Caroline L. Young
Background: Ms. Young has served as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsbury Consulting, LLC since August 2020, which provides one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops and retreats focused on helping women excel in their career paths. Previously, Ms. Young was a partner at Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (“HKW”), a private equity firm focused on middle-market investments. For most of Ms. Young’s tenure at HKW, she was in charge of all HKW divestitures in which she worked with HKW’s portfolio companies on strategic initiatives during the hold period and then shepherded those companies through the sale process. In addition, Ms. Young served on the board of directors at numerous HKW portfolio companies including Indigo Wild, LLC, a bath, skin, home and cleaning products company; Partners In Leadership LLC, a provider of accountability and cultural improvement training and consulting; Royal Camp Services, LTD, a remote workforce accommodations and catering business; and Brant InStore Corporation, a full-service printing company focused on point-of-sale marketing solutions. In addition, Ms. Young lead HKW’s environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) initiative for 18 months, collaborating with the sourcing, transactions and operations teams to focus on ESG aspects of companies during the acquisition process as well as during HKW’s hold period. Prior to joining HKW in 2001, Ms. Young practiced law at the Indianapolis law firm of Wooden & McLaughlin, LLP, representing corporate defendants in complex commercial litigation, product liability and professional malpractice cases. Ms. Young currently serves on the board of Providence Cristo Rey High School, a college preparatory school offering a transformational educational experience to students with economic need. Ms. Young earned a B.S. from the University of Vermont, graduating summa cum laude and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Qualifications: Ms. Young’s significant business and board experiences, including financial, legal and operational knowledge and expertise, provide valuable contributions to the Company and the Board.