With more than 30 years of experience providing lending, private equity and executive management services, Mr. Pearson provides deep insights, managerial leadership and an understanding of key issues in the areas of operational and financial restructuring, distressed financing, asset divestitures, and private equity control buyouts.
As a Managing Director with HEICO Holdings LLC, and principal with Hawthorne Partners and the Chairman and Managing Director of Continental Partners, he has managed, advised and closed majority control acquisitions with many companies and routinely worked in situations where plant closures asset rationalization, specific industry cycle strategies were an integral part of the overall turnaround strategy. While at Heico, he transacted over $2 billion in financings and principal transactions including areas of manufacturing, industrial service, capital equipment, food products and professional sports.
Mr. Pearson has served in numerous management and board capacities. He served as the interim CEO & CFO of two steel foundry and machining companies under the same ownership, involved in melting and manufacturing castings for industrial, capital equipment and mining companies. Moreover, Mr. Pearson served as the interim CEO for AddisonMcKee Holdings, a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of tube and endforming technologies; the Chairman and CEO of NEO Industries, an industrial chrome-plating company servicing aluminum and steel companies worldwide; and the Chairman and CEO of Ohmite Holdings, an industrial resistor company.
Previously, Mr. Pearson was the team leader and underwriter of Bank of America’s US Energy and Minerals group. He understands the underwriting and inter-creditor requirements of senior secured syndicates, subordinated debt facilities, high yield and bridge loan facilities. Moreover, he acted as BoA’s and Continental Bank’s international steel and metals industry analyst working with all areas of the institutions including special assets administration.
Mr. Pearson’s has a solid understanding of blockchain technology and its implications. Recent speaking engagements include Blockchain Technology Panelist for Annual American College of Investment Counsel Conference in New York, NY and Blockchain Conference for KC supply chain council and KU’s Blockchain Institute at Kansas University. He is the recipient of the TMA Midwest Chapter 2010 Small Company Turnaround of the Year Award for his role as interim manager. He is a graduate of Continental Bank’s MBA corporate credit training program.