Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Gail Mandel

Gail Mandel

Board Member

Gail Mandel is the Executive Chair for PureStar Linen Group. She is also Managing Director of Focused Point Ventures, LLC a business advisory and consulting services firm. Prior to the 2018 Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) spin-off transaction, she dedicated the last 25 years to Wyndham. Most recently, she served as the President & CEO of Wyndham Destination Network (WDN), the world's largest provider of professionally managed, unique vacation accommodations with over 120,000 properties in over 100 countries. During Gail's four-year tenure as CEO of this $1.6B revenue division of Wyndham, the division delivered four consecutive years of organic earnings growth which was more than double the prior four years. While leading the WDN team of 10,000 employees and generating 60% of its revenue outside the US, she introduced and implemented the strategy of "Leveraging Our Strengths" which focused on cross- functional collaboration as well as maximizing and customizing innovative activities to enhance the needs of the diverse product offerings. Prior to this role, Gail served as the CFO of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals ($1.5 billion revenue division) and held senior finance positions at Wyndham Worldwide, Cendant Corporation and HFS Incorporation. She began her career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche and earned her CPA in New York.

Emily Pollack

Emily Pollack

Board Member

Emily Pollack is a Managing Director of Cornell Capital. She has over 15 years of M&A and private investing experience. Prior to joining Cornell Capital in 2017, Emily served as a Vice President of Harron Communications, a regional cable company, where she was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for M&A and financing activities, legal matters and operational management. She began her career at Davis Polk & Wardwell in the Mergers & Acquisitions group and previously worked at American International Group, Inc. (AIG). Emily was recently recognized as one of the Wall Street Journal’s Women to Watch in Private Equity. She is a Director of Talcott Resolution, Spectrum Automotive and PureStar Linen Group.  

Emily holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Ann Berry

Ann Berry

Board Member

Ann is a Senior Advisor of Cornell Capital, and was a Partner of the firm from 2017 – 2021. She has over 15 years of private equity investing experience, focused on the consumer and business services sectors.

Prior to joining Cornell Capital in 2017, Ann spent her career at The Goldman Sachs Group. She began in the Investment Banking Division in London in the Mergers & Strategic Advisory Group, and subsequently joined the Merchant Banking Division in London and New York. Ann is a regular contributor on Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Fox Business Network.

Ann is a Director of PureStar Linen Group.

Ann received her BA from Cambridge University (Double First Class Honors) and her MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar, High Distinction), which she attended as a Kennedy Scholar.

George Chavel

George Chavel

Board Member

George Chavel served as the President and CEO of Sodexo North America from 2007 to 2016. Sodexo is a worldwide provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services with $15bn of enterprise value. He joined Sodexo in 1991 and held a wide range of leadership positions. Prior to Sodexo, he spent seven years in the restaurant franchising industry, and worked for Arthur Andersen. In addition to PureStar, George currently serves on the boards of Giant Eagle, Restaurant Technologies and Valet Living. 

Henry Cornell

Henry Cornell

Board Member

Henry Cornell is the Senior Partner of Cornell Capital. Prior to founding the firm, he was the Vice Chairman and one of the original architects of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Henry has over 35 years of experience across all aspects of private equity investing in a broad array of industries. He began his career as an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division in 1984. He moved to Tokyo in 1988 to found Goldman Sachs’s real estate efforts in Asia, and then moved to Hong Kong in 1992 where he founded Goldman Sachs’ principal investment business in Asia. 

Under his leadership, Goldman Sachs made numerous landmark investments in the region, including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Kookmin Bank, Ping An Insurance Company of China and Sanyo Corporation. Henry returned to New York in 2000 as the Head of Private Equity Americas and Asia, and as a member of the Global Investment Committee. He was subsequently named Vice Chairman of the Merchant Banking Division. Henry’s notable US investments while at Goldman Sachs include Allied World, Barrett Energy, Cobalt, Kinder Morgan, MRC Global and USI.  Henry is a Director of Corelle Brands, Blue Mistral, MRC Global, PureStar Linen Group and Talcott Resolution.  Henry is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Whitney Museum, The Asia Society and the Navy SEAL Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Henry holds a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Grinnell College.

Henrik Slipsager

Henrik Slipsager

Board Member

Henrik Slipsager served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ABM Industries Incorporated from 2000 to 2015. Prior to joining ABM Industries, Mr. Slipsager was President of 2M-Invest and held roles of increasing responsibility at ISS, a Copenhagen-based cleaning and food service facility management company. Henrik is the Chairman of the board of CSC Serviceworks, a leader in commercial laundry solutions and air vending services, and Impark, one of the largest parking management companies in North America. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Lithko, and Artic Glacier. Mr. Slipsager has an M.B.A. degree (equivalent) from the Business School of Copenhagen.

