• US Acute Care Solutions names Patrick Free as Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer

    Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Patrick Free has recently joined US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) as Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to joining USACS, Mr. Free served as Senior Vice President, Hospital Affiliated Physicians for Change Healthcare.

    USACS was formed in 2015 to provide integrated emergency medicine management, hospital medicine management and observation medicine management to deliver better care and better outcomes for patients. Its founding practice, Ohio-based Emergency Medicine Physicians joined with capital partner Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) to offer like-minded physician groups the opportunity to leverage and expand best practices across the country. The company is owned and led by physicians, and leverages the resources, business support and capital of WCAS with its national reach and scale.


    Chartwell Partners is please to announce that Kirk Heissel has joined 8th Avenue Food & Provisions as Vice President Operations.  Mr. Heissel arrived at 8th Avenue from Dawn Foods where he was Vice President, North American Operations.  Prior to Dawn Foods, Kirk spent 30 years in supply chain, logistics and operations for CSM Bakery, Unilever (Good Humor- Breyers Ice Cream) and Kraft Foods.


    8th Avenue Food and Provisions is a newly created private label business that combines three existing product portfolios of Dakota Growers, Attune Foods and Golden Boy Foods, currently “co-owned” by Post Holdings, Inc, and private equity firm T.H. Lee. These businesses produce nut butter, dried fruits and nuts, pasta and granola products for top retailers, distributors and manufacturers.


    Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Adrienne Beckett has joined Post Consumer Brands as Vice President of Supply Chain.  Ms. Beckett arrived at PCB from Ecolab where she served as Senior Director, North American Logistics.  Her earlier career included senior level supply chain and logistics roles at SunOpta, Lebrino Foods and Pepsi.  


    Post Consumer Brands, remains by market share the number three participant in the U.S. ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal category, with a broad portfolio spanning all segments of the category — from iconic household name brands (Honey Bunches of Oats, Pebbles, Great Grains, Malt-O-Meal) and value ready-to-eat cereals to natural/organic and hot cereal varieties.  PCB was formed from the 2015 combination of Post Foods and MOM Brands. In 2017, they added Weetabix’s North America business and Attune Foods.  They employee 3,600 people in the United States and Canada, with nine production facilities and eight distribution centers.  Post Consumer Brands is a $2.2 billion division of Post Holdings.  PHI, headquartered in St. Louis, is an acquisitive consumer packaged goods holding company operating in the center-of-the store, foodservice, food ingredient, private label, refrigerated and active nutrition food categories. 



    Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Jim Dorcy has joined Wholesale Produce Supply as President. Mr. Dorcy arrived at Wholesale Produce Supply from the Robinson Fresh division of CH Robinson, where he served as Vice President of Global Account Management.


    Wholesale Produce Supply (“WPS”) is a value added distributor of fresh produce to a diverse group of blue-chip customers across multiple channels in the Upper Midwest and Canada. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, WPS serves over 200 U.S. and Canadian customers across nine U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, including the nation’s largest foodservice broadliners, grocery retail distributors and quick serve restaurants. WPS offers 3,000+ product SKUs across over 110 produce commodities, sourced throughout North America. WPS is backed by Mill City Capital (, a Minneapolis based private equity firm that makes investments in lower middle market companies with enterprise values ranging between $30 million and $150 million. The firm focuses on companies headquartered in the Midwestern United States and western and central Canada. Mill City Capital’s investment team has built a vast network of relationships through their collective 100+ years of doing business in the region.


    Chartwell Partners is pleased to announce that Warren Lenard has joined J.D. Byrider as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Lenard arrived at JDB from The Finish Line, where he was Vice President Technology & Operations. Prior to The Finish Line, Mr. Lenard was Vice President of Enterprise Systems for The Children’s Place.


    Founded in 1989, J.D. Byrider is the leading used car and finance company franchise of its kind in the United States. They operate the largest network of auto dealerships, doing business with more than 4,000 customers every month in 33 states via 153 locations (having sold over 1.2 million cars). They provide easy on-site financing to customers who may have credit challenges. They back up all their cars with either a limited warranty or an optional service plan agreement that lasts up to 36 months/36,000 miles. The company is owned by Altamont Capital Partners, a San Francisco based private equity firm with $1.3 billion in capital under management, focused primarily on making long term, control investments in middle market companies.