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Matthew S. Giedgowd

Matthew S. Giedgowd

Director of Finance

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Matt joined Spire Capital in 2018 as the Director of Finance.  Matt is responsible for internal accounting, control and compliance matters as well as working with portfolio company investments on financial and operational issues.

Prior to joining Spire, Matt was the Controller at FS Investments, an asset manager providing access to alternative sources of income and growth with responsibilities of including financial reporting, fund development, operations and administration.  Prior to FS Investments, Matt worked at Deloitte in the Audit & Assurance services with a primary focus on the alternative asset industry. Additionally, Matt worked at ParenteBeard LLC as a senior accountant.

Matt graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Matt is also a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), licensed in Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his daughter and wife, working out, golfing, Philadelphia sports teams and spending time down the Jersey shore.

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Bradley W. Johnson

Bradley W. Johnson

Senior Associate

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Brad is a Senior Associate at Spire Capital, where he is responsible for transaction sourcing, executing new investments and portfolio company management.

Prior to joining Spire, Brad was an Associate at Solamere Capital, a private equity group focused on middle market investments.  Prior to Solamere, Brad was an Analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Barclays, where he supported M&A and capital markets transactions across all healthcare sectors.

Brad received a Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia, where he majored in both accounting and finance.

Outside of work, Brad enjoys getting outside to play golf, run, and fish, and loves spending time at his family’s cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Ivan N. Whittey

Ivan N. Whittey

Senior Associate

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Ivan is a Senior Associate at Spire Capital, where he is responsible for transaction sourcing, executing new investments, and portfolio company management.

Prior to joining Spire, Ivan was an Associate at Lindsay Goldberg, a private equity firm that pursues middle-market leveraged buyout and growth capital investments.  Prior to Lindsay Goldberg, Ivan was an Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division.

Ivan received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with Honors, and a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California, where he majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Outside of work, Ivan spends his time working out, watching mixed martial arts, and cooking for his extremely forgiving friends and family.

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Linda B. Barish

Linda B. Barish

Chief Administrative Officer

Linda joined Spire Capital in 2008 and serves as Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Spire, Linda served at Mezz Cap as Vice President of Administration. She possesses extensive experience in business management, administration, operational logistics, project and event management, and marketing and advertising support.

Prior to joining Mezz Cap, Linda was a Business Manager for Spectrum EBP, LLC, a national bill presentment and payment network founded by JP Morgan, Wachovia and Wells Fargo, where she coordinated and facilitated the certification of financial institutions into the Spectrum platform.

Linda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Linda has a passion for animals and spends most of her free time volunteering and fostering dogs for a non-profit animal rescue.  Until all of the cages are empty…

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Benjamin C. Benita

Benjamin C. Benita

Associate

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Ben joined Spire Capital in March 2017 as an Associate. Ben is responsible for transaction sourcing, executing new investments and portfolio company management at Spire.

Prior to joining Spire, Ben served as an Analyst in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Barclays. While at Barclays, Ben was responsible for valuation and financial analyses supporting M&A, debt and equity transactions.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.

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Tracy L. Chevel

Tracy L. Chevel

Office Manager

Tracy joined Spire in 2016 as Office Manager. Prior to joining Spire, Tracy was the Executive Assistant to the Head of Restructuring Banking at Sander O’Neill.

Tracy holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management & Finance from Long Island University and a Series 7 License.

Outside of work Tracy enjoys weekends in Central Park with her daughter and dog, beach vacations and the pursuit of the perfect dirty Martini.

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Andrew J. Armstrong, Jr.

Andrew J. Armstrong, Jr.

Partner

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Lighthouse eDiscovery

Vector Media

Andy is a founding partner of Spire Capital, having been with the firm since its inception in 2000. Andy plays an active role in both sourcing, executing and overseeing portfolio company investments, and leads the firm’s fundraising activities.

