We are former CEOs, CFOs and senior executives of PE portfolio companies that started our careers as executives in the Fortune 500.

Dean B. Truitt II, Managing Director & Operating Partner

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Dean is the founder of Blue Horizon Management Group and serves as a senior advisor, operating partner and independent board director for private equity middle market companies.  He helps accelerate growth, optimize business performance and grow enterprise value in the technology, manufacturing, consumer, distribution and marketing services sectors.

Dean has served in middle-market senior leadership roles including President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and interim management.  As the CEO of WorkflowOne, he was brought in by the board to transform a $600M business with 2,800 employees, that resulted in 40% EBITDA growth and $50M in working capital savings.

He has 25 years of Big 4 professional services experience with Ernst & Young  (EY) and Arthur Andersen (Accenture).  At EY, he was a senior client partner responsible for growing several of the firm’s largest Fortune 500 manufacturing and consumer clients.  He led the National US Consumer Products Practice and US Central Region Consulting Practice, driving 28%  average annual revenue growth.

Involved in over 30 strategic transactions, his experience spans the M&A lifecycle including portfolio strategy, due diligence, post-merger integration and divestitures.

Dean received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University and holds an Advanced Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.

 

Gina Truitt, Managing Director & CFO

Gina assists private equity and mid-market portfolio companies with financial matters and serves as an interim and/or fractional CFO.   She has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, retail merchandise finance, commodity trading and retail banking. Recently she was the CFO of C3 (Cell Culture Company), a high growth BioTech private equity-owned investment and was formerly the CFO of EverFresh Products.  Prior she was in the Lead Management Group at Target Corporation with financial oversight for a $2.8B business unit. She has led a number of sourcing, financial and merchandising programs in her career.  Gina started her career in the banking industry.

Recently served on the Board of Directors for Step Up Women’s Network for 3 years, a national non-profit that mentors and tutors girls from under-resourced communities, helping them to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.

Gina received her certification as a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor through DePaul University.  She received her MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Management.