Richard Hill | Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hill is the CEO of Hill Industries, a private investment company dedicated to making principal investments in privately held companies in the manufacturing, construction, and technology industries. He has 18 years combined fixed income trading, investment banking, real estate, and business development experience in corporate finance and capital markets. Additionally, Hill Industries also provides financial engineering, structure finance, M&A, and corporate finance advisory to corporate clients. Mr. Hill was also a senior partner in the merchant banking firm, Quantum Capital Partners, LLC, where he was the Financial Advisor to Forest City Ratner Companies for their $4.5 billion mixed use project (which includes a 20,000 seat arena) in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Hill recently represented a holding company in Côte d'Ivoire that was establishing a new bank. He structured the new bank's correspondent banking relationships, financial plan and projections, operating budget, and asset management business.
Mr. Hills Wall Street career began with Barclays Capital where he began as a fixed income strategy analyst, developing strategies for investment managers. After finishing graduate school, Mr. Hill became a Government Bond Trader in London and New York. Later he moved to the Emerging Markets desk where he ran the Sovereign Emerging Markets Trading in the Americas. There he provided market-making execution for hedge fund and investment manger clients of the bank.
At Citigroup, Mr. Hill was hired as a vice president in the Global Structured Finance Group. There he focused on private placements and structured real estate transactions. Mr. Hill was an integral part of the team that completed the Southdown (Cemex) private placement of $755 million--the largest transaction in this asset class in over a decade. Mr. Hill then moved to the High Grade Global Loans Syndication Group where he managed the Northeast Regional Book; covering companies such as Raytheon, United Technologies, Ernst & Young, and other large cap diversified companies. Additionally, Mr. Hill structured syndicated loans for companies in the Energy sector.
Right out of college, Mr. Hill went to work for CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis), the largest commercial real estate company in the US. There he specialized in REIT investment management and due diligence, industrial real estate, and sale-leaseback financings.
Mr. Hill has a Masters degree in Applied Economics from New York University; an MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Seni Duro-Emanuel | Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Duro-Emanuel is a seasoned banker, consultant and c-suite relationships manager with over 20 years of experience in financial services, management consulting and strategic business development. Prior to founding Springbok Consulting Inc. in 2009, he was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers Inc., New York where he specialized in the debt capital markets raising financing for various corporate and private equity clients. In his last position at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Duro-Emanuel was Head of Media & Telecom Esoteric ABS Origination in Structured Finance Banking. In that capacity, Mr. Duro-Emanuel was responsible for the origination, negotiation and execution of securitization debt deals for companies in the financial institutions, media, telecommunication and transportation sectors. Mr. Duro-Emanuel joined Lehman Brothers in 2001 as an Associate and member of a debt origination team focusing on the structuring and placement of debt originated by financial institutions and later became a Vice President within the group. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Duro-Emanuel began his career on Wall Street in 1997 as a Fixed Income Trader at Barclays Capital Inc. in New York where he focused on the trading of asset-backed securities as well as asset-backed commercial paper. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Duro-Emanuel worked at Commercial Trust Bank, Nigeria within the Corporate Finance Group. Mr. Duro-Emanuel has forged extensive relationships with clients and peers all over the globe and is very focused on exposing foreign investors and business partners to the robust emerging African business landscape. He graduated with a BS (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and holds an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York.
Dr. Frederick Foreman | Chief Information & Security Officer
Frederick J. Foreman is a graduate of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is well-versed in mathematical algorithms for software encryption and mathematical modeling of random physical phenomena.
Dr. Foreman, serves as Chief Information & Security Officer for Hill Industries. For the past 10 years Dr. Foreman has led Mathematical Modeling, Inc. in obtaining successful contracts with the DoD. Noteworthy is his effort in helping the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) in obtain its Milestone A, B, and C approvals for the $1.8 billion Net-centric Enterprise Services (NCES) program. This program revolutionized how the DoD supports the warfighter now and in the future with core enterprise services enabling rapid decision making, planning, and execution among Combatant Commanders, Agencies, and the Joint Chief of Staff. In addition, Dr. Foreman was the Lead Computer Scientist for Program Management Support Services for the Global Command and Control System (GCCS) and the Global Combat Support System (GCSS).
Dr. Foreman has over 30 years of industrial experience in materials manufacturing and System Development and Design. He has over 40 inventions in developing electromechanical processes that support the design of machinery for materials processing from conception, pilot plant, startup, and production. He was the lead Plant Start-up Engineer for a $60 million Plant Expansion project for the Procter & Gamble Company in Albany, Ga. He was the Senior Engineer of record for the #7 cold mill and coil slitting operations for the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) in Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Foreman has received two distinguished patents for the surface treatment of aluminum alloys to improve their ruggedness and make them impervious to laser fire. He has extensive experience in the rapid heat treatment of organic materials and making them rugged to harsh environmental conditions.
