Global Team
Gregory Mark Hill

Managing Partner
GCH PARTNERS

Mr. Hill’s experience is in investment banking, global capital markets, and China emerging market and Asia region business – he is regular speaker at such places including Columbia Business School, NYU Stern, and Harvard University’s Project for Asian and International Relations.

Prior to GCH Partners, Mr. Hill served as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee for BDO/Trenwith Securities, and built its China based Wholly Owned Foreign Entity serving as its CEO.

Prior thereto, he was a Board Director and General Partner at V2V Ventures, a Beijing licensed Sino-US VC and IT Consulting Joint Venture Firm with Tsinghua University Enterprise Group and Tsinghua VC called Tsinghua Venture Capital Management.

Before Tsinghua, Mr. Hill worked on Wall Street and completed more than 100 transactions with a volume over $28 billion in public and private LBO, IPO, M&A, and Loan capital market transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank, and The Bank of New York.

Major clients included Amazon, Apple, ATT, Alcoa, AMD, American Express, Broadcom, Conexant, Coleman Lanterns, Dell, Earthlink, Exxon, E*Trade, GM, General Instruments, Heinz, IBM, Intel, J&J, Laminex, Lexmark, The Limited, Macy’s, Marvel Comics, Microsoft, P&G, Revlon, PPG, RF Micro Devices, Philip Morris/Kraft, Rockwell, SEPTA, Xerox, TD Ameritrade, Tech Data, Texas Instruments, Victoria Secret, Westinghouse, Zhone Technologies.

Mr. Hill also serves from time to time as senior advisor to leading social entrepreneurial, impact, health and educational philanthropic organizations such as Ashoka and The Nature Conservancy.

Mr. Hill is a graduate in Economics from Trinity College.


Gregory Mark Hill
@ChinaGregory

Peter Saulnier
Managing Partner & CFO
GCH PARTNERS

Mr. Saulnier is a Managing Partner & CFO, and has broad and deep experience in mergers and acquisitions and the capital markets both as an investment banker and as CFO of a private equity backed telecommunications company. He has advised clients on more than 70 transactions including public and private equity and debt financings; M&A and exclusive sales; and complex recapitalizations for a broad range of industrial and consumer, manufacturing and service companies.

Prior to joining GCH Partners, Mr. Saulnier was Managing Partner of Harding Capital LLC, a financial advisory firm, focused on middle market companies in the telecommunications, manufacturing, industrial services and consumer products sectors.

Prior thereto, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Country Road Communications, LLC from 2000 to 2005. As CFO, he helped grow operating EBITDA more than seven times in a five year period via acquisitions and implementing cost efficiency programs. From 1983 to 1999 Peter held positions in investment banking at several firms including Drexel Burnham Lambert, PaineWebber, Smith Barney, Bear Stearns and SG Cowen, the U.S. based investment banking division of Société Générale.

He founded the Paper, Forest Products and Packaging Industry Coverage Group at Smith Barney in 1994 and ran a similar group at SG Cowen where he also had responsibility for managing Société Générale’s $500 million bank loan portfolio and worked closely with the bank’s European based M&A staff on cross boarder business.

Mr. Saulnier holds a BA degree in Political Economy from Williams College, an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and was elected an Edward Tuck Scholar.

Jose V. Fernandez
Managing Partner
GCH PARTNERS

Mr. Fernandez is a former Consular Officer of the Consulate General of Spain in New York and a VP of Business Development at The Global Good Fund where he unearthed his passion for reclaiming the word “business” until it embodies sustainability and positive social impact by uniting public, private and nonprofit sectors into a new way forward.

Mr. Fernandez began his career in diplomacy as a Trade Officer for the Embassy of Spain to help compatriot entrepreneurs internationalize into foreign markets, teaching best practices learned during his international experience at L’Oréal and ING.

A certified chartered economist and founding member of Citizens, the fourth political power in Spain, Mr. Fernandez gave a voice to his nation’s struggling families as the party’s Speaker and candidate to the European Parliament and local elections until 2012.

A social advocate by day and entrepreneur by night, Mr. Fernandez co-founded and governed three non-profit organizations and a business venture in Spain.  He also earned an MBA from the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo.

