Cometrics NYC

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Phone:  (212) 381-0872
Email: Gary@cometricsllc.com

Gary D. Herwitz

Managing Partner

Gary Herwitz is the founder and Managing Partner of CoMetrics Partners, where he specializes in providing strategic consulting services to middle market companies, principally in the consumer products sector. With over 30 years of consulting experience, Gary’s leadership of CoMetrics Partners has rapidly positioned the firm into an industry leader in developing growth strategies, streamlining business processes, and maximizing operating efficiencies. After graduating Beta Alpha Psi from Syracuse University, Gary began his consulting career with Mahoney Cohen & Company. His tenure as President from 1997 to 2005 contributed to the firm’s growth into one of the largest accounting and professional services firms in the United States, culminating with the firms sale to CBIZ Inc. (NYSE: CBZ).

Gary founded CoMetrics to provide clients with the strategic vision and leadership to integrate operations, technology, and finance to optimize business processes and maximize profitability. Spending significant time in China and East Asia has given Gary a unique perspective on the manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain needs of the global market. His experience implementing supply chain strategies and streamlined processes resulted in developing CoMetrics’ proprietary Supply Chain Management technology solution which was sold into a Joint Venture Company with a leading international logistics and cargo management provider.

CoMetrics Partners expertise across operations, technology and finance has driven the growth of the firms Turn-Around Management division with a reputation for delivering successful outcomes in difficult situations.  CoMetrics has become a strong resource in mergers and acquisitions providing operational and financial due diligence for Lenders, Private Equity and Distressed Debt Funds. CoMetrics provides post acquisition services including integration plans and milestone management as well as interim management.

In addition to his work with CoMetrics Partners, Gary frequently contributes his expertise in volunteer roles: He was the chairman of the Organization Rehabilitation Therapy (ORT) Finance Chapter and served on the Board of Big Brother/ Big Sister Finance Chapter. Gary served for ten years on the Syracuse University School of Management, Accounting Advisory Board. Gary currently is a Board member of the Exceed Network, a nonprofit business advisory firm that provides consulting and educational services for small business owners www.exceednetwork.org. Gary also sits on the board of the Moret Group www.moret.com.

Phone:  (212) 381-0871 Ext 263
Mobile: (917) 922-2899
Email: Alanl@cometricsllc.com

Alan Langer

Managing Director

Alan Langer, Certified Public Accountant

Alan has over forty years of high-level financial and operational successes. Prior to joining CoMetrics Alan was the CEO and CFO of GRO-WELL Brands, Inc. a leading manufacturer and distributer of natural and organic lawn and garden products, and remains on Board of Directors. He was the co-founder of A2 Organics, which was created to consolidate the growing and highly fragmented natural and organic lawn-and-garden products market ultimately resulting in the successful sale to a private equity firm. From 2001-2004, Mr. Langer served as principal at  Mahoney Cohen and Company, CPA and P.C., specializing in crisis management turnarounds, where he advised numerous companies on growth strategies and cost reductions. Prior to 2001, Mr. Langer served for seven years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vantas, Inc. which ultimately became the largest consolidator of executive office suites in the industry.

Mr. Langer holds a B.B.A from Baruch College. He is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Public Accountants. Mr. Langer also serves as a Trustee of the Walk to Walk Worldwide, a charitable organization dedicated to create awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

Phone:  (212) 381-0871 Ext 265
Mobile: (917) 7470118
Email: Johnl@cometricsllc.com

John La Lota

Managing Director

Prior to joining CoMetrics,  John was the President of the Commercial Services division of Sterling National Bank where he lead the factoring and specialty asset based lending teams in a highly regulated banking environment. Under John’s 20 year leadership, Sterling grew to one of the largest factoring companies in the United States. Previous roles included senior-level positions with Heller Financial and Congress Talcott. John has been a member of the Commercial Finance Association, the International Factoring Association and The Turnaround Management Association.

With over 37 years of experience in the factoring and asset based lending industry , John is a  trusted resource and has contributed to several publications including the Commercial Factor, The Secured Lender, ABF Journal, Woman’s Wear Daily, California Apparel News, Home Furnishing News and Bloomberg News.

John has worked with with several charitable organizations, including The Needler’s Foundation and the Chabad Vocational Schools, where he is a former honoree.

Phone:  (212) 381-0871 Ext 312
Mobile: (917) 754-7627
Email: Jacks@cometricsllc.com

Jack Shweky

Managing Director

Jack Shweky, Certified Public Accountant

Jack joined CoMetrics Partners in 2015 where he quickly demonstrated his skill sets as a hands on finance and operational driven manger. Jack leads the CoMetrics data analytics team and was instrumental in developing the firm’s proprietary systems. Prior to joining CoMetrics, Jack was a senior manager in a professional services firm specializing in performing due diligence and collateral assessments for Tier One Banks and Asset Based Lenders.

