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Anthony D. Cassano

Anthony D. Cassano

Partner

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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Kerri A. McNicholas

Kerri A. McNicholas

Vice President

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

Kerri joined Spire Capital in January 2013 as an Associate after serving as an Analyst at Lincolnshire Management Inc., a middle market private equity firm, since her graduation from Boston College. While at Lincolnshire, Kerri was responsible for all aspects of due diligence, financial analyses and investment execution for leveraged buyout transactions.

Kerri holds a BS in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Kerri is a Director at Vector Media and Lighthouse eDiscovery and a Board Observer at Surgent Professional Education. She previously served on the teams managing Spire’s investments in Performance Assessment Network and the Professional Bull Riders.

Outside of work Kerri enjoys soccer, marathons, any and all athletic endeavors, and seeking the best cold-brew coffee in NYC.

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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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