Professionals

PARTNERS

JOHN W. PRUTCH, Managing Partner
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Prior to co-founding Prometheus Capital, Mr. Prutch managed several middle market consumer-related businesses. He has been successful in the turnaround of companies through cost-cutting and aggressive sales and marketing. Mr. Prutch accomplished these turnarounds by selling divisions and subsidiaries, acquiring companies, negotiating licensing agreements, negotiating long term contracts, moving domestic production to overseas, renegotiating new labor agreements and raising fresh capital in the form of both equity and debt. 

Prior to Mr. Prutch’s management activities, he was founder and Managing Director for Merchant Capital Group (Mercap), a Chicago based boutique merchant bank providing advisory services, merger and acquisition services and direct investments as principal in a number of consumer-oriented businesses including General American Door, LSJ Sportswear and Rapco International. Mr.  Prutch managed Mercap for ten years and was non-executive chairman of the companies that Mercap invested in as a principal. Prior to founding Mercap, Mr. Prutch was Vice President of Equities Northwest, Inc. (ENI), which was sold to Oppenheimer & Company in 1982. ENI was the premiere source of venture capital and project financing to the energy industry in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Mr. Prutch progressed to Vice President in charge of their Chicago office. ENI raised over $100,000,000 per year in equity, with Chicago being the largest producing office. 

Over the course of his career, Mr. Prutch has served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies, both public and private. Mr. Prutch attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and majored in Political Science. He currently resides in Palatine, Illinois with his wife, Debbie.

JOSHUA J. PRUTCH, Partner
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Joshua J. Prutch is a co-founder of Prometheus Capital and leads the execution activities of Prometheus Capital. In addition to leading execution activities, Mr. Prutch is actively engaged in managing clients and transactions to close, while collaborating on due diligence process, identifying capital through financial institutions and strategic alliances, while creating strategic alternatives for the firm’s engaged clients. 

Prior to joining Prometheus Capital, Mr. Prutch spent the 7 years in a fortune 500 company in  the supply chain management  industry. Mr. Prutch held several positions within the company ranging from Analyst to Project Manager to Department Head. Under Mr. Prutch’s lead, the company successfully designed, created, went to market, and supported two Windows based technologies. The first to market grew to controlling $35mm in revenue by year 4 and the second received the “Innovation of the Year - 2006” award presented by the USPS within 2 weeks of its press release.  This opportunity allowed Mr. Prutch to gain insight into the world of entrepreneurs, where he developed an in-depth understanding in their specific business needs and concerns. Both applications, produced revenues while eliminating substantial costs.

Mr. Prutch  received his business degree in Supply Chain Management from Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He currently resides in Holland, Michigan with his wife and three children.
 
JAMES E. THOMPSON, Partner

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Jim Thompson is a co-founder of Prometheus Capital and is responsible for oversight of Prometheus Capital participating ventures, finance and accounting services department, opportunity viability analysis and subsequent turn-around operational activities. Prior to joining Prometheus Capital, Mr. Thompson served as CFO for a regional aviation services provider. 

Mr. Thompson’s history includes over 25 years of supporting entrepreneurs in the development, launch and successful operations in multiple businesses spaces including: real estate development, resort / golf development, aviation, hospitality / food & beverage operations, construction and electronics distribution. Mr. Thompson has held positions ranging from Controller to CFO and COO. Under Mr. Thompson’s leadership he built, opened and operated a national award winning golf course and +800 acre residential development. Mr. Thompson has also developed custom ERP solutions for fringe industries, including a full service software solution for the distribution, support, customer service, and commission tracking functions of a national subscription media provider. 

Mr. Thompson’s approach can best be described as a walk the floor CFO/COO who participates at a hands-on level within the Prometheus Capital family of ventures. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration – Accounting from Hillsdale College. He currently resides in Schoolcraft, Michigan with his wife and two sons.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

THOMAS CANEPA, General Counsel 
Tom Canepa joined Prometheus Capital in 2016. He is a Chicago based attorney and advisor specializing in corporate law, transactional law, and mergers & acquisitions for clients in the fields of telecommunications, media and entertainment, agricultural, manufacturing, industrial, energy, environmental, transportation, and homeland security. With respect to new ventures and start-ups, Tom has over 25 years of technology, entrepreneurial, and start-up experience. Tom is an adjunct professor at North Central College teaching graduate courses in social impact ventures and sports business ventures. Tom received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and law degree from the John Marshal Law School in Chicago, Illinois. 

