FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN & OWNER
Sam Simon is the Founder and Chairman of Simon Group Holdings (SGH), which he formed in 1985 with the founding of Atlas Oil Company, headquartered in Taylor, Michigan.
Simon Group Holdings, directly and through its subsidiaries, has interests in and is an active investment manager within the following sectors: Commercial Fuel Supply and Distribution; Oil Field Services; Logistics and Transportation; Commercial and Residential Real Estate; Aviation; Technology SaaS; and Insurance Solutions. The SGH Investment Management Team has active investments throughout the capital stack including: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt. SGH has over 1,000 team members among its family of companies.
Don’t wait for it to happen, make it happen.”
Simon is a valued counselor and was appointed to the National Petroleum Council, by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, early in the decade. A former board member of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), Simon continues as an active member.
Simon takes his corporate citizenship seriously. He and his companies humbly and generously serve and help others. In 2007, he created Atlas Cares, which supports several Detroit organizations and encourages employees to volunteer annually at charities of their choice. Over the last decade, Atlas workers have volunteered more than 40,000 hours. In 2018, Atlas will host its 12th holiday party for Service Personnel and their families at Selfridge Air National Guard base. He and his wife began their Family Foundation in 2011, The Sam and Nada Simon Foundation, primarily to support military service men and women, and their families, as well as select children’s organizations.
Sam Simon was recently named one of the top 500 business leaders in Metro Detroit by Dbusiness Magazine, and was also recognized by Crain’s Detroit in their 2018 American Dreams issue, honoring immigrant entrepreneurs who have made strides in our community. Also, in 2018, he and his wife Nada were inducted into Macomb Hall of Fame, which honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to improving the economic, family and community life of Macomb County. He was also honored with the 2018 Outstanding Business Leader Award from Northwood University at the 38th Annual Outstanding Business Leader Awards Gala. In Oct. 2016, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce presented Simon with its Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award for his commitment to new business development and community leadership. In 2015, the Michigan National Guard awarded Simon its Legion of Merit Medal for his enduring support of Selfridge. Also, that year, he received the Rotary Award from the City of Taylor. In 1999, he received the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
SENIOR MANAGING PARTNER
Mike Evans has worked closely with Simon Group Holdings Founder and Chairman Sam Simon for 20 years. A born leader, he brings a unique combination of strategic, financial and operating credentials to Simon Group Holdings. His responsibilities include leadership oversight, growth and value creation of the core and portfolio companies. He has extensive experience in the development and execution of strategic, operational, organizational, and financial improvement initiatives across all holding and portfolio companies under the SGH umbrella.
Mike began his professional career as a financial analyst supporting General Motors’ executive staff business units. He was selected for many significant merger and acquisition opportunities, culminating in his lead financial role for the negotiating team on EDS’s spin off from General Motors, in 1996.
With nearly 30 years of financial, operational, and leadership experience, his credentials consist of successes in various industries including distribution, logistics, real estate, technology, petroleum commodities and merger and acquisition activities within Fortune 500 companies, middle market, early stage, and limited start up experience. He has successfully taken on key roles in turnaround and performance improvement situations involving mid-size to multi-billion-dollar companies. Evans has assumed interim leadership roles, serving as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and President to guide restructurings, turnarounds, and post-merger integration (100 days).
Mike attended Western Michigan University and graduated, with honors, with a B.B.A. in finance and accounting. He is active in several professional organizations including the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and the Michigan Petroleum Association. He also served on the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Underground Storage Tank System Cleanup Advisory Board. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, and the Michigan and Illinois Bankers Associations.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mike believes in faith, family and work, in that order. He loves spending time with his four daughters and sets a great example for them as an active volunteer. Mike has assisted many community organizations including the Harvest Temple Cass Corridor Outreach group, a feeding program for the homeless; the World Vision Organization; the Detroit Rescue Missions Ministry; the Salvation Army; and the American Red Cross.
He also participates in the Atlas Cares community and military service programs.
FAIZ “VICTOR” SIMON
SENIOR MANAGING PARTNER, REAL ESTATE ASSETS
Victor Simon has been a leading industry figure with more than 44 years of operational and management experience. Today, Victor is currently responsible for the Real Estate Assets team within Simon Group Holdings. He manages a core group that originates, structures, and negotiates acquisitions and dispositions, as well as leads the turnaround and repositioning of distressed assets for the real estate funds under Simon Group Holdings.
