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 is the Executive Chairman of the Kaulig Companies Limited, his single member family office. Matt is a proven entrepreneur and philanthropist as defined by his founding of Leaf Home Solutions™, one of the largest direct to consumer home products companies in the United States and Canada. Leaf Home Solutions™ owns brands such as LeafFilter™ Gutter Protection and Leaf Home Safety Solutions™, one of the nation’s leading fully integrated “aging in place” consumer product providers which includes walk-in bathtubs, wheelchair ramps, stair lifts and handrails.
Matt’s family office, the Kaulig Companies Limited owns and operates brands in five different verticals which includes Sports and Entertainment, Marketing and Event Management, Finance and Financial Services, Consumer Products and Philanthropy.
Several notable recent accomplishments include being named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young; opening the 64th LeafFilter™ office; winning the “Circle K 250” at Daytona International Speedway with his NASCAR team, Kaulig Racing™, Inc; and opening the first of its kind video production and editing studio, The Kaulig Media Lab, located in the “I Promise School.”
The I Promise School was recently founded by the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools. To date, Matt’s charitable giving programs have provided philanthropic support to more than seventy 501(c)3 organizations.
Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Cincinnati, Matt moved to the Chicago area at age 14 where he attended high school and became a nationally recognized quarterback. Matt came back to Ohio to attend the University of Akron where he was recruited by Gerry Faust to be the quarterback of the University of Akron’s Division 1 Football Program in the early 1990’s. During his time at the University of Akron, Matt met his wife, Lisa, who was a cheerleader for the University of Akron Football Cheerleading Program. Upon graduation, Matt and Lisa decided to establish their roots in northeastern Ohio where he founded LeafFilter™ Gutter Protection in 2005 from the basement of their home. Today LeafFilter™ has installed enough product to wrap around the Moon one and a half times.
Matt graduated with his business degree from the University of Akron in 1996 and started in business immediately after his graduation. Matt is a member of numerous Boards for both businesses and charities. Matt and his wife Lisa have one daughter and currently reside in Hudson, Ohio where they remain heavily involved in the community.
Tim Clepper is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaulig Companies Limited, the Single Member Family Office for Matt Kaulig and his direct family.
For more than 20 years, Tim has excelled 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 both high net worth individuals and businesses. 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.
In 2016, Tim was hired by successful entrepreneur Matt Kaulig, Executive Chairman of Leaf Home Solutions™ and Founder and Owner of LeafFilter®, to build, and develop the many strategies of Kaulig Companies. As President and Chief Executive Officer 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 Discretionary Products, Sports and Entertainment, Marketing and Event Services, Finance and Financial Services as well as Philanthropy. In 2018, The Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs supported over 50 meaningful 501(c)(3) organizations.
Tim is a board member of a number of businesses and 501(c)(3) organizations including, Leaf Home Solutions™, Ellsworth Advisors (RIA), Kaulig Foundation, LeBron Advisory Board (LAB) I Promise School, Alex N. Sill Public Adjusters, Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, and a member of Gridiron Capital’s Board of Business Executives™. 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 BBQ-ing on the Big Green Egg®, hunting, fishing, skiing, golf, and coaching lacrosse. Tim has been married for 20 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 Manila 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.