Chief Executive Officer

A third-generation Fehsenfeld family business leader, Fred M. Fehsenfeld, Jr. currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Heritage Group, continuing a legacy of family leadership that began with his grandfather, John E. Fehsenfeld, in 1930.

Fred’s career with The Heritage Group spans over 40 years, during which he has provided a breadth of experience in leadership and management across a wide variety of industries. In 1980, Fred became CEO of The Heritage Group, a title he holds today. Prior to joining the family business, Fred spent two years at ConocoPhillips.

Fred is managing trustee of The Heritage Group Board of Trustees and chairman of the board of The Heritage Group Holdings Company Board, the board of directors of Calumet GP, LLC, and the board of directors of Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. Fred also holds a seat on the Heritage Environmental Services, Inc. Advisory Board.

In 2016, Fred’s daughter, Amy, assumed the role of president of The Heritage Group, marking the beginning of the transition to fourth-generation leadership – a rarity in the realm of family businesses – and a true testament to Fred’s dedication to the long-term success of the organization.

Fred holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Duke University and an M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School.

Fred and his wife, Suzie, share a passion for their local Indianapolis community and global conservation efforts. Fred is an avid world traveler and fisherman.



Amy Schumacher serves as President of The Heritage Group and is a member of its board of trustees.

Amy joined The Heritage Group in 2016, bringing over twenty years of industry leadership and expertise to the organization. Prior to her current role, she served as Founder and President of Monument Chemical, a subsidiary of The Heritage Group. In that role, she was responsible for growing the business from a small, Indianapolis-based specialty chemicals business into a global company with operations in Belgium, Kentucky, and Texas. She began her career at Accenture.

She graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Education and B.S. in Civil Engineering and received her M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She serves on the boards of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Calumet Specialty Products, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Amy enjoys spending her free time with her husband Jim and two daughters.



John Vercruysse serves as Senior Advisor and Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration at The Heritage Group.

John joined The Heritage Group in 1986 as Assistant Controller. In 1992, he became Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In addition to being ultimately responsible for all accounting, finance, tax, and administration activities at the corporate office level, he spent time working on multiple acquisitions.

Prior to joining Heritage, he spent seven years on the staff of the CPA firms of Deloitte Haskins & Sells and RJ Pile.

He received a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 with a major in Accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society.



David Rosen serves as Executive Vice President, Strategy + M&A at The Heritage Group. Prior to joining The Heritage Group, David was an Investment Partner at Pritzker Group Private Capital, leading the firm’s services sector investing. He previously served as Managing Director at Equity Group Investments, the holding company for the corporate investments of Sam Zell.

He has broad investment and finance experience across a wide variety of industries in both public and private equity investments. He headed the Distressed M&A Group for Houlihan Lokey in Chicago, where he was responsible for advising on mergers and acquisitions of companies involved in complex financial and operational restructurings. He was also a Partner of the Zell/Chilmark Fund, a private equity fund that invested in distressed companies.

He received his B.A. in economics from Northwestern University.



Kip Frey serves as Executive Vice President, New Ventures at The Heritage Group. Prior to joining The Heritage Group, Kip was Vice Provost for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Professor of Law and Public Policy at Duke University. In addition to his duties at Duke, he has served as CEO of 7 start-up companies and was a partner at Intersouth Partners – one of the largest and oldest venture capital firms in the Southeast. A lawyer by training, he practiced intellectual property law before joining Turner Broadcasting System in the early 1990’s.

While at Turner, he ran several business units and contributed to the acquisition of Castle Rock Entertainment, the formation of the Cartoon Network, and the construction of the MGM Grand Hotel.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California and of Duke Law School, where he served on the Duke Law Journal. He has served as a director of more than a dozen public and private companies.