Andrew J. Bianco CM&AA
Managing Director & Founder
Prior to forming Strategic Advisors, Mr. Bianco was a Managing Director within the Mellon Strategic Advisors Group which provided merger & acquisition and private placement advisory services to its clients. At Mellon, he headed the Acquisition and Private Placement Group and grew fee income significantly. Mr. Bianco was responsible for originating and completing various acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance engagements. In addition to his technical expertise, Mr. Bianco has developed an extensive national network of lenders and investors. Other experience includes three years as a Principal with Main Street Capital Holdings, Inc., a middle market private equity firm, nine years at Westinghouse Financial Services and three years at Corporate Development Partners, Inc., a regional investment banking firm focused on merger & acquisition and private placement services to middle market companies. At Westinghouse Financial Services' Corporate Capital Group, he was intimately involved in establishing and providing private placement capabilities to the group and liquidity to its $3.5 billion debt and equity portfolios and was directly involved in the sale of numerous investments including senior, mezzanine, equity and limited partnership interests. As a Managing Director and Principal at Corporate Development Partners, Mr. Bianco was responsible for originating and completing corporate finance engagements with middle market clients. Mr. Bianco formerly served on the Board of Directors for NABCO Incorporated LTS Scale Company LLC, and Sajar Plastics, LLC. M.S., Corporate Taxation, Robert Morris College. B.S., Accounting, Duquesne University. Certified in Mergers & Acquisitions by the AM&AA. Successfully completed FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 exams.
Mr. Ventura has a decade of experience in middle market investment banking. Prior to joining Strategic Advisors he was a Director of Corporate Finance at Schneider Downs, which provided merger and acquisition and private placement advisory services to its clients. He worked for a growth-oriented investment bank now known as Headwaters SC. Prior to his career in investment banking, Mr. Ventura served as an investment and treasury analyst at Carnegie Mellon University and a commercial credit underwriter at PNC Bank. Mr. Ventura is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth and has judged its M.B.A case competition. Completed the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 exams. B.A. Managerial Economics, Allegheny College. M.B.A. Finance, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Prior to joining Strategic Advisors, Mr. Wissinger was Managing Director and Head of the Pittsburgh office at Valuation Research Corporation, an international valuation services firm focused on merger & acquisitions, financial restructuring and fairness and solvency opinions. Prior to Valuation Research Corporation, Mr. Wissinger was a Co-Founder, Principal, and Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital Group, L.P., a regional private equity fund dedicated to alternative asset investing in micro-market industrial businesses. In addition, while associated with Commonwealth Capital Group, Mr. Wissinger became President and CEO of a portfolio company of the fund and was responsible for managing all business operations, sales activities and product development. Mr. Wissinger has originated, structured and executed equity transactions with companies ranging from small, closely-held businesses to divisions of international, multi-billion dollar public companies. Mr. Wissinger has developed a significant national network of equity investors and mezzanine and debt providers. Other experience includes a number of years at Arthur Andersen, LLP and Mark I. Wolk and Associates, P.C., a boutique investment banking and financial consulting firm. At Arthur Andersen, Mr. Wissinger was a Senior Manager within the Economic and Financial Consulting practice where he conducting financial valuation studies, investment banking services and restructuring consultation. At Mark I. Wolk and Associates, Mr. Wissinger was a Director and ran the New York office and was responsible for originating and completing valuation analyses and corporate finance engagements with middle market clients. Mr. Wissinger currently serves on the Boards of Directors of McKees Rocks Industrial Enterprises, Inc. and Engineered Plastics, Inc. Mr. Wissinger received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College.
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