Mr. Caulk is a seasoned CEO with extensive experience building businesses and integrating acquisitions in a Private Equity environment. From 1999 through 2005 Bob was Chairman and CEO of United Industries, a $1+ Billion manufacturer and marketer of consumer lawn, garden and pet products. Its brands included Cutter, Spectracide, Vigoro, Tetra, and others. During his tenure, the company grew in revenue from $270 Million to over $1 Billion through an aggressive new product development program and a series of successful industry-consolidating acquisitions. United Industries was owned by private-equity sponsor Thomas H. Lee and was sold in 2005 to Rayovac Corporation. Prior to joining United, Bob was President of Clopay Building Products, the market-leading manufacturer of residential and commercial garage doors. Immediately before Clopay, Bob was the North American President of Johnson Outdoors, the parent company for a number of market-leading recreational products businesses, including Scubapro, Old Town, Mitchell, Minn-Kota, and others. Earlier in his career he held finance, marketing, and corporate development positions at S.C.Johnson (consumer products), and DuPont (chemicals).
Bob currently serves on the Board of two MidOcean portfolio companies. He is Executive Chairman of Hunter Fan, Inc., the market leader in branded ceiling fans, and on the board of Waterpik, Inc., the largest manufacturer of water flossing devices and showerheads. In addition to the MidOcean portfolio companies, Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors of Menard, Inc., a multi-billion privately owned retailer; Maritz, Inc., a $1 billion privately owned travel, loyalty, and marketing services company, and several other corporate and non-profit boards. He previously was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bushnell Outdoor Products, a MidOcean Partners portfolio company and a global marketer of optics and other consumer products for outdoor recreational use. Key brands are Bushnell, Bolle, Serengeti and Hoppe’s. Bushnell was sold in November, 2013. He and his family reside in St. Louis.
- University of Delaware, B.A., History
- Harvard Business School, M.B.A.
Current and Prior MidOcean Boards