Mr.Gerhards has been a consultant with HGH since January 2003. He has provided litigation consulting services in connection with a major valuation dispute, an insurance claim dispute, and a dispute regarding overpayments made in connection with a sales agreement. Additionally, he has provided consulting services in connection with the bankruptcies of two financial services companies, and provided advisory services regarding financial and accounting matters. Most recently, he testified as an expert witness in the matter of Leasing Solutions, Inc. v. General Electric Capital Business Asset Funding Corp.
Mr. Gerhards, a CPA, began his career with Price Waterhouse in 1963 and spent 13 years in the firm's Toledo and Pittsburgh offices. He became senior manager for two of the largest clients of the firm's Pittsburgh office, United States Steel Corporation and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. During the next 23 years, Mr. Gerhards held the following positions: Vice President and Controller of United Brands Company, a $4 billion multinational food company; Senior Vice President and CFO of United Fruit Company, a $1.5 billion division of United Brands Company; Senior Vice President and CFO of the U.S. operations of Blue Arrow (U.K. parent company of Manpower); Senior Vice President and Controller of Revlon, Inc. which, at the time, was a $3 billion international manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics, fragrances and toiletries; and Executive Vice President - Finance and Administration of The Milstein Group and Milstein Properties Corp., the latter a $250 million real estate developer and operator of residential, commercial and hotel properties located primarily in New York City.