Our Investment Team

Celerant Capital provides the perfect combination of highly experienced private equity investors with operational and financial performance improvement consultants.

Jon Geisler

Jon Geisler has over 25 years of experience in the food industry. He has worked in every operational aspect of food processing and packaging: Manufacturing, Plant Engineering, Product & Process Engineering and Technical Services. Jon has worked at the senior executive level of mid-market food processing and packaging organizations since 1994. He has a passion for continuous improvement initiatives and strongly believes that investing in the development of your workforce and creating a work environment that supports their individual success will pay long-term dividends. Jon’s approach to lean implementations has proven effective in turnaround situations and in mature manufacturing environments.

Michael Hyche

Michael Hyche had an accomplished career as a senior operating executive for middle market food companies prior to forming a consulting practice in 2015. Mr. Hyche has engaged in a variety of situations and in multiple roles including operations, business development, and technical services leadership. Over the course of his career, he has spear-headed numerous value creation initiatives – capacity expansions and facility start-ups; new processing and packaging technology commercialization; and has led a variety of company turnarounds. He is a recognized thought leader in several industry consortia to advance the state of the art in food processing and manufacturing.

 

Alex Saal

Alex Saal started his career in consulting prior to spending three years at Charlesbank, a middle market private equity firm, where he focused on agriculture, distribution, and consumer product companies. After Charlesbank Alex worked in the finance department at QC Supply, an agricultural supply distributor based in Nebraska, eventually leading the finance team prior to joining Celerant in the summer of 2021.

ADVISORS

John Neighbours

Senior Advisor

Mr. Neighbours was a 45 year legal practitioner in the Indianapolis law firm of Baker and Daniels. There he represented employers throughout the United States in all aspects of employment and labor law and during the last 10 years of his practice he was a strategist for corporate and not-for-profit entities.  Mr. Neighbours has served on the board of First Financial Bank Corp. headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio since 2015 and serves on the bank’s capital markets and audit committee. He also serves on the board of Real Estate Corporation of America, a family corporation rehabilitating and managing properties in Indianapolis and also chairs the Meadows Community Foundation which has stimulated $70 million of investment rehabilitating one of Indianapolis’ most challenging low income communities. Mr. Neighbours has a long record of commitment to several central Indiana not-for-profit entities.  Mr Neighbours’s varied legal, business, financial and not for profit experience allows him to contribute substantially to strategic business planning.