Christopher Meissner
Managing Director, Strategic Planning and Sustainability
GCH PARTNERS

Mr. Meissner joined GCH Partners in 2016 and serves as the Director of Sustainability.

Mr. Meissner spent the first 12+ years of his career working in market intelligence, business development and strategy functions within the global telecommunications industry. Most recently he was VP of Strategy for the Home Division of Orange, where he was responsible for developing long term strategy for the senior management of the company and coordinating strategic planning across the companies in Orange’s global footprint. Mr. Meissner has an MBA from Tulane University in International Management and Technology Strategy and has utilized these skills while living and working in multiple countries throughout his career.

Mr. Meissner has always had a strong personal commitment to environmental issues and chose in 2013 to transition his career to focus on leveraging public and private financial markets to address critical sustainability issues. To facilitate this transition, Mr. Meissner completed his Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University, where he concentrated on sustainable finance and water-related issues.

Seung-Hye Jung
Operations Manager
GCH PARTNERS

Ms. Jung is an Operations Manager for GCH Partners. Ms. Jung works on research, data base, and IT projects and also manages the “GCH China Readiness Tool” for our clients and prospects seeking to enter China.

Prior to GCH Partners, Ms. Jung served in various capacities from technical services support, sales and marketing, financial and compensation analysis as well as internships across several industries including financial, technology, and bio-technology at Fortune 1000 companies such as Global Reinsurance Corporation, and DELL, where she received multiple performance awards.

Ms. Jung was a Merit Scholar with a B.S in Atmospheric Science from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and received a Masters in Science in Statistics from Rutgers University.

Advisory Team
GCH Partners leverages a range of talented individuals to help drive its business activities globally.
Tharald Nustad
Tharald Nustad – Chairman and Business Development of Plastilin, Norway.

Mr. Nustad has experience and expertise in the following fields: IT development, web design, 3D visualization, video production, finance, business, real estate development, strategy, media, marketing, EVs.

In addition to involvement in Plastilin, Mr. Nustad is principal owner and chairman of property company Mallin AS.  He is socially engaged and is a member of Ashoka Support Network, an organization that works to help develop social entrepreneurs and their organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from the US.

David Leong
Mr. Leong’s career spans more than 15 years and is a serial entrepreneur.
He has significant experience in the health & wellness sector and e-commerce and restaurant industries. He also has real estate development, management and marketing since 2002.

Prior to 2002, he was a technology professional at Avanade and Accenture LLP. Representative clients included large corporates such as American Express, Credit Suisse First Boston, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch and The Wall Street Journal.

David is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Information Technology.

Yasmine Pedersen
Yasmine Pedersen’s experience is in real estate merchant banking, financial advisory, investment management, and operating companies in the sectors of real estate, clean tech, and commodities.

Ms. Pedersen was an Asset Manager for Taconic Investment Partners focused on Taconic’s real estate portfolio management activities. Previously, Ms. Pedersen served as a key development and acquisitions executive for Island Capital overseeing real estate activities for their portfolio company Island Global Yachting. Prior to Island Capital, Ms. Pedersen was Director of Retail Development for Giorgio Armani overseeing their US real estate portfolio including development and concept design of stores. In addition, Ms. Pedersen’s experience includes serving as CEO of Quest Group, a nationwide facilities management company serving Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Pedersen studied in Switzerland at Les Roches Hotel Management School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate from New York University.

Geof Rochester
Geof Rochester brings a deep and varied marketing background to his clients. A recognized thought-leader across corporate sustainability and CSR, NGOs, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs, he is highly sought after for his business acumen, insights and guidance, inspiration, and heart.

Most recently, he served in global roles as Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer of The Nature Conservancy, where he was responsible for steering the organization’s marketing, membership and visibility strategies. Prior, he held the positions of Executive Vice President for Marketing at World Wrestling Entertainment and Senior Vice President for Marketing at Showtime Networks. Earlier in his career, he served in senior marketing positions with Comcast Communications, Radisson Hotels International and Proctor and Gamble.

