Operating Partner, Diverse Business Services and Industrials
Vic Keller is a senior executive at Berkshire Hathaway Automotive and is the founder of the ZAK Automotive Companies.
Vic began his career with JP Morgan in commercial banking where he partnered with several mentors that invested in his early development, equipping him to earn the coveted top performance achievement award in his first year of employment. He then began his career in the automotive industry as an executive with Wynn’s International in their oil and insurance subsidiary, Wynn’s Automotive.
In 2002, Vic started his first company, carXperience, and after one year partnered and grew the business with automotive industry icon, Cecil Van Tuyl. Over the past fifteen years, Vic has launched several companies, all which vertically integrate into the automotive industry. His current enterprise, ZAK Automotive Companies, includes ZAK Products, ZAKTEK and NEXEMO. ZAK Products offers franchised automotive dealerships a comprehensive line of professional grade fluid maintenance products combined with industry leading training. ZAK Products is an official partner of NASCAR and is designated as the #1 Professional Maintenance Fluid of NASCAR. ZAKTEK is an interior and exterior paint insurance protection program sold exclusively within franchised car dealerships, and NEXEMO is a B2B e-commerce purchasing platform for the automotive industry. Collectively all of these companies continue to earn double digit growth year over year and have been recognized by Inc. 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In March of 2015, Vic successfully sold all of the ZAK Automotive Companies to Berkshire Hathaway.
While Vic remains involved in a leadership capacity in these companies, his role as a senior executive for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive provides him the platform to implement his entrepreneurially driven culture and strategy within a fortune 500 company. Berkshire Hathaway Automotive is a $10 billion company with 11,500 associates and, as Mr. Buffett has noted, is destined for significant growth under his ownership.
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) awarded Vic the 2011 Impact Award, recognizing his contributions as an automotive industry executive. Vic has been a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Southwest Award in 2015 and 2016. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Operating Partner, Transportation, Distribution & Retail
Craig R. Lentzsch is a senior corporate executive with significant experience in the transportation sector. He has held chief executive officer, president, executive vice president, vice chairman, and board of directors positions for Coach America Holdings, Inc., Greyhound Lines, Inc., Dynamex, Inc., the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, and the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Mr. Lentzsch served until 2007 as president and chief executive officer of Coach America Holdings, Inc., a former portfolio company of Kohlberg & Company, LLC. With 30 business units located in all major cities in the southern half of the United States, Coach is the premier provider of ground transportation and travel services in its markets. During his tenure, the company's revenues increased from $200 million to more than $400 million.
Prior to Coach America, Mr. Lentzsch served on two different occasions at Greyhound Lines, Inc. Greyhound, publicly traded during Mr. Lentzsch's tenure, is the only nationwide provider of intercity bus transportation services. Mr. Lentzsch first served as vice chairman and executive vice president of Greyhound from 1987 to 1989, when he and his partners acquired Greyhound in a leveraged buyout. When Mr. Lentzsch returned to the company in 1994, he served as president and chief executive officer until 2003. After completing a consensual restructuring in 1995, Mr. Lentzsch executed a turnaround plan that increased passenger volume and profits 50% and 20%, respectively, for each of six years.
Prior to re-joining Greyhound, Mr. Lentzsch served from 1992 to 1994 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Phoenix-based Motor Coach Industries International, Inc., the largest manufacturer of intercity coaches and transit buses in North America.
In 1980, Mr. Lentzsch co-founded BusLease, Inc., which became the largest lessor of buses in the United States. He previously served on the compensation and audit committees of publicly traded Hastings Entertainment, a multi-media retailer in small and medium-sized markets in the western United States. Mr. Lentzsch also served as chief financial officer and board member for Storehouse, Inc., an Atlanta-based, privately-held, retail chain selling contemporary furniture, and he co-founded Enginetech, Inc., an importer and distributor of automobile engine parts for the United States aftermarket.
In 2008, Mr. Lentzsch was elected to the board of Dynamex, Inc., a publicly traded provider of same-day delivery and logistics services, where he chaired the audit committee and served on the special committee that negotiated the sale of the company in 2011. From 2006 to 2009 he served by Congressional appointment on the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission. Mr. Lentzsch is on the board of directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, where he teaches transportation systems and transportation finance at the masters level. He has completed five years as the chair of the board of trustees for The Winston School in Dallas, Texas. The Winston School serves children with learning differences in the first through the twelfth grades. Mr. Lentzsch served as an officer in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Lentzsch is an honors graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in applied mathematics and of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School with an M.B.A. concentrating in finance and marketing (top 5%).
Board Member, Longhorn Health Solutions
Brent McCarty serves on the Board of Directors for Longhorn Health Solutions. He has more than 20 years as a senior executive in the healthcare industry, specifically in multi-site healthcare companies. Mr. McCarty is currently President and Chief Executive Officer at Sentient. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Avadyne Health, a leading provider of revenue cycle services and technology. Prior to joining Sentient, Mr. McCarty was Chairman and CEO of Eagle Hospital Physicians. Previously he was President and CEO of Solis Women's Health, a company focused on the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. He has also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Accuro Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a technology-enabled revenue cycle company and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SemperCare, Inc.
