Since 1988, LAAD has provided Fortune 100 companies as well as early stage companies with management, financial, organizational and strategic business advice that truly makes a difference.We provide both public and private businesses with top-flight strategic and operational advice designed to help them beat their competitors. We operate within the USA and international markets and are seasoned, successful executives that have hands-on experience. LAAD is a 'game changer' in the business of corporate growth. We have successfully launched young companies and completed major corporate turn-arounds. We apply our innovative techniques and well tested proven methods to create great value. LAAD has completed numerous successful ventures and engagements, from start-ups to the sale of 50 year old mature companies. Our mission is to work from a “no-nonsense, bottom line real” view of business with motivated owners and management teams. LAAD can deliver exceptional value both as advisors and, at times, as direct investors.
LAAD team members have backgrounds with Fortune 100 companies and have built successful entrepreneurial ventures. We compete on the basis of our intellectual capital and deep business know-how specifically related to core industries like energy and healthcare, and in core disciplines like finance, operations and technology. Our team is comprised of professionals who are deep subject matter experts with real-life success to back it up. Through careful analysis of each project, the LAAD Board tailors its resources and plans to each client’s needs.
Board and Resources:
Anthony F. Altmann currently runs EnergyIQ Group LLC, a well-respected smart grid/smart building company. Formerly he was Division President for Energy Marketing & Trade at NextEra Energy where he achieved top industry results and grew his division from $600 Million to $3 Billion. Tony is active in various early stage growth companies in several industries as a director, advisor and investor.
Ed Bell is an experienced IT executive, working in risk management technology and strategic realignment for the power, oil & gas and utility industries. Ed has managed large-scale systems implementations and is a former division CIO for the NextEra Energy. He has held senior positions with Cap Gemini and PA Consultants and was a senior IT professional with Enron.
James Parker is a highly respected strategic business consultant with over 25 years of corporate experience. He has managed HR functions with teams of over 20,000 employees. As VP of Organizational Effectiveness at Outsource International. Jim regularly consults with CEOs and senior executives at companies such as Ryder Systems, The Sports Authority and the Mayo Clinic to align people, work processes, technology and strategy to achieve exceptionally high performance.
James Somes is a Managing Partner of Angeles Capital and has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking. He has originated, structured and placed over 65 private equity, leveraged acquisition, mezzanine, project finance and international merchant banking transactions amounting to over $5 billion. Previously, James was Vice President of Security Pacific Business Credit where he was the West Coast manager for the company’s $80 million mezzanine fund. He was Vice President of Citicorp Leveraged Capital and has served on over 8 private company boards.
LAAD selects only a few assignments from the many proposed to us each year. We work with companies we believe will gain the most value from our services and where we can have the greatest impact. We employ various creative approaches to compensation – fixed price, outcome based, time based and stock based. Many U.S. investment banks, investors, merchant banks and consulting firms operate with a short-term focus. However, at LAAD we know that some truly exceptional opportunities take time to yield results. When our clients grow and prosper, we grow and succeed as well. We remain engaged with our clients for years hopefully for a lifetime.
LAAD has completed turn-arounds, market entry plans, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, growth plans, organizational restructuring and senior strategic advisory work across many industries. We leverage capacities across three different areas of expertise: Consulting, Merchant Banking and Private Equity/Venture Capital. Our three channels allow us to create full and complete advice and alternatives to our clients and partners. LAAD work includes projects for companies such as: