Jeff Burks has over 25 years of experience creating revenue growth and reducing costs within technical, environmental, construction and industrial services industries. Jeff has particular expertise leading multi-unit organizations and is an expert in delivering start-up and turnaround operations profitability. He has established, owned, operated and directed small to large public and privately owned companies.
Jeff began his management career in the utility industry in various levels of project and program management with companies providing fuel additives, performance and emission monitoring throughout North America. He has served as President and Director of six subsidiary companies for Handex Environmental Resources, a publicly traded national environmental consulting and contracting company servicing major oil and chemical companies.
Over the years Jeff has been responsible for fostering the successful start-up operations of several construction, industrial and consulting companies through effective planning, process development and comprehensive performance monitoring.
Prior to starting his consulting career, Jeff served as the Chief Operating Officer of a national consolidated construction company, with 35 offices and over 2600 employees. He was responsible for daily operations of all field offices, project operations, risk management, service, asset management and recruitment. During his tenure, Jeff established a new international department that secured multiple contracts with US federal agencies that completed projects in Europe, Asia and Cuba.
Jeffery received his B.S. in Earth Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University and completed MBA coursework at CW Post University.
Jeffrey M. Granger has over 25 years of experience as a finance executive, advising companies in various states of financial distress or decline. He has been associated with over 300 companies in various industries, providing financial restructuring services, budgeting, cash management, product or service costing, sales & marketing support, materials management, production scheduling and strategic planning. He has held numerous positions as interim CEO, CFO and CRO in a variety of fields, ranging from manufacturing to healthcare, as well as distribution and service industries, including involvement in over $5 billion in structured finance, asset-based lending and leasing transactions.
Previously, Mr. Granger was Managing Director of Focus Management Group, a nationally recognized turnaround and restructuring consulting firm and has extensive experience dealing with companies operating under various forms of court protection, including bankruptcy and receivership proceedings. Additionally, Jeff has successfully managed, sold and liquidated numerous companies in diverse industries, both in and out of court protection. Prior to Focus Management Group, Mr. Granger was Treasurer of a specialty chemical manufacturer where he was responsible for working capital management, budgeting and forecasting, risk management and bank relationships.
Mr. Granger’s industry experience includes transportation, staffing, healthcare, construction, chemicals, telecommunications, furniture, food processing, retail and a variety of other manufacturers and service providers. Mr. Granger’s experience over the past twenty five years allows for a quick assessment of a distressed situation and quick development and execution of recovery plans.
Mr. Granger received his BBA – Economics from Loyola University of Chicago and his MBA from GeorgiaState University.
Keith Hyatt is a seasoned real estate professional with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of real estate, with a particular emphasis in real estate development of luxury and urban high-rise, multi-family, and master planned communities for both public and private concerns. Keith specializes in real estate finance, development, and restructuring covering all types of properties, including Hotel/Motel, Office, Industrial, Retail, Condominium projects, Marinas, Multifamily and Mixed Use, and Master Planned Communities, as well as, turnaround and rescue plans for developers, contractors, and businesses with financial difficulties.
Previously, Keith served as the Director of Development for a regional construction and real estate development concern located in Jacksonville, Florida. In this capacity, he was responsible for all facets of acquisition, capital sourcing, capital formation, strategic planning, development management, construction management, project management, and disposition. In addition, Keith directed day to day operational management of two campus style office buildings, managed investor relations, and a custom home builder in the Jacksonville market.
Prior to Keith’s tenure as Director of Development, as noted above, he was Vice President of Acquisitions for a publicly traded, international development and homebuilding entity with a focus on luxury high rise and highly amenitized master planned communities. The company was known as Taylor Woodrow and Keith was responsible for the acquisition, development, and success of two luxury high rise developments in Florida: The Diplomat Residences in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and The Beach Residences in Sarasota, Florida. In addition, Keith was responsible for the acquisition of two residential sites in Northeast Florida and Georgia and a master planned community in St. Johns County, Florida. His responsibilities included, but were not limited to acquisitions, joint venture negotiations, market research, planning, financial modeling, entitlements, permits, CDD underwriting, HOA origination and management, project and sales management, construction management, and development management.
Keith also has extensive experience in corporate banking. He is a former Vice President and Eastern United States Manager of Great Western Bank’s Real Estate Group, where he was instrumental in managing and disposing of the REO assets contained within. Keith also served as a consultant to Chase Manhattan Bank and the merger with Chemical Bank to coordinate systems and cultures related to the merging of corporate philosophies, procedures, policies, and personnel relevant to loan servicing and foreclosure and REO departments.
In addition to working with a wide array of companies at all stages of the growth cycle, Keith also has a specialized focus in commercial real estate asset repositioning and finance. He has been instrumental in structuring and restructuring billions of dollars lent to both private and public concerns and all types of real estate including Hotel/Motel, Industrial, Office, Multifamily, Condominium projects, Retail and Mixed Use communities. Keith has served in the capacity as Receiver in both federal and state cases encompassing all asset classes throughout the country. He has extensive background in all phases of project finance and development for all types of commercial and residential real estate including cash flow forecasting, valuation modeling, highest and best use analysis, and determination of optimal capital structures.
