Board of Directors

Todd Dauphinais

Founding Principal of Clavis Capital Partners

TODD DAUPHINAIS is the founding principal and Managing Partner of Clavis, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s investment, operational and fundraising activities. Over the course of his career, he has completed over 25 transactions representing more than $1 billion of capital deployed. He has also held senior operating and strategic roles in manufacturing and industrial companies throughout his career. Prior to starting Clavis, Todd was responsible for the North American operations of a large European-based corporate investment fund. Previously, Todd served as the Chief Executive Officer of EFI Electronics, an industry-leading manufacturer of electrical protection and power quality products, where he led his firm to record revenues and profitability for four straight years and was awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize for manufacturing. Before EFI, Todd served in various strategic and operating roles at leading firms such as Schneider Electric and Rockwell Automation. He started his career as a strategy and M&A consultant with Deloitte Consulting, focused on advising Fortune 500 clients in the electric and gas utility sector.

Todd received his MBA with honors from the University of Notre Dame and received his B.B.A. from Texas A&M University. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Association for Corporate Growth, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and various charity, faith and angel investing organizations in the Dallas area. 

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Wesley Yale

Wesley Yale

Founder & president of Solair Group, LLC.

An entrepreneur at heart, Wesley started Solair Group in 2001 in a small 5,000 sq foot facility to address the underserved aerospace maintenance tooling market, focusing primarily on his relationships with airlines and MROs in South America. His idea and hard work quickly took root and grew Solair Group into a leader in the market segment with a special knack at manufacturing and supplying hard-to-find, long-lead maintenance tooling solutions for premier airlines and MROs around the globe. Through this leadership, Solair has more than tripled in size and continues its market expansion by offering new products and services that compliment his long-term vision of the company.

Sam Snyder

Principal at Greyrock Capital Group

Prior to joining Greyrock in the summer of 2012, Sam worked as an associate in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs & Co. covering technology, media, and telecommunications companies. Before Goldman, Sam was an analyst at Renaissance Capital from 2005 to 2009 and was responsible for researching and investing in initial public offerings.

Sam holds a BA in History from Princeton University and an MBA with Honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Sam is also a CFA charterholder.

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Michael-Dickman

Michael Dickman

Principal at Greyrock Capital Group

Prior to joining Greyrock in 2018, Mike worked as a Senior Associate on the investment team at Medley Management, Inc. where he focused on direct lending and special situations investments. Mike began his career at Ernst and Young where he obtained his CPA.

Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University – Portland with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Finance.

Building a Future for Solair Group Together

A business is built by its people: Those who work in the company, Those who invest in their products and services; and Those who extend their trust, funding, and knowledge, so it can reach elevated heights.

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Marcos Alonso

CFO of Solair Group, LLC

I joined Solair in late 2018, while Scott joined in mid-2019. Our extensive corporate experience allowed us to develop a strategy that would take Solair to the next level. As 2019 closed with a strong finish, Solair was positioned for a promising start to 2020.

In 2020 the industry was already showing early slowdowns when the COVID pandemic took hold in March. As the volume of orders reduced, we took quick action, temporarily adjusting our business model and operating capacity, which allowed Solair to continue serving our customers, while getting ahead of the curve.

When the full impact of the pandemic was evident, the market came to a near full stop. We quickly adjusted our plans, which kept the business operating at expected service levels, while continuing to service our customers. Our investors stepped in and acted, providing resources and support at the right time. All realized the situation required a long term outlook, a “holding power.”

Together with our financial partners, we increased Solair’s efficiency, preparing for the “new market“ to emerge. Constant development with a focus on our customers is how we do business.

Isn’t that the kind of partner you want to work with?

Sergio Molina

Director of Operations

Be Proud of Yourself

My career has been spent working in manufacturing. I like planning and working with numbers. Success has come because different people saw my desire to learn and recognized that I was not afraid to work hard-–to challenge myself to reach for what I wanted. 

Before Scott offered me a position at Solair Group in 2019, I was working for a company that made military products. In just a few years, we had built the plant from 35 to 500 people with government defense contracts and orders that totaled 150 million dollars. 

My entire career has been spent in manufacturing, creating strong, healthy relationships within the company and with customers. My experience has taught me that it’s not about how big the challenge is, it’s about how much you believe in yourself. 

I have my dad to thank for my outlook and mindset about work. He taught me to be proud of work and never be afraid of a challenge. My dad didn’t look at situations as a problem, he looked at them as opportunities. He taught me to do the same. 

I’m Sergio Molina, VP of Operations at Solair Group. We welcome the challenges your business faces. How may I help you today?

Ricardo Sierra

Vice-President of Sales

I joined Solair in January 2021. Scott, Marcos, and I had discussed my taking on the role of VP of Sales in 2020. However, we were in unprecedented times, so we waited until the market stabilized, and then I became a part of the team.

Having made the choice to work for a smaller firm, in a position where my experience would directly impact the company, I was excited to share my expertise and ideas, as well as learn from individuals who had extensive corporate experience.  

Over the many years of working in customer service in various business models and industries, I have learned one very important lesson: True customer service is being the solution to a problem.

No matter the situation, my goal is the same: to maintain the highest level of commitment to and stay in communication with my customers. If a problem happens, I explain it to the customer and share with them the steps taken to deal with the issue. Then, I follow up with them, explaining how the issue will be rectified in the future. 

Regardless of industry, customers remember a business that puts their needs first, seeing contacts as partnerships, not just transactional connections. 

I’m Ricardo Sierra, VP of Sales, and I’m your partner at Solair. 

Scott Cummings

President of Solair Group, LLC.

My career in engineering began a couple of years after I was awarded my degree. The first few years between university and my first “real job” at B/E Aerospace was spent on a boat, learning to be a part of a crew, which gave me valuable insight later in my career. 

After starting at B/E Aerospace as an engineer, I took on larger roles in the company with increasing responsibility. As my positions changed, I noticed that what really got me out of bed in the morning was the opportunity to help others realize their potential and see what they could accomplish by working in concert with one another.  The value that high performing teams, with the right focus and guidance, could create for a business, its customers and our employees.

In 2019, I joined Solair Group. Stepping again into a role as a new leader. Proud to join a business with such a strong value proposition for our industry.  We’ve taken risks, accelerated change, and laid a foundation for the future with one thing in mind – how can we best serve our customer’s needs.

I’m Scott Cummings, President of Solair Group. How may I help you?