Chris Baltes


Chris has 19 years of experience in private equity deal sourcing, fund-raising and turnaround management. Prior to being a managing partner of OEC. Chris was a partner at a top quartile private equity firm, and was responsible for structuring and executing the operational and strategic turnaround of portfolio companies. Chris had primary responsibility for portfolio companies that created in excess of $480 million of investor returns or 5.6X invested capital. Chris is responsible for OEC's portfolio company business development, personnel and compensation policies, and strategic planning. Chris has served on the boards of COHR, Inc., Masterplan, Garden Ridge, Meridian Rail and AllParts Medical.

Paul Fischer


Paul has 35 years experience in manufacturing operations, finance, accounting and IT. Prior to being a managing partner of OEC. Paul was the CFO of Amsted Industries, a $3.0 billion diversified manufacturing firm. Paul was instrumental in the turnaround of Amsted from near bankruptcy in 2001. During his four year tenure as CFO, the equity value of Amsted improved from $300 million to $3 billion. Paul was also the COO of one of Amsted's largest portfolio companies and was responsible for the strategic turnaround of the division from a negative EBITDA to over $100 million of EBITDA in less than five years. Paul is responsible for OEC's portfolio company IT systems, financial controls, and strategic planning. Paul has served on the boards of Varlen Corporation, Patil Rail, and AllParts Medical, B & G Oilfield Services, Hydrostatic LLC and Grizzly Tools.