James C. Hellauer
Companies get themselves into trouble because they lose
their focus. And more times than not, they lose their focus because they stop
communicating, both internally with their staff, and externally with their customers,
vendors and lenders. Colmen understands how to rebuild these vital communication links as
part of our overall ability to help clients fix their problems.
James Hellauer specializes in providing management services to emerging and troubled
companies in the middle market. He has over thirty-eight (38) years of senior management
experience in a wide range of manufacturing, distribution and service industries in the
capacity of Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Financial Officer, Advisor, Member
of the Board of Directors or Shareholder. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Hellauer has
focused on assisting, advising, and implementing reorganizations, restructurings,
turnarounds, sales, debt financings, and operations improvement programs for a variety of
Mr. Hellauer was an early advocate of active involvement by outside Board members. He has
served, or is currently serving, on four public company Boards of Directors and over a
dozen private company Boards.
During his career, Mr. Hellauer has had leadership roles in a number of important
endeavors. Some of his accomplishments include:
- Initiation and direction of a successful IPO of a Financial Services
- Conceptualization, negotiation and implementation of a leverage
purchase of a special chemical company
- Initiation and completion of acquisitions and/or divestitures of four
- Obtaining debt and equity funding where necessary
- Increasing shareholder value in every assignment
He was also a pioneer in introducing the concept of a non-employee
CEO/COO and has successfully implemented this model in several assignments. By utilizing
this method, the consultant becomes an integral part of the management team with the
authority to effect change, yet he is unencumbered by past policies and procedures.
Mr. Hellauer holds a BS degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from Harvard
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