Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II Management Team
Daniel J. Hennessy – Chairman and CEO
Dan is the founder and managing member of Hennessy Capital LLC and the Chairman and CEO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (or “SPAC”) he formed which went public on NASDAQ in July of 2015. Dan was also the Chairman and CEO of Hennessy Capital’s first SPAC, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD). Dan now serves as Blue Bird’s Vice Chairman. Dan is also a Partner at CHS Capital LLC (f/k/a Code Hennessy & Simons LLC) a middle market private equity investment firm he co-founded in 1988 and led its investments in industrial, infrastructure and energy businesses. Over a 25 year period, CHS invested $2.8 billion in 395 operating companies with aggregate revenues of approximately $15 billion. Prior to forming CHS, Dan was employed by Citicorp from 1984 to 1988 as head of the Midwest Region for Citicorp Mezzanine Investments and Vice President and Team Leader with Citicorp Leveraged Capital Group. He began his career in 1981 in the oil and gas lending group at Continental Illinois National Bank (now Bank of America) where he was a Banking Officer. Dan holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Kevin M. Charlton – President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Kevin is President, COO and a Director of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II as well as the Managing Partner of River Hollow Partners, a private equity firm he founded in July 2013 to focus on the lower mid-market. Kevin was also the President, COO and a Director of Hennessy Capital’s first SPAC, which merged with School Bus Holdings Inc. in February 2015 and is now known as Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD). From 2009 to 2013, Kevin was a Managing Director in the Principal Transactions Group of Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., and led a team that oversaw its existing portfolio of North American investments. Prior to joining Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., Kevin worked as Managing Director at Investcorp International, a mid-market private equity firm, JPMorganChase, McKinsey & Company and as a contractor in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. He received a Masters in Business Administration with honors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Distinction from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Cum Laude from Princeton University.
Nicholas A. Petruska – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Nick is the Vice President of Hennessy Capital LLC and the Executive Vice President and CFO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II. Through his role with Hennessy Capital LLC, he advised its first SPAC in connection with its initial public offering in January 2014. In addition, he worked on transaction origination and initial assessments of potential target companies and led the due diligence assessment and transaction execution for its business combination with Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ: BLBD). From July 2012 to July 2014, Nick served as a private equity associate at CHS, a Chicago-based middle market private equity investment firm, where he evaluated leveraged buyouts and structured equity investments across multiple sectors and oversaw certain portfolio companies of CHS. From January 2010 to July 2012, he served as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance groups with a focus on diversified industrials and consumer retail. Nick holds a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Miami University with majors in Finance and Decision Sciences (applied business statistics) and a secondary concentration in mathematics.
Charles B. Lowrey – Advisor
Chuck is the former CFO of our first SPAC and is an advisor to us in the areas of IPO readiness assessments and financial due diligence of potential business combination targets for our second. Chuck is currently CFO and a Director of Dixie Electric, LLC, the largest electrical services provider to oil and gas producers in the Permian and Bakken basins. From January 2013 to September 2013, he served as Chief Financial Officer of The Scooter Store, a provider of mobility products, and from January 2012 to January 2013, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Marlin Midstream, LLC, a midstream energy company offering natural gas gathering, compression, dehydration, treating, processing, and marketing services which he helped to make ready for its initial public offering. From November 2004 to February 2012, Chuck served as a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC, and a National Practice Leader in their Private Equity Services division, where he specialized in interim CFO and other leadership roles, finance and accounting process and controls improvement, merger integration, liquidity and cash management, and business intelligence. Chuck has a BS in Economics and Computer Information Systems from Houston Baptist University, as well as an MBA with a concentration in accounting from the University of Houston.