NearU Leadership

Management Team

  • Ashish Achlerkar

    Founder, President, and CEO

    Prior Experience:

    • Venture Investor, SRI Capital
    • VP, M&A, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking

    Education:

    • B.E. College of Engineering, Pune
    • M.S. in Operations Management, The University of Arkansas
    • MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Kelly Hill

    Chief Financial Officer

    Prior Experience:

    • Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

    Education:

    • B.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • M.S. in Accounting, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • Certified Public Accountant
  • Dietrich McCall

    Chief Operating Officer

    Prior Experience:

    • Manager, Independent Distribution, Daikin
    • General Manager, American Residential Services

    Education:

    • B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • MBA, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Matt Cullen

    Vice President of Marketing

    Prior Experience:

    • VP of Marketing, QuintEvents

    Education:

    • B.S., Florida State University
    • MBA, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Kyle Rahner

    South Carolina Regional GM

    Prior Experience:

    • General Manager, Carolina Cool Inc.

    Education:

    • B.A., Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Mike Smith

    North Carolina Regional GM

    Prior Experience:

    • General Manager, American Residential Services
  • Connie Caldwell

    Vice President of Transition and Integration

    Prior Experience:

    • General Manager, Carolina Heating Service
    • Founding Member, Skilled Trade Alliance

    Education:

    • B.S., Western Carolina University
  • Lindsey Whalen

    Director of Talent Acquisition & Retention

    Prior Experience:

    • Growth and Development Manager, Carolina Heating Service

    Education:

    • B.S., Clemson University
  • Melissa Skalla

    Assistant Corporate Controller

    Prior Experience:

    • Senior Advisor, Aprio, LLP

    Education:

    • B.S. and MBA, State University of New York at Oswego
    • Certified Public Accountant
  • Cinda Dunn

    Payroll Manager

    Prior Experience:

    • Office Manager, Carolina Heating Service

    Education:

    • B.S., Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis; Glendale Community College
  • Clark Jernigan

    Senior Manager, M&A and Investments

    Prior Experience:

    • Manager, Transaction Advisory Practice Group, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

    Education:

    • B.S., Washington and Lee University
    • M.S. in Accounting, Wake Forest University
    • Certified Public Accountant
  • Scott LaRuez

    Staff Accountant

    Prior Experience:

    • Accounting Assistant, Community Association Management

    Education:

    • B.S., Saint John Fisher College
  • John Benson

    Director of Business Development

    Prior Experience:

    • Associate, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking

    Education:

    • B.A., Middlebury College

NearU Advisors

  • Doug Wilson

    HVAC Contractor and Distributor Relationships

    Prior Experience:

    • VP, Ingersoll Rand (retired)
    • Board Member, Munch's Supply

    Education:

    • B.A., Vanderbilt University
    • MBA, Duke Fuqua School of Business
  • Ruth King

    HVAC Operations and Profitability Expert

    Prior Experience:

    • HVAC industry consultant
    • Founder, ProfitabilityRevolution.com
    • Founder, hvacchannel.tv
    • Author, The Courage to be Profitable

    Education:

    • B.S., Tufts University
    • M.S., The University of Pennsylvania
    • MBA, Georgia State University
  • John Laughlin

    Mid-Market Industrial M&A Expert

    Prior Experience:

    • M&A Vice Chairman, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking (retired)
    • Global Head of M&A, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking (retired)

    Education:

    • B.A., Davidson College
    • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Steve Kasok

    Corporate Finance and Operations Expert

    Prior Experience:

    • Co-Founder and CFO, Brammer Bio
    • Co-Founder and CFO, Gallus BioPharmaceuticals
    • VP and Treasurer, Millipore Corporation
    • CFO, Cabot Supermetals
    • Treasurer and BDO, Haemonetics

    Education:

    • B.S., Clarkson University
    • MBA, Harvard Business School

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