Throughout his career, Victor’s expertise has evolved within multifamily, retail, commercial-residential, and industrial real estate, as well as discounted Note purchases and distressed asset repositioning. With Victor’s geographical focus primarily in the Midwest, he has accomplished a successful track record in managing and repositioning distressed and under-performing retail and bank receivership properties.
In 1975, Victor began his career in the family business, Simon Store, Inc, and at the age of 18, Victor became one of the youngest in history to complete the Shell Dealer Training. In 1980, Victor relocated to California where he acquired several service station sites, and directly managed five gas convenience stores. When Victor returned to Michigan in 1984, he assumed the title of head of operations at Great Lakes Ice Company. With direct operational oversight of over 40 fleet trucks and 1,365 accounts, including CVS, Spartan Food, Kroger, Farmer Jack, and Costco Club, Victor was an integral part of Great Lakes Ice Company becoming the second largest ice manufacturer in state, and eventually selling to the number one ice company in 1995.
In 2003, Victor became the Director of Real Estate for Fast Track Ventures, a Simon Group Holdings company. Throughout his tenure, Victor lead negotiations in the purchase and sale of 76 locations from Clark Retail Enterprises in Michigan and selling them over $75 million. Victor also led his management group in the ground-up construction of 23 turnkey stations in Michigan, Illinois, and Arizona, as well as managing the development of retail centers and standalone commercial buildings including Starbucks stores and Chase Banks in Michigan. After building one of the largest fuel convenience stores in Michigan in 2013, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) awarded Victor with Store Design of the Year.
During the 2008 economic downturn, Victor led in the acquisition of British Petroleum service stations in NW Indiana and Chicago, where he was responsible for over $100 million in acquisition and disposition transactions. In 2009, Victor led an acquisition, repositioning, and disposition of over $150 million in distressed Note purchases, which included service stations, shopping centers, multi-family apartments, and retail properties.
In 2014, Victor was part of the founding of Simon Family Office, which constituted in the formation of Fund I, Fund II, and today, Fund III. With a combination of over $75 million, Victor continues to manage the three funds and is a fundamental part of the continuing growth of the Simon Family Office.
Victor Faiz Simon is married to Nadia Simon, and has three beautiful girls 18, 17, and 14. His family lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Victor has completed 7 full Marathons, loves to bike, and regularly attends at the Catholic Church: Saint Hugo’s of the Hills.
EVP, SGH & PRESIDENT ATLAS OIL
Robert (Bob) Kenyon serves as the President of Atlas Oil Company. In this role, he oversees the execution of Atlas Oil’s day-to- day operations, its ongoing product development, sales and marketing efforts and its strategic growth and M&A strategy. (Our portfolio of business units includes a nationwide commercial supply and logistics network, emergency fueling and transportation services, a rapidly expanding oil field services division, and an industry disruptive technology platform for energy products and services.)
Bob is responsible for driving Atlas’ innovative process and improvement based culture focused on bringing to market digital platforms, game-changing automated fueling capabilities and cloud based inventory management solutions that provide our customers with real-time access to delivery information from any device.
A hands-on executive who believes that “Managers light a fire UNDER people … Leaders light a fire IN people”, Bob joined Atlas Oil Company in 1997 and has held a variety of positions during that time span. Those roles include Commercial Sales Manager, General Manager of Atlas Indiana, VP of Strategic Initiatives, VP of Sales and Operations, VP of Sales and Marketing, EVP of Sales and Business Development and EVP and Chief Operating Officer. In total, his career in the petroleum industry spans more than 22 years. Previously, he worked at Clark Refining as a Market Support Team Leader and Emro Marketing Company as District Manager.
A native of Michigan who still resides there, Bob graduated from Eastern Michigan University with honors and received a BBA degree with a concentration in marketing management. He is an active member of several petroleum associations and has served as Jobber Advisory Council member for major refiners. An avid boater and golfer, he loves spending time with his wife, two daughters and their beloved Labradoodle. They enjoy taking advantage of free time to travel the world together as a family.