Rochester holds board positions and consults with several nonprofit organizations, helping them advance their missions through strategic marketing efforts. He speaks regularly on the topics of brand purpose and sustainability. Rochester is a graduate of Georgetown University and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Boards

Rochester has been serving as a board member of ecoAmerica since 2013, Sustainable Ocean Alliance since 2015, and MMGY since 2016. His board experience also includes Sustainable Brands (2016 – 2017), Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL, 2015-2017), Georgetown University Alumni Board of Governors (2014-2017), and Cable Television and Marketing Association (CTAM, 2005-2007).

Awards

Under his leadership TNC received The Harris Poll EquiTrend Environmental Nonprofit Brand of the Year (2013), DMA Nonprofit Federation Nonprofit Organization of the Year (2012), and the PR News Nonprofit PR Awards nomination in 2013. He was also awarded Cable World Magazine’s Top 50 Minorities in Cable (2004-2007), and Cable Magazine’s “Faxie” for Best Marketer in Cable (2007).

Speaking Engagements

Rochester has spoken at the Blockchain for Social Impact Summit (2018), Sun Valley Forum on Resilience (2017, 2018), The Association of National Advertisers/Business Marketing Association (ANA/BMA, 2017), Facebook Nonprofit Conference (2014), Sustainable Brands (2016, 2017), Smith College Global Women’s Summit (2014), and DMA Mobile Marketing Summit (2014).

Pawel Czech

Advisory Partner
GCH PARTNERS

Mr. Czech is an Advisory Partner with GCH Partners focused on Central Eastern Europe opportunities and expanding them internationally to North & South America and the Asia Pacific regions.

Mr. Czech has held three global roles in the technology sectors in the last 15 years working extensively in a business development, operations and sales capacity actively serving in a governance and leadership role with those founders and management teams.

Additionally, Mr. Czech brings a wealth of experience in private social networks, publishing and enterprise-level solutions. He has worked in over 45 different countries in his business career to date and has a clear understanding of how to position and prepare companies to scale their global businesses across three different verticals including EdTech, HealthTech and GovernmentTech.

Mr. Czech has educational background in Marketing and Law with a Masters in Science in Management from the University of Gdańsk, Poland.

Extended Team

Internship/Fellowship Program

As part of the extended team, GCH Partners additionally has an internship and fellowship program for aspiring talent from leading academic institutions, including:

University of Michigan 2021-2022

NYU Stern School of Business 2019

New York University 2016-2017

Fordham University 2015-2016

Columbia University 2014-2015

Amherst College 2013

Colgate University 2012

Boston University 2011

The Wharton School 2009 – 2010

New York University 2009

Global Consulting Advisory Team

Thomas Ahn
Mr. Ahn is primarily involved in working with borrowers and lenders in the structuring and funding of loans operating as President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrity Capital, a San Diego based firm serving several West Coast regions of the United States and also the State of Hawaii.

Prior to founding Integrity Capital, Mr. Ahn spent a decade at major Wall Street leading investment banking firms as Vice President with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, Salomon Brothers and Nomura Securities, Inc., where he specialized in capital markets and derivatives sales & trading.

He also has entrepreneurial experience as CEO running a California based software company that specialized in the digitization process of corporate transactions. Further, he has direct investment experience working as a General Partner with Flynn Gallagher Associates, a leading Venture Capital firm that was involved in investments for early stage technology companies, and was the Owner of Access Nevada, the largest ISP (internet service provider) in Nevada, when it was successfully acquired by Viawest Internet Services.

Mr. Ahn holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at San Diego in Management Science and a graduate degree Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

Christopher Facchina

EXPERIENCE

Industry Leading Hearing Health Care Consultant NYC Metro Area

Independent Along with Work with TheFocusGroup Consulting, LLC Feb 2020 – Present

  • Provided guidance on the impacts of upcoming over-the-counter legislation to both members of “the big five” Hearing Health players and potential entrants into the market
  • Consulted on the impending shift of the industry towards Managed Care, along with implications and remedies of and to non-compliant insurance payer activity
  • Facilitated the standardization of revenues and costs throughout the value chain, including brick and mortar audiological practices, of a large player in the Hearing Healthcare space, providing margin transparency and valuable business insights

