Robert Michalik is a founder and Managing Director of Kinderhook Industries. Rob started his investment career as an analyst in the M&A group at Morgan Stanley. Following Harvard Business School, Rob joined UBS Capital Corporation, the North American merchant bank of the Union Bank of Switzerland where he provided mezzanine and equity capital both as a lead investor and in partnership with other private equity firms.
Rob began investing in the waste industry over 20 years ago when he led an investment in IESI Corporation on behalf of Thayer Capital. Since that time, Rob has invested over $500 million of equity capital across seven waste platforms covering all aspects of waste collection, treatment and disposal from municipal and industrial to hazardous waste. Additionally, these companies have completed over 30 add-on acquisitions under Kinderhook’s ownership.
Rob serves on the Board of Directors of ACV Enviro, Gold Medal Environmental, Intergulf Corporation and STC Holdings.
Rob graduated from Yale University and received his MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.