Our Expertise is Your Advantage
First and foremost, LAAD is a business development firm focusing on strategy and innovation. We have worked with over 100 entrepreneurs and business owners for more than a decade. We maximize value and create wealth through human and financial capital. We counsel companies, executives and business principals in various industries on strategic management and positioning of their corporate assets and personal ownership stakes. Our work typically breaks into the following categories:
LAAD and its associates also acquire and make investments in companies, and we often step into senior operating roles. We have worked with Fortune 100 companies and early stage operations alike. We've invested in numerous enterprises, many with successful exits. We have built our success on the cumulative experience of our team that applies deep real world operating expertise.
Some of the key areas of our expertise include:
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 subject matter experts with real-life success to back it up. Individual situations and opportunities drive how we tailor our resources and plans to your needs.
Board and Resources:
Anthony F. Altmann is currently involved with six operating companies, from smart grid/smart building operations (EnergyIQ) to healthcare (Healthcare Performance Companies). 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. He has practiced in over 25 M&s, private equity/JVC or JV transactions in various industires.
Ed Bell is an experienced IT executive that has deep roots in risk management and energy trading technology. He currently operates SureXT, an up and coming California software development company now focused on challenges in healthcare IT. Ed has forged strategic IT realignment in the power, oil & gas and utility industries. He's managed large-scale systems implementations and is a former division CIO for 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, Source Fire (now Cisco), Trane Big Data, 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.
We work with companies we believe will gain the most value from joining forces with us 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 growth plans, product development programs, technology implementations, turn-arounds, and organizational restructurings. Our strategic advisory work and operational initiatives often lead to mergers and acquisitions. We leverage capacities across many industries and different areas of expertise. Our flexibility allows us to create value for owners and creative alternatives for our business partners. LAAD's work includes projects for companies such as: