Our Team

DIRECTORS:

Donna M. Cochener–Metcalfe: Chairman

Donna has been a director of the company since 2009 including her tenure as Vice Chairman. Additionally she has served as a board member for all of CG’s portfolio companies since 2008.

In addition to her involvement in CG, Donna is a partner with the law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, Washington. Her focus is corporate law and includes company formation, corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities matters. Donna’s securities work includes public offerings, private placements, private equity fund advisement, private investment in public equity (PIPE) offerings, 1934 Act compliance, and equity compensation.

Alex Young: Director
Alex served as an advisory director to the company from February 2008 until July 2012, when he was elected as a statutory director.

Alex is a founding member of Bay & Baker, a consulting firm focused on operations process management and new product development. He has over thirty years of experience in portfolio management, enterprise risk management, operations management and Lean/Six Sigma. Mr. Young previously served on the Boards of Dii Group, Thomas Group and Zymos Corporation. He resides in Savannah, Georgia.

Anna Anderson: Advisory Director
Anna has been an advisory director since August of 2008.
Anna spent over thirty years in the financial services industry, most of which were devoted to international business. She was Executive Vice President and Manager of the International Banking Department of a regional Midwest USA financial institution prior to her retirement. Anna now acts as a community volunteer serving on several charitable boards.

MANAGEMENT TEAM:

D. Patrick Geiger: President and CEO
Pat has been with CG and its portfolio companies since 2006. Prior to joining the company, Pat was based in Hong Kong where he spent several years working with the executive teams of Asian manufacturing groups.

Additionally, Pat has more than twenty five years’ experience in senior operational management and executive roles in the international oil and gas service industry where he was based in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Pat received his BS degree from Excelsior College and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.

Jessi B. Stang: Group Director, Finance and HR
Jessi has been with the company since early 1998, serving first as Controller and then five years as Chief Financial Officer before being appointed as the Group Director.

Prior to joining CG, Jessi served for two years as Director of Finance for Cessna Finance Corporation, the captive finance subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft Company. For eight years prior, she was VP for a local bank holding company (now Bank of America) specializing in SEC reporting and mergers & acquisitions (45 acquisitions in eight years).

Jessi graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University and is a CPA.

Chris Widrig: Treasurer
Chris has been with CGF since 1997. She oversees the Treasury & Risk Management functions and is also responsible for oversight of ownership interests along with other of their investments.

Prior to joining CGF, Chris spent over 16 years in the financial services industry, most recently with Bank of America’s Kansas predecessor, Fourth Financial Corporation. Chris is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas with a degree in Business.

Joanne Ruggiero: Vice President Taxation
Joanne has served as the Vice President of Taxation at CGF since 2001. She is responsible for CG’s tax planning and the preparation of related returns for over twenty companies, trusts, foundations and individuals.

Joanne began her career in public accounting and has more than 29 years of tax experience working for large companies such as Bank of America and Cessna Aircraft Company, as well as a local family wealth office. Joanne received both her undergraduate degree and a masters in accounting (with an emphasis in taxation) from the University of Kansas. She is a CPA licensed to practice in the state of Kansas.

Bruce G. Cochener – July, 1944 – August, 2012
The current day Cochener Garvey was the brainchild of Bruce Cochener. He was a principal in the company for over 30 years. Bruce acquired control of the predecessor group, CGF Industries, and moved the company to Wichita, Kansas in 1997. He served in a variety of board and operational roles prior to and after the acquisition including Director, President, CEO and Chairman.

As a philanthropist, Bruce served as a trustee for the Washburn University Foundation, the Bruce G. Cochener Foundation, and the Cochener Family Foundation.

In addition to his involvement in CG, Bruce was the cofounder/co-owner of InnVentures IVI, LLC, a Seattle based hotel development and management firm that developed, managed and sold over 20 flagship properties under the Marriott and Hilton flags during its existence.

Bruce’s vision for the company, its employees and his family are the foundation for our future. He not only provided his employees the opportunity to make a living, but more importantly, he encouraged all to have a life. He is missed by all of us.