R. Dixon Thayer, Advisory Board Member

Dixon is an Executive Advisor to Bryant Park Capital. Dixon has over twenty-five years experience in direct leadership of line management in the U.S and abroad. His areas of expertise are establishing and leading breakthrough growth strategies, high performance leadership teams, regenerative turnarounds and tangible value creation. He has led the acquisition and integration of several businesses, and a number of significant divestitures as well. He has held several senior leadership positions in large organizations in the US, Europe and Latin America during critical times of change; and led several smaller companies to success at critical times in their history as well.

In 2009, Dixon became an investor & Chief Executive Officer of the global leader in distributed wind energy systems, Southwest Windpower (SWWP). Over its 23 year history, SWWP has produced over 160,000 wind turbines which have been installed in 120 countries. SWWP has raised capital from some of the leading cleantech and renewable energy investors including RockPort Capital Partners , Altira Group LLC, Chevron Technology Ventures L.L.C., NGP Energy Capital Management, GE Energy Financial Services and PCG Asset Management, LLC.

From 2005 to 2008, Dixon was the CEO of I-trax Health Solutions (www.I-trax.com), a publicly traded healthcare services company (AMEX: DMX). After successfully reviving the company and more than quadrupling its market capitalization, Dixon was instrumental in the sale of I-trax to Walgreens (NYSE: WAG), the Fortune 40 retail pharmacy chain, for $278 million representing a significant premium and high EBITDA multiple.

From 2003 to 2005, Dixon was the CEO of GreenLeaf Inc., one of the largest sources of recycled, remanufactured and reconditioned OEM auto parts for the collision, mechanical repair and insurance industries. After personally leading a leveraged buyout of this division from Ford Motor Company, Dixon undertook a successful restructuring and renovation of its growth strategy, profitability, and competitive distinctiveness. The company was acquired by Schnitzer Steel in 2005, for nearly four times the initial investment, and at a significant EBITDA multiple.

From 1999 to 2001, Dixon acted as the CEO of Global New Business Operations for Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). At the helm of a $3.0B portfolio of newly acquired aftermarket businesses in 12 countries, in serious need of integration and leverage, Dixon quickly drove this portfolio to significant profitability within the first 9 months, while growing its revenues 30%+.

From 1998 to 1999, Dixon was the President of Provant Consulting Companies, where he was responsible for integrating and leading a number of disparate strategic consulting companies to success within a larger struggling training industry roll-up.

From 1996 to 1997, Dixon was the President of Sunbeam International Division, where he successfully turned around and grew this unprofitable division during a troubled period under Al Dunlap.

From 1994 to 1996, Dixon was the Sr. Vice president of Research, Development, Engineering & Global Growth for Kimberly Clark & Scott Paper Company (NYSE: KMB); where he successfully led the merger & integration of key functions for these two corporations which became the second largest U.S. consumer products company.

From 1989 to 1994, Dixon was the CEO of Scott Paper’s (NYSE: SPP) $250 million European AFH division, where he engineered a significant turnaround to profitability and double digit growth by shifting from a country based organization model to a scalable regional organization model, headquartered in Paris, France.

From 1985 to 1988, Dixon acted as the Founder & CEO of Systemas Institucionales Crisoba of Mexico, the largest and most successful “institutional products” business in Mexico, based on a strategic distribution alliance between 3M, S.C. Johnson, Rubbermaid and Scott Paper.

Dixon also has served as a personal advisor to:

  • The CEO of Kellogg’s (NYSE: K) to help restructure and revitalize the company for more growth
  • Senior partners of Pricewaterhouse Coopers: in their pursuit of value added services
  • Senior executives of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) in the development of organic growth strategies
  • Senior executives of NuSkin International (NYSE: NUS) on the reviving of their creativity and innovation in health and wellness products, as well as their successful shift to global operations

Dixon has written a number of articles and lectured on topics including “Teaching Elephants to Dance”, “Paradox Navigation”, and “Creating Value & Distinctiveness in Commodity Based Industries” (available on his personal website: www.ab3resources.com). He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, the American School of International Management, the London Business School, The 3M Annual Senior Officer Conference. Dixon is on the executive faculty of the Duke Corporate Education program. Dixon also serves on the Board of Trustees of Upland Country Day School and the Advisory Board of the Kieve-Wavus Foundation.