A former University Professor at MIT, FAMU, and FSU for 15 years, Dr. Foreman is also a distinguished scholar and researcher and has received 21 distinguished awards including being recognized in Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide, selected to Tau Beta Pi, Pi-Tau-Sigma, Sigma Xi, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He also was a GEM Graduate Fellow, NASA Graduate Fellow, Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, received the MIT Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service, is a Senior Member of SME, received the Teacher of the Year Award, and the Superior Accomplishment Award at Florida A&M University.
Dr. Foreman holds three (3) degrees in Mechanical Engineering: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975), Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU) College of Engineering (1995)
Dr. Foreman has successfully obtained, managed, and executed over $17 million in Government Grants and Contracts and hold a Top Secret Security Clearance in the Department of Defense. He has written several papers in Journals and conferences on the mechanical behavior of orthotropic and composite materials. Dr. Foreman has held several executive positions as the CTO for HMIRA Inc., COO for General Interactive, Inc.
Sean Reed | Chief Financial Engineer
Mr. Reed is the Chief Financial Engineer for Hill Industries. He has over 17 years of finance experience including senior roles leading derivatives trading, market risk management, investment strategy, treasury, and risk analysis functions.
After Barclays, Mr. Reed moved from trading into fundamental credit research, joining Citigroups Corporate Bond Research division in 2000. Mr. Reed advised the firms clients on investments in mortgage and other specialty finance companies, bond guarantors, and global insurance companies as a securities analyst. While at Citigroup, Mr. Reed also analyzed and evaluated numerous capital markets transactions involving equity, debt, preferred stock, and structured securities, as well as mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings.
Mr. Reed next moved to Quanta Capital Holdings, Ltd. a start-up Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance company in 2003. There he initially led credit and interest rate risk management and was a senior member of the firms Investment Policy team. Mr. Reed also served on the firms hedge fund due diligence and investment strategy evaluation team during this time. He was ultimately promoted to Senior V.P. & Treasurer, where he additionally took sole responsibility for asset allocation, investment strategy, and investment operations for the firm. Mr. Reeds analysis was instrumental in keeping the firms investments entirely out of the CDO sector after 2006.
Mr. Reed graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University, where he earned a B.S. in Physics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has a Master's Degree in Economics from New York University.
Shorouq Shenaq | Chief Marketing Officer
Ms. Shenaq sets the global sales and marketing strategies that strengthen Hill Industries. She has over 15 years of experience in brand marketing, public relations, social media, marketing communications and advertising. Ms. Shenaq works collaboratively across the company to leverage data driven insights and develop creative marketing programs that increase sales across international markets.
Before joining Hill Industries, Ms. Shenaq served as a Conference Manager for national and international conferences held by non-profit organizations in collaboration with prestigious universities and executives. Her combined organizational skills, customer service experience and strategic execution landed her a Consultant role within the public and private sectors. Ms. Shenaq was responsible for providing expert advice and developing processes that were implemented by organizations to maximize efficiency and productivity for specific projects as well as day to day operations. Ms. Shenaqs creativity and responsiveness gave organizations the competitive advantage.
Ms. Shenaq holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Management from Davenport University.
Ahmed Elbendary | Director of Continuous Improvement
Ahmed Elbendary brings over 28 years of operations and 20+ years of continuous improvement implementation experience to Hill Industries. Mr. Elbendarys operations experience is in the aerospace, pharmaceuticals and food industries with several world class manufacturing companies including Goodrich Corporation, United Technologies Corp, Esterline Technologies and Abbott Laboratories. Mr. Elbendary has invested 20 years of his career deploying the Goodrich Operating System, UTCs ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) and the Esterline Operating System at those respective companies. Hes known for his tenacity in recognizing and implementing cost reduction ideas in various environments: manufacturing, office and warehouse/logistics environments. Mr. Elbendary is also seasoned in teaching and deploying the world renown Toyota Production System.
Mr. Elbendarys most significant cost reduction projects revolved around reducing ergonomic risks and industrial product waste.Company costs were also reduced significantly by lowering the actual and billable weights of the finished goods transported internationally. Hes completed numerous projects yielding six and seven figure annual savings by employing the same approach.
Mr. Elbendary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA with dual emphasis in Finance & Real Estate from California State Polytechnic University. Hes a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Professional. Mr. Elbendary also has 25+ years of experience as a stock and real estate investor.
Moussa Kone | Managing Director Head of Consulting, Africa
Moussa Kone is a Managing Director with Hill Industries and head of consulting in Africa. Mr. Kone has 14 years of combined banking and management experience specializing in project management, operations, customer service, sales, finance and banking. He has experience managing the acquisition of an existing bank, and leading the charter formation of a new bank in West Africa. Mr. Kone developed his banking experience with NationsBank, Bank Of America, Chevy Chase Bank, and SunTrust Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from George Mason University, a Master of Business Administration from Howard University, and a Master of Arts in Development Finance and Banking from the American University.