Tim Gehrt, Director – Technology
Tim Gehrt has a breadth of experience in building strong global and domestic relationships. In his 20-year career, he has worked in both new technology sectors and long-standing, established industries such as manufacturing and financial services. Tim joined KillerBiz/BuyLogix as Vice President of Business Development in 2000 and called on various companies including California food and agribusiness companies for the deployment of internet-based procurement systems. Tim also successfully built relationships with some of the largest business organizations in the U.S. and abroad including American Express Corporation, Casio, the National Federation for Independent Businesses, National Australia Bank, Sabre BTS, McAfee, Inc. and others.
Charles J. McCann Director – Packaged Foods
Mr. McCann operates a consulting firm for packaged and processed foods companies. He brings significant operating and management experience to Key & Company. Most recently, Mr. McCann was retained by a private equity group as an interim CEO of a $40 million meat processor in Nashville, TN. For six years, he was CEO of Kozy Shack, a rapidly growing refrigerated dessert and puddings company in New York. During that time, he was also on the Board of Protein Dairies, a regional dairy processor. Mr. McCanns’s early career was spent at major packaged food companies including American Home Products Corporation, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York and General Foods where his responsibilities were in sales, management and new product development. Mr. McCann’s achievements include Captain, Naval Reserves (Retired), Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Adjunct Professor of New Jersey State University System and, Chairman Fairfield University Alumni Fund. Mr. McCann has an MBA from Farleigh-Dickinson Graduate School of Business.
Walter Silva Director – Financial Analysis
With more than fifteen years of financial advisory services experience, Walter Silva has advised international and US clients on mergers, acquisitions, privatizations and restructurings. Walter has a diverse industry experience including food, agribusiness, financial sector, manufacturing and media. His broad and varied experience ranges from leading large strategic divestitures to due diligence and valuations. He was recently lead advisor in the $126 million sale of a commercial bank, the $377 million restructuring of a large industrial conglomerate, and the sale of a $150 million utility.
Walter was Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP in New York and Senior Vice President at a European investment banking firm. While in these positions he advised major corporations in North America, Europe and Latin America in multiple projects in emerging markets. A native of Argentina, Mr. Silva received his undergraduate degree from University of Buenos Aires and his MBA, from William E. Simon School of Business Administration, University of Rochester. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, MBA Honor Society. He is fluent in English and Spanish. He has spoken to many audiences on corporate finance issues and lectured at New York University on Mergers and Acquisitions.
Scott Welsh Director
Scott Welsh has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and advisor in agribusiness, with a particular focus on AgTech. He has co-founded several AgTech companies based on early stage technology, including serving as founding President for Boragen, a novel Ag chemical company that went from founding to $10 million A round financing in less than 2 years. He provides technology commercialization, business development and financing strategy advisory services to clients across the agriculture value chain. Previously he was a Partner at a boutique project development and finance advisory group in the biofuels industry, and Vice President at a regional agricultural consulting firm.