Chartwell is pleased to announce Blackstone has successfully completed a minority equity investment in Salas O’Brien, a leading employee-owned engineering and technical services firm.

Team Category: Operations

Paul began his career providing independent business valuation services to privately-held companies and their shareholders. He founded Chartwell in 1995 and has grown the firm into a leading national financial advisory serving the middle market.

He engaged with his first ESOP-owned company in 1987 and has dedicated 30+ years to providing unrivalled guidance on all financial aspects an organization may encounter during the lifecycle of ESOP ownership.

Paul has led Chartwell’s development from a single location valuation firm into a multifaceted financial advisory firm offering unmatched consulting, corporate finance, and valuation expertise. He devotes the majority of his client focus to advising companies, boards of directors, ESOP trustees, and business owners on long-range ownership and capital planning matters.

Professional Involvement & Certification

Paul is an active member of The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), where he has been a frequent speaker and thought leader for both organizations.

Paul is a registered representative with Chartwell affiliate CCS Transactions, LLC and holds FINRA Series 24, 63, and 79 licenses.

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Kelly oversees Chartwell’s day-to-day corporate accounting activities. She manages the accounting department staff and provides financial information about company activities to assist management, partners, and other leaders in making educated economic decisions that impact the firm.

Professional Experience

Kelly has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience. Prior to Chartwell, Kelly managed the accounting, financial, and payroll functions at Salo. Preceding Salo, she spent 13 years working closely with senior business leaders of Seabury Group and held multiple accounting leadership roles including global manager of financial reporting and controller of various entities of the company. Kelly began her career as a staff auditor at a certified public accounting firm.

Diane leads the development and execution of firm-wide human resources policies and procedures and supports executive management by providing counsel and guidance on these matters. She is instrumental in upholding and communicating Chartwell’s core values of trust and respect through the development of effective policies. She is responsible for overseeing talent management and acquisition, employee training and development, succession planning, organizational and performance management, and compensation.  

Professional Experience

Diane has over 25 years of human resources and office administration experience. Prior to Chartwell, she worked as the regional office manager at Forest City Enterprises, a mainland-based developer of military housing in Hawaii.

Brittany leads the management and execution of Chartwell’s marketing and business development activities. She supports senior leadership with the implementation of the firm’s national strategy and is instrumental in upholding Chartwell’s brand identity. She is responsible for collateral creation, tactical level plan design, and external and internal marketing-related communications.

In addition, Brittany serves in an administrative management role within Chartwell’s operations team and is responsible for the oversight of support staff, facilities coordination, and project process design and implementation. She is experienced with assisting all practice areas and is well-versed in the maintenance of the firm’s CRM database as well as the preparation of client proposals and other deliverables.

Lindsey is a key contributor to Chartwell’s marketing team. She manages the coordination of national, regional, and local conferences and events for all trade associations in which the firm participates. Lindsey proactively assists with speaker proposals and presentations, attendee registrations, corporate group travel, and the planning of general networking and business development events.

Professional Involvement

Lindsey is an active member of The ESOP Association, where she currently serves as an officer for the Minnesota/Dakotas chapter. Lindsey is also a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).

Professional Experience

Prior to Chartwell, Lindsey worked as an event specialist for an event planning company in the Twin Cities. Her responsibilities included acting as a liaison between clients and vendors, on-site event execution, and managing the company’s marketing efforts.

Leah supports Chartwell’s marketing and business development activities. She works closely with the firm’s industry verticals to coordinate national brand strategy and enhance Chartwell’s presence at association conferences, events, and other gatherings. In addition, Leah supports corporate marketing efforts by assisting with collateral creation, digital content development, and contact management for clients, prospects, and professional partners.

Professional Experience

Prior to Chartwell, Leah was Brand Manager at Thinc Strategy, where she developed creative marketing strategies and was responsible for sourcing all branded items. She has also held roles as Account Coordinator at Media People and as Digital Specialists at Media Horizons.

Nu has over 10 years of human resources and management experience and supports the recruitment, retention, and development of Chartwell’s talented team. She is responsible for recruiting coordination, employee relations, training and development organization, and benefits administration management.

Professional Experience

Prior to Chartwell, Nu held roles as Human Resources Payroll Administrator at Meshbesher & Spence, Sales and Service Manager at US Bank, and Campus Manager at The College of St. Scholastica.

Nate is responsible for the maintenance, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems and servers at Chartwell. He configures and deploys new hardware and software across the organization and is responsible for keeping the firm’s network secure and accessible.

Professional Experience

Prior to Chartwell, Nate was an outsourced desktop support technician at Marco where he assisted with day-to-day IT operations including computer systems deployment and troubleshooting.

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