Jean-Paul Montupet

Jean-Paul Montupet

Board Member

Jean-Paul Montupet was Chair of the Industrial Automation business of Emerson and President of Emerson Europe prior to his retirement in December 2012. Jean-Paul joined Emerson in 1981 and served in a number of senior executive roles at the global technology provider. He serves on the boards of IHS MarkIt, WABCO Holdings Inc. and Assurant, Inc. and previously served on the board of Lexmark International, Inc. In addition, he was the non-executive chair of the board of PartnerRE Ltd. until March 2016.

Conrad Wangeman

Conrad Wangeman

Board Member

Conrad Wangeman is a nationally recognized hotelier whose career spans decades operating both individual flagship hotels and multi-property regions with revenue streams approaching 1 billion dollars.  Most recently Conrad served as Area Vice President of Operations for Hilton’s full-service, managed properties in both the Northeast and West of the United States. Previously, he spent 21 years as General Manager of numerous Hilton hotels in key urban destinations across America including the 2000-room Hilton New York Midtown.  Conrad also held operational responsibility for Meritex Centralized Laundry in Piscataway, New Jersey which services the linen and laundry needs for Hilton hotels in the greater New York area. A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Conrad is currently on the Board of PureStar, Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley, a member of the Cornell Hotel Society, The Waldorf-Astoria Alumni Society, Tavern Club and the Bohemian Club. Previously he was a Fellow at the Culinary Institute of America and served on the boards of the Avenue of the Americas Association and the New York Hotel Association, in addition to serving as President of the Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association.

D.J. (Jan) Baker

D.J. (Jan) Baker

Board Member

Board Member Jan Baker spent his legal career practicing at several large international law firms, specializing in matters relating to corporate restructuring, governance, and ethics. In 2017, he retired from Latham & Watkins, where he had been global co-chair of his practice group. Prior to joining Latham, he had been a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and, before that, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Since retiring from Latham, he has served as an independent director for a variety of public and private companies as well as non-profits. In addition to PureStar, he currently serves as an independent director of Cyprus Mines, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan, Inc., and a director of the Hastings Center. Since leaving Latham, he has also been a director for Cumulus Media, J Crew, TOMS, and a variety of other companies.

Brian Herington

Brian Herington

Board Member

Brian Herington was appointed PureStar’s Chief Executive Officer and to the Company’s Board of Directors on September 16, 2020.

Brian has more than 30 years of industrial and commercial experience leading complex, technology-driven businesses both regionally and globally. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Univar Solutions, a publicly traded, global distributor of chemicals and ingredients, following Univar’s acquisition of Nexeo Solutions, where Brian served as Executive Vice President of Chemicals from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, Brian was a Region Division Head, Americas at ABB and a President at Thomas & Betts. Earlier in his career, Brian spent more than 20 years in various positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Latin America and Europe at General Electric, SABIC, a portfolio company of Sun Capital, and Amoco Chemical. He has a B.S. from Illinois State University and an MBA from Ashford University.

Eric Goldberg

Eric Goldberg

Senior Advisor

Eric Goldberg serves as Senior Advisor to PureStar’s board.  Previously, Eric served as Chief Growth Officer of PureStar, and prior to that as Co-CEO of Atlantic City Linen Supply, LLC. In a prior role, Eric served as Executive Vice President at Geoffrey Weill Associates, a travel and tourism marketing consultancy. Eric holds a BA from Hofstra University. 
 

Executive Leadership

Brian Herington

Brian Herington

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Herington is Chief Executive Officer of PureStar and serves on the Company’s Board of Directors.

Brian has more than 30 years of industrial and commercial experience leading complex, technology-driven businesses both regionally and globally. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Univar Solutions, a publicly traded, global distributor of chemicals and ingredients, following Univar’s acquisition of Nexeo Solutions, where Brian served as Executive Vice President of Chemicals from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, Brian was a Region Division Head, Americas at ABB and a President at Thomas & Betts. Earlier in his career, he spent more than 20 years in various positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Latin America and Europe at General Electric, SABIC, a portfolio company of Sun Capital, and Amoco Chemical.

He has a B.S. from Illinois State University and an MBA from Ashford University.

Sebastian Mitchell

Sebastian Mitchell

Chief Operating Officer

Sebastian Mitchell is Chief Operating Officer of PureStar, and is responsible for all aspects of PureStar’s mainland operations as well as global Environment, Health & Safety and Engineering.

Prior to joining PureStar, Sebastian served as Regional Vice President at Aramark. In this role he delivered cross-functional excellence in operations, sales, finance, and human resources to distributed client locations for 12 years. He served in senior leadership roles in Aramark’s Healthcare, Sports and Entertainment and Facility Management sectors. Sebastian previously held senior consultant positions at Grant Thornton and KPMG.

He holds a BA from Emory University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dave Kimmel

Dave Kimmel

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Kimmel is PureStar’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the finance, accounting, treasury and risk management functions for the Company.

Prior to joining PureStar, Dave spent the last 15 years in progressively senior financial positions with both publicly traded and private equity owner business services companies including ARAMARK, Iron Mountain, CDI Corporation, and Magna Legal Services.

