Board of Directors
Mr. Amara founded and oversees Golden Gate Capital’s Industrials Investing Practice, which comprises 12 Companies aggregating to over $4 billion of revenues. The philosophy of the Industrials Practice is to invest in competitively differentiated market leaders and aggressively grow their earnings by prioritizing innovation and capital allocation. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the University’s Graduate School of Education, one of the top ranked educational research Schools in the world.
Felix Lo is a Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital, which he joined in 2004. He focuses on private equity investments in the broader Industrial sector, including test and measurement, industrial distribution, industrial services, and sensors. Prior to joining Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Lo worked as an investment professional at Bain Capital and as a consultant at Bain & Company. Mr. Lo has an AB in Public Policy from Brown University.
Shane O’Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of PetroChoice. Shane joined PetroChoice in 2011 and implemented a comprehensive growth strategy. Under his tenure, the company has successfully completed 16 acquisitions and now has 51 locations serving 32 states. Prior to joining PetroChoice, Shane served as the Chief Executive Officer of AH Harris, a value-added distributor of construction specialty products. Earlier in his career, Shane worked at The Home Depot and McKinsey. He is also a veteran of the United States Army where he served as an infantry officer. Shane has an MBA from Harvard Business School a BS in mathematical economics from the United States Military Academy.
Robert Kirby is an Operating Partner with Golden Gate Capital. Mr. Kirby was previously CEO of Atrium. He was also the CEO of Vi-Jon, a leading private label manufacturer in the personal care market. Prior to this Mr. Kirby was CEO of Accellent, a leading contract manufacturer in the medical device market. Earlier in Mr. Kirby’s career, he was a GM and led R&D, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at large cap companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Fort James. Mr. Kirby has broad based experience in Consumer Personal Care, OTC and Medical Devices. During his 30 year career he has led large scale and complex integrations of acquisitions, implemented lean processes and driven rapid, positive change.