Keith graduated from Eckerd College, where he received a B.A. in Human Development with High Honors and subsequently went on to perform graduate studies at the University of South Florida in Educational Measurement and Research.
Lori J. Launderville is a professional with over 30 years of experience in administration, senior management, marketing and business development rolls coupled with over a decade of turnaround management experience in a variety of industries. With diversified experience and success in a variety of senior management and business development roles, Lori has extensive knowledge of turnaround management issues and effective crisis decision making. Lori has held key roles spearheading initiatves for a variety of firms developing and implementing programs/strategies within an organization to increase sales volume. Successfully orchestrating change with a sense of peace and calmness while ensuring employee moral is high makes the organizational changes transparent. She has received the Senior Service of Excellence award for outstanding performance for streamlining processes. Lori has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Upper Iowa. She is a member of local Chamber of Commerces in SW Florida, a certified grief specialist, and former board member for the Turnaround Management Association (TMA).
Lassiter Mason is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of financial experience across a diverse group of industries including real estate, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, food service and agriculture. With a strong expertise in strategic planning and cash flow analysis, Lassiter has distinctive strengths in corporate restructuring as well as crisis management for firms in financial distress.
During his career Lassiter has held key senior management and CFO positions, including that of turnaround CFO of a regional manufacturing company. This broad experience base has enabled Lassiter to quickly identify and assess the key metrics affecting distressed companies. Some of Lassiter’s engagements have included: nonprofit veterans and housing groups; vertically integrated aluminum extruders; golf courses; numerous agricultural operations; multi-family apartment and construction portfolios; government contractors and multiple court appointments as a Receiver.
Lassiter received his MBA in Finance from Georgia State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University.
Barry Powers has over 15 years as a business executive in varied industries. Having a passion for business all of his life, has ventured in the entrepreneurial world with a focus on creating value by fixing broken businesses. Businesses fail for many reasons, and knowing the right thing to do is not always enough.
Even though it seems to be a rarity in today’s world, he whole-heartedly believes in doing right by his clients and taking on their goals as his own personal ones. Barry takes on the client’s success as that of Renascent and himself personally. With this attitude, he joined a team of like-minded individuals who share his same devotion to business and customers, and just so happen to be some of the best and most experienced professionals in their respective fields.
Spanning across industries and continents, Barry’s 20 years of business experience have allowed him to negotiate and close multiple acquisitions and strategic partnerships in locations all over the world. In addition to Renascent, Barry has investments in a Marketing Automation SASS model, a Software Development company, a Marketing Firm, and various minority investments. As a 5th generation Tampa native, Barry is also committed to the Tampa Bay community. He has supported many local charities and organizations, as well as serving on the board of directors for the St. Petersburg Bowl and Sincerely Santa.
Mr. Totten, a 54 year old American, is the founder and president of Saigon Wash & Rag Company. His company manufactures and distributes men’s, ladies and kids apparel to retailers and wholesalers, throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company also has its own retail outlet.
He has 34 years of business experience across multiple industries. During the most of his career, Mr. Totten held key senior management positions in North America and Europe within Aircraft, Defense and Automotive industries. After that, he moved his manufacturing and operations experience into the emerging market investment banking world, with focus on Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.
During 2007 and 2008, Mr. Totten was Partner and Chief Executive of International Trade at Vietnam Partners LLC (VPLLC), a New York based emerging market Investment bank. At VPLLC, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s Vietnam investments with companies that manufacture and export; Textiles, Garments, Furniture, Seafood, Automotive and Consumer Products. He also headed up major projects involving western company expansion into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This included the formation of Indochina Automotive Group, which became the exclusive distributor for a major global car maker, along with several prominent motor cycle and sport-rec vehicle companies for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Prior to 2007, Mr. Totten spent 16 years with Magna International. With over $40 Billion in sales, Magna is the worlds largest and most diversified OEM Automotive systems supplier. Mr. Totten held several top executive positions which included operations responsibility for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. With Magna, Mr. Totten earned industry recognition for heading up several successful divisional turnarounds and also for bringing to market 4 industry leading patented technologies with Magna Interior Systems. He has significant experience with international start ups and new business development.
From 2004 thru 2007 he was acting President/ Vice President of Operations for Magna’s UK based Intier Automotive Interiors – Europe.
Prior to 2004, Mr. Totten held several executive positions with Magna, including; Vice President- Atreum Interior Group, Vice President of Manufacturing – Magna Interiors North America and Corporate Manager of Business Systems for Magna International North America.
He started his automotive career with the industry leading exterior trim supplier, JAC Products Inc., where he was Plant Manager for 5 years, then at age 28, became Group Director of Quality and Ops Improvement, at the Corporate Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan at.
From 1982 thru 1985, Mr. Totten held middle management positions in quality and engineering at Triple Tool & Manufacturing Company, a large precision Tooling and Parts supplier, serving the Aircraft, Aerospace and Defense industry, in Tampa, Florida.