Senior Team

David Cusimano, Principal

Emerge Dynamics was founded by David Cusimano, who has over ten years experience working with small business in capacities ranging from entrepreneur to middle market investment banker and M&A advisor.  He leads and coordinates work on all of Emerge Dynamics' projects.

David's diverse career is tied together by the unifying theme of identifying opportunities where others see problems and wrapping strategies of success around them. 

After beginning his career as an aeronautical engineer for Lockheed Martin, he made a transition to business by founding a flight training company and an air charter company.  Since that time he has worked as a partner or consultant with numerous small businesses throughout the area. He has worked as a financial analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Chaffe & Associates, Inc. and with numerous clients through Emerge Dynamics.

Today, in addition to working with Emerge Dynamics, David facilitates the financial modules of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, has taught economics courses at both Tulane University and Delgado Community College, and invests through Gulf Search Capital. David holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Economics from University of Texas at Arlington, an M.B.A. with finance and international business concentrations from Tulane University, and the Certified Turnaround Analyst (CTA), Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA), and the Certified Value Growth Advisor (CVGA) designations.

David resides in New Orleans with his wife and four children. He enjoys flying, diving, hiking, visiting and learning from foreign cultures, and being an advocate for those discovering how a calling to business can lead to a fulfilling vocation of improving our world.

David has built a strong team of advisors who have worked with hundreds of companies throughout the United States.

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Eric Wingerter, Partner

Eric’s career includes over 30 years of deep experience across executive, administrative, and financial-accounting functions.  He has a proven track record for developing talent while leading teams through times of high growth and transition.  His disciplined yet collaborative approach utilizes business analytics to drive informed decisions and his functional skill sets include acquisitions, due diligence, crisis management, SEC compliance, and the ability to navigate competitive regulatory environments. 

Eric’s career includes serving as CFO of Akorn, Inc ( a publicly-held pharmaceutical company), closing 22 acquisitions as Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Accounting Officer of Newpark Resources, Inc., and guiding Pamlab, Inc. as its President and CEO.  His tenure at Pamlab was highlighted by his steering of the company through its successful acquisition by Nestle Health Science.

Today Eric works as an advisor to select small businesses throughout the region, on high-level projects in the medical foods space, and as a senior advisor to Emerge Dynamics. He provides a seasoned wealth of experience from which he is able to augment the Emerge Dynamics team in unlocking value for its clients and investment opportunities.

Eric holds a B.A. in Accounting from Loyola University of New Orleans and holds the Certified Value Growth Advisor (CVGA) designation.

Sherif Ebrahim, Senior Advisor

Sherif serves as a senior advisor to Emerge Dynamics.  He is an internationally recognized expert of Corporate Strategy, Strategic Innovation and Multi-Organizational Innovation. He currently serves on the committees of several investment funds, serves as Executive Director of the Tulane University Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and is a professor of Strategy & Innovation at Tulane University. He also serves on the faculty of The Catholic University of America, and has served on the faculties of other universities, governance and executive development programs. He has served on several National Health Care Policy Task Forces and Committees, advised many CEOs, governing boards, entrepreneurs and organizations on developing successful strategies to achieve sustainable growth, and has served as CEO of several large corporations including a senior executive management position in a Fortune 100 company.

Sherif is a board certified health care executive, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an NAPH Managed Care Public Policy & Finance Fellow from New York University and a Health Systems Management Fellow from Tulane University. 

Sherif has been nationally recognized for his work in healthcare and strategic leadership by two U.S. Presidents, by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, twice by a Fortune 100 Company. He has also been appointed to professional leadership positions by a Parish President, two Louisiana Governors, and has been named a White House Champion of Change for Innovation by the President of the United States. 

Robert Claypool, Advisor

Robert is an advisor to Emerge Dynamics. Robert grew up in a household supported by a “mom and pop” business which inspired his appreciation for entrepreneurship.  At an early age, he learned the importance of great customer service, and has turned these early lessons into a passion that is exuded in every business he works with. 

His focus on sustainable business processes highlights the importance of the customer experience.  This holds true whether the customer is the public, or an internal department. 

Robert has evolved into an expert on systems processes and documentation and has developed multiple proprietary tools to enhance business efficiency which have been deployed across industries such as energy offshore, aviation, and web development. 

In addition to his advisory work, Robert has also invested in and helped to create concepts such as Day Flier, Co-Funded, and Gulf Coast Aviation.

Robert hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University

John Peter Laborde III, Senior Business Analyst

John Peter currently serves as a senior business analyst at Emerge Dynamics.

His educational background consists of three degrees from Tulane University: a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management in 2012, a Masters in Accounting in 2013, and a Masters of Management in Energy in 2014 where he focused on energy trading and risk management. After his education but prior to beginning his career, John Peter passed all four sections of the CPA exam.

John Peter acts also works as a financial consultant to Laborde Marine, LLC, a small privately-operated oil and gas service company located in New Orleans, LA. He developed finance experience during 2015 while working at Tightline Capital, LLC, which is an energy-centric long/short equities hedge fund located in New Orleans, LA.

John Peter’s areas of expertise include: financial accounting, financial modeling, valuation, and the financial markets.

Alex Barnes, Business Analyst

Alex's business advisory experience began with the ELSEWorks Entrepreneurial Initiative. His other experience is in public and private equity investment research through work and study with the Lewis Wilson Fund and the ELSEWorks Investment Fund.

Alex earned his Bachelors in Business Administration and an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance from Millsaps College. While studying at Millsaps Alex: graduated Cum Laude, was named to 4 Dean’s Lists, became a member of the Financial Management Association International National Honor Society, and received the ElSEWorks Oustanding Business Analyst award.

Alex has a passion and drive to understand the inner financial workings of institutions and is a 2018 CFA Level 2 candidate to further his knowledge and commitment.

Alex follows his sports teams regularly, but has an unwavering passion for soccer and spends his free time refining his golf game.

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