Demant, Inc., Hearing Healthcare Company, $2B Annual Revenue Somerset, NJ

CFO – US Retail Division, HEARING LIFE, 750 Audiological Clinics June 2019 – Feb 2020
Senior Director, Demant US FP&A and Financial Controlling

  • Responsible for all functions of acting CFO of Demant’s Retail division, $300MM of Revenue
  • Responsible for FP&A and Financial Controlling functions of three other Demant Divisions, Wholesale and Operations of Hearing Aids, Medical and Managed Care, additional $550MM of Revenue
  • Managed a Finance and Accounting Team of fifteen general ledger controlling and FP&A professionals, including four divisional Financial Controllers and two FP&A Managers, along with a team of seventy Insurance Billing and Insurance Operations team members with a focus on Insurance and Managed Care Revenue Cycle Management
  • Responsible for all financial reporting, financial closing, internal and external audit, partnering with Deloitte, and US group financial consolidation and partnering with Demant Global Holding
  • Primary business partner for company President and all Senior Leadership team members
  • Headed a comprehensive diagnosis and mitigating action implementation of best-in-class Insurance Billing and Insurance Operations optimization program. The result being vastly improved days sales outstanding, and thereby reduced accounts receivable balances and improved working capital position, more accurately managing payer contracts and pricing, resulting in more accurately posting revenue, and improved team efficiencies through systems enhancements and KPI management leading to cost improvements
  • Acting board member of Demant Group Compliance Committee

Vice President, US Retail Division, HEARING LIFE June 2017 – June 2019
Finance Director, Demant US FP&A and Financial Controlling

  • Acted as Head of Finance for Demant Retail division and was responsible for a Finance, FP&A and Accounting Team of twenty team members, including a Financial Controller and Head of Treasury, on $300MM of Revenue
  • Full Responsibility of financial close, business controlling, budgeting and forecasting, treasury functions, price and revenue management, and internal and external audit, partnering with Deloitte
  • Headed ERP Implementation Program Team of twenty team members
  • Effectively negotiated company through change process and vendor management in selecting new CRM system for the future growth of the company with Salesforce and Microsoft
  • Responsible for Program and Change Management office of five team members including the post-acquisition integration of various retail and wholesale companies, and legal entity infrastructure consolidation, dissolution and strategic vision
  • Member of Demant US Group Holding Company Senior Leadership Team, acting as financial and enterprise systems partner to all US executive management, including all twelve presidents
  • Lead company through Trump Mexican Import Tariff crisis, liaising with local Tijuana import and bond subject matter experts, identifying what was the company’s current state financial liability, interpreting laws of substantial transformation and import value-add declaration, and implementing mitigating actions to reduce annual liability from roughly $40MM per year to $1MM per year

Financial Controller and Program Manager, Demant Operations May 2015 – June 2017

  • Responsible for North American Operations budget and managing costs and capacity requirements to the budget – COGS and all other Overhead
  • Responsible for all cost and managerial accounting functions including inventory management and all other balance sheet and working capital optimization opportunities
  • Fully developed a multi-site cost and pricing model to ensure cost transparency between six facilities and to allow for effective contract and pricing negotiations with large customers
  • Headed Operations Program Team, effectively consolidating North American Hearing Aid manufacturing and distribution from six sites to two, including a large scale facility closure in Minnesota, reallocating the production and service of three different brands between sites, overseeing various other reductions-in-force, and overseeing the ramp-up of a large facility in Tijuana, MX. The annualized and perpetual cost savings impact is roughly $12MM

Johanna Foods, Inc., CPG Manufacturer, $500MM Annual Revenue Flemington, NJ
Finance Manager, Cost Control and FP&A May 2013 – April 2015

  • Responsible for accurately costing all products for price setting and margin analysis
  • Directly managed four financial analysts and two cost accountants
  • Reviewed all cash disbursements with a focus on financial control and cash flow improvement
  • Reviewed general ledger balance sheet and expense accounts and coordinated financial close

