Professionals

GGG Partners is nothing if not an incredible group of professionals that is willing to do whatever it takes to turn a company around and help it achieve maximum efficiency, quality and profitability. These are the GGG professionals, who are ready to assist you, your company or your financial institution with their wide-ranging expertise.

Meet Our Professionals

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Jerry E. Goldress

Chairman Emeritus

A turnaround specialist and corporate crisis manager since 1965, Jerry Goldress has been called a “master of turnaround” by Business Week and a “trouble-shooter extra-ordinaire” by Metal Center News. Since joining GGG Partners in 1973, he has been president of more than 100 manufacturing, distribution, and retail organizations. He has served as GGG Partners’ Chairman…
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Katie Goodman

Managing Partner

Ms. Goodman joined GGG Partners, one of the oldest turnaround consulting firms in the United States, in 2001. Since then, she has worked with both public and private companies, focusing in particular on middle-market firms in the Southeast.

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Curt S. Friedberg

Shareholder

Curt Friedberg joined GGG in 2004 and has held positions of CRO, CRO, CFO, CIO, CFO and financial advisor to numerous companies. Over the last 6 years, Mr. Friedberg has been engaged with over 40 different trucking and logistics companies.

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Scott Yates

Shareholder

Scott D. Yates is experienced in dealing with companies in bankruptcy (Chapter 11 and Chapter 7) and has successfully managed and sold companies under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. He also serves as a court-appointed receiver and Assignee in general Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors. With 25 years of management and consulting business…
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Joe Pegnia

Shareholder

Mr. Pegnia is known for his speed and credibility in assessing a company’s needs and developing effective solutions. He has consulted with companies across various industries, including retail, automotive, textiles, military contractors, building products, and utilities, among others. Prior to joining GGG Partners, Mr. Pegnia was a Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s restructuring practice, one…
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Joe Briner

Partner

Joe Briner is a Partner with GGG Partners, a management turnaround firm with a 50-year history as a trusted resource for financial guidance. Mr. Briner brings 23 years experience as a senior financial services executive in privately-held and public banks, including the role of CEO. He has managed, negotiated or originated over $3 billion in…
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Steven G. Courtade

Partner

Steve Courtade is a seasoned financial and accounting professional with over 25 years of consulting experience. He has worked in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. Mr. Courtade’s experience includes interim to long term management, turnaround implementation, crisis stabilization, performance improvement, right sizing operations, plant floor operational improvements, lean manufacturing, job costing, product rationalization/gross margin…
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Sam Horgan

Partner

Sam Horgan has over 30 years of financial and operational experience with both public and private enterprises in a broad set of service and manufacturing industries. He began his career with a Fortune 100 company where he was involved in both accounting and plant operational management. He has held the positions of CFO, COO and…
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Richard R. Kazmier

Partner

Richard R. Kazmier, CTP, has over twenty-five years’ experience in business revitalization and management consulting. He has served as Chief Financial and Chief Restructuring Officer in a variety of business environments. His financial expertise is supported by significant international business, information technology and operating experience. Prior to joining GGG Partners in 2010, Rick served nine…
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Harvey P. Mays

Partner

Mr. H.P. Mays is a well-rounded crisis manager with 30 years of operations experience. Mr. Mays has worked in a variety of industries including aluminum smelting, recycling, wireless, transportation, battery manufacturing, mobile homes and after-market products for the automotive industry. Having worked with Gristanti, Galef & Goldress since 1994, Mr. Mays has served a variety…
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Tom Pierce

Partner

Mr. Pierce’s background spans 25 years of advisory, financing & principal investment, and executive management experience. His advisory background includes extensive operational improvement programs and financial leadership including the formulation and management of corporate turnaround plans, developing and implementing cash and liquidity forecasting and monitoring programs, corporate strategic planning, operational efficiency & right-sizing, and product and divisional profitability.

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Victor Taglia

Partner

Vic Taglia has served as the Chief Financial Officer for construction and manufacturing companies in various industries, including a publicly-held manufacturer of asphalt production and heat transfer machinery. His financial experience extends to several privately-held businesses, including manufacturers and distributors of custom loose-leaf binders, telecommunications equipment, wire and cable, consumer garden products, and welding equipment….
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Kevin Van de Grift

Partner

Kevin Van de Grift, CPA has extensive experience in accounting, finance, treasury, operations, sales, project management, real estate, and lending for both private and publicly traded companies.  His varied background as an employee, owner, and interim executive gives him an excellent perspective on the various stakeholders in an organization. Kevin is extremely organized, detailed oriented,…
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Murray Cohen

Murray Cohen has extensive financial and general management experience in branded consumer products and services, including soft drinks, juices, foods and food service, wines, electronics and garden products. His accomplishments include leading the internal merger and acquisitions department for The Coca-Cola Company, where he managed over $2 billion in domestic and global transactions. While at…
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Paul J. Coughlin, Jr.

Paul J. Coughlin, Jr., with his wide variety of executive management and legal and government positions, uses his extensive experience in business management, law, and government to successfully direct the turnaround of companies in crisis situations. Paul is best known for his successful turnaround of Eastmet Corporation, its Eastern Stainless Steel Division and Industrial Products…
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