Tom Caltrider, based in Denver, CO, is CDC’s Managing Director focusing on the chemicals/plastics, building materials, environmental, construction, business services and general manufacturing industries.
For 6 years prior to joining CDC, Tom had his own M&A firm in Maui, Hawaii, where he advised many business owners on exit planning and the sale of their businesses.
Before owning his own firm, he garnered 29 years of very broad business leadership experience. His last corporate position was as Senior Vice President of Johns Manville Corporation in Denver, CO, responsible for its $1 billion fiberglass insulation business, with 14 plants and over 4,000 employees. Prior to that: he was President, CEO and Vice Chairman of Gundle Environmental Services, Inc. in Houston, a $250 million revenue plastics manufacturing and international construction firm; Vice President of GE Plastics Pacific, based in Singapore, a large international plastics resin producer; and, Vice President & General Manager of Petrochemicals for Borg-Warner Chemicals/GE Plastics, a $800 million producer of basic chemicals, and was also responsible for the global supply chain of over $2.5 billion annually.
As a senior leader in these companies, Tom was an integral part of the sale of Borg-Warner Chemicals to General Electric, a $2.5 billion transaction in 1988; the acquisition of SLT Environmental and its subsequent merger with Gundle Environmental in 1995; and the sale of Johns Manville to Berkshire Hathaway in 2001.
Tom has served on several corporation boards including Gundle Environmental, Inc., Cos-Mar, Inc., Ube Cycon, LTD. (Tokyo), and Geismar Ethylene, and on several nonprofit and industry trade association boards including Alliance to Save Energy, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (as chairman), Petrochemical Energy Group, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and Lokahi Pacific Rural Development, Inc,.
Tom received an MBA from Ohio University, attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and has a BS in business from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the International Business Brokers Association, which awarded him its Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation. He has also been awarded Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) status from the Exit Planning Institute. Tom also has FINRA series 63 and 79 licenses.
Tom has a strong background in general business leadership, sales, marketing, finance, business development, government relations, supply chain management, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, exit planning and business valuation. This diverse background is employed in providing excellent, high quality investment banking services to our clients