Spire Capital Continues Expansion with Promotion of Anthony Cassano and Hiring of Kerri McNicholas

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013

Spire Capital is pleased to announce the continued

growth and expansion of our investment team. Spire’s investment

professionals contribute uniquely and collectively to our firm’s success

as a lead and control investor in small market buyouts within the

business services, information services, media, education and

communications sectors.

Anthony Cassano

was recently promoted to Principal and we congratulate him on his

exceptional contribution to the Spire investment team throughout his

four year tenure with us. Anthony joined Spire in February 2009

from the mergers and acquisitions department of Citigroup. He plays an

active role in sourcing and executing transactions in several of our key

investment verticals such as business services, information services,

education and media. Anthony also partners with the management team of

our portfolio companies to develop corporate strategies, accelerate

sales and marketing initiatives and execute targeted acquisitions and

financings. Most recently, Anthony played a key role in sourcing and

executing our investment in Performance Assessment Network, Inc. (“pan“). Anthony currently serves as a Board Director of pan

and formerly served as a Board Director of Velocity Technology

Solutions, Inc. Anthony was a board observer at Certiport, Inc. and

Skymall, Inc. and instrumental in the sale of our investments in

Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc., Certiport, Inc. and Skymall, Inc.

in 2012.

We are also excited to announce our newest investment professional, Kerri McNicholas .

Kerri recently joined us as an Associate responsible for transaction

diligence and portfolio company management.  Kerri holds a BS in Finance

from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.  Upon graduation, Kerri served as an Analyst at Lincolnshire Management Inc., a middle market private equity firm based in New York.

 While at Lincolnshire, Kerri was responsible for all aspects of due

diligence, valuation and financial analyses for leveraged buyout

transactions, as well as ongoing portfolio company management.  Kerri

serves on the Spire Capital teams managing the investments in pan, Tarpon Towers and the Professional

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