Charles Veniez

Charles is an Executive Partner at Cross Rapids.  He has over 25 years of senior leadership experience and over 30 years of experience in the industrial and services sectors.  Charles has completed four successful private equity exits as CEO, served on six corporate boards, and overseen companies with combined revenue of approximately $2 billion, all in our core sectors. Charles currently serves as Chairman of Curtis Bay Waste Services and on the Board of Wholesale Produce Supply.

Most recently, from 2019 to 2020, Charles was CEO of Unitec Elevator Company, which was a carve-out from Otis.  From 2014 to 2019, Charles was CEO of Industrial Container Services, which included a successful round-trip transaction with the founder investment partners of Cross Rapids. From 2012 to 2014, he was CEO of Norment Security Group.  From 2009 to 2012 and 2000 to 2007, Charles held positions of rising responsibility at United Technologies: Regional Vice President / General Manager of AFSS Group, which was a fire and security business, President of Onity, Inc., which was a global security products business, etc.  From 2007 to 2009, Charles was the owner and President of Western Pet Containment, a master franchisor, which he exited to a strategic buyer.  From 1996 to 2000, he was Director of Operations, then Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kaba Ilco, an electronic security products company.  Prior to 1996, Charles was Director of Operations at Maax, a bathroom building products company.  Charles began his career at BIC Corporation as a Distribution Supervisor and a Materials & Production Planning Manager.

Charles graduated from St. Petersburg College, where he earned a B.A. in History.  He also received an MBA from Queens’ University.