Jack is a proud alumni of the University of Miami where he earned  degrees in both finance and accounting.

Jack enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Phone:  (212) 381-0871 Ext 660
Mobile: (201) 390-3895
Email: Frankp@cometricsllc.com

Frank Peticca

Managing Director

Frank Peticca, Certified Public Accountant

Frank has over thirty-five years’ experience working with consumer product companies as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and specializes in strategic planning, operational efficiencies, information systems and financial management.

For the first seventeen years of his career, Frank worked at two publicly traded Companies, Liz Claiborne and Warnaco where he partnered with multiple divisional presidents to drive financial and operational efficiencies. Frank became the Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer of American Marketing Enterprises, a licensed sleepwear Company. Frank was instrumental in preparing and negotiating the sale of the Company to Li and Fung USA. Frank went on to become the Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations for the Li and Fung USA’s Accessories Group for three years.

Frank enjoys being outdoors hiking and skiing with friends and family.

Phone:  (212) 381-0871 Ext 559
Mobile: (917) 916-9023
Email: Johnc@cometricsllc.com

John Cuccurullo

Senior Manager

John Cuccurullo, Certified Public Accountant

John has over 30 years of experience in finance, operations and accounting. Prior to joining CoMetrics, John was the Chief Financial Officer of large consumer product companies in the fashion and home décor industries. Previously John was with the New York office of KPMG LLP.

John earned his BS Degree in Accounting at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y. and his MBA at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

In his spare time John enjoys hiking and riding his Harley.

Board of Advisors

Jack Baron

Mr. Baron is a founding Partner of Chrystal Ridge Partners, a private equity firm specializing in providing capital to middle market companies in the Eastern half of the United States. Jack formerly was a Partner of JP Morgan Partners where he was responsible for marketing, new business development and the management of certain portfolio investments. Previously, Jack held senior management positions in the investment Bank of JP Morgan predecessors, Manufactures Hanover Trust, Chemical Venture Partners and Chase Capital Partners. Jack holds a BS from Lehigh University (’79) and an MBA from Fordham University (’82), and is currently an executive in residence to the MBA program at Lehigh University.

Jack sits on the Board of Black Rock Capital Investment Corporation BKCC-NASDAQ, a Business Development Company specializing in investments in middle market companies, Big Rock Sports, a leading North American Distributor of Hunting, Fishing, Camping and Taxidermy Supplies and several not-for-profits.

Jack enjoys fishing and playing golf in his spare time.

Arnold Cohen

Mr. Cohen was a founding partner and former chairman of Mahoney Cohen & Company, CPA, P.C. Acquired by CBIZ in 2009, Mahoney Cohen grew from a two-man partnership founded in 1969 to a nationally recognized company, ranked among the largest  accounting and consulting providers in the country with a staff of over 265 including 31 partners and office in New York City, Miami, Florida, Boca Raton, Florida, and Houston, Texas.

The diversity of Mr. Cohen’s interests is reflected in his involvement, for many years, with the American Friends of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, where he serves as Chairman of the Board and a Director. In 1987, he received the Albert & Jean Nerken “Lamed-Vav” Award for Outstanding Service to Israel and the Jewish People from the American Friends of the Rambam Medical Center. He is the recipient of the 1987 Accountants, Bankers & Factors Award from the American Jewish Congress for Exemplary Service to the Business Community. Mr. Cohen is a member of Brandeis University’s President’s Council and is also a Fellow of the University. In 1989, he was saluted by Brandeis when he was the recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Cohen served on the Board of Playwrights Horizons for twenty-one years. He is a member of the Who’s Who Worldwide Directory of Business Leaders. Mr. Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from New York University.

Kirk Palmer

Mr. Palmer is the founder and CEO of Kirk Palmer & Associates, Inc. (KPA), one of the leading executive search firms specializing in multi-channel retail companies and the brands and products that sustain them. Founded in 1987, KPA has been recognized by Fairchild Publications as one of the industry’s Top 10 executive search firms. KPA conducts searches for CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, and other senior executives, covering all functions within the industry it services.

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Palmer has become a well-recognized figure within the retail, related wholesale and investment communities. He has worked with over 100 companies on various search and consulting assignments, covering all facets of the industry. He is known for his insights and straightforward assessments on industry trends and talent issues. Mr. Palmer is sought after for advice and counsel by clients, candidates and investors and he is quoted regularly in both national and trade publications. Since 1987 Mr. Palmer has worked closely with senior management and has provided counsel on a wide variety of topics, including executive compensation, organization structure planning, definition and development of company culture and overall industry trends.

Prior to founding the firm in 1987, Mr. Palmer had a distinguished career in department and specialty store retailing. Upon graduation, he began his retail career in 1975 with May Department Stores in human resources. He continued his human resources career by joining Gimbel’s Department Stores in 1981 and subsequently The Limited, Inc. prior to founding Mr. Palmer & Associates, Inc. in August 1987.