He also has 10 years’ experience in public accounting with Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen providing audit and transaction advisory services.

Dave received his Bachelor of Science from La Salle University and MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of AICPA and PICPA.

Vicky Cayetano

Vicky Cayetano

PureStar President, Hawaii Region

Vicky Cayetano is President of PureStar’s Hawaii operations, which includes United Laundry Services, Hawaiian Linen Supply, Maui Linen Supply and Alii Linen Services.  

In 1987, Vicky co-founded Honolulu’s United Laundry Service, which received the 2020 TRSA Above & Beyond Service Award.

From 1997 to 2002, Vicky served as Hawaii’s First Lady. She spearheaded numerous programs to improve healthcare, including an effort in 2002 to provide universal long-term care for all of Hawaii’s citizens.

In 2019, the University of Hawaii, Travel Industry Management School presented Vicky with the 2019 “Legacy in Tourism” Award. The prior year, she received the Pacific Business News “Career Achievement Honoree”. Vicky is a 2011 recipient of the YWCA Leadership Award, the Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s 2000 Woman of the Year and a prior nominee of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ed Chen

Ed Chen

PureStar President, FiveStar Laundry: On-Premise Operations

Ed Chen co-founded Five Star Laundry, a PureStar Company, in 1998. Five Star is the national leader in working with large hotel properties to optimize laundries they operate on-premise.

Under Ed’s leadership, PureStar has expanded its presence in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, Portland and Washington, DC.

Prior to founding Five Star, Ed was the Director of Catering Operations for the Chicago Hilton. His relationship working for or with Hilton spans 42 years.

Ed is past President of the Alexander Graham Bell Montessori, a school in suburban Chicago that he and his wife co-founded to serve the needs of hearing-impaired students.

Ed holds a BA in Business Management from University of Bombay.



Alex Dixon

Alex Dixon

PureStar President, West Region

Alex Dixon is President of the West Region for PureStar, leading the overall business operations for the 7 plants in the Las Vegas market.   He brings more than fifteen years’ experience in hospitality, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and development to his role.

Prior to joining PureStar in 2020, Alex held progressive leadership roles within the gaming industry including President & COO of Circus Circus, opening General Manager of MGM Springfield, and opening Assistant General Manager of Horseshoe Baltimore. He began his career with Goldman Sachs as an analyst within the Investment Banking Division, spending time in New York, London and Los Angeles.

Alex is the Finance Chair of Nevada Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and Board Member of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He is also the Chairman-Elect of the Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees. He has been featured in Hotel Business, the LA Times, Las Vegas Review Journal and Business West. He holds a BBA in Finance from Howard University.


Angel Pis-Dupot

Angel Pis-Dupot

PureStar President, Southeast Region

Angel Pis-Dudot is the President of PureStar’s Southeast region, and co-founded Hotelier Linen Services, a PureStar Company, in 2005.

Operating multiple facilities across Miami and Orlando, Hotelier is the premier provider of linen management and laundry services in the South and Central Florida markets.

Angel has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality outsourced laundry industry. He is a member of TRSA’s Hospitality Committee, a member of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, and a member of Central Florida Hotel Lodging Association.

Angel holds a BBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Florida.

Ted Szymkowski

Ted Szymkowski

Vice President of Finance

Ted Szymkowski is the Vice President of Finance for PureStar. He oversees the regional finance team and provides financial support to operations.

Prior to joining Pure Star in 2019, Ted worked at Aramark Corporation in various Accounting and Finance roles over the last 25+ years. His most recent roles before joining PureStar were Regional Finance Director for Aramark Facility Services, and Director of Finance for Aramark Correctional and Leisure Services.

Ted holds his BS in Accounting from Spring Garden College in Philadelphia, PA.

Amy Vaughn

Amy Vaughn

Vice President of Human Resources

Amy Vaughn is Vice President of Human Resources for PureStar, where she oversees the HR team and functions including talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation, benefits administration, labor relations and performance management.

Amy spent the previous 15 years of her career with Aramark in HR leadership roles supporting various regions and lines of business including Uniform Services, Facility Services, Higher Education, Education K-12, Correctional Services, Sports and Entertainment, and Healthcare. Her most recent role before joining PureStar was with the global HR team supporting the integration of the HR system for the entire organization as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Amy holds a BS from Purdue University, and a Master of Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is also a member of SHRM.

Patrick O’Reilly

Patrick O’Reilly

General Counsel

Patrick O’Reilly is General Counsel for PureStar.  He oversees the Company’s legal and compliance initiatives, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactional matters, real estate matters, commercial contracts and disputes, labor negotiations, employment compliance and litigation.

Prior to joining PureStar in March 2020, Pat served as Corporate Counsel for BrightView Holdings, Inc., the nation’s leading commercial landscaping services company. Before that, he was an attorney for Blank Rome LLP working in the firm’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities Practice Group.

Pat holds a JD from Rutgers School of Law, an MBA from Rutgers School of Business, and a BA from Franklin & Marshall College.

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