Cost Accountant Sept 2011 – May 2013

  • Maintained inventory records including purchases, usages, variances and reserves
  • Prepared weekly and monthly operations reports for senior management, monthly closing journal entries and the annual budget
  • Analyzed cost of goods sold components, overhead expenses and contribution margins
  • Reconciled general ledger balance sheet accounts

Eleven Madison Park, 3 Michelin-Starred Restaurant New York, NY

Captain and Sommelier Aug 2009 – Sept 20114

  • Reinforced interpersonal sales and team leadership skills, proved the ability to work under pressure, and honed ability to prioritize value-added tasks with limited resources

EDUCATION

The University of Maryland Smith School of Business – College Park, MD

  • Bachelors of Science, Finance, Cum Laude

CERTIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Lean Six Sigma

  • Practitioner Fundamentals, November 2019

Prince2 Professional Project and Program Management

  • Foundation and Practitioner Certificate holder, April 2016

Guild of Sommeliers

  • Certified Sommelier with a concentration in Italian Wine; April 2009

Conversationally Fluent in Italian Language

Gary Andrew Rhodes
Gary Andrew Rhodes core experience is working with startup to medium size businesses to develop massive action steps for them to accelerate growth and revenue strategies.

Rhodes is a European based business builder and global consulting advisor, and principally works out of the United Kingdom and Spain. He connects every leader he works with and talented founders of these companies to the worldwide market possibilities and profitable sales channels. He founded 360Success Ltd., a private educational focused consulting platform that serves a wide range sectors from health and wellness, media and sports, real estate and energy markets.

Rhodes proven track record to help company founders become significant branded players and recognized leaders themselves in their served markets is how he continually grows his network. He credits the success of the companies he has helped to build by being inspired by the best recognized motivators and aspirational forces such as Richard Branson, Grant Cardone, Tony Robbins, and many more, some of which he has personally worked with to solve their portfolio companies next value creation steps.

Rhodes lifelong passion is serving and living with the most optimized level of health and wellness and sharing that energy with all his loved ones, friends and family, and even his fiercest competitors to get people and the planet healthy.

USA
GCH Partners professionals also bring significant relationship access to our China clients and partners seeking global alliances; access to international capital as well as management and technological know-how.

Our extensive experience allows us to effectively support China’s outbound M&A initiatives. We form secure relationships with those enterprises seeking our assistance in advising and executing their long term global growth goals leveraging world trade flows and management talent, investment and growth capital, and market knowledge from the US.

Europe
GCH Partners professionals also bring significant relationship access to our European clients and partners seeking global alliances; access to international family office and institutional capital as well as local founder and management guidance.

Our extensive local experience allows us to effectively support strategic consulting and M&A initiatives. We have long-term relationships with those organizations, founders, and enterprises seeking our assistance in advising and executing their revenue scaling needs and their global growth goals leveraging world trade capital flows.

Additionally provide access to c-suite level leadership and board level talent, direct investment and growth capital, and market knowledge from the USA, from New York and Silicon Valley, in particular. GCH also has extensive reach into other regional markets including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Naples, Seattle markets as well.

China, Hong Kong & Asia:
GCH Partners professionals have extensive relationships built over many years in China. These relationships include those with governments, industrial and financial conglomerates, banks, funds, academic and research institutions, operating consultants, local accountancy firms, law firms, and real estate developers.

We consistently work with officials and professionals from these entities to assist us in executing our clients’ and partners’ strategic objectives; from establishing their initial foot print to expanding their operating presence throughout China.

Asia-Pacific:
GCH Partners Asia-Pacific operations focuses on cross-border investments, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, principally focused on institutional and national pension fund level direct investments. The purpose of which is to accelerate investor returns by partnering with alternative investment platforms, private equity and credit based funds, and enterprises based primarily in North America and Europe.

Sector area focus is in three primary areas include i) alternative, PE, SPV, hedge fund focused financial platforms, ii) technology and fintech, and iii) biotech and healthcare investment opportunities. The key secondary focus on general industries where technology may accelerate the value of those enterprises and can directly benefit from resources Asia in the form of capital investment, partnership development, and sales distribution channels into South Korea, Hong Kong and the greater China region.