Our Team

Mark Bounds, Managing Director

Mark is the Founder and Managing Director of Bounds Equity Partners, which he formed in 2009. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Goense Bounds & Partners (GBP), a private equity firm which he co-founded in 2000. GBP invested in 10 platform companies and 22 add-on acquisitions. Mark has served on the Board of Directors of numerous portfolio companies including Norcraft Industries, Pretium Packaging, Sportcraft, Hollinee, DBL Labs, Preferred Pipe, L&S Mechanical, Illinois Glassworks, EastPoint Sports, Beacon Promotions, Clad-Rex and Thermo-Tech Windows.

Prior to 2000, Mark was a Partner at Allstate Private Equity from 1996-2000. While at Allstate, Mr. Bounds invested in 10 transactions. From 1995 until joining Allstate Private Equity, Mr. Bounds was the Vice President of Corporate Development for GAF Corporation, the largest roofing company in North America. He was a co-founder and Principal of Heller Equity Capital Corporation from 1988 to 1995. Before joining HECC, Mark was with Heller Financial’s leveraged buyout senior debt lending group from 1985 to 1988. Mark graduated with honors with a BA degree in Marketing from the University of Iowa and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Stuart Skinner, Chief Financial Officer

Stuart is responsible for all tax and accounting matters related to Bounds Equity Partners and its portfolio companies. He also manages the information technology and administrative matters of the partnership. Stuart is also the controller for Goense Bounds & Partners. Prior to Bounds Equity Partners and Goense Bounds & Partners, he worked with Mark at Allstate Private Equity as the controller of their $700 million portfolio. Stuart graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a BS degree in accounting and is a CPA and a CFA. Stuart assists portfolio companies with accounting issues and financial reporting, key performance indicator tracking, human resources, insurance, payroll and budgeting.

Mike Chester, Operating Advisor

Mike is an Operating Advisor to the firm. Mr. Chester has held numerous operating management roles in various steel stamping, tool and die and steel products companies. He was the President and an owner of Buhrke Industries from 1996-2004, when he sold it to IMS. Mike continued as President of IMS, a holding company with four steel related divisions, from 2005-2012. He was on the board of the Tooling and Manufacturing Association from 2000-2006.

Greg Hayward, Operating Advisor

Greg is an Operating Advisor to the firm. He is a manufacturing and sales executive with experience in plastics molding, metal stamping/machining, electronics, and product assembly serving the electronics, automotive, appliance, industrial, and telecom industries. Greg received progressive promotions at ITW from manufacturing engineer, sales and marketing manager and general manager at the Illinois Tool Works Linx, Pancon and Ark-Les Connector Units. Greg graduated with a BS in Industrial Technology and Economics from Illinois State University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mark Horita, Operating Advisor

Mark is an Operating Advisor to the firm and currently a Managing Director at The Peakstone Group, an investment banking and equity investment firm. He was previously the CEO of Hy-Line, an RV company; Vice President of the Fabrication Group of Ryerson Steel; President of Metal Fabrication Group and the General Manager of Pentair Electronic Packaging. He held various engineering and marketing roles at General Cable and Whirlpool Corporation. Mark graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Mike Nally, Operating Advisor

Mike is an Operating Advisor to the firm and is currently the CEO of EastPoint Sports, a BEP portfolio company, which he founded in 2009. Prior to EastPoint he was the CEO of Sportcraft, a Goense Bounds portfolio company which was the largest U.S. designer and distributor of home recreational sporting goods. Mike has been sourcing consumer products from Asia for Big Box retailers and sporting goods chains for over 20 years. He joined Sportcraft in 1976 after graduating with a BA degree in Business from Eastern Michigan University.

Andy Reed, Operating Advisor

Andy is an Operating Advisor to the firm. He was previously the CEO of Shurline, a paint application and paint products manufacturer, the CEO of Ames Taping Tools, a contractor tool rental firm, and the CEO of U.S. Builder Services, a Goense Bounds holding company for three residential construction contractors. Prior to joining USBS, Andy was President of Skil North America and Vice President of Bosch Tools and Services, both units of Robert Bosch. He previously worked at the SimplexGrinnell unit of Tyco, the Amerock business unit of NewellRubbermaid, Rust-Oleum Corporation, and Quaker Oats. He graduated from Principia College with a BA degree in History and earned an MBA from Indiana University with an emphasis in marketing.

Dan Weinfurter, Operating Advisor

Dan is an Operating Advisor to the firm and the founder and CEO of GrowthPlay, a firm that specializes in helping clients drive profitable growth by improving sales efficiency and effectiveness. He previously was the founder/CEO of Capital H Group, a talent and leadership solutions organization; the founder/CEO of Parsons Group, a finance accounting and systems consulting firm; and COO of Alternative Resources Corporation. All three of these firms were on Inc. Magazine's list of the fastest growing private companies. Dan began his career with General Electric, serving in a variety of sales positions. He graduated with a BA degree in marketing from Marquette University.