TRANSFORMING WASTE INTO PRODUCTS AND PROFITS

CommonWealth is a Private Equity fund being formed by experienced operations & transaction executives. Our team is made of Principals and Advisors who have a significant track record in circular economy. We have a strong deal flow and pipeline of opportunities.

Our TEAM

Michael Derosa

General Partner

  • 20 years of private and growth equity investing
  • Served on 18 boards including TPI Composites (Nasdaq: TPIC), Agility Fuel Systems, Ecore, Aspex, Detechtion, Intn’l Fiber Corp, Energex, Axonn, Arbinet (Nasdaq:ARBX)
  • General Partner, Element Partners; Managing Director, Activate Capital; Partner, Cordova Ventures; Principal, EnerTech Capital; Senior Associate, Safeguard International Fund
  • Over last 10+ years at Element Partners II led $154.5m of Private Equity investments: Current Value $403.3m (2.6x)
  • Led $152m of Circular Economy investments: Current Value: $419m (2.7x)
  • BS Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech (first in class); MBA, Wharton (Palmer Scholar)

Art Dodge

General Partner

  • 20 years as Founder, Chairman & CEO of largest global manufacturer of recycled rubber products
  • Management experience with ~500 employees
  • Purchased and integrated 5 companies
  • Director Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, VP Recycled
    Rubber Coalition
  • International manager at Bain and Co. Focus on IT,
    financial services, appliance and consumer goods markets
  • Recipient Mellon Foundation Scholarship
  • E+Y Entrepreneur of the Year
  • BA American University, JD University of Pittsburgh,
    MBA (Honors) IMD Switzerland

Art Dodge

General Partner

  • 20 years as Founder, Chairman & CEO of largest global manufacturer of recycled rubber products
  • Management experience with ~500 employees
  • Purchased and integrated 5 companies 
  • Director Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, VP Recycled
    Rubber Coalition
  • International manager at Bain and Co. Focus on IT,
    financial services, appliance and consumer goods markets
  • Recipient Mellon Foundation Scholarship
  • E+Y Entrepreneur of the Year
  • BA American University, JD University of Pittsburgh,
    MBA (Honors) IMD Switzerland

Robert Bernard

General Partner

  • Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist: Founded and managed Microsoft’s sustainability programs and technology investments
  • Ran Microsoft’s Global Software Partnership Business
  • Investments in CE initiatives drove >$100 million savings.
  • Created world’s first international carbon neutral company
  • Board member: Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Corporate  EcoForum, Advanced Energy Economy, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center
  • Advisor to Activate Capital, National Geographic
  • BA Columbia University; MBA, Wharton
OUR ADVISORS

CommonWealth has assembled a group of Advisors who are leading experts in the field of Circular Economy

Ron Kaplan 

  • Trex Chairman

  • President and CEO of Trex, 2010-2015

  • CEO Continental Global Group, Inc., manufacturer bulk material handling systems

  • President of Harsco’s Gas Technologies Group, manufacturer of containment and control equipment for the global gas industry

  • Senior Vice President-Operations, Harsco Corporation

  • Board of Directors of Caesarstone Sdot-Yam, Ltd., manufacturer of engineered stone surfaces used for kitchen countertops, vanity tops and tiles.

  • Board of Directors of DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd.,  manufacturer of custom prefabricated interior environments.

  • B.A. degree in economics from Alfred University and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Rob Watson

  • Known at the “Father of LEED”

  • Founding Chairman of the US Green Building Council 

  • CEO and Chief Scientist of

  • The ECON Group Founder of EcoTech International Group

  • Executive editor of GreenerBuildings.com

  • Described by Thomas Friedman as “one of the best environmental minds in America.”

  • Former Senior Scientist and Director of the International Energy and Green Building programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

  • Works with Ministry of Construction in China to develop green energy and building code standards

  • Only foreigner to have been honored by China’s Ministry Of Construction (MOC) with its first “Green Innovation Award“

  • Developed national residential buildings codes in Russia

our SYSTEMATIC INVESTMENT PROCESS WORKS

CommonWealth Equity Partners has 75+ years of Circular Economy Private Equity Experience. We have developed a proven process for evaluation, engagement, and integration of unique circular economy businesses into our portfolio of companies.