JOHN 'JACK' CUMMINS, Managing Director
Jack Cummins joined Prometheus Capital in 2015. He has advised ownership and investors for soccer clubs worldwide including: English Premier League, Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, MLS, NASL, USL, and the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Jack was a founding owner of the Chicago Red Stars and served as a Director and General Counsel for the team. He also served as the Chair of the Expansion Committee for the NWSL predecessor WPS. Jack is also the Founder of Cummins & Associates, Ltd., a boutique law firm advising stakeholders in sports, entertainment, media, and technology with an emphasis on capitalization and M&A. He has served as a Founder, President, COO, CFO, General Counsel, and Director of numerous companies and has taken leadership roles in numerous turn-around opportunities.
BOB MALANDRO, Managing Director 
Bob Malandro joined Prometheus Capital in 2015. He brings seven years experience in Sports M&A at The Sports Advisory Group, advising and consulting on transactions in MLB, the NBA Development League, MiLB, MLS, Independent baseball, professional hockey, and sports facilities. Bob has served as Director of Sales within Steiner Sports team partnership division, managing relationships with MLB and NHL franchises, and overseeing alternative revenue generation initiatives. He has financial industry experience representing global leaders such as UBS and AXA, and consulting on projects with other major financial institutions including John, Hancock, USAA, and Canada Life. Bob has spoken and presented frequently on the business of sports and maintains an extensive industry network.

MATTIE RICE, Managing Director
Mattie Rice joined Prometheus Capital in the Summer of 2016. As a business strategist with significant financial services experience leading divisions in Private Banking, Wealth Management, and Financial Planning, He is a welcome addition to the Prometheus team. Mattie also has experience as a PR strategist supporting some of the UK's largest companies including Sports Direct and Capital One, among others. As a former Managing Director UK for CBD Capital, he has been active in the management and ownership of many businesses across a variety of sectors. Mattie maintains an extensive network in sporting circles among owners, players and decision makers in the UK and served as Chief Strategy Officer for the Football Association of Ireland. He was also the performance coach for teh Clare Senior Hurling teams 2013 All-Ireland success.

MYLES BEST, Director 

Myles Best is an accomplished entrepreneur whose experience spans across multiple disciplines which include future trading, real estate and business development. His determination and perseverance have propelled him into a dynamic leader. Mr. Best was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where he attended public school. He graduated honors from Grambling State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. After graduation, he began trading interest rate futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Soon an equity member, he successfully traded for seventeen years before moving on to new endeavors. In the mid 90’s he began buying real estate in New York, North Carolina and Chicago, where he successfully developed multiple rental and retail properties. His passion for learning and appetite for project involvement inspired him to train disadvantaged men in the construction trades. Mr. Best also found time to tutor underprivileged children throughout Chicago and coached football at Lindbloom High School in Chicago. Mr. Best has developed strong business relationships and has transitioned his business experience to helping under-served communities in business development.


PROFESSIONALS 

ROB BAYNES, Vice President 

Rob Baynes joined Prometheus Capital in 2016. He has advised business owners, executives, and high-level stakeholders of both public and privately owned companies to successfully solve complex business problems in the realm of strategy, operations, and M&A transactions. Rob is the founder of Strong Oak, a consulting practice based in Chicago focused on strengthening client outcomes. He started his consulting career with Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) where he worked on various manufacturing engagements. Prior to becoming a consultant, Rob gained practical strategy and operations experience serving as a Logistics Officer with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Operations, USA. He is a practitioner of excellent services who always finds unique ways to leverage his business knowledge and leadership to foster breakthrough relationships with clientele. Rob holds a B.S. in Business from Alfred University, an MBA from Xavier University, and is a professional member of the Strategic Management Society and the Turnaround Management Association. 

ERIN BUCHANAN, Vice President 
Erin joined Prometheus Capital & Pompeii Properties in fall of 2015. She is responsible for marketing, communications, client relations, and business development efforts for Prometheus family companies. After leaving a 10 year career in education as a teacher and administrator, she joined the private sector eager to use her strong language and interpersonal skills, and problem solving expertise in a more fast-paced industry. Erin earned her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida and Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University both in English Education. Currently working on her project management certification, she enjoys travel, reading and spending time with her family.

CASEY CARR, Vice President 
Casey Carr is  an entrepreneur, business strategist, and turnaround specialist with over ten years experience in banking and wealth management including stints at BB&T, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and CertusBank. He is an equity owner in Kixsports, an innovation team product brand; owner of HappyFeet preschool soccer franchise; founder of First XI Sports, an international soccer camp and travel company, and founding member of Vloggedin.com, a tech start-up.
??Casey is a former Division I Soccer player at DePaul University where he was a member of the Conference USA All Freshman team. He maintains an extensive network within sports and business industries.


SAMANTHA PRUTCH, Vice President
Samantha Prutch joined Prometheus Capital in 2015 with an extensive career in executive brand building within the retail sector. Samantha has collaborated to help build some of the most notable and recognizable retail brands worldwide including Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Gilley Hicks, and Ruehl. Her executive leadership role within the Abercrombie & Fitch family of brands allowed her to collaborate with some of the leading creative and marketing minds worldwide and create iconic retail brand experiences, campaigns and brand environments.  This extensive career in branding and brand environments accompanied with her education in interior design/interior architecture makes her the perfect fit to co-create unique and captivating homes for Pompeii Properties.

