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Advisory Board

Mr. Brent D. Ballard
Managing Partner / Calfee, Halter and Griswald LLP

Mr. Marc S. Byrnes
President and CEO / Oswald Companies

Mr. Richard R. Hollington III
President /
Capital Works, LLC

Mr. Robert G. McCreary III
Chairman / CapitalWorks, LLC





Jim Brown Jr. is the founder and chairman emeritus of Tailwind, and has had 50+ years’ experience in the leadership of mid-range companies, both public and private.

Brown acquired Hartzell Propeller from TRW in 1987 and served as chairman of Hartzell and related companies.

Brown joined the chemical division of Standard Oil of Ohio in 1959 in a sales capacity in the industrial chemical business unit. Over the next 12 years, Brown moved up through the chairs in sales management and later general management as vice president and general manager of Sohio’s Plastic Division.

In 1972, Brown joined Austin Powder Company as executive vice-president and general manager. Austin is a manufacturer and distributor of explosive products for mining, quarrying, construction, and seismic applications. Brown left the company as CEO and president in 1985.

Brown is a graduate of MIT (BSChE) and a former Naval aviator.

Jim Brown Jr.


Jim Brown III, president of Tailwind Technologies Inc. focuses on strategic issues including growing the platform and managing professional services and relationships. He joined the company (Hartzell Propeller) in 1993 following a stint at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler, Cleveland, Ohio.

Brown’s background at Hartzell included foreman and later director of Hartzell’s Service Center; vice-president, parts and service; and as co-president. Brown has been principally involved with sales and engineering, as well as general management.

As a result of his broad experience at Hartzell, Brown has developed specific skills in:

  • The use of clear metrics to drive performance
  • Worldwide parts distribution from Hartzell’s master warehouse
  • Development and launch of new products
  • Risk management including product liability insurance negotiation in both New York and London
  • Structuring and negotiating long term commercial agreements
  • Design and oversight of a variety of employee benefit and welfare plans

Brown is a graduate of Georgetown University and Case Western Reserve School of Law (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif ).

James W. Brown III


Joe Brown is chief operating officer of Tailwind and president of Hartzell Propeller. He joined Hartzell in 1990.

He has primarily been involved in operations, including manufacturing, quality, inventory control, information technology, purchasing and accounting.

Under the broad heading of continuous improvement, he has a passion for and experience in the principles of:

  • Lean manufacturing and waste reduction
  • Development of self-directed work teams
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Enabling technologies of ERP and CAD/CAM

The rigorous application of these disciplines has been crucial to developing the capacity and productivity to meet the growth objectives of the company and has led to the broad development of a more talented, intense and cohesive workforce.

Joe Brown is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College.

Joseph W. Brown


Matt Jesch is chief financial officer of Tailwind Technologies Inc. He joined the company in 2007 following 20 years of progressively responsible roles with Fortune 500 and Private Equity backed companies including the Mead Corporation, Meadwestvaco and NewPage Corporation in Ohio, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Jesch’s background includes serving as chief financial officer at NewPage Corporation, a $2.5 billion paper manufacturer. In addition to CFO, Jesch has served in numerous financial and strategic roles balanced by operating and IT assignments.

As a result of his broad financial experience, Jesch developed a working command of the following areas:

  • Merger & Acquisitions - led or participated in M&A transactions totaling nearly $4 B
  • Treasury & Debt - implemented and managed a complex $1.8 B capital structure composed of a large banking syndicate and tranches of public bonds
  • Post Merger Integration - key leadership role in integration of Mead Paper
    and MeadWestvaco paper with synergies realized in excess of $170 MM
  • Strategy & Business Planning
  • Operations Analysis

Jesch is a 1987 graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in accounting. He successfully completed his CPA (not maintained).


Matthew L. Jesch
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