Strategic Advisors is pleased to announce that Anthony J. Ventura and Eric A. Wissinger have joined the firm as Managing Directors. Andrew Hays, a Co-Founder of Strategic Advisors, has moved into a marketing consulting position. We are excited to be working with both Mr. Ventura and Mr. Wissinger, and look forward to many successful transactions aided by their expertise and experience. Mr. Ventura has a decade of experience in middle market investment banking. Before 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. He possesses FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 licenses. Mr. Ventura obtained a B.A. in Managerial Economics from Allegheny College, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Wissinger has over 25 years of financial experience including investment banking, valuation, and private equity investing. He comes to Strategic Advisors from Valuation Research Corporation, where he was Managing Director and head of the Pittsburgh office. VRC is an international valuation services firm focused on mergers & acquisitions, financial restructuring, and fairness and solvency opinions.
Before that, Mr. Wissinger was a Co-Founder, Principal and Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital Group, L.P., a regional private equity fund. Prior to Commonwealth Capital Group, Mr. Wissinger was a senior manager within the Economic and Financial Consulting Practice of Arthur Andersen, LLP. He has originated, structured, and executed equity transactions with companies ranging from small, closely-held businesses to divisions of international, multibillion
dollar public companies. Mr. Wissinger currently serves on the Boards of Directors of McKees Rocks Industrial Enterprises, Inc. and Engineered Plastics, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College.