RVK TEAM

The RVK Team is a select group of professionals of complementary strengths, experience, and specialization. We possess practical corporate experience heightened by expertise in strategic planning, product development, sales and marketing, manufacturing, and finance. Though we are geographically diverse, we are closely linked through proprietary technology and a common focus on our clients.

  • Richard Vander Kaay (Newport Beach, CA)
    Managing Director
    richard@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 420
    Richard Vander Kaay has served as Managing Director of RVK & Associates, Inc. since founding the firm in 1982. Previously, he held executive management positions with consumer products and electronics companies whose revenues ranged in size from $100 million to $2 billion. His background includes significant experience in strategic planning and corporate development. Richard entered the world of mergers and acquisitions while attempting to acquire a business for his own account. Through this effort, he contacted Portland, Oregon-based Sentrol, Inc., a manufacturer of high-security intrusion sensors, which he sold to The Berwind Corporation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1983. The company was subsequently acquired by General Electric. This success led to the formation of RVK & Associates. A member of the Association for Corporate Growth and an avid runner, Richard earned a BS in Business Administration from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Steve Boyd (Seattle, WA)
    Managing Principal
    steve@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 431
    Prior to joining RVK, Steve served as Chief Financial Officer for Darigold, Inc., a leading $2 billion dairy products firm located in Seattle, WA. Steve directed Darigold’s extensive commodity trading operations, as well as its accounting, IT, corporate treasury, credit facilities negotiations, and acquisition activities. In addition, Steve worked as CFO for several high tech companies owned by Racal Electronics, a large UK-based software, electronics, and defense-related firm.

    Steve also has extensive international business experience, having lived in both Brazil and Mexico, where he worked for Continental Can, serving as Finance Director and Head of Treasury Operations. Steve earned an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.
  • JB Burdick (Newport Beach, CA)
    Managing Principal
    jb@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 430
    JB’s strong operating background includes his most recent position as President and Founder of Burdick Management, Inc., where he provided guidance and assistance to small and middle-market companies regarding: Accounting Systems Design and Implementation; Corporate Restructuring; Acquisitions/Dispositions; Financial Reporting; and SEC Compliance.

    Previously, JB served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Director of Biomat USA, Inc., a leading provider of source plasma- and biologically-based products focused on virology, serology, immunology, and molecular biology. The Company was acquired by GrupoGrifols, S.A. in 2001.

    JB previously held key financial positions at: International Rectifier Corporation, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of power semiconductors (MOSFET, IBGT, Diodes and Thyristors); Candle Corporation, a leading developer of diagnostic computer software products (acquired by IBM); Getty Oil Company (acquired by Texaco, Inc.); and Whittaker Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of fluid control devices and systems for commercial and military aircraft.

    JB is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA (Economics and Marketing) and two BBA degrees (Accounting and Business Management) from Woodbury University in Glendale, California.
  • Mark A. Duss (Newport Beach, CA)
    Managing Principal
    mad@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 426
    Mark Duss joined RVK in 1995 after four years with The Harry Roman Company of Los Angeles, where he conducted acquisition work for private and public companies. Mark, whose strengths include strong strategic planning and organizational skills, brings more than 20 years of expertise in creating proprietary deal flow to his interactions with our private equity and corporate clients. Mark received a BS from the University of Evansville and a MBA from Northeastern University. A dedicated athlete, he participates in several triathlons per year.
  • Jeff M. Gill (Jupiter, FL)
    Managing Principal
    jeff@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 442
    Jeff Gill joined RVK in April of 2007, after serving as Chief Operating Officer of IPC Information Systems, Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions to the world's largest financial services firms as well as to public safety; government security; energy and power; and transportation organizations. Jeff also formerly held the position of President & Chief Executive Officer of British Telecom Financial Systems. His background involves building businesses in start-up, turn-around, IPO, and multi-national environments. Additionally, he has had P&L responsibility in the positions of President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer in the U.K. and the U.S. Finally, Jeff has extensive global experience of M&A, reorganization, and consolidation in various industries, including telecommunications and business-to-business products and services. Jeff studied accountancy and business administration at Essex College of Advanced Technology, England.
  • Jon Kleinke (Chicago, IL)
    Managing Principal
    jon@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 427
    Jon Kleinke brings over 14 years of middle-market private equity experience to Richard Vander Kaay & Associates. His private equity career has included working with Wynnchurch Capital (Managing Director) and Blue Point Capital Partners (Principal), two prominent middle-market investment groups. While at both groups, Jon was responsible for all aspects related to originating, leading and managing private equity investments (e.g. sourcing, evaluating, structuring, negotiating, conducting due diligence, and managing post-transaction). In addition to his private equity background, Jon has extensive experience working within an industrial manufacturing environment, having worked for 9 years at General Electric, where he was involved in a number of financial management roles at two different manufacturing divisions. In these roles, Jon was responsible for financial planning and controllership efforts, as well as directly supporting business management in the pursuit of implementing operational and productivity improvements.

    Jon earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. He then completed his MBA at The University of Chicago, graduating with honors.
  • Laird Kulak (Alberta, Canada)
    Associate
    laird@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 439
    A seasoned operating executive, Canadian Laird Kulak joined the RVK team in May of 2012. He has held long-term positions with some of Canada’s most well-known and successful companies, including: (i) Direct Assistant to the Head of Engineering for Canada’s largest construction company, (ii) CEO of a manufacturer of highly engineered plastic components, (iii) CEO of a medical products business and (iv) President of a construction management firm.

    The newest member of our team, Laird enhances our presence in Canada while also providing interested clients with an opportunity to work with an experienced, well-connected, business executive in the region. Presently, Laird resides in Canada’s fast growing oil sands area near Alberta. He earned an MBA from MIT via the Sloan Fellows Program.
  • Christine Lewis (Newport Beach, CA)
    Managing Principal
    christine@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 424
    With over 20 years of management experience in the construction products and homebuilding industries, Christine brings a history of delivering revenue, profit, and growth for start-up, turn-around, and rapid growth environments. Most recently, she served as General Sales Manager of one of the largest home builders in the nation—Pulte Homes, Corp. where she led a high-performing sales team in the management of several brands, including active adult, country club, and entry level segments, across several markets. During her 16-year tenure with Pulte Homes, Christine also developed sales training programs, cultivated internal and external relationships, and incorporated creative marketing concepts with strategic sales techniques, all of which enhanced the company’s bottom line. Christine received a BFA at CSULB in Architectural Interior Design.
  • Jeff Wakefield (Seattle, WA)
    Managing Principal
    jwakefield@vanderkaay.com| (949) 717-4880, ext. 423
    Jeff Wakefield joined RVK in 2009, bringing 15 years of experience in corporate leadership positions to our firm.  Formerly, he served as President of two prominent U.S. companies in the financial services industry.  For a decade, he was responsible for the overall leadership and direction for these companies, during which time he implemented and managed double-digit annual growth.  Jeff’s expertise lies in corporate development, training, marketing, and operations management.  His background also includes M&A, finance, deal flow creation, exit strategy consultation, and business start-up.  Since joining RVK, Jeff has successfully originated numerous transactions across a variety of industries. He is an honor graduate of the University of Puget Sound and studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.  Jeff broadens our firm’s perspective through his understanding of the Japanese language and culture.