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Doug Usifer

  • Managing Director
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Dr. Doug Usifer joined Capstone Headwaters from Atlas Advisors where he focused on the firm’s Industrials practice. He has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and industrial sectors including chemicals, plastics, waste and scrap metal.

Prior to Atlas, Doug worked at National Starch as Business Director, Food Emulsions, and Encapsulation, where he was General Manager of a $40MM global specialty food ingredients business. He also worked on M&A transactions including National Starch's acquisition of Penford's resistant starch business. 

Prior to National Starch, Doug worked at Engelhard Corporation in several capacities, including Business Development Manager, Corporate New Ventures; Marketing Manager, Special Effect Pigments; Manager, Technology and Market Development, Performance Additives/Specialty Minerals. While at Engelhard, he worked on M&A transactions including the acquisition of Mearl Corp, a US producer of pearlescent pigments and iridescent films. He previously worked at Cambrex Corporation (pharmaceutical fine chemicals) and Hoechst Celanese (electronic products and plastics). 


Rutgers University - MBA - Finance

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - MS, PhD - Organic Chemistry

Saint Michael's College - BA - Chemistry

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 63 Registered Uniform Securities Agent

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

Industry Coverage

Despite slowing global growth and trade tensions, U.S. chemical production remains strong, predominantly driven by low-cost feedstock availability and domestic end-market growth. Read more

Capstone Headwaters’ Q2 Executive Summary on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the Waste & Recycling industry is available for download below. Seventy-five transactions have been announced or completed year-to-date including US Ecology’s announced acquisition of NRC Group for $966 million at 10.6x EBITDA or 2.5x revenue.Read more

US Chemical Production levels have already exceeded 2018, increasing 3.1% year-over-year in March, according to the American Chemistry Council. The ISM Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) expanded in March for the 31st consecutive month lead by increases in new orders (+1.9 percentage points) and production (+1.0 percentage point). Healthy manufacturing capacities are expected to support chemicals demand as well as 2019 EBITDA increases, according to the S&P Global Chemicals Industry Top Trends 2019.Read more