Employee Bios

David Kebrdle 
Managing Partner
574.360.8755
davidkebrdle@chikol.com

Dave is a Managing Partner at Chikol, who has worked in this industry for 22 years.  His professional focus includes identifying, developing, and implementing creative solutions for clients in financial distress.  He brings a multi-faceted perspective to his clients because of his extensive experience as a former President/Owner of a number of companies providing manufacturing and distribution services to the public.  He also offers to the Chikol clients his extensive experience in the dealer/distributor, manufacturing/resale organizations.  

Dave has managed national distribution and dealer sales organizations.  His sales experience extends to the Governments sales channels, where he specializes in negotiating GSA contracts to extend sale avenues.  His client analysis focus includes product/market review, transaction process evaluation and channel/driver determination
 
Specialties:
  • Direct/Dealer Marketing
  • Technology Supported Direct Sales
  • Cost Reduction Sales/Marketing
  • Critical Account Relationships
  • High Tech Equipment Distribution
Dave’s educational training is in Marketing, Sales Process and Training – Ohio State University.  His early work experience also encompassed sales training and management of field sales and independent representative.   He has been a guest lecturer for Notre Dame University MBA Program- Turnaround Management.

Dennis Kebrdle 
Managing Partner
574.360.5279
denniskebrdle@chikol.com
Dennis, who brings to clients his experience as President, CEO or owner of distribution and international manufacturing companies, is also a Managing Partner of Chikol.  His 26 years in the industry provides the clients with an in depth analysis focused on working capital review, administrative effectiveness, business plan rework, debt restructuring support, interpersonal relationships within management groups and ownership issues, Dennis works with the client to chart a course to financial success.
 
He specializes in organizations that distribute through resellers or manufacture from multiple factories. His specialty comes in support for:
  • Roll up issues in manufacturing situations.
  • Moderating the shortage of working capital in environments with lender/owner company fatigue.
  • Long term management in turnaround situations.
  • Evaluation of company for mezzanine investors.
  • Strategic Analysis & Planning
  • Creditor Negotiations
  • Out of Bankruptcy Solutions
Dennis’ educational training is in Industrial Psychology and Social Work – Ohio State University.  His early work experience was in commission sales management.  He was a guest lecturer for Notre Dame University – MBA Program – Acquisition diligence of troubled companies.
Also serves as advisor to a number of company boards and to mezzanine and PE funds on investment and acquisition analysis.

Patrick Whelan 
Sr. Associate – Finance
216.496.3180
pwhelan@chikol.com

Patrick is a Senior Associate at Chikol – with a primary project focus on Finance, Taxation and Administration. Pat brings with him over 16 years of public accounting, banking and business consulting experience. As a former special assets workout officer for a major Ohio banking institution, he is experienced in the following areas:

•    Turnarounds & Workouts
•    Business Analysis & Restructuring Planning
•    Crisis Management and Process Implementation
•    Strategic Analysis & Planning
•    Budgeting &Forecasting
•    Creditor & Vendor Negotiations

Pat has served as interim controller, receiver and general manager during many difficult business transitions. In addition he offers immense knowledge of insolvency, restructuring, cash management and sell-side services in business sale transactions.
As mentioned, previous to his work with Chikol, Patrick was employed by one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, assigned in workout and credit administration. He had spent several years working in public accounting prior to the banking career.
Patrick has earned his BA in Accounting from Cleveland State University. He is a member of Turnaround Management Association, Association for Corporate Growth as well several financial associations.


Sandra Hanes 
Sr. Associate – Finance
216.214.2430
shanes@chikol.com
Sandra serves as Senior Associate whose focus encompasses the financial side of the client’s business.  From her review, she provides insight into the financial viability of a company through financial and cash flow analysis and staff and process evaluations.  Throughout her career she has worked in industry and public accounting.  She has experience in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, construction, real estate management, restaurants and not-for-profit organizations.
 
Sandra’s educational background is in Accounting – The University of Akron – and is a CPA.  She is versed in financial management and accounting policies and procedures including various accounting software programs.

Patricia Schubring 
Sr. Associate – Finance
586.413.0743
pschubring@chikol.com

Pat is a Senior Associate who offers to the Chikol clients her twenty- five years of middle and senior level management experience.   With her strong leadership and administration background, she provides guidance to the client in all aspects of Accounting such as:  account management, client billing, provider network development, financial controls.   She also brings her vast knowledge of various software programs, such as Claris Works,  Multiledger, QuickBooks, Quicken, and Peachtree to name a few.

Pat’s is trained in Accounting and Business management- Oakland University and Macomb Community College.  Early work was as Vice President of finance for Dental PPO network for 14 states.


