Operating Executives

Bringing strategic business-building expertise to your team

Woodlawn Partners is enhanced by a range of advisors and experts who bring deep experience and expertise to the succession process and to the continued growth of the company.


Eddie Leshin

Operating Executive

Before helping form Woodlawn Partners, Eddie led a $1.1 billion division of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., a publicly-traded third-party logistics company. He was previously instrumental in building American Backhaulers from $35 million to over $300 million in revenue before its sale to C.H. Robinson in 2000.
Eddie holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Scott Franklin

Operating Executive

Prior to joining Woodlawn Partners, Scott was a Senior Vice President with Veolia Environmental Services, North America’s largest industrial services company. Scott was responsible for the Gulf Coast and Western US Divisions, where he managed 20 divisional offices across 25 states with over 1,500 employees. Previously, Scott owned and operated an industrial services business that he sold to Veolia in January of 2000. Scott holds a B.A. from the University of Texas.

Glenn Gottfried

Operating Executive

Glenn is an executive and strategist who identifies business models and develops teams that achieve accelerated growth through new business and product development. He has led divisions and core business units of Thomson Reuters and others in the business/consumer services, information services, and technology sectors. Glenn earned an M.B.A from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont.

Ron Wesel

Operating Executive

With diverse executive experience, Ron brings a strong track record of effective cross-functional management to Woodlawn Partners. Most recently as President of LMI Packaging Solutions, Ron has significantly improved the financial performance of six distinct packaging businesses with combined revenue of over $2.5 billion. He has extensive sales and marketing experience in numerous consumer and B2B market segments in North America and Europe. Ron holds an M.B.A from Northwestern University-Kellogg and a B.A. from Eastern Illinois University.

Stuart Frankenthal

Operating Executive

Over the course of his 30-year career, Stuart has had success in personally acquiring, turning around, and growing a series of small and middle-market businesses. His experience spans a variety of industries, from telecommunications and transportation services to manufacturing and food products. Most recently, Stuart served as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Xodiax, LLC, a telecommunications venture delivering Internet data services and systems. Prior to Xodiax, Stuart headed The Frankenthal Group, which purchased underperforming companies and successfully turned around their operations. The group focused its efforts primarily on financial serves in the transportation industry, including leased and repossessed automobiles, rail and over road trucking. Stuart is a graduate of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and he holds a B.S. in Industry and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Sam Yoon

Operating Executive

Sam was previously a Director at BP driving standardization of operational planning across their global Exploration & Production businesses. Before his global role, Sam’s career in BP included leading strategic decision-making for three major production areas. Sam has also had experience in managing international accounts exceeding $15m with multi-national electronics manufacturers and in securing procurement contracts with foreign governments in Southeast Asia. Sam holds a B.S. and M.A. from Nyack College and an M.B.A from Cambridge University.

Arnold Heyman, M.D.

Operating Executive

Dr. Heyman practiced urology for over 30 years and served on the clinical teaching staff at the University Of Southern California Medical School. He is now a retired professor emeritus from that institution. While in practice, he designed and licensed numerous urologic devices that were sold to major medical device manufacturers. Those successes led him to form Medical Product Consultants to help other healthcare professionals to commercialize their device concepts. Dr. Heyman has worked with several start-up medical device companies, and he presently serves as a Principal and Vice President / Medical Director of Neotech Products, Inc., a manufacturer of devices for Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Dr. Heyman received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School.

Mike Hakimi

Operating Executive

Mike is a Principal at Odyssey Management Capital, a private equity firm that provides capital and hands-on management expertise to small and mid-sized tech and telecom companies. He is a veteran in the communications technology and infrastructure industries, having founded Chicago-based AIS in 1994 to provide internet technology solutions to commercial and enterprise clients. In 1997, Crain’s Chicago Business named Mike to its list of the 100 most influential technology players in Chicago. Mike built AIS into Chicago’s leading provider of internet services to the enterprise market and sold the company to Exodus Communications in 1999. He then joined Exodus in a corporate development role, where he was responsible for executing a broad range of strategic transactions. Mike holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ron Lambert

Operating Executive

Ron is a transactional attorney by background but has also spent considerable time in private equity and in operating businesses, where he has held business development, corporate development, and operating positions. Ron currently serves as a Managing Director and COO of Mercantile Capital Management Corp., a New York-based private equity and debt investment firm. He previously held General Counsel roles with Telution, Inc. and Shoptalk Networks, Inc. He has also served as a Managing Director of Venture Alliance Partners. Ron holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

Justin Anthony

Operating Executive

Justin is a social entrepreneur driven by his desire to be part of something that measures success not just by a bottom line, but by its contribution to society. In addition to having managed a successful business with over $120 million in turnover, Justin has also spent much of his career in various IT leadership roles and continues to keep his fingers on the pulse of technology. Justin currently serves as the President and Co-Founder of BrightNest, a company in the consumer internet space that focuses on helping homeowners take care of their most valuable asset.