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Michael C. Adams

Managing Director & Founder

Mr. Adams founded Cornerstone Industrial Group in 1997 after 10 years in investment banking. Since its founding, Mr. Adams has acquired nine manufacturing businesses. As former Chairman of Wahl Refractory Holdings, LLC and Swiss-Tech, LLC, Mr. Adams was actively involved in key management decision-making, strategic development, and implementation as well as ongoing acquisition activities. Mr. Adams served as interim CEO of Swiss-Tech from 2011-2012.


Mike served as President of Cornerstone Industrial Holdings (Gasko Fabricated Products / Rhopac, Inc.), a converter of flexible, non-metallic materials. He was also President and CEO of Midwest Tooling Group, a company formed to acquire plastic tooling manufacturers.


During his time in investment banking with NatCity Investments, Reserve Capital Group, Prescott, Ball & Turben, and L.F. Rothschild (New York), Mr. Adams focused on sourcing, structuring, and executing mergers and acquisitions for middle-market companies. He also worked on a variety of public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities, and valuations of privately held companies.

Mr. Adams has been involved in over 50 transactions as a principal, manager, or in an advisory capacity.


Mr. Adams has a Computer Science degree from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Administration.