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Karl W. Rodger

Karl W. Rodger

Vice President

Karl is a Vice President at Spire Capital, where he is responsible for transaction sourcing, executing new investments and portfolio company management.

Prior to joining Spire, Karl was a Vice President at Dubin Clark & Company, a private equity group investing in middle market companies. During his two years at Dubin Clark, Karl helped acquire four new investment platforms, close and integrate over ten add-on acquisitions, refinance a number of portfolio companies, and successfully divest one portfolio investment. Karl played an active role on the Board of Directors for a number of Dubin Clark portfolio companies. Prior to Dubin Clark, Karl worked for The Riverside Company and Harris Williams & Co. Inc.

Karl received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, where he majored in Economics and minored in Corporate Strategy.

Karl is a Board Director at NetFortris and a Board Observer at On Campus Marketing and Veraction.

Karl is an avid outdoorsmen who enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking with his wife and Vizsla.

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Anthony D. Cassano

Anthony D. Cassano


Anthony joined Spire Capital in February 2009 and served as a Vice President and Principal before becoming a Partner in 2017. Anthony plays an active role in sourcing transactions, executing new investments and working alongside portfolio company investments at Spire.

Prior to joining Spire, Anthony was an investment banker in Citigroup’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. While at Citigroup, Anthony worked with financial sponsors and Fortune 500 corporations across numerous industries. He advised clients on leveraged buyouts, hostile takeovers, takeover defenses, sellside auctions, and buyside and sellside negotiated transactions.

Anthony’s work experience also includes five years in Ernst & Young’s Assurance and Advisory Business Services division where he focused primarily on companies within the Technology, Communications and Entertainment practice.

He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from James Madison University. Anthony earned his Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) designation in 2000.

Anthony is a Director of Vector Media Inc., On Campus Marketing, Inc. and Surgent Professional Education. Anthony was also formerly a Director of Performance Assessment Network, Inc., Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc. and served as a Board observer at Certiport, Inc. and Skymall, Inc.

Outside of work Anthony enjoys coaching his son and daughter’s sports teams, Dallas Cowboy football, golfing, running and eating his wife’s home cooking.

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