Pierre G. Villere, Chairman & Managing Partner
Pierre Villere is the President and Managing Partner of Allen-Villere Partners, an investment banking firm with a national practice in the construction materials industry. He has spent three decades as an investment banker, serving middle market companies in their mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and financing needs. Since 1996, he has focused his highly specialized investment banking practice in a segment of the construction materials industry that is comprised of ready mixed concrete, aggregates, and concrete products.
He serves on the NRMCA’s Business Administration Committee, the Board of Directors of the NRMCA Manufacturer’s Division, the Industry Data Survey Task Force, the Compensation Survey Task Force, and the Industry Standard Chart of Accounts Task Force. He has made multiple presentations on various aspects of the industry to dozens of state and national trade associations, and currently writes a monthly column for The Concrete Producer magazine that discusses business and financial issues facing our industry. Over the past 30 years, he has served at various times as Chairman, President, or a member of the Board of Directors of nearly a dozen charities and non-profit organizations. He is an avid saltwater fisherman and wingshooter.
Andy Kulback has over ten years of experience as a senior level finance/accounting officer in the wireless communication industry and, more recently, in the construction field. He joined Allen-Villere Partners as Vice President in March of 2004 after serving as the Chief Financial Officer for a large Client Company in the ready mixed concrete business for the previous five years. He is a member of the Alliance of Merger and Acquisitions Advisors (“AM&AA”) and serves on the Business Administration Committee of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (“NRMCA”) and the Industry Data Survey Task Force. He is a graduate of Wright State University (1985) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
He is also an avid racquetball player, competing nationally and has won numerous state, regional and national championships over the years.
John Rabchuk has more than 35 years of concrete and aggregates-related experience. Most recently, he spent 15 years as owner and President of Systech, Inc., a technology and software productivity firm that provided productivity tools for construction materials producers. Prior to Systech, he was the owner and president of BGIS Systems Inc., which developed and marketed job cost accounting software systems for the highway and heavy construction industry.
John has served on the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Business Administration Committee, the Operations/Environmental/Safety Committee and currently serves as vice-chairman of the Manufacturers/Products and Services Division. John has been a frequent speaker at NRMCA events, as well for numerous state and local construction materials organizations. John has also been a frequent contributor to industry publications, such as The Concrete Producer and Concrete Products magazines.
In addition, he has played an active role in his home community of St. Charles, IL where he has served as chairman of the 708 Mental Health Board for the past 10 years, and is a board member of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership and the River Corridor Foundation. John was recently appointed by the St. Charles city council to lead a team in a comprehensive review of city’s comprehensive plan, and played an active role in the development of a long range plan for the city. John has very actively participated in charity organizations such as Special Olympics, Living Well Cancer Resource Center and the American Cancer Society, as well as a number of youth sports leagues over the past 30+ years.
John is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a CBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Illinois – Chicago. John is an active outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing, hiking and biking. John and his wife Cheryl have traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Mike Gilchrist has over 35 years of experience in several industries, including semiconductors, infomercials and the ready mixed concrete industires. He has risen through the financial ranks of these industries, starting as an analyst in cost accounting and budgeting, then on to Controller functions, and finally as a Vice President of Finance and Operations. He has been an adjunct professor in accounting and finance at the University of Phoenix, Arizona State University and Western International University. He has conducted workshops at several National Ready Mixed Concrete Association conventions, and has served on that association’s Business Administration Committee. He published an award-winning article on the creation of a fixed expense model for predictive use in forecasting.
Most of the past 35 years have been consumed in turnaround activities involving “fixing” problem companies. Creating measurement tools, and the “fixes” for problems highlighted by those tools, resulted in imaginative, out-of-the-box solutions to difficult business situations. Creating tools for use by operations personnel has been a major focus, including truck efficiency solutions, financing solutions, customer profitability measurement on a real-time basis, accelerating the billing process, and multi-acquisition integration to common financial and operations platforms. In every instance, all yielded positive cost savings results.
Mike graduated with an accounting degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA in finance from University of Southern California. He currently lives in Mesa, Arizona and loves the clean smell of the green grass on a golf course.