Board of Managers

Shawn Williams

Executive Chairman of the Board

Shawn Williams is Executive Chairman of the Board, having served as Board Chair and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Covia from June, 2021 through December, 2021 and as Board Chair from January, 2021 through May, 2021. Mr. Williams served as the CEO of Nexeo Plastics, a portfolio company of One Rock, from 2019 to 2020. Prior to his role as CEO, he was Executive Vice President – Plastics for Nexeo Solutions from 2012 to 2019 where he led a global team managing $2 billion of revenue as a plastics value-added distributor. Mr. Williams previously served as President – Momentive Global Sealants for Momentive Performance Materials and prior to that had a 22-year career with GE serving in a variety of business unit and commercial leadership roles. In addition to his role at Covia, Mr. Williams serves as an Independent Director for Tetra Technologies, Inc. and Kirby Corporation. Mr. Williams earned his M.B.A. in 1992 from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1985.

Don Sheets

Vice Chairman of the Board & Chair – Audit Committee

Don Sheets is Vice Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee for Covia, having served as a board member since January 2021. Don serves as a board member of American Zinc Recycling and Chairman of their Audit Committee, joining in 2017 upon their emergence from Chapter 11. For 34 years, he was employed by Dow Corning, a global provider of materials to a variety of industrial and technology customers. He served as CFO of Dow Corning for 13 years, after successfully leading the creation and establishment of XIAMETER™, a web-based business application allowing for the efficient selling ad servicing of global clients with commodity products. Don previously served on the board of Wolverine Bancorp from 2007 to 2017, chairing their Audit Committee. Don earned his M.B.A with distinction from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1987 and his B.A. in Management, Economics and Accounting from Albion College in 1982 from which he graduated magna cum laude.

Andrew Eich

Board Member, President & Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Eich has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Covia since January, 2022 and previously served as President from June, 2021 through December, 2021 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from June 1, 2018. Mr. Eich has been with Covia and its predecessor companies since 2012, with prior roles including Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Covia, Mr. Eich was a private equity executive at Aetos Capital, and he began his career at KPMG LLP. Mr. Eich received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Management from Ohio Wesleyan University, is a CPA (inactive) and CFA charterholder. In addition to his role at Covia, Mr. Eich serves on the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio and as a Director of the Covia Foundation.

Paul Gordon

Board Member & Chair – Compensation Committee

Paul Gordon is the Founder and Managing Member of Hillspoint Advisors LLC.  Hillspoint provides fiduciary services, including board of director representation and strategic advisory, for private and public businesses globally.  Hillspoint focuses on driving value-added returns for stakeholders via capital structure optimization, governance, incentive alignment, operational improvement and mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Gordon currently serves on the boards of Chantier Davie Canada Inc., Covia Holdings LLC, Federal Fleet Services, Inc., Ideal Standard International NV, and Vantage Drilling International.

Mr. Gordon previously served as a Managing Director and Head of the Portfolio Group at Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C. where he worked with management and boards of companies where Anchorage was a significant investor.  At these companies Mr. Gordon’s responsibilities included governance, operational oversight and value creation and he served as a board member or board-level advisor for both public and private companies in a broad range of industries.  Along with his team, Mr. Gordon worked on a wide spectrum of operational areas focusing on revenue enhancement, cost reduction and other strategic initiatives.  Additionally, Mr. Gordon worked directly with these companies on all aspects of debt and equity financing as well as bolt-on and exit M&A activities.

As a credit-trained lender by background, Mr. Gordon was a founding member of Anchorage’s CLO and CBO Investment Committee and worked with the firm’s research and trading teams in the identification, evaluation and portfolio management of loan and bond positions across industries for the firm’s structured credit platform. 

Prior to joining Anchorage, Mr. Gordon was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC and began his investing career at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.  Mr. Gordon spent the first part of his professional career in investment banking and leveraged finance.  Mr. Gordon received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Cornell University where he graduated magna cum laude.

Dave Thomas

Board Member

Dave Thomas was previously a Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital focusing on investments in the Industrials sector, including the chemicals, engineered materials, building products and energy sub-sectors. He sits on the boards of Active Minerals, ANGUS Chemical Company, Canada Fluorspar, Stonehill LLC and Tronair. He previously served on the boards of EP Minerals, Springs Holdings, ArrMaz Chemicals and Hillstone Environmental. Prior to joining Golden Gate Capital, Mr. Thomas worked as a consultant with Bain & Company. Mr. Thomas has a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame where he graduated summa cum laude.

William Wang

Board Member

William Wang is currently a Principal at Golden Gate Capital where he focuses on investments within the industrials space. William was previously at Angel Island Capital where he led the firm’s investments in building products and industrials. Prior to that, William was a credit analyst at Oaktree Capital Management where he led the formation and growth of the standalone Senior Loans group. Earlier in his career, he worked at The D.E. Shaw Group, and at Rothschild Inc. William received a M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia where he graduated with Distinction