Our Team

“We’d rather be the best than the biggest” — Alan B. Offenberg, Partner & CEO CODI

Finance

    Joseph P. Milana, Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance

    Joseph P. Milana, Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance

    Mr. Milana joined The Compass Group in 1998 as the company’s first senior executive and has witnesses its unprecedented growth. Mr. Milana heads up the internal Finance Department for the Compass Group Management LLC and also for Compass Frontier Partners, LLC. His responsibilities span a number of other important operational functions including Human Relations, purchasing and procurement. In addition, Mr. Milana acts as financial liaison between the subsidiaries and the management company. Prior to his current position, Mr. Milana was with KPMG LLP, and also worked as an independent consultant. Mr. Milana received both a B.B.A. in Accounting and an M.S. in Taxation from Pace University. He is currently a director of Families Network of Western Connecticut and Chairman of the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut.

    James D. Ferrara, Vice President of Taxes

    James D. Ferrara, Vice President of Taxes

    Mr. Ferrara is the lead accountant, tax expert who oversees every aspect of the Compass Group’s tax functions. While all of the subsidiaries have their own tax advisors, the breadth of Mr. Ferrara expertise is so wide and deep that if any one of the companies in the Compass Group portfolio were to have a tax issue, he is the liaison who represents the company with the IRS. As Mr. Ferrara is quick to point out, his job is far more diverse than understanding taxation laws; it entails interpreting the law correctly, and when necessary being adept at reaching a compromise solution. In order to accomplish this, Mr. Ferrara often collaborates with third party CPAs as well as Legal Counsel. Mr. Ferrara joined The Compass Group in 2006. Prior to that, he was with Star Gas Partners and Dorr-Oliver. Mr. Ferrara is a graduate of Quinnipiac College and the University of New Haven.

    Kerri Tiernan, Vice President, Controller

    Kerri Tiernan, Vice President, Controller

    Ms. Tiernan is in charge of all financial reporting for the subsidiaries as well as for Compass Diversified Holdings LLC (NYSE: CODI). This includes reviewing, analyzing, and vetting monthly financial reports for each of the subsidiaries, as well as submitting quarterly and annual public filings for CODI with the SEC. She works closely as a team with Mr. Abate, the company’s Vice President, Treasurer. Ms. Tiernan joined The Compass Group in 2013. Prior to that, she was with ContourGlobal and Grant Thornton LLP. Ms. Tiernan is a graduate of Fordham University.

    David M. Abate, Vice President, Treasurer

    David M. Abate, Vice President, Treasurer

    Mr. Abate oversees all of the cash management functions of Compass Diversified Holdings LLC (NYSE: CODI) as well as for all of its subsidiaries. He ensures that companies have access to the necessary funds to conduct and grow their businesses, and helps them obtain lines of credit from banks when necessary. Mr. Abate performs all of the monthly consolidations for all of the CODI financial statements, as well as for each subsidiary. He is also responsible for the complex task of integrating new acquisitions into the CODI software financial system. Mr. Abate joined The Compass Group in 2006. Prior to that, he was an independent consultant, as well as with Flywheel Media and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Abate is a graduate of Lehigh University.

    Christopher M. Gasiewski, Manager of Financial Reporting

    Christopher M. Gasiewski, Manager of Financial Reporting

    Mr. Gasiewski assists in all of the monthly consolidations for all of the CODI financial statements, as well as for each subsidiary. He is also responsible for assisting in all financial reporting for the subsidiaries as well as for Compass Diversified Holdings LLC (NYSE: CODI). This includes reviewing, analyzing, and vetting monthly financial reports for each of the subsidiaries, as well as assisting in quarterly and annual public filings for CODI with the SEC. Mr. Gasiewski joined The Compass Group in 2015. Prior to that, he was with ITT Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Gasiewski is a graduate of Sacred Heart University.