CEO, AEROPARTS NOW
Michael Fahy is a proven innovator with a passion for creating new technologies that advance both legacy and modern industries. As the CEO of AeroParts Now, Michael is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day leadership of the platform and other technology ventures at SGH. He believes strategic investments in people, technology and infrastructure will pave a new path for success at SGH.
Michael’s experience in the technology, logistics and distribution industries provide unique insight into the operations of SGH’s diverse portfolio of technology ventures. Prior to joining the leadership team at SGH, Michael served as COO of Atlas Oil Company where he was responsible for implementing numerous technological initiatives and advancing Atlas’ infrastructure and operating systems. He worked heavily with Atlas’ robust supply chain and back office operations, improving the efficiency of reporting and billing for the company’s 12 distinct business units.
After earning his bachelor’s degree at the Technological University Dublin, Michael quickly rose through the ranks at Syncreon, an international supply and logistics company. Prior to joining Atlas, Michael served as the President of Technology at Syncreon.
With a firm belief that family comes first, Michael spends his time outside the office with his wife and three children. An avid sports fan, Michael plays soccer, and can even be found training for triathlons to support local charities.
Silke Kuhn serves as the Controller for Simon Group Holdings. She focuses primarily on the financial wellness of the diverse SGH portfolio.
Prior to joining SGH, Silke was on the Atlas Oil Company team. She began as an analyst and quickly rose through the ranks, before making the switch to the SGH accounting team. Again, Silke rose quickly through the ranks and now oversees the accounting team and all corporate financials.
Silke received her master’s degree in accounting from Walsh College. A firm believer in our total wellness approach, Silke remains active through group fitness, including the SGH team’s weekly yoga class. She also enjoys gardening and bike riding to stay outdoors.
PRESIDENT, CANOPY INSURANCE
Joseph Simon is the President of Canopy Insurance Group. In this capacity, he develops and executes the Company’s strategy including leading the overall product and technology strategy, creating the go-to-market strategy, partnership collaboration, and recruiting and developing the organization.
Mr. Simon also held prior positions as a Business Development and Technology Strategist at Oracle Corp, Founder of Pure Pili, and has received a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. With his Property and Casualty License, Mr. Simon is a proven innovator, leader, and is passionate about building new technologies that advance both legacy and modern systems within insurance. Mr. Simon’s experience in technology, and now insurance, provides unique insight in the operations of Canopy’s strategic approach to implement numerous technological initiatives with a focus on automation and robotics.
PRESIDENT, AEROPARTS NOW
Will Dent took the lead at AeroParts Now in July 2018 after founding and building a custom software development business with customers in the aerospace, logistics, and tourism industries. His clients include an aerospace manufacturer; Teterboro Airport, the nation’s busiest general aviation airport with more business jet traffic than any other airport in North America; and several logistics companies supporting the cruise ship and commercial shipping industries.
Prior to starting his software development company, Dent was responsible for all customer-facing software at Gulfstream Aerospace and created the Interactive Marketing department with a focus on using technology in marketing. His team was responsible for the first iPad app for business jet pilots and was awarded the General Dynamics Technology Innovation award. Dent was responsible for Gulfstream’s first eCommerce solution, customer portal, and user experience and integration for Gulfstream’s G650 Health Trend Monitoring and Cabin Management systems.
In his role at Gulfstream as Sr. Manager, Interactive Marketing & CRM, his team was responsible for all customer-facing support of myGulfstream.com, integration with CMP.net, and support of customer relationship management software. Dent served on the eGulfstream team and General Dynamics IT security advisory teams.
Dent earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Phoenix.
He also holds a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant license
MUSHAHID “MUSH” KHAN
CEO, NOW NETWORK
In his role as CEO, Mush will focus on leading, growing, and aligning the NOW team by building a culture based on innovative thinking, continuous learning, better performance, and value creation for customers.
Mush has an extensive history of leading organizations and creating strategic growth. He is the founder and CEO of mkhangroup (MKG), an investment and advisory firm targeting companies in manufacturing and related industries. He founded MKG in 2015 with a mission to create fast growing manufacturing companies that can leverage next generation technologies.
