With considerable background in M&A, finance, strategy development and operational improvement, Mr. de Windt is a Founder & CEO of Gates Group Capital Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity firm. Founded in 2002 and with over $300 million of capital under management, Gates Group makes investments in middle market businesses within the transportation industry in North America. Prior to co-founding Gates Group, Mr. de Windt was the Founder and President of Grand River Industries, a private investment firm with a focus on industrial middle market investments. Prior to Grand River, Mr. de Windt was on the corporate development staff at NACCO Industries (NYSE:NC) a diversified holding company with interests in materials handling, consumer products and coal mining. Mr. de Windt earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and BA from Williams College.