors and is determined in assisting companies to lower their operational costs through extensive global sourcing and methodical management consulting services.

Previous to joining the Forsyth team, Kirsten graduated from the University of Kansas’ School of Business where she studied finance and entrepreneurship. ROCK CHALK! She previously worked in financial services at Edward Jones Headquarters where she strategically partnered with financial advisors across the country to serve clientele.

LUCAS ODOM
ANALYST

Before joining Forsyth, Lucas worked in Financial Client Operations at Express Scripts where he managed accounts related to pharmaceutical pricing and rebate guarantees for large corporations. He has found great interest in Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationships since joining the Forsyth Team. Prior to graduating from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a B.B.A in Finance, he also spent time in the U.S. Army.

Being a native of St. Louis, Lucas is thrilled to be back living in his hometown. He an avid Cardinals, Blues, and Liverpool F.C. supporter.

CHANELLE RASH
ANALYST

Chanelle Rash joined Forsyth Advisors to support client sourcing projects and assist in business expansion efforts.

Chanelle earned a BSBA in Finance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition to her degree, she earned an Honor’s College Certificate from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL and a Financial Services and Institutions Certificate. Previously, Chanelle was on track to become a licensed stock broker at TD Ameritrade. After passing the Securities Industry Essentials Exam, she decided diversify her career by changing to supply chain and sourcing.

TRE CURRY
ANALYST

Prior to joining Forsyth, Tre worked as an account executive / project coordinator at PLS Logistics where he oversaw the logistics of over 40 companies in his book of business. By sourcing transportation sources from all over the country, he was able to reduce the average transportation spend of his clients by 20% on a monthly basis.

Since joining Forsyth, Tre has been able to assist in multiple cost savings efforts through strategic sourcing, data analysis, and material cost reduction. He currently works in numerous sectors including healthcare, consumer retail, and manufacturing/distribution.

In his free time, Tre enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, and eating copious amounts of sugary foods in substitute of caffeine.

MOHENI PATEL
ANALYST

Prior to joining Forsyth, Moheni worked as a Fleet Planner in Scholastic, Inc.’s National Transportation Division. There, she coordinated logistics for book fairs nationwide, with the main goal of minimizing expenses while increasing efficiency. At Forsyth, Moheni has been able to work on cost-reduction projects ranging from microfiber cloths to mirrors.

Moheni received a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Louis University in 2018. While at SLU, she majored in Leadership and Change Management and minored in International Business. After completing her undergraduate degree in only three years, she received her MBA from Lindenwood University in 2019.

In her free time, Moheni enjoys exploring the latest fashions through shopping and trying out new restaurants with her friends.

DANIELLE MARQUES
ANALYST
Danielle’s role at Forsyth involves sourcing, opportunity analysis, project management, as well as business development.

Originally from Brazil, Danielle moved to the United States after accepting a full athletic scholarship to play college volleyball. She eventually helped her team win the NAIA National Championship in 2013. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and an MBA from William Woods University.

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

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