David N. Slutz,
David N. Slutz, Managing Director
David is a skilled decision maker and negotiator with a successful history in operational improvement/Lean Manufacturing, organizational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, design and manufacturing engineering, sales leadership, global team development and strategic business planning. His expertise in business development in multiple, demanding market segments is well proven.
David came to Potentia with more than 23 years’ experience in the elastomer manufacturing industry, including 16 years in leadership roles at Precix/Acushnet Rubber Company, first as Vice President of Business Development and then as the company’s President and CEO (2008-2015). At Precix—an integrated manufacturer of precision seals and o-rings for automotive, aerospace and energy markets—he was responsible for domestic and international multi-site operations totaling more than $60 million in sales, with full P&L, financial and banking oversight.
Prior to working for Precix, David held several positions of increasing responsibility in Sales/Marketing, Operations and Information Technology at Garlock Sealing Technologies, Palmyra, NY, and Federal-Mogul Corporation, Southfield, MI. David holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Computer Information Systems from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, and an MBA from Syracuse University.
Michael R. Trotta,
Michael R. Trotta, Managing Director
Mike is a skilled team builder and excels at identifying under-utilized talent within organizations and identifying needs for future growth. Mike works in a collaborative way, ensuring partnerships/acquisitions are beneficial for all parties. Mike brings M&A, sales/marketing, executive management and growth and business development experience in the automotive, medical, aerospace, and commercial markets.
Mike started his career 20 years ago as a financial advisor in a family firm before embarking on his entrepreneurial path building several businesses from the ground up in the technology, financial, and manufacturing spaces. In 2011, Mike acquired Crystal Engineering, a family-run manufacturer of high-speed stampings and CNC-machined parts. In 2012, Crystal did an internal startup concentrating on Capital equipment builds and Engineering services. Revenue has increased 3X and gross margins have improved significantly year over year while adding a number of employees to the organization.
Mike lives in West Newbury, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter and while not working enjoys skiing, rugby, and coaching soccer and baseball. Mike has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.
Michael J. Hullinger,
Michael J. Hullinger, Managing Director
Mike has over three decades of Board, Executive Officer, Investor and business restructure experience in challenging business environments. He has guided strategic direction, policy, corporate governance, and business plan development and implementations. He has lead business growth, restructurings, organization transitions, lender and investor relations, acquisitions, divestitures, and improved results for business stakeholders. Mike provides a strong financial background in financing and capital structure, understanding product costs, contribution margin and profit improvement strategies.
Mike’s executive and board level experiences include Recoll Management Corp., Acushnet Rubber Company, Endurance Capital, LP, Tactical Communications Group, LLC., Altec Lansing and others. His prior experience includes providing business and debt restructuring advisory services since 1981 to banks and lower middle market companies, representing owner’s and lenders in distressed business situations.
For more information on Mike's consulting services, please visit www.clearbk.com, where his expertise and commitment to delivering strategic solutions can be explored further.