Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Sam Morasca – Chairman of the Board

Samuel Morasca Jr. has more than 24 years of executive experience managing P&L’s ranging from $500 million to $19 billion in revenue. For the past 10 years, Morasca has served as an advisor, active board member, and chairman of middle-market, privately held companies. He has actively served on eight boards, chairing four of them. Morasca is an Executive Partner with SOLIDexecutive, Inc., an operating partner with Sterling Partners, a global private equity firm; and a staff advisor for the Gerson Lehrman Group Consultancy.

As a management advisor and board member, Morasca provides guidance to CEOs and leadership teams in business and go-to-market strategy formulation and execution, culture building, value proposition positioning, business development, sales and marketing management, operational performance management, organizational effectiveness, business restructuring, and new ventures/acquisitions evaluation. From 1994 to 2000, Morasca led Shell Oil Company’s nationwide oil products wholesale and retail business. This position encompassed fuels and convenience store P&L responsibility; sales, marketing, and brand management; business development; dealer relationship management; product supply; real estate/construction; and retail operations. The last two years also involved the integration of Shell’s marketing business with the Texaco brand network, forming a 23,000-unit retail business. From 1992 to 1994, Morasca was Vice-President of ventures for Shell Oil. He led efforts to develop and negotiate large-scale supply and manufacturing joint ventures with foreign government oil companies. Morasca also held senior management positions in the international sector.

It was in these senior Shell positions that Morasca gained extensive exposure to and benefited from formalized executive leadership coaching to fortify his management skills, increase feedback awareness, and build management team alignment. Morasca also has served as an executive professor at the University of Houston’s Bauer Graduate School of Business and a guest lecturer for the Rice University MBA program. Morasca received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University and an MBA from the Carroll School at Boston College. He also served on active duty for four years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Todd Matherne – Director

Todd Matherne currently serves as an independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Brace. He also serves as an independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee on the boards of two other Sterling portfolio companies. Matherne provides interim management and turnaround consulting services through Todd Matherne Advisors, LLC. Matherne began his career with Arthur Young, a predecessor to EY, and has served in senior financial or operating officer positions with public and private companies including The WEDGE Group, Baker Hughes, Service Corporation International and as a senior advisor with FTI Consulting and Alvarez & Marsal.

Alan Macksey – Director

Alan joined Sterling in 1986 and is a Managing Director on the investment team.  Prior to Sterling, he worked at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc. in equity research. Alan serves on the Board of The Young Victorian Theatre Company and is a former Board member of The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends. He previously served on the Selection Committee for the Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards and on the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth, Maryland Chapter.  Alan received a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.

Byron Dunn – Director

Mr Dunn founded Independence Contract Drilling in 2011 and has been a Director of Independence and Chief Executive Officer since that time. Strong and sustained growth of the company led to its listing on the New York Stock Exchange through an IPO in August 2014. From 2007 to 2010 Mr. Dunn served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Energy Services, whose Drilling Group formed the rig manufacturing division of Independence Contract Drilling upon the formation of the company. From 2010 to 2011 Mr. Dunn served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Erin Energy Corp a NYSE listed international E&P company with operations in China and Africa. Previously Mr. Dunn served as Vice President of National Oilwell Varco and President of the 3,500 employee, $1 billion revenue Eastern Hemisphere Rig Solutions Group and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of TTS Marine ASA. He Chaired the National Oilwell/Varco International merger integration task force. Mr. Dunn has over 15 years experience in investment banking last serving as Executive Director of the UBS Global Energy and Power Group.

He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he holds a CFA charter and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Justin Marku – Director

Justin originally joined Sterling Partners in 2011, where he was an associate for three years. He rejoined the firm as a Vice President in 2015 after completing his MBA. As a member of the investment team, Justin works on all aspects of the deal process including identification and due diligence of prospective investments, and management and oversight of the active portfolio.
Prior to Sterling, Justin worked in investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is also active in non-profit activities. Justin co-founded and is a member of the Evans Scholars Foundation Leadership Council and a member of the Rush University Medical Center Associates Board.
Justin received a BS in Finance with honors from the University of Illinois, where he was also an Evans Scholar, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Jeff Schechter – Director

Jeff joined Sterling in 2006 as a Managing Director and served as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer through 2012 and its Chief Operating Officer through June 2017.  Jeff is now a Senior Advisor to the firm and serves on the Board of Directors of several Sterling portfolio companies.  Prior to joining Sterling, Jeff spent 11 years at Grotech Capital Group and worked at Ernst & Young in their audit practice. Jeff received a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland and an MS in Finance from Loyola College. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Certified Financial Planner.