Bonded Filter poised for rapid expansion with new president, chief revenue officer, and EVP, operations and backing by private equity firm AVALT

NEW YORK (Mar. 5, 2019) — Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential globally, has recruited Curtis Czemeres as president, Steve MacWilliams as chief revenue officer, and Mike Massaro as executive vice president, operations with Bonded Filter Co., a well-established provider of air filtration products and facilities services. The company is sponsored by private equity firms AVALT, Gemini Investors, and Rivera Investment Group.

Since CEO Matt Ashwood took the helm of Bonded Filter in 2003, the business has been skyrocketing with double-digit growth for several years. With the three new leaders on its Senior Leadership Team, all reporting to Ashwood, the business is in a position for further scaling and proliferation of its three major preventative maintenance services in the market, including its patented PleatLink® technology.

“We’ve put forth an aggressive go-to-market strategy,” said Ashwood. “We have tremendous potential still in front of us, and with Curtis, Steve, and Mike aboard, we’re ready to unleash it. I’m excited to embark on this ambitious next chapter of growth with such a strong, capable executive leadership team.”

The three executive searches were led by Acertitude Managing Partner Kevin O’Neill and Partner Geoff Votta, who advised Ashwood and Mark Verdi, partner at AVALT.

Verdi added, “Bonded Filter represents a significant platform investment for us, and I am grateful for our partnership with Kevin and the Acertitude team, who executed this critical search project flawlessly. Curtis, Steve, and Mike will make significant contributions to this great company that Matt has built.”

As president, Curtis Czemeres will work alongside Ashwood in setting the strategic vision for Bonded Filter. With ownership for all operations, he will drive M&A initiatives and scale operations, processes, and technology to build an integrated, national platform. He joins the company with over 20 years of leadership experience, having successfully led major business transformations and large teams as well as customer, process, and technology initiatives. Most recently, he was COO of facilities services provider Air Force One. Prior, he spent ten years elevating to the role of COO with Source Refrigeration & HVAC. He held operations and sales roles with other facility service organizations.

As chief revenue officer, Steve MacWilliams is the visionary, growth-driver, and culture-developer for the sales organization. He plays a major role in driving top line revenue, expanding the customer portfolio, and developing a culture of excellent customer satisfaction. MacWilliams brings over 25 years of sales leadership experience to his role, most recently as vice president of sales and business development for Groom Energy Solutions and before that, with Source Refrigeration & HVAC. He previously rose through sales leadership roles with Cayenta and Grainger Custom Solutions.

Mike Massaro joins as executive vice president of operations and is charged with integrating the company’s field service organization to best-in-class standards during a period of rapid expansion. His scope of work includes setting the vision for all customer services related operations and identifying untapped opportunities for increased efficiency, profit, expansion, and continuous improvement. Prior to joining Bonded Filter, Massaro was senior vice president over a 13-year career with Iron Mountain. He has also held similar roles with Office Depot and DHL.

“Bonded Filter is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the customer need for a higher quality, value, and service proposition for this critical facility service function,’ said O’Neill. “The addition of these proven leaders will allow the business to accelerate its growth. We are excited to see the magic happen!”

Votta added, “When it comes to scaling a business, these are leaders who have track records of building great teams and driving exceptional results.”

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