JAMES ROCHE, Vice President 
James Roche joined Prometheus Capital in 2014 and is a former professional baseball player in the New York Mets organization. He has consulted on sports industry transactions in minor league baseball and Major League Soccer and has experience in locating both sports growth opportunities as well as funding sources. James is an active supporter of Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and Red Cross and is a graduate of Bentley University?.

SUE CANEPA, Director of Communications 
Sue Canepa has managed marketing communications programs for some of the world’s most recognized companies and brands. She began her career at The Northern Trust Company and went on to work at a number of top ten public relations agencies representing consumer product clients such as Procter & Gamble brands, The Campbell’s Soup Company and McDonald’s. Sue has worked sports clients including Nike and Adidas, and she has developed sports marketing programs that support brand messages, increase visibility and reach new audiences. Some examples include Campbell’s Soups’ sponsorship of the US Figure Skating Team, The LaSalle Bank’s Chicago Marathon and Gatorade’s sports mom program. As part of this work, Sue has created and managed large-scale special events, media events, cause-related marketing efforts, sponsorships and consumer education programs. Her work has won awards from the Public Relations Society of America, The Publicity Club of Chicago and The International Association of Business Communicators.  Sue graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism.

BRUCE NEVIASER, Senior Advisor 
Bruce Neviaser has enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate and hospitality management, development, acquisition and funding.  He was the co-founder and Chairman of The Great Lakes Companies, the predecessor company to Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., the largest developer and operator of indoor waterpark resorts in the U.S.  Over a ten year period beginning in 1994, Great Lakes developed and owned real estate with a total development cost exceeding $800 million and which included 1,100 senior housing units, various retail and land development projects, 14 hotels and the first 7 waterpark resorts that formed the core portfolio for Great Wolf Resorts (NASDAQ:WOLF).  WOLF was spun off and became a public company in December, 2004, and was eventually acquired in 2012 by Apollo Global Management. Upon completion of the IPO, Bruce served as Chairman of the Board of WOLF until September, 2005.

While with Great Lakes, one of his areas of responsibility was to oversee the structuring and capital funding of all areas of development and operations.  Bruce was directly involved in raising over $160 million of equity for the company’s developments, including about $100 million for the waterpark resort portfolio during the period 1999 thru 2003. All development activities that included funding from investors other than the principals of Great Lakes were funded through Reg D private placements, and the pool of investors affiliated with Great Lakes eventually reached over 2,200 individuals.

In 2005, Bruce founded Continuum Investment L.P., an angel investment firm specializing in early stage investments in biotech, software, and internet related businesses that focus on utilizing proprietary products and services to enhance operating efficiencies for targeted markets. At Continuum, Bruce oversaw private placement funding for various portfolio companies that totaled over $50 million of equity. Continuum’s portfolio eventually included fourteen companies based in the Midwest and Southern California. Bruce and his partner, Patrick Genn, take an active role in management of the portfolio companies. Bruce also co-founded Iconos, LLC, a management consulting and funding firm focused on a variety of start-up technology and real estate activities in the US, providing services to enhance corporate structure, management and financing for its clients.  In 2012, he co-founded World United Vacations, LLC, a company that sells and services vacation club memberships in the Midwest.

In addition to the various corporate Boards that he sits on, Bruce serves on various Boards at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including the Advisory Board for the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Advisory Board for the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate Studies, the Advisory Board of the Paul Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center and is an Emeritus member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of the School of Business.

NORM ZWAIL, Senior Advisor
Norm Zwail is a Senior Advisor with Prometheus Capital with over 40 years of distinguished success in wholesale and manufacturing active apparel consumer goods. A driven, creative business leader and dynamic marketer with over 40 years of distinguished success in wholesale and manufacturing active apparel consumer goods, Norm is accomplished at realizing, revitalizing. and growing businesses. He embraces and excels at trans-formative assignments where the challenges have been innovation, strategy, growth, and culture, while also developing compelling missions and visions that inspire employees.

Norm's principal mandate is to help a company strategically develop its growth by creating a vision for the brand, maximizing its existing brands, developing new brand extensions, finding new markets and helping companies integrate themselves in the ever changing world of social media and technology by combining the proper analysis with visionary thought.Norm currently serves as a Business Advisor for San Diego Sports Innovators, which works with small to mid-size (start-ups) sports related companies and assists with capital funding.

ADVISORY BOARD

Jim Currie, CEO, Austin Management Group
Harry Feuerstein, Partner, Merryk
Chris Graham, Managing Partner, The Private Client Law Group
Charlie Houser, Chairman, Green Cloud Technologies
Barry Klarberg, Managing Partner, Monarch Wealth & Business Management
Warren Ousley, Managing Member, Conquerors Motorsports Casino & Resort
Tom Sharkey, Private Investor
Tony Suber, Chairman, Fund Philanthropy