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

GREG CAPELLO, Managing Director
Greg Capello joined Prometheus Capital in 2017. A senior financial services executive, with over 30+ years of successes, on both the buy and sell side of Wall Street, Greg has served as a Top Institutional equity research broker at three major Wall Street firms (Shearson Lehman, Prudential Bache Securities, Raymond James). He is a Co-Founder of Fulcrum Global Partners, a New York City based securities research boutique.  During his tenure, Greg held the title of Director of Global Sales, and Director of Research. Greg is also a Co-Founder, and President of The Free Enterprise Nation, a non partisan, research and advocacy, membership organization, created to unite, and advance the broad economic interests of businesses, and workers, in the private sector, based in Tampa, Florida.  He has served as Director of Marketing for an independent Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA), ITB Capital Advisors, LLC, based in Tampa, Florida. Currently Greg is the Founder and CEO of Premier Alternatives, an independent financial services consulting firm, providing advisory and finder’s services, as a conduit between quality alternative investment products and institutional allocators, based in Tampa, Florida. Greg received his undergraduate degree (BBA) in Business Management from the University of Miami (Florida), while attending on a full athletic scholarship (Football), he also received his Master of Business Administration degree (MBA), in marketing, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Teaneck, New Jersey.
DON McDERMOTT, Managing Director
Don McDermott joined Prometheus Capital in the Spring of 2017, and is an experienced professional in all aspects of corporate development. From motivating and mentoring human resources to devising intricate strategies and doing face-forward fund-raising, his extensive track record includes executive positions in start-ups and turnarounds; independent consulting and investment interests; effective equity and debt raises; over $2 billion in commercial real estate transactions closed; and coaxing the best out of all he has managed. All of Mr. McDermott's endeavors have had an emphasis on creative and inspiring hands-on management, a caring and ethical crafting of trust within the company's culture, and a sophisticated understanding of bleeding edge technology, management techniques, and alternative financial structures. Mr. McDermott has lectured nationwide on topics ranging from “Alternative Investment Theory” to “The Case for Eco-Industrialism” and taught courses on "Leadership," "Dealing with Ambiguity," "Maximizing Team Potential," and "Mental Toughness and Physical Preparedness," with the last being for credit at the University of Utah. Mr. McDermott graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an Honors Degree (A.B.)in Liberal Arts and an M.B.A. in Finance and Management.
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.

MIKE CREANEY, Director

Mike joined Prometheus Capital in 2017. Born and raised in the Baltimore/Washington area, Mike attended the University of Notre Dame where he realized the extraordinary compliment of earning both Academic and Athletic All-American Football honors. After spending two brief years in the professional game, Mike returned to his native Maryland roots and spent the next thirty years within a privately-owned commercial real estate development firm, the Creaney & Smith Group.

Adjacent to our nation’s capital and principally within the surrounding five states, the extent and breadth of these ventures afforded a consummate variety of tenancies and development capabilities.

While intentionally maintaining a small group and home roots, Creaney & Smith parlayed their geographic good fortune and corporate focus to develop and deliver 84 commercial buildings, to include +/- 8.2 MM sq.ft. and value in excess of ½ billion dollars, for themselves and for their institutional, private, public and governmental partners.

Mike, along with his partners and Principal Members, has delivered Mission Critical Secure Facilities for the Corp of Engineers, for the Taskforce to Eliminate Fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid Systems, for Homeland Security, for divisions of the Armed Forces and for other highly secure and governmental tenancies, at various level SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities) locations within the portfolio.

The collection also includes expertise for medical offices, X-Ray facilities and MRI financing and construction, State of the Art storage delivery systems within facilities serving Iron Mountain, Under Armour and “Just in Time” services to the Port of Baltimore, along with more conventional office, warehouse and flex tenancies.

Mike had been tasked by a joint venture between the City of Baltimore (Baltimore Economic Development Corporation – BEDCO) and Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch (AEW) to assess the city’s potential to provide institutional and financial investment in facilities and technology transfer for the nascent Biotechnology Industry within a few select properties. After extended study and multiple, lengthy visits to Boston, San Diego and San Francisco, and despite the presence of world-class Institutions already in Baltimore (Johns Hopkins & University of Maryland Trauma Center by example) Mike’s analysis recommended a delayed entry into the sector, a suggestion that in retrospect had proven prescient.

Mike has partnered with and/or provided third party development, construction and management services to The Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company, McCormick Inc., Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch (AEW), Cabot Industrial Trust, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NML), Beacon Capital, the Pension Fund to IBEW (Electrical Workers in Washington DC), ASB Capital, & The Prudential Life Insurance Company among others.


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
,
 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