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 

SIMON ROSE, Vice President
Simon joined Prometheus Capital in 2019. Simon has extensive experience supporting both entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies convert best practices into applicable tools in multi-national and SMEs to achieve increased levels of success. He has served as a C-level coach and management consultant focused on development of strategic campaigns in finance and talent trends. He also has direct experience in the field of Sports Management with activities ranging from customer satisfaction to team development. Simon holds and MBA from the University of Victoria with a specialization in entrepreneurship and service excellence and a BA from the University of Western Ontario with double majors and honours in English and Political Science.

STEVE SMITH, Vice President

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.

LANDON ADAMS, Sr. Associate

Landon Adams joined Prometheus Capital in 2019 and has a proven record as an account executive, director of marketing & media, and extensive market analytics. Landon has developed numerous long-term plans for strategic and marketing initiatives as well as advanced feasibility reports for regional, municipal, and market analytics. Landon holds an Ed.D. in Leadership from Lindenwood University, an MBA from Adams State University, and a dual BSBA from Missouri Southern State University in Marketing.

JARED FEUERSTEIN,
 Sr. Associate

Jared Feuerstein returned to Prometheus Capital in 2018 after pursuing personal experience and development opportunities in sports management. Jared has Corporate Partnership and Public Relations experience from his stints with the Washington Capitals, Arizona Diamondbacks, an AHL franchise. He also garnered significant transaction experience while working with National Security Associates Worldwide. He holds a Masters degree in Sports Management from Georgetown University and a Bachelors in History from Centre College.

SCOTT REZENDES, Sr. Associate

Scott joined Prometheus Capital in 2019 following a long career as a technical director, sports management consultant, and arbitration representative. He has also served as a general manager for various companies as well as a players representative for a national sports player's union. He has unique experience in negotiation and implementation of collective bargaining agreements and related union activities from both the union and company sides of the negotiating table. Scott holds an MBA from George Washington University in Sports Management and Finance and a dual BA in Law & Society and Communications, Law, Economics & Government from American University.

AMBER HOWARD, Advisor

Amber joined Prometheus Capital in 2019 to support the firm's growing client demand for branding, design, marketing, and iconography. Over the years Amber has held positions including Chief Brand Office, VP of Marketing and Brand Management, Director of Research and Education and Design Strategist. She holds a Ph.D in Philosophy in Design and a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, and a BFA in Communication Arts: Graphic Design from Otis College of Art and Design. She has served as an adjunct professor and NCSU and has numerous design, research skills that have have garnered Honors and Awards to numerous to be mentioned.

Dr. LISA PALLESON,
 Sr. Advisor

Lisa Palleson obtained her Ph.D in International Business with Honours in the U.K. She ran a European Union funded project on technology and Innovation and led a programme on global branding. She created her first retail company, Lotuswear, which grew into a 100 employee + company and had the role as president and CEO. She became an early adopter in several industries and has continued building value from the ground up. She has built a successful brand, Health-well, that targets the Asian marketplace using disruptive marketing to penetrate social markets. Her most recent venture has focused on the newly emerging medical marijuana space building consumers brands for market. 

In recent years, her attention has shifted the medical marijuana space. She continues to lecture at the Masters level and as both a speaker and lecturer she makes a valuable contribution as a member of the National Cannabis association. She is presently giving seminars and facilitating workshops with industry leaders. As CMO with the AIBB team, an AI (artificial intelligence) assisted trading platform, as well as an exchange and is heading up the development of a platform for companies in the medical marijuana space.Presently, she is CEO/ PRESIDENT of TABU equity investments and the Founder of Haibir. 

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. 

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