Chad Clawson serves on the Board of Managers of Trudela Partners, a member of the Coltala family of businesses. He has more than 25 years of experience as a private equity Operating Partner and C-level executive. He has consistently created significant enterprise value, averaging a 4X return of investor capital over his career, with a typical engagement being 2-3 years to drive those results. Chad most recently served as CEO of Nutraceutical International Corporation, a market leading manufacturer and distributor of branded nutritional supplements and natural personal care products.
Previously, Chad served as a Principal and Operating Partner at American Capital where his assignments included Service Experts (Buyouts Magazine’s 2016 Turnaround Deal of the Year), Paradigm Precision (Aerospace Manufacturing) and Global Conference Partners (Telecommunications). While at American Capital he served as CEO and COO of several firms, including those listed above, and received the firm’s Lifeguard and Capital Gains awards for the largest recovery of value and the largest return on equity respectively.
Chad received two Master’s degrees from M.I.T. (Business and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science) and two Bachelor’s degrees from Utah State University (Electrical Engineering and Chemistry). While at M.I.T. he won the prestigious annual Entrepreneurial Competition and graduated in the top 5% of his class. He was also Utah State University’s Scholar of the Year in 1991 and Valedictorian of the College of Science.