October 2019: BSG Completes Another Successful Executive Search— Chief Executive Officer, Walpole Outdoors
Peter O‘Connell joins Walpole Outdoors and is an experienced CEO and Private Equity Operating Partner. He brings global experience in both public and private markets, a track record of creating and executing strategies to achieve above market revenue and margin growth, and extensive experience and deep knowledge in the manufacturing industry in particular. His 25+ years of executive leadership experience have allowed him to hone his skills in business development, product management, strategic and operational strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and talent development.
Peter was most recently Operating Partner and President of Champlain Management LLC, a middle market private equity consulting firm, as well as Chief Executive Officer at the Hinckley Company, a privately held boatbuilding and service organization. Peter holds a BS from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Boston College.
About Walpole Outdoors:
Founded in 1933, Walpole Outdoors has been the standard for handcrafted outdoor products, answering the needs of homeowners and professionals alike with an unsurpassed variety of styles and custom designs. The same meticulous attention to detail and timeless good looks is evident in the company’s fences, gates, arbors, pergolas, gazebos, outdoor furniture, and more. Walpole is a premiere manufacturer, direct-to-consumer (“D2C”) marketer, and installer of high-end outdoor products. Today, Walpole maintains its position as the preeminent fence company through a commitment to working with customers and by applying new techniques and technologies to ensure that the end result more than meets their expectations. The engineering department at Walpole is the most advanced in the fence industry. Every order is reviewed by these professionals for manufacturing accuracy. In more technical custom work, engineers use high-tech CAD systems to produce detailed drawings. Customers then have an exact representation of how their project will look when installed. In addition, many Walpole products are offered in wood alternative modern cellular PVC. This long-lasting, low maintenance material has the look and feel of natural wood, yet won’t rot, split, or warp. Walpole is the largest fabricator of modern cellular PVC in the country. Walpole also offers a free project consultation. A design representative will visit the customer’s property, suggest styles that are in keeping with the home’s architecture and surroundings, and take necessary measure.
The Company’s business model is fully integrated from “forest to finish” with products made in the U.S.A. Walpole has approximately 250+ employees and owns and operates raw wood milling operations, wood and cellular vinyl fabrication facilities, and warehousing locations in Maine. These manufacturing and distribution capabilities are complemented by the Company’s multi-channel sales and in-house installation networks. Walpole employs a multichannel, D2C network that includes e-commerce, online and catalog sales, in-home consultations, and a network of retail stores.
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