Mr. McCarty has served as Chief Operating Officer for national companies in the ambulatory surgical center market as well as the physician practice management market. He began his career in healthcare with Epic Healthcare Group, an owner/operator of acute care hospitals and other ancillary services. Mr. McCarty received a BBA from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Operating Partner, Retail & Technology
Cheryl Rosner most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of TicketsNow, the world's largest independent online marketplace for premium event tickets. Prior to joining TicketsNow, Ms. Rosner was instrumental in leading both Expedia Corporate Travel and Hotels.com to unprecedented success. While serving as president of Expedia Corporate Travel from 2005 to 2006, Ms. Rosner directed the group to consistent profitability including the successful launch of two new international divisions in Canada and Germany.
Prior to Expedia, Ms. Rosner worked at Hotels.com from 1999 to 2005 in a number of executive capacities prior to becoming president of the company. Ms. Rosner's key accomplishments at Hotels.com include: the successful IPO in 2000, the launch of the company's consumer website in 2002 (leading it to become the 6th most-visited travel site 60 days after launch), creation and development of the company's brand strategy, and award-winning advertising campaigns. In 2004, Ms. Rosner was named one of the "25 Most Influential People in Travel" by Business Travel News.
Operating Partner, Financial Services
Paul Schlosberg is Chairman of INCA Group LLC, a private holding company that specializes in facilitating merger and acquisition transactions, developing and executing turnaround and strategic management strategies, and creating and capitalizing corporate entities and public-private partnerships.
Mr. Schlosberg has more than 30 years of experience in strategic business development, financial management, and organization structuring. He enjoyed over 10 years as a member of The NASDAQ Stock Market Listing Qualifications Committee in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he continues to serve actively on public, private, and charitable boards of directors. He holds the associated Audit, Compensation, and Corporate Governance positions on those committees.
In 1982, Mr. Schlosberg joined Bear, Stearns & Co. as an Associate Director and Account Executive, during which time he established a strong portfolio of domestic and international clients. He was subsequently recruited by First Southwest Company to advance and direct the Private Client Services and Asset Management Divisions. At First Southwest, Mr. Schlosberg was recognized for his ability to restructure, scrutinize, and fine-tune balance sheets, income statements, and corporate operations. In 1997, Mr. Schlosberg was asked to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of First Southwest Company and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Southwest Asset Management, Inc., which concluded in his departure from the firms in mid-2003.
Mr. Schlosberg earned an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. He completed Corporate Board of Directors Executive Education Courses for four consecutive years at Harvard University where he covered Audit, Compensation, and Governance issues facing boards today. He also holds additional professional licenses and designations including a number of FINRA Securities licenses. His is also is a Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas and a Certified Financial Planner.
Dr. Kern Wildenthal
Operating Partner, Healthcare
Dr. Kern Wildenthal has combined careers in institutional administration, clinical medicine, education, biomedical research, and philanthropic leadership. He served as President of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for 22 years from 1986 to 2008 (longer than any other president of a Texas state medical school). He had been the dean of the medical school for six years before becoming the institution’s president, and prior to that he served for four years as graduate school dean. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Wildenthal served as the chief executive of the medical center’s principal supporting organization, Southwestern Medical Foundation, and now is the foundation’s Senior Consultant.
Dr. Wildenthal holds appointments as Executive Consultant of ScienceSeed LLP, Board Director of the Hamon Charitable Foundation and the Hoblitzelle Foundation, Chairman of the Moncrief Cancer Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Kronos Worldwide, Inc., a NYSE-listed company that is a major international producer of titanium dioxide products.
During Dr. Wildenthal's administrative tenure at UT Southwestern, the institution more than quintupled in size and emerged as one of the leading medical institutions in the world. Four of its faculty were Nobel Laureates, 20 were members of the National Academy of the Sciences, and 50 served as presidents of national societies of their clinical and research specialties. Under his presidency, more than 300 new endowed Chairs, Professorships, and Centers were established; total endowments rose from $40 million to over $1.4 billion; land was acquired to expand the campus from 65 to 300 acres; two referral hospitals and outpatient facilities totaling 1,000,000 square feet were added to the campus; and the first half of a planned 4-million-square foot research complex was completed. The quality of the institution’s biomedical research enterprise rose in international rankings to among the top 10 in the world.
Operating Partner, Consumer Products
Christiana Wyly is an environmental advocate who serves as an evangelist for a sustainable future. Christiana's unique perspective as a twenty-something businesswoman has landed her on the cover of Kiplinger's and inside The New York Times, C Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and The Herald Tribune among others. In addition to contributing regularly to the HuffingtonPost.com's â€œGreenâ€ column, Christiana is a frequent lecturer. Her recent speaking engagements include the Green Inaugural Ball, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Conscious Capitalism Conference, Hollywood Goes Green in Los Angeles, and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali.
She was a founding partner of Zaadz.com, an online network for people who want to change the world, which was sold to Gaiam, inc. in 2007. Her passion for social technology, global change, and empowering young entrepreneurs globally keep her on the cutting edge of new media and emerging ideas.
Christiana inspired her father, Sam Wyly's, environmental education, leading him to found one of the largest clean-energy companies in the country, Green Mountain Energy. This experience showed her how business can be a powerful force for change. Christiana remains actively involved in the company, and she and her father are in the process of coauthoring a book about its creation, its ongoing mission, and success.