Vince Gurzo is an experienced President/CEO/Board member of several mid-sized general manufacturing and chemical companies. In these and previous executive positions, he has created value for shareholders leading organizations of $20 million to $600 million through growth, restructurings, M&A, joint ventures and globalization.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Vince was Corporate VP at LaRoche Chemical where he shared COO responsibility and directly managed four divisions and two JVs. The teams he led revitalized two of those divisions, consistently improving financial and operating performance. Earlier at International Specialty Products he served in senior sales, marketing, and general management roles. At Union Carbide, now part of Dow Chemical, he was responsible for the U.S. and European manufacturing and R&D for a $100 million subsidiary after success in a series of sales and product management positions. He began his career at Merck & Co, Inc. as a manufacturing engineer.
In his current role as a consultant, private equity sponsors, sub-debt holders and Boards of Directors rely on him to provide “the real story” in under-performing businesses. As an interim operating executive or in a traditional consulting role, he assesses management capabilities, strategic direction and operating programs; providing leadership for corrective actions. He is also a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs at the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business.
Vince earned a degree in Chemical Engineering at Rutgers University, and an MBA from Pace University’s Executive Program, which was awarded With Distinction. He is a Certified Six Sigma Green belt and Lean Engineer. He is the named inventor on several patent applications and has received the Key to the City of Baton Rouge Louisiana for revitalizing the Alumina Division while at LaRoche Chemical.