Rocco Kryski
Sr. Associate – Operations
574.532.3715
rkryski@chikol.com

Rocco serves as a Senior Associate who reviews the client’s daily operations, long term planning, product line, engineering and introduction of new products. He brings with him his extensive experience as president/owner of other companies. Because of his experience with implementation of new manufacturing software, he can assist clients with information about the pits falls to avoid for clients looking to improve manufacturing through improved technology.

Rocco’s educational background is as Journeyman Tool and Die and from IVY Tech. Although he started out in production, he grew to manager and president/owner of several companies.


Bobby Briggs 
Sr. Associate – Sales
269.816.6001
bbriggs@chikol.com
Bobby reviews the inside sales force of clients to determine its work flow and interpersonal working relationships.   From this overview, his primary focus is implementation and installation of sales plans and training programs within an Inside Sales and Call Center Environment.   This program includes training in contact management and sales techniques.
 
Bobby was trained in Sales and Direct Marketing.  Early work was in restaurant equipment supply distribution and sales; and later, became Owner/Operator of telesales organization focusing on consumer goods and services.

Jack Snyder 
Sr. Associate – Sales
937.776.5650
jsnyder@chikol.com

Jack’s client analysis focuses on the implementation and training of field sales force dealing with dealers, independent representatives groups and major end user clients.  Through this analysis, an insight is gained to establish the strength and productivity of the sales force.  The installation and coaching of direct sales programs and staff at the client’s location can become part of solution to fiscal success.

Jack’s  technical and educational training in electronics came from the military at Kessler AFB and at Sinclair College.


David Pairitz 
Sr. Associate – Finance
574.210.7090
dpairitz@chikol.com
Dave assists Chikol with his vast knowledge of finance arrived at as a partner with Crowe, Chizek and Co., CPA’s (Currently Crowe, Horvath) from 1957 to 1999.  He was admitted to partnership with the firm in 1963 and served as Managing Partner of the Elkhart, Indiana office from 1969 through 1989. Served on the Executive Committee of the firm and served as Firm Controller for a period of time. Major responsibility with the firm was that of an Audit Partner with strong background in manufacturing, distribution, service enterprises and mergers and acquisitions.
Dave’s educational background is a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.
He retired in 1999; and since that time, has provided independent consulting services to various business entities. Such services are mainly focused on assistance with acquisitions, cost analysis and general business advisory services.

Leonard J. McCuiston 
Sr. Associate – Logistics
574.850.6667
ljmccuiston@chikol.com
Lenny is Chikol’s lead Logistics Associate.  His primary analysis focuses on logistics planning and contract negotiations to assist the client on financial gain.  He also serves as lead associate for the review of utilities and information technologies contracts/ agreements.
Resulting assignments typically entails becoming logistics manager for client’s company to help facilitate necessary fiscal logistic changes.
 
Lenny’s educational training is in Management – University of Evansville.

Trixie Hawley 
Sr. Associate  – Customer Service/Support
574.361.1939
thawley@chikol.com

Trixie is a Chikol Associate who focuses on the work flow within Customer Service from initial contact with the customer to the shipment of the product.  This work entails reviewing the company’s interdepartmental work and paper flow for efficiency.  She served as Customer Service Manager for 20 years with a manufacturing company and provides experience in expediting orders, creating quotes, arranging and tracking shipments and order entry, as well as, office space planning with the use of AutoCad.   She also assists in credit and collections of AR at client companies.

Trixie’s educational training is in Design – Michigan State University.


Jennifer Andrew  
Sr. Associate – Financial
602-723-5555
jandrews@chikol.com

Jennifer ‘s twenty five years of experience in the healthcare, retail sales and international supply chain management provides her with the insight to quickly analyze the clients issues. Additionally her expansive work experience with bank forbearance, public company ownership, economic downturns and healthcare regulatory complexities will be an asset to any client that she works with.  She also offers to the client intimate knowledge of risk management and entrepreneurial leadership necessary when developing infrastructure for growth from her experience as co-founder of high growth start-up.

Ms. Andrew’s received a BS in Accounting from Arizona State University.  Currently, she is a Certified Public Accountant.  She has also been an active member of the Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA).

Clifford B. Buczynski
Associate – Financial
(513) 617-9272
cbuczynski@chikol.com

Cliff serves as an Associate who reviews the client’s daily operations as they relate to product planning systems, supply chain situations and resource allocation on the factory floor. He brings with him experience as a supply chain/planning leader of operating companies. Because of his experience with various supply chain software programs, he can assist clients with information about ease of use and defined benefits when looking at improved technology.

Cliff’s educational background includes graduating magna cum laude from Cleveland State in business with an emphasis in material management and distribution.  He also brings with him a work background in construction focused primarily in the concrete/masonry area where he managed commercial quoting and planning.  Cliff brings additional construction background to Chikol’s practice along with the supply chain expertise including MRP planning and machine shop scheduling in conjunction with integrated manufacturing systems.