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Ryan M. Bohr
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Bohr is a senior executive with close to 20 years of operations and finance leadership experience, primarily within private equity owned businesses. Throughout his career, he has specialized in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, investment strategies and execution, and driving operational improvement plans. He joined School Specialty in October 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, having most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Matters, LLC, an early stage specialty beverage company. While with Fresh Matters, he helped the Company structure a capital infusion and bridge financing; successfully relocated its primary production line; and established a multi-year contract manufacturing agreement. He was also instrumental in the creation of a national broker and distribution network, which led to impressive growth during his tenure. Additionally, he was responsible for the development and implementation of new accounting and reporting systems, inventory management controls and various operational efficiency programs.

Prior to Fresh Matters, Mr. Bohr served as a Partner with Hilco Equity Partners ("Hilco"), a private equity firm focused on special situations. While with Hilco, Mr. Bohr played a key role in all aspects of the Fund's activities, including fundraising, day-to-day operations for certain portfolio companies and execution of the firm's investment strategy across the consumer and industrial industries. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, a middle-market private equity firm and William Blair & Co., a well-known financial services company. He is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick, a leading public accounting firm. Mr. Bohr is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, serves as a Board Member of Natural Food Holdings and as a Board Advisor to Fresh Matters, LLC, and is a Trustee of College Preparatory High School, Marmion Academy.