Prior to co-founding Spire Capital, Andy co-founded Waller-Sutton Media Partners, a private equity fund focused on the media and communications industries. Prior to Waller-Sutton, Andy was the president of Waller Capital Corporation, an investment bank specializing in media and communications mergers and acquisitions. While at Waller Capital, Andy was responsible for providing merger and acquisition, as well as equity and debt capital private placement advisory services to media and communication companies including major cable television operators and cable television programming enterprises.

Prior to joining Waller Capital, Andy spent seven years in the media and communications lending departments of Philadelphia National Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Duke University.

Andy is a Director of Lighthouse eDiscovery and Vector Media. He was formerly a Director of American Community Newspapers, AssetNation, Inflow Group, Just Marketing International, Professional Bull Riders, PowerOne Media, Rainbow Child Care Centers, Regent Communications, SkyMall, SpectraSite Communications, Sonitrol, Tarpon Towers, and The Golf Channel. Andy is also the founder of Heathland Capital Partners, an investment management company.

Andy enjoys spending time with his family. He has a passion for golf and fitness and is an enthusiastic NY Rangers and Duke sports fan.

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Bruce M. Hernandez

Bruce M. Hernandez

Partner

Bruce is a founding partner of Spire Capital, having been with the firm since its inception in 2000. Bruce plays an active role in both sourcing and overseeing portfolio company investments and also works closely with the firm’s Chief Financial Officer in fund administration.

Prior to co-founding Spire, Bruce was the managing partner of Waller-Sutton Media Partners, a private equity firm focused primarily on the media and communications industries. Prior to Waller-Sutton, Bruce served in a number of operational roles. As Chief Financial Officer of Horizon Cellular, Bruce was responsible for all financial operations of this private equity backed wireless carrier and oversaw its sale for approximately $600 million. Bruce also served as Vice President-Finance of a middle market cable television and wireless telephone operator.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Vermont and a Masters in business administration degree from New York University.

Bruce currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Surgent Professional Education and NetFortris. Bruce previously served as Chairman of the Board of Performance Assessment Network and Director of American Community Newspapers, Apex Site Management, Ariston Global, Certiport, Choice One Communications, Encoda Systems, Just Marketing International, Nassau Broadcasting Partners, Rainbow Child Care Centers, Sonitrol, and Orcom Solutions.

Bruce believes that “life is too short for bad gear” be it cars, bicycles or skis.

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Crysti Y. Wang

Crysti Y. Wang

Analyst

Crysti is an Analyst at Spire Capital, where she is responsible for transaction sourcing, executing new investments, and portfolio company management.

Prior to joining Spire, Crysti was an Analyst in the M&A Investment Banking Group at Wells Fargo. While at Wells Fargo, Crysti was responsible for valuation and financial analyses supporting buyside and sellside M&A transactions.

Crysti holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Wellesley College, where she double majored in Economics and French.

Outside of work, Crysti enjoys traveling, trying out new fitness classes, and eating her way through NYC.

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Sean C. White

Sean C. White

Partner

Sean joined Spire Capital as a Principal at the time of its formation in 2000. At Spire, Sean focuses on sourcing and leading transactions, developing industry and executive relationships, as well as investor relations. Sean spends significant time in the business services, information services, software and media sectors.

Prior to joining Spire Capital, Sean served as a Vice President at a growth stage focused private equity firm, Waller-Sutton Media Partners. He was previously at Waller Capital Corporation, providing merger and acquisition advisory services to the media and communications industries. Prior to Waller Capital, Sean spent three years in Arthur Andersen’s Valuation Services Consulting Group focusing on media and communications assignments.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University. Sean also received his Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) designation in 1996.

Sean is currently the Chairman of Veraction, Inc. and On Campus Marketing, Inc. and a Director of Lighthouse eDiscovery, Inc. He formerly was a Director of AssetNation, Inc. Carpathia Hosting, Inc., Highline Media LLC, iNNERHOST, Inc., PBR, Inc, SkyMall, Inc. and Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc.

Outside of work, Sean enjoys triathlon training/races, fishing, coaching junior basketball and spending time with his family, including his four young boys.

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