NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Bull Riders, Inc.
SOURCE Spire Capital Partners, L.P.