Board Credentials

Principal and Founder George Isaac has served as an advisor, consultant, director, or trustee on more than twenty-five business and non-profit boards across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, technology, financial services, real estate, agribusiness, and professional services. He has served in lead director roles on executive, audit, compensation and investment board committees in both private and publicly listed companies. His credentials include board service on the following:

Corporate Boards   

The Isaac Group (Gen 3 & 4 Family Business), Toledo, Ohio (1988 to Present)

Served on several family-owned business boards involved in scrap metals processing and recycling, commercial and industrial real estate development and management, and private investments. Successfully sold scrap metals business unit to public company to provide liquidity to shareholders; retained Isaac Property Co. business unit for continued 4th generation family business ownership.

The Fabbri Group (Fabbri Ag Investments and affiliated companies | Gen 2 Family Business), Bakersfield, CA (2017 to 2019)

An agricultural firm with experience growing more than 30 commercial crops in California's San Joaquin Valley. Firm focuses on acquiring, developing and managing high value agricultural assets. Currently operate and manage over 10,000 permanent crop acres (e.g. almonds, table grapes and bulk wine grapes) in California and has recently expanded operations and investments into Portugal.

Findley, Inc. (Gen 2 & 3 Partnership) Toledo, Ohio (1994 to 2014)

First outside board member to join a regional full service employee benefits and human resources consulting firm.  Firm rapidly expanded practice areas through organic growth and acquisitions, growing from an initial office in Toledo, Ohio to include offices in  Chicago, IL; Toledo, Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; and Charlotte, N.C.

Board responsibility includes participation on Compensation Committee (1997- 2014) and assisting with several consulting assignments.

Betco, Inc. (Gen 2 & 3 Family Business), Toledo, Ohio (1997 to 2010; 2019 to Present)

Specialty chemical manufacturer of cleaning solutions. Second generation family-owned business with aggressive growth strategies. Successfully completed 3 acquisitions to address non-organic growth core industry. Assisted in financial recapitalization of company; buyout of minority shareholders; operational improvements, etc. Member, Compensation Committee. 

Rejoined board in 2019 to assist with Gen 2 to Gen 3 family and business transition planning.

Metal Management, Inc. Chicago, Illinois (1997 to 2000)

A $1 billion public company (NYSE:SMS) consolidator of the scrap metals recycling industry. Served on Executive Committee (1997-1999) and Audit Committee (1997-1998). Completed over 10 acquisitions in an industry consolidation.

Ferrex Trading LLC (Gen 3 Family Business), Toledo, Ohio (1989 to 1991)

Founding CEO of start-up scrap iron metals brokerage business serving U.S. steel and automotive industries. Company was merged into The Isaac Corporation in 1991.

Miltec Resources, L.P. (Gen 2 & Gen 3 Family Business Partnership), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1995 to 1997)

Joint venture start-up company with Tube City, Inc. (scrap metals recycling and steel mill-processing company). Start-up company developed new technologies to recycle steel mill waste by-products.

Stonebridge Industries, Inc. Sylvania (Toledo), Ohio (1997 to 1999)

A privately held acquisition company focused at acquiring small automotive suppliers/manufacturing companies. Sold three businesses previously acquired in 1999.

Fifth Third Bank Toledo, Ohio (2001 to 2004)

A $4 billion banking and financial services organization serving Northwestern Ohio/Southeastern Michigan. Participation on the Board's Executive Committee.

Abbey International Corporation (Gen 3 Family Business), Perrysburg, Ohio (2000 to 2001)

International capital equipment manufacturer providing design, build/manufacturing, and installation/assembly services for large scale pipe mills, tube mills, slitting lines, draw benches, entry coil handling, exit tube handling, cutoff equipment, and other related systems worldwide. Served on Advisory Board during restructuring.

Kenakore Solutions (Depot Direct, Inc.), Perrysburg, Ohio (2000 to 2002)

A technology (Internet) based international demand fulfillment company providing logistics management and warehousing/order fulfillment services to the industrial distribution market place.

Chicago Equipment Credit Corporation (Gen 1 Family Business), Morton Grove (Chicago), Illinois (2001 to 2004)

High growth and diversified equipment leasing company focused at mid-market, structured and small ticket leasing sectors including financing venture capital-funded companies. Chairman, Compensation Committee 2003 to 2004. Consultant and senior advisor to CEO and Board 2004.

