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

CASEY CARR, Director
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, Director
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.

PROFESSIONALS 

TOM SHARKEY, Sr. Advisor

Tom Sharkey has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and sales management from his time with Rand McNally, Alberto-Culver, Johnson & Johnson, and Proctor & Gamble. His leadership facilitated the acceleration of profitable revenue growth, increased market share, and the development and integration of multiple sales forces all while solving complex business challenges via innovative system implementation, culture development, and team structuring. 

STEVE SMITH
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 Sr. Advisor

Steve joined Prometheus Capital in 2017 and has a broad history as a Consultant with SRS Consulting where he focused on long and short term engagements advising on best practices for B2B/B2C acquisition, traditional/digital marketing, customer service/retention/account maximization, product development & pricing strategies, industry technology solutions, department structure, staffing, compensation, and ticket operations with Impact de Montreal FC. He is the former VP of Ticketing, Consumer Sales & Service with Palace Sports Entertainment where he led B2C/B2B sales development, customer experience & loyalty, and ticket operations for Palace Sports & Entertainment inclusive of the Detroit Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Center & Meadowbrook Amphitheater. He also served as the VP of Ticket Sales & Service for both the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays where he established operational standards and procedures through leadership of sales and fan engagement staff. Steve has held positions ranging from Senior Corporate Sales Manager to Executive Director of Sales& Service with Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Vancouver Canucks. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Iowa State University.


ADVISORY BOARD
Harry Feuerstein, Partner, Merryk
Chris Graham, Managing Partner, The Private Client Law Group
Charlie Houser, Chairman, Green Cloud Technologies
Tom Sharkey, Private Investor
Tony Suber, Chairman, Fund Philanthropy