Before founding MKG and serving as President and CEO at APS Plastics and Manufacturing, Mush was President and Chief Operating Officer at O’Rourke Petroleum for 11 years, where he led the company through significant growth, both in size and profitability. With Mush at the helm, O’Rourke grew from 60 to nearly 200 employees, and profitability increased by more than 10 percent each year. He led the creation of O’Rourke Marine Services (OMS), offering lubricant and fuel services to the marine industry. He also expanded the company’s geographic reach through acquisitions that led to new sales and distribution facilities throughout Texas.
In addition to his responsibilities with MKG and APS, Mush is an avid community supporter. He currently holds a board position with TXRX Labs, KIPP Houston Public Schools, Connect Communities, and is past board chair of Crisis Intervention of Houston as well as Devereaux Texas Treatment Centers. He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Greater Houston Partnership advanced manufacturing workgroup, and Houston Exponential’s advanced manufacturing workgroup.
COO, ETI TECH & STARWIN INDUSTRIES
Eric Lewandowski is an expert corporate strategist who serves as the Chief Operating Officer of ETI Tech, a leading aerospace and defense manufacturing company. He leads all aspects of organic growth, including the day-to-day operations and the full execution of the strategic plan.
With a deep background in corporate strategy, he was previously a Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Simon Group Holdings and was a Director within KPMG’s strategy consulting group. He is a proven leader who has worked hard to grow some of the most innovative companies in the world across a variety of industries, including advising Ford on the launch of its autonomous vehicles program, advising Chick-fil-A on its international expansion approach, and working with Fortune 500 industrial manufacturing companies on strategies to accelerate growth. Prior to KPMG, Eric held several positions in finance and consulting, including at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a Chairman’s Award recipient – PwC’s “Top Gun” award.
Eric holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BS from Bryant University. He is a member of the Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council, was previously an executive board member of a local Boys & Girls Club, and has held numerous professional licenses, including FINRA Series 7, 79, and 63 financial licenses. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and chocolate Labrador Retriever.
VP, FLUID AUTOMATION STATION
Garrett Walther is a proven leader with a passion for continuous improvement, mechanically and technologically. Garrett is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of global operations at FAS. He believes people are the heart of the organization and the right people will guide FAS down a successful path.
Garrett has served as the Vice President of FAS since 2019 as an agent for global expansion and innovation. He joined the SGH family in 2017 as the Vice President of our Frac and Rig fueling division at Atlas Oil. He started his career in Oil and Gas Service over 20 years ago at Herman Oil in Williston, ND. He worked his way up to a GM role before the company was sold in 2011 to Thomas Petroleum. He then went on to become the Regional Sales Manager, then the Regional Operations Manager for the Bakken and Rocky Mountain regions. In 2014, Thomas Petroleum merged with Pilot Logistics, and he became the Director of Operations.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys the outdoors, vehicles, motorsports, and archery.
ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, SIMON GROUP HOLDINGS
John Ortoleva is the Assistant General Counsel for Simon Group Holdings. In his role, he oversees all the legal affairs for Atlas Oil Company and its various Affiliates. He also serves on Atlas’ Leadership Team. John is committed to partnering with all of the SGH business teams and providing them with proactive legal services for the purpose of minimizing risk and enhancing profitability. While maintaining the highest ethical standards, he seeks opportunities for value creation by offering exceptional legal advice and counseling that facilitates, rather than hinders, the attainment of SGH’s business objectives. Creativity, innovation and a willingness to embrace new ideas and challenges guides his every action.
John joined SGH in 2009. Prior to that, he practiced commercial litigation and debtor creditor law for 15 years with the Metro Detroit Law Firm of Muller, Richmond, Harms, Myers & Sgroi, P.C. where he represented a wide variety of clients in the auto, manufacturing, service, banking and insurance industries. He has handled hundreds of cases, trials, case evaluation hearings and court appearances. John has served as a case evaluator for both the Oakland and Macomb County Circuit Courts. John received his law degree from Michigan State University and his undergraduate degree in political science from Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan. John was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut and enjoys travelling back there during the Holidays to visit his family and friends. In his spare time, John enjoys running, rollerblading and travelling. An old Eagle Scout, he is an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and teaches several merit badges at summer camp.