Our team is comprised of individuals with a unique blend of management and hands-on operating experience. The result is a group that encompasses all disciplines required to evaluate, negotiate, and consummate acquisitions and support management of the ongoing operations of the acquired company. The team works closely and cooperatively to create winning companies with a focus on value creation.
Vijay Goradia, Director
Mr. Goradia is a self-made success story. As an immigrant from India in the 1970s, he had a vision to develop an international chemical trading company. From a start-up, Mr. Goradia grew Vinmar International Ltd. into a prominent global distribution company with over $4 billion in sales and 25 offices worldwide.
Mr. Goradia is Chairman of Vinmar International Ltd. and serves on the Board of Lion Copolymer Ltd., Ascend Performance Materials, and other petrochemical manufacturing companies.
Gene Kenyon, Managing Director
Mr. Kenyon has over forty (40) years in the petrochemical industry and currently heads Goradia Capital’s acquisitions group. Previously, he was the Senior Vice-President for commercial activities at Sterling Chemicals and spent almost thirty (30) years at Shell Chemical. His last assignment at Shell was President of Shell Chemical Risk Management Company. During his career, Mr. Kenyon has been involved with all commercial activities of a chemical company including business management, marketing, procurement, M & A, and strategic development.
Mark Peters, Vice President
Mr. Peters has over twenty five (25) years of operations and M&A experience in the chemical industry, primarily with Dow Chemical. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has led the operations of several manufacturing sites during his career.
Mr. Peters earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.
Tom Wells, Vice President
Mr. Wells has over thirty five (35) years of experience in Treasury, Risk Management, Trade Finance, International Banking and Capital Markets transactions. He is primarily responsible for financing Goradia Capital projects and works closely with their group of lenders to obtain debt financing for its acquisitions.
Mr. Wells has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management
Rich Furlin, Vice President
Mr. Furlin has over thirty (30) years in Accounting, Finance, and Acquisitions. He was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Ultramar Oil and Gas and Benchmark Equity Group. He has been actively involved in evaluations of companies and mergers and acquisitions for over twenty-five (25) years. Mr. Furlin works closely with the financial group of the companies Goradia Capital manages and closely monitors financial results, costs, and finance matters.
Mr. Furlin earned his bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester in the 1970s and a post-masters degree in Taxation from Iona College. He is a C.P.A. in the states of New York and Texas.
Kevin Durst, Vice President
Mr. Durst has over twenty five (25) years in M&A, Finance, Accounting, and Business Advisory roles. His experience includes corporate roles as CFO, Treasurer, and Controller, and advisory roles in M&A and Restructuring. His chemical experience includes corporate finance positions with specialty chemical companies Ferro Corporation and OM Group and he has completed numerous acquisition, divestiture, and financing transactions for public and private companies.
Mr. Durst earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and M.B.A. from Cleveland State University.
Suresh D Gehi, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Gehi has over thirty (30) years experience in Accounting & Tax. He has formerly worked for Deloitte and Accenture. His specialties include tax planning, tax research, tax compliance, and IRS and state audits. He can also design, build and run business processes in SAP ERP.
Mr. Gehi earned his B.B.A. in accounting from Texas A&M University, Kingsville and M.S. in accounting from the University of Houston. He is a CPA in the state of Texas.