Alden Advisors
Experts In Unlocking Value In Technology and Niche Intellectual Property

Team

Our Team of Operational Dealmakers

 
 

Our operational dealmakers see value far beyond financial engineering.  As owners, operators, and investors, we have a refined ability to articulate the out-sized value of a company, inherently found in its tangible and intangible assets.

Alden Advisors specializes in helping business owners extract maximum value for companies with unique experience offerings supported by either technology, formal IP (e.g., patents and trade secrets), or informal IP (e.g., employee know-how and efficient processes).

 

Derrick Reagins, Managing Director

Derrick Reagins is a Managing Director at Alden Advisors. He has 20 years of industry experience in information technology, investment banking and private equity. Mr. Reagins has a broad background in mergers and acquisitions, corporate business development, strategic marketing and technology.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Reagins provided growth advisory services to middle-market companies in the technology, consumer products and manufacturing industries through acquisition, capital raising and operational strategies. Prior to this, Mr. Reagins worked with Texas Instruments in the mobile device processor group where he led the P&L planning and developed the global marketing strategies for emerging technologies. Additionally, Mr. Reagins was an integral member of the Business Objects’ (now SAP) corporate business development team, where he developed and executed corporate strategy through M&A, intellectual property management, equity investments and strategic alliance activities. He also identified, evaluated and invested in early-, mid- and late-stage private equity investments throughout Western Europe for the Paris, France-based Partech International. Mr. Reagins has diverse operational experience ranging from business development and product management activities in Asia to the management of a software development team in France.

Mr. Reagins holds an MBA specializing in M&A and Intellectual Property Management from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, a MSEE degree from Georgia Tech, a MSEE degree from École Supérieure de l’Électricité (a renowned French engineering university), and a BSEE from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Mr. Reagins is bilingual in English and French and is a Registered Representative of StillPoint Capital, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, Tampa, FL and holds the Series 63, 79, and 82 registrations.

 

Paul Werp, Managing Director

Mr. Werp is a Managing Director at Alden Advisors. He has been consulting with leading technology companies focused on wireless communications, semiconductor system, and silicon IP. He has leveraged his extensive worldwide network of industry leaders and experts with engagements focused on restructuring, business development, M&A, and capital raising.

While living in Europe from 2007-2011, he integrated and reshaped NXP Semiconductors’ and ST Microelectronics’ Connectivity businesses into a customer-focused organization with a winning mentality as Vice President, General Manager. Highlights of this enriching experience include a $110M acquisition of Glonav to add GPS to the wireless connectivity portfolio while also winning an incremental $700M of new business.

In an earlier role, Mr. Werp was the Business Director of Texas Instruments’ (TI) Mobile Connectivity Solutions group, where he was responsible for the overall business line, including GPS, Bluetooth, FM, WLAN, and digital TV technologies for mobile devices. Under his tenure, this business grew 8x and won over $750M of new business. He also served as the worldwide director for TI’s Cellular Systems Group where he defined and developed the OMAP roadmap, managed the software-system strategy and led the OMAP Ecosystem of partners and developers. Prior to joining TI, Mr. Werp was a product marketing engineer for Hewlett Packard’s RF semiconductor division, now part of Broadcom. In this role, he focused on RF products that played a critical role in the emerging digital cellular market.

Mr. Werp earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. Mr. Werp is a Registered Representative of StillPoint Capital, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, Tampa, FL and holds the Series 63 and 82 registrations.


Mark Stachiw, Managing Director

Mr. Stachiw is a Managing Director at Alden Advisors. Mark brings multiple decades of C-level experience as well as strategic and operational leadership to dealmaking. He has been instrumental in investing in and advising middle market companies and their boards toward higher levels of growth. Mr. Stachiw leverages his legal, operational, and deep industry experience as a client advocate in executing mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Alden Advisors, Mark held various senior leadership roles, ultimately becoming the Vice Chairman, General Counsel and Secretary, at MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE:PCS), a $6 billion dollar Fortune 500 public wireless communications company, where he was responsible for board governance, legal, regulatory and external affairs and, at times, human resources and corporate development. He guided MetroPCS through its IPO in 2007, raised an additional $28 billion in debt, and was instrumental in quintupling the company’s addressable market and over sextupling its revenue. Subsequently, Mr. Stachiw played a key role in leading the company’s merger with T‐Mobile in 2012, then the largest domestic merger ever announced. Prior to MetroPCS, Mark was a senior executive and chief legal, external affairs and regulatory officer for multiple divisions of several other publicly-traded communications companies and an entrepreneur who started several technology companies.

