Matt Kaulig and Tim Clepper
The Family Office of Kaulig Companies is managed by Matt Kaulig and Tim Clepper. Their strong leadership and savvy entrepreneurship have helped shape each company into what it is today.
Matt Kaulig, President and Owner of LeafFilter® North, Inc. and Kaulig Racing™ Inc., is a successful entrepreneur and business owner.
Born in Columbus, OH, and raised in Cincinnati, Matt moved to the Chicago area at age 14 where he attended high school. He then came to Northeast Ohio to attend the University of Akron, where he was a standout quarterback for the Zips. Until this day, Matt remains heavily involved in the Akron Zips community, as he provides aid for the school’s football programs and lends a helping hand in sponsoring events.
During his time at the University of Akron, Matt met his wife, Lisa, who was an Akron Cheerleader from Copley, OH. Falling in love with the area, Matt decided to establish roots in Northeast Ohio when he started LeafFilter® Gutter Protection in 2005 from the basement of his home.
Thirteen years later, his fast-growing company grew from one small office in Hudson, OH, to the leading international gutter protection brand. LeafFilter® has been recognized nationally by numerous publications, earning awards for being a Top Remodeler in the nation and receiving recognition for the company’s growth and expansion.
Taking his decades of experience combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, Kaulig has shifted into his newest roles as Chairman of Kaulig Capital, Kaulig Companies Foundation, Kaulig Families Foundation, and Kaulig Media. He seeks to provide comprehensive investment and wealth management services, while building long-term relationships with his clients.
Tim Clepper is the President of Kaulig Companies Limited, the Single Member Family Office for Matt Kaulig and his direct family.
For more than 20 years, Tim has been in the financial management business and holds all of his professional asset management licenses which includes the Series 65. Throughout his career, Tim has been responsible for the management of significant financial assets for individuals and businesses. Thus, his professional background is substantial. In 2008, at the age of 33, he was named Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager in Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management Group. As a result of the shifting landscape of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and the 2008 financial crisis, Tim launched Ellsworth Private Wealth Management, LLC.
In 2016, Tim was brought in by successful entrepreneur Matt Kaulig, founder, owner and CEO of LeafFilter, to build and manage the Single Member Family Office, Kaulig Companies. As President of the Single Member Family Office, Tim has built, along with Matt, the family office to own and manage brands across a broad spectrum of businesses including consumer products, finance, media/marketing and sports/entertainment. Kaulig Companies Limited also owns Kaulig Capital, the investment arm of Kaulig Companies; Kaulig Racing, Inc., a professional race team in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series; Kaulig Media, LLC, a full-service marketing and advertising agency; as well as The Kaulig Companies Charitable Giving Programs, which includes the Kaulig Foundation. In 2017, The Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs supported over 40 501(c)(3) organizations.
Tim is a board member for several businesses and 501(c)3 organizations including, but not limited to: LeafFilter, Ellsworth Advisors (RIA), Kaulig Foundation, LeBron Advisory Board (LAB) I Promise School, Alex N. Sill Public Adjusters and Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation Board. In 2013, he was the founder of Santa PICsU, a 501(c)(3) organization, which was formed to bring the “healing power of giving” to children and families in traumatic situations. Santa PICsU focuses on children and families who are in local Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) on a year-round basis.
Tim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. He is a member of Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH, Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson, OH and the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, PA. Tim enjoys being with his family and everything that he can do outside, including hunting, fishing, skiing, golf, and coaching lacrosse. Tim has been married for 19 years to his wife, Amy, and together they have three children.
Paul Martin, CPA, MBA
Paul Martin serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Kaulig Companies. His primary responsibilities include the management and oversight of financial reporting, financial planning, and strategic opportunities for the firm. Paul holds his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and earned the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Prior to joining Ellsworth Advisors, Paul was a tax partner at Apple Growth Partners, a regional CPA firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. While at Apple Growth Partners, Paul worked with large, private companies and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and consulted on strategic planning, complex tax issues, mergers and acquisitions, and wealth management planning. He has over 10 years of experience working closely with business owners not only on business matters, but also advising his clients on succession planning and wealth management after significant liquidity events.
Paul graduated from John Carroll University with his BSBA in Accounting and MBA degrees. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Paul is involved with numerous charities and has served on the boards for several of the foundations.
In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with family and friends and golfing. Paul lives in Hudson with his wife, Jane, and daughter, Elizabeth.
Dominic Brault joined Kaulig Capital in April 2017. He works directly with Kaulig Companies Operations on providing strategic, financial, and operational oversight for existing investments and evaluating new opportunities.
He has extensive experience in the field of valuation, M&A, capital raising, and investing. Prior to joining Kaulig Capital, Dominic worked in a similar capacity as a Principal at HTV Industries, Inc., a Northeast Ohio-based private investment holding company. He was also a Managing Director at Carleton McKenna & Company, a boutique investment bank, where he advised middle-market companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, fairness opinions, and other strategic advisory engagements.
From 2005 to 2011, Dominic was with Stout Risius Ross, Inc., where he provided financial advisory services to public and private companies on complex finance and accounting matters, including fairness and solvency opinions; purchase and sale advisement; financial and tax SEC/GAAP/IRS reporting; employee stock ownership plans; shareholder disputes; and other corporate, tax, and litigation-related matters. He began his career as an equity research analyst and was one of the original eight founding members of Longbow Research, an independent institutional equity research firm.
Michele M. Manilla
Michele Manilla serves as Kaulig Companies’ Director of Operations. Michele’s primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office, providing support to the investment team through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication, coordinating client meetings and travel and managing the firm’s internal and external databases. To this position, she brings more than 20 years of relevant experience.
Prior to joining Ellsworth Advisors, Michele worked in a similar capacity at Ramco Specialties, A Hudson, Ohio manufacturer and distributor of specialty fasteners. She has also held positions in the fields of insurance and real estate.
Michele is an Ohio native, and her favorite vacation spot is Walt Disney World, where she has visited over 10 times since first being introduced to it at 8 years old. In her spare time, Michele enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also regularly volunteers for several local charities, including Santa PICsU.