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Management Team

George A. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Office:  (630) 345-5002

 Mr. Smith is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Freedom Group LLC.  Prior to founding The Freedom Group, Mr. Smith served in various capacities at Arthur Andersen, Price Waterhouse and other publicly traded companies. 

Mr. Smith brings a combination of operational and financial experience to the operating holding company and his previous experience includes roles related to interim management, restructurings, operational improvement and providing financial advisory services to companies, bank groups, and other constituent groups involved in restructurings, turnarounds and bankruptcies.  Mr. Smith received a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management from Northern Illinois University.  Mr. Smith is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Shared Service Organization

James L. Drake, Jr.
Vice President – Accounting & Administration

 Mr. Drake is the Vice President of Accounting and Administration of The Freedom Group LLC.  Mr. Drake is a senior accounting professional with a broad-based career in strategic and operational financial management with companies such as Carlisle Companies, Inc., Nucor Corp., and Geo. S. Olive & Co.  At The Freedom Group, Mr. Drake leads the Shared Services Group which provides accounting and administrative services to The Freedom Group operating companies.  Mr. Drake received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Purdue University.  Mr. Drake is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Investment Principal

Sean McGould

Mr. McGould is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Lighthouse Investment Partners LLC.  Lighthouse Partners is an investment management company dedicated to managing funds of hedge funds and manages in excess of $8 billion across a worldwide client base that includes corporations, university endowments, public and private foundations, pension plans, family offices, insurance companies and individual investors.  Mr. McGould is an Executive Director of HFA Holdings (ASX:HFA).  Mr. McGould received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Butler University.  Mr. McGould has passed the Certified Public Accountant exam.    

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