Mr. Stachiw earned both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. He holds the distinction of being a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.

 

Tony Neveling, Managing Director

Mr. Neveling is a Managing Director at Alden Advisors. He has over 20 years of experience focused on increasing shareholder value as both a trusted advisor and corporate executive.

Prior to joining Alden Advisors, Mr. Neveling served as Head of M&A and Strategic Initiatives for Xome, a subsidiary of Mr. Cooper (NASDAQ: COOP). Before this, he held key executive leadership roles with Assurant Mortgage Solutions, a business unit of Assurant (NYSE: AIZ), where he led numerous strategic M&A and operational transformation initiatives. Mr. Neveling previously served as Chief Financial Officer for eMortgage Logic, a middle market financial services company, where he provided financial management, operational and strategic planning, and corporate development expertise. Prior to these operational roles, he provided M&A advisory, capital raising, and consulting services to middle market companies across various industries ranging from semiconductors and software to consumer products, financial services, industrial manufacturing and government contracting.

Mr. Neveling holds a BBA and MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is an advisory board member and past president of the DFW Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is an advisory board member of the Hicks, Muse, Tate, and Furst Center for Private Equity Finance at the McCombs School of Business.

Mr. Neveling is a Registered Representative of StillPoint Capital, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, Tampa, FL and holds the Series 63 and 79 registrations.


Tom Wrappe, Managing Director

Mr. Wrappe is a Managing Director at Alden Advisors. He has a career of over 40 years serving in executive and consulting roles with world class technology companies in the wireless, location, and sensor ecosystems. Within these areas, he has applied this broad experience and an extensive global network of industry leaders and experts to create value for clients. He has created value through strategic acquisitions of point products and emerging technologies, new business development, as well as capital formation and M&A.

Mr. Wrappe has successfully participated in the full technology ecosystem spanning wireless carriers, from OEM’s to component and technology suppliers. As VP Products at SnapTrack, the inventor of Assisted GPS, Mr. Wrappe led the server and IC product teams that ultimately led to the firm’s acquisition by Qualcomm for $1B. Continuing at Qualcomm post-acquisition, Mr. Wrappe served as SVP Marketing and Product Management as A-GPS became a mass market product reaching over 4.4B units as of 2018.

In other operational roles, Mr. Wrappe has held P&L and product roles that resulted in service, system, and IP/technology successes. Notably, for Hughes Network Systems, he led the TDMA, CDMA, and MobileSat system areas growing new product revenue to over $10M per year. At TCSI, Mr. Wrappe managed the business launch of the digital cellular area that delivered fully integrated solutions for Japanese and US TDMA solutions. Mr. Wrappe has leveraged his strategic acumen to sponsored several venture investments, including Sierra Wireless and SnapTrack while Strategic Director of TI’s Wireless Communications Business Unit. As a board advisor, he has assisted Global Locate (acquired by Broadcom) and Magnolia Broadband (licensor of Uplink Diversity/MIMO to Google).

Mr. Wrappe earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in Finance and International Business and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Wrappe is based in Silicon Valley.

 

Bob Scarlata, Managing Director and Affiliate Partner

Mr. Scarlata, is the founder and Sr. Managing Director of WhiteHorse Partners, LLC and an industrial-focused affiliate partner to Alden Advisors since 2015. He has been an M&A Dealmaker since 1986 closing multi-million dollar transactions in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, service, software, oil/gas and many others throughout the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Scarlata garnered significant operational expertise starting a leasing business in college followed by a 10-year post law school career in engineering and machinery sales with several U.S. and European companies targeting Fortune 500 companies. He later acquired a firm specializing in the valuation, marketing and sale of privately owned companies.

Mr. Scarlata graduated with an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from the University of Miami. He has translated this wealth of knowledge into a reader friendly overview of his and his clients’ experiences in his book, “Manage To Sell Your Business: Wealth Creation Secrets of the Pros.” Mr. Scarlata is a Registered Representative of Trump Securities, Member FINRA and SIPC, and holds the Series 63 and 79 Registrations.

In Memoriam
Alan R. Hutson, Managing Director

Mr. Hutson was an M&A advisor with more than 25 years of C-level experience, operational leadership, and investment banking experience and guided our clients through all business cycle phases; from growth to exit and from turnaround to resurgence.  Mr. Hutson contributed much to the culture and guiding principles of Alden Advisors and to the successful navigation of our clients toward their goals.  We are very thankful and celebrate the path we walked together.