Capital Bank, N.A. Sylvania (Toledo), Ohio (1989 to 2001)

A $1 billion publicly traded bank holding company started in 1989. Board responsibilities include participation on Compensation, Audit, Securities, and Investment committees (1989-2001). Chairman of Compensation Committee (1998-2001) and prior Chairman of Audit Committee.

Investment Boards   

Geozac Holdings Ltd. & Geozac Investments Ltd. (Gen 2 Family Office), Toledo, OH (1999 to Present)

Board member and co-managing member of Isaac family office overseeing public and private equity and debt securities, alternative investments and direct early stage investments.

Isaac Property Co. & George Isaac Properties (Gen 2 & 3 Family Business), Toledo, OH (1988 to Present)

Board member of family real estate development and investment businesses focused at commercial and industrial real estate sectors.

In4 Venture Fund Toledo, Ohio (2003)

Member, Founding Board of Advisors; Early stage fund created by Regional Technology Alliance of Northwestern Ohio (subsidiary of lead economic development agency, Regional Growth Partners, Inc.) to assist early stage companies validate their technologies and obtain early seed capital for business development.

Corenetwork Toledo, Ohio (2003 to 2004)

Board member of a private equity “network” that identifies, evaluates and provides opportunities to an organized network of qualified investors for private equity funding of startup and early stage companies.

Crystal Fund, LLC. Washington, D.C. (1998 to 2010)

Board member and shareholder of a privately-owned investment management company responsible for the creation and management of a “fund of funds” hedge fund.

Educational Boards   

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Family Business Program Los Angeles, CA (2015 to 2019)

Founding & Advisory Board Chair, Senior Program Advisor and Subject Matter Expert, USC Family Business Program.  Regular lecturer for on-campus and off-campus university programs.

Chief Executive Organization Washington DC (2012 to 2016)

The Chief Executives Organization is a global organization of CEO's. CEO is the only independent graduate organization of Young Presidents' Organization. Membership is strictly by invitation only and is limited to 2,000 global leaders. Its main mission is global education, networking, and idea exchange.

University of Michigan Business School Institute For Entrepreneurial Studies Ann Arbor Michigan (2000 to 2006)

Advisory board member to the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan Business School.

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Los Angeles, CA (2010 - Present)

Member, Board of Leaders (Advisory Board to Dean of Business School)

Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Gold Santa Barbara, California (2010 to 2014)

Board member and Chairman (2011-2013) for regional Santa Barbara chapter of Young Presidents Organization International.

University of Toledo School of Business Toledo, Ohio (2000 to 2004)

Member, Board of Advisors of Business School. Provide direction and suggestions to Dean of School of Business.

Westside Montessori School Toledo, Ohio (1993 to 1995)

Member, Board of Trustees; private Montessori school from pre-school through eighth grade.

Foundry Educational Foundation Chicago, Illinois (1996 to 2000)

Member, Board of Trustees for educational foundation that provides college scholarships to students interested in a career in the metal casting industry. Foundation also accredits colleges that meet certain educational standards.

St. John’s Jesuit High School Toledo, Ohio (1999 to 2002)

Member, Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs Committee; Private Catholic boys preparatory high school.

Nonprofit, Community, Charitable, and Arts Boards   

California Coast Venture Forum Santa Barbara, CA (2004 to 2010)

Member, Board of Advisors.  The California Coast Venture Forum is a non-profit organization whose mission is to invite pre-qualified emerging growth and later stage companies to participate in professional forums with leading investors and other entrepreneurs. CCVF has assisted companies raise over $110 million in capital investments from private equity, venture capital and angel investors during the past decade. Board members select and mentor participants that present at CCVF capital raising events.

Montecito Community Foundation Santa Barbara, California (2017 to present)

Member, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee and Liason to Montecito Association Board.

National Down Syndrome Society New York City, New York (1997 to 2003)

Member, Board of Trustees and Finance Committee; National organization focused at research, education, and advocacy for children and adults with Down Syndrome, a learning disability that at times has individuals with health-related problems.

The Toledo Symphony Toledo, Ohio (1995 to 2004)

Member of Board of Trustees and Executive Committee (2002 to 2004); Foundation that finances and oversees the operations of the Toledo Symphony.