Our Nominees

We are pleased to be nominating five independent directors to Synalloy’s Board of Directors who will bring the much-needed governance experience and cross-sector operating expertise to help Synalloy reach its full potential.

We believe our independent five-member slate collectively possesses the important qualifications needed to strengthen Synalloy:

  • Proven cross-sector operating expertise in the chemicals and metals segments
  • Robust corporate governance experience from numerous company directorships
  • Deep capital allocation, expense management and transaction expertise
  • Exceptional culture optimization and human capital management skills
  • Strong marketing and business-to-business sales generation vision
  • Significant alignment of interests with stockholders through meaningful stock ownership

Andee Harris

  • Proven track record as a c-level executive
  • Extensive business-to-business sales generation and marketing experience
  • Deep expertise in addressing management-level and organizational inefficiencies

Ms. Harris is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Heritage, LLC, a private equity firm that invests in cutting-edge technology and manufacturing companies.

Ms. Harris serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of HighGround Enterprise Solutions Inc., which she successfully sold to Vista Equity Partners in 2018. She has also held various leadership roles at software companies with a focus on people analytics, information technology and performance management. In addition, she has earned a number of professional recognitions, including being named one of Chicago’s most successful technology entrepreneurs and as a Notable Woman in Manufacturing by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2020. Ms. Harris holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Organizational Psychology and a Certification as an Executive Coach from Columbia University.

Ms. Harris has wide-ranging technology, marketing, sales and human resources expertise through her entrepreneurial career as a C-level executive. Ms. Harris will fill multiple gaps in the boardroom as we look to hold management accountable and create a coherent corporate culture at Synalloy.

Chris Hutter

  • Co-founder of UPG Enterprises through its growth to more than $725 million since its inception in 2014
  • Significant operational capabilities across steel and metals businesses
  • Diverse c-level experience that includes corporate strategy, operations management, mergers and acquisitions, logistics and warehousing and supply chain optimization

Mr. Hutter is the Co-Founder and Manager of UPG Enterprises LLC, which is a successful high-growth operator of eight premier industrial companies across the metals, manufacturing, distribution and logistics sectors. At UPG, Mr. Hutter oversees operations and strategic initiatives at both the holding company and portfolio company levels, and has extensive experience in large scale acquisitions, transaction structuring, and business operations and integration across a broad spectrum of industries. Mr. Hutter has overseen UPG’s revenue growth from its inception to the present day, including its more than $725 million in fiscal year 2019 revenue. Previously, Mr. Hutter served as the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of InSite Real Estate, L.L.C. Mr. Hutter graduated cum laude from University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in Finance and earned an M.B.A in Finance from Lewis University.

Mr. Hutter has extensive industry expertise through his direct operational experience across metals, manufacturing and distribution.  These capabilities will make him a valuable addition to the Board as we look to improve the relevant operating experience of the directors.

Aldo Mazzaferro

  • Former top-rated metals analyst across four-decade Wall Street career
  • Vast knowledge of steel and metals through additional portfolio manager and corporate executive positions
  • Ability to identify trends while assessing and improving corporate performance

Mr. Mazzaferro is the Managing Partner and Director of Research at Mazzaferro Research, LLC, a steel industry research boutique firm that he founded in 2017 after spending decades as a top metals analyst and industry executive. Prior to that, Mr. Mazzaferro served as a Managing Director and the Senior Steel & Metals Research Analyst at Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., an investment banking company. Throughout his extensive career, Mr. Mazzaferro has held a number of senior roles focused on the steel and metals verticals at leading buy-side and sell-side firms, including as Vice President in the Global Investment Research Group at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) from 2000 to 2008 and as a Director and Senior Steel Industry Analyst at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell., Inc. the former securities and investment banking subsidiary of Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB), from 1987 to 1998. Mr. Mazzaferro is a CFA charterholder and earned his B.A. in English from Holy Cross College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Northeastern University.

Mr. Mazzaferro has obtained exceptional industry expertise and relationships across his long and distinguished career analyzing the metals industry. We expect Mr. Mazzaferro will play an instrumental role as we attempt to address the Metals Segment’s margin deterioration and effectively manage the company’s commodity exposure.

Benjamin Rosenzweig

  • Partner at Synalloy’s largest shareholder
  • Robust corporate governance expertise based on service on numerous public and private company boards of directors
  • Significant experience in creating a capital allocation framework leading to fact-based strategic decision-making

Mr. Rosenzweig is a Partner at Privet Fund Management LLC, an investment firm focused on event-driven and value-oriented investments in small capitalization companies, and a proven public company director. Previously, Mr. Rosenzweig served as an Investment Banking Analyst in the corporate finance group of Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm, where he completed multiple distressed mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, capital formation transactions and similar financial advisory engagements across several industries. Mr. Rosenzweig currently serves on the board of directors of Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ: PBPB), PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), and Hardinge Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: HDNG). Mr. Rosenzweig previously served on several public company boards of directors including StarTek, Inc. (NYSE: SRT), Cicero Inc. (OTC: CICN), and RELM Wireless Corporation (n/k/a BK Technologies Corporation) (NYSE AMERICAN: BKTI). Mr. Rosenzweig graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Finance and a second major in Economics.

Mr. Rosenzweig has acquired financial and strategic oversight experience from his career as a professional investor in both public and private companies.  We expect his board-level experience to help the company enact effective capital allocation policies and create a viable, long-term strategy for enhancing shareholder value.

John Schauerman

  • Multiple c-level executive roles and directorships at successful construction and infrastructure companies
  • Strong operational, financial, corporate development and strategic planning expertise
  • Wide-ranging corporate governance experience through several private and public company boards of directors across business-to-business sectors.

Mr. Schauerman most recently served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ: PRIM), a specialty construction and infrastructure company, where he currently serves on its Board of Directors. Mr. Schauerman also previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Primoris. Mr. Schauerman currently serves on the board of directors of Allegro Merger Corp (NASDAQ: ALGR), and previously served on several public and private company boards of directors, including MYR Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MYRG), Harmony Merger Corp. (formerly NASDAQ: HRMNU), and Wedbush Securities, Inc. Mr. Schauerman is a member of the Dean’s Executive Board of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Engineering. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.

Mr. Schauerman has obtained technology, project development, finance, human resources, legal, and strategic planning expertise through his 30 years of professional experience as a senior executive. This experience, along with his public board experience, will enable him to assist the board in improving operational processes and increasing functional efficiency.