Investment Committee

"We believe that the investment committee that has been assembled is a world-class committee focused on private equity of this size."
- David Brixey, Chief Executive Officer

David Herche

Fund II Investment Committee Member

David is currently the Chairman of Enerfab, Inc., a world-leading supplier of engineering solutions serving the energy, environmental, chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries. Under David’s leadership, Enerfab has grown from approximately 150 employees in 1988, to over 3,000 employees today.

David is also the Executive Chairman of West Chester Protective Gear which is the largest importer of industrial work gloves in the United States.

Through his professional achievements, David has been the recipient of accolades such as Ernst & Young’s Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1996 & 2008), Inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Thomas C. Page Entrepreneurial Center at Miami University (2003), and a recipient of the University of Cincinnati’s Legion of Excellence award (2010).

David currently serves many non-profit organizations such as Child Poverty Collaborative, Cincinnati Works, Cincinnati Regional Business Council, Talbert House, and Workforce Development UCATS Institute. Through his philanthropic involvement in these organizations and many more, David was the recipient of the 2017 Heart of the City award and named the 2018 Philanthropist of the Year in Cincinnati, Ohio.

John Keighley

Fund I & II Investment Committee Member

John currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Synergy Building Systems in Dayton, Ohio and personal CFO to Mr. Robert Mills. John has a background as an entrepreneur through multiple successful business ventures including his leadership and ownership in Protective Treatments, Inc. and Plastic Trim, Inc.  Throughout his career, John has developed diverse expertise in many different skillsets including accounting, finance, manufacturing, and general management. John has been exposed to many different industries throughout his career with a specific focus in automotive.

John leverages his background and serves on various community and professional boards.

Susan L. Knust

Fund II Investment Committee Member

Susan is a career-long entrepreneur which started in 1983 when she became President and majority owner of Precision Packaging and Services based in Monroe, Ohio.  Precision Packaging and Services became an industry leader in the consumer packaging and bottling segment which was trusted by the top consumer brands such as Procter & Gamble, Dial, and The Clorox Company.   Under her ownership and leadership, Susan grew the company to over $50 million in revenue and 300 employees.  The company was sold to a strategic buyer in 2000.

Since 2000, Susan has been an active private investor in many different segments which includes warehousing, real estate and other public and private investments.

Since 2005, Susan has served on the Board of Directors of First Financial Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In this role, she has served as Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee, and as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.

In addition to her investment activities, Susan serves on many non-profit Boards and committees for organizations such as United Way in Fort Myers, Florida and The Legacy Board, an endeavor to serve “At Risk” kids in Fort Myers, Florida.

Chip Turner

Fund I Investment Committee Member

Chip has been an entrepreneur for most of his life.   He started his career in various sales roles with United Technologies and Diebold and Parametric Technology prior to taking a leadership with a food company where he was responsible for growing the business from $38 million in revenue within 2 states to $120 million in all 50 states.   Upon leaving the corporate world, Chip began a journey to fulfill his entrepreneurial passion by buying, investing or starting 14 different companies including but not limited to Crossroad Ingredients, Hi-Line Utility Supply, Central Oil and City Dash.   In his current holdings, he continues to be very active from a board level driving strategy and growth.

Outside of Chip’s business interests, Chip remains very active in various non-profit organizations including being a Board member of Prokids, which assists kids in the foster care system.  Chip has also been a youth athletics coach for 19 years and has taught religious education at St. Gertrude School for 8 years.

Douglas Meyer

Fund I & II Investment Committee Member

Douglas is a founding Partner of the accounting firm, Brixey & Meyer. Brixey & Meyer is a regional CPA and business advisory firm with offices in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Brixey & Meyer is recognized as a leading provider of accounting and business advisory services to clients all over the country. Douglas formed Brixey & Meyer with David Brixey with no clients, but with a dream to give clients a different way of working with their tax professionals.

Prior to co-founding Brixey & Meyer, Douglas spent several years with Ernst & Young, LLP focusing on and becoming recognized as a leader in state and local tax (SALT) incentives serving clients around the world.

Patrick Rini

Fund I Investment Committee Member

Patrick is a partner and head of Investor Relations at the Connor Group, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Patrick has been with the Connor Group for more than 18 years where he has raised over $800 million in 17 investor funds. Throughout his tenure with the Connor Group, Patrick has held many roles in the organization including Property Manager, Regional Vice President, Director of Training, Recruiting and Communication to his role in Investor Relations.

Aside from his responsibilities with the Connor Group, Patrick is an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and a mentor to high school students through the Montgomery County College Promise program. Patrick serves on various other boards including the Montgomery County YMCA and the Moraine Caddy Scholarship.

Vishal Soin

Fund II Investment Committee Member

Vishal Soin is President of Soin LLC, a holding company providing management and financial support to various Soin-owned enterprises. He manages family investments including private equity investments, seed/angel investments, and real-estate investments. He is also the Chairman and on the Board of Directors for both CTC Plastics and Corbus, LLC and is a member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Business Roundtable (OBRT).

Prior to his current positions, Vishal was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Consultants, Inc. (ICI), where he successfully led the company from $11M in revenue and diminishing profits to $26M with a healthy bottom-line over a 30 month span. The company was courted by several publicly traded companies and ultimately was acquired by MTC Technologies (MTCT). Vishal then served as a Senior Vice President of Land Forces at MTCT after the acquisition. He was on the Board of Directors for Integrated Information Technology Corporation (IITC) from 1996 to 2004 until its sale to PEC Solutions/Nortel Networks. In addition, Vishal also served as Chief Executive Officer of Wrightpoint Computers, where he expanded the company’s offerings into more profitable lines of business such as network engineering, installation and management services. He coordinated the successful merger of the network services division with Corbus, LLC while overseeing the dissolution of the not profitable hardware businesses.

Soin is heavily involved in philanthropic activities through his family’s foundation and gives generously of his time serving and having served on numerous board positions for non-profit organizations to include Chair of the Board of Trustees for Dayton Children’s Hospital and Wright State University.

Darrick Zucco

Fund I Investment Committee Member

Darrick Zucco, Senior VP and General Manager of Rise Broadband, has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. Darrick has led $300 million+ business units in turnaround, startup and growth modes. His expertise includes driving business transformation, reformulating existing businesses, and exploiting future trends through a strong background in general management, new business development, product management, sales and operations.

Prior to joining Rise, Darrick held a variety of executive positions at Cincinnati Bell across the Consumer, Business and Wholesale Market segments. In addition, he managed the City of Lebanon, Ohio municipal cable system and its subsequent transition to private enterprise.