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The Peakstone Group
445 North Wells Street, Suite 404
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: +1 312 204 7300
Email addresses are of the form of “first name’s first letter”+”last name”@translinkcf.com. For example John Doe’s email address is email@example.com.
Alex Fridman, Managing Partner
Alex Fridman is a Managing Partner of Peakstone, where he is responsible for deal evaluation, execution and portfolio management. Alex has completed over 70 investment banking and principal transactions totaling billions of dollars across a variety of industries. Alex has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Kelley School of Business Honors Program at Indiana University.
Stephen Sleigh, Managing Partner
Stephen Sleigh is a Managing Partner of Peakstone, where he is responsible for deal evaluation, execution and portfolio management. Stephen has 20 years of investment banking experience at Lehman Brothers, Bank of America and Continental Bank. Stephen started his career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse. He earned his MBA from Duke University School of Business and his BA from Grove City College.
Jeff Temple, Managing Partner
Jeff Temple is a Managing Partner of Peakstone, where he is responsible for deal evaluation, execution and portfolio management. Jeff has over 20 years of advisory, investment banking, and principal investing experience. Jeff has a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Anup Agarwal, Managing Director
Anup Agarwal is a Managing Director at Peakstone, where he is responsible for transaction origination, execution, and evaluation of principal investments. Anup has completed over 30 transactions aggregating approximately $18 billion in transaction value. Anup received both a MS in Economics and BS in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India and his MBA from Darden Business School at University of Virginia.
Jim Breen, Managing Director
Jim Breen is a Managing Director at Peakstone, where he is responsible for transaction origination and execution. Jim has 30 years of M&A, principal investing, and executive experience across a variety of sectors, including software, telecom, social media, clean technology, transportation, energy. Jim received his BA Finance from Michigan State University and his MBA Finance & International Business from Loyola University of Chicago.
David Brown, Managing Director
David R. Brown is a Managing Director at Peakstone with a focus on real estate, advising clients nationwide on asset management, property management, leasing and brokerage. David has been in leadership positions at Jones Lang Wootton, and Jones Lang LaSalle, and Capital Estate Capital. David received his Bachelor’s from Northwestern University, in Urban Studies & Political Science and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University.
Andy B. Savarie, Managing Director
Andy Savarie is a Managing Director at The Peakstone Group and has over 25 years of investment banking and entrepreneurial business experience. Andy has advised clients of all sizes on well over 100 M&A and financing transactions totaling over $125 billion in market value across a variety of industries including general industrial, automotive, technology, healthcare, financial services and telecommunications. Andy holds an MBA, with distinction, from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He has participated in various deals within the automotive sector and is member of our automotive industry group.
Nick Clementi, Managing Director
Nick Clementi is a Managing Director at Peakstone, where he is responsible for transaction origination and execution with an emphasis on Consumer Packaged Goods. Nick focuses on branded and private label products, packaging, printing, decor and entertainment products, marketed through mass market, specialty retail, food service and educational channels. Nick holds a Master of Science in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business.
Brad Curtis, Managing Director
Brad joins Peakstone as a Managing Director primarily focusing on the consumer space. Previously, Brad launched Allegiance Capital Corporation’s Chicago office which he helped open in 2010. Brad received his A.B. from Brown University in 1992 and holds an MBA in Finance, with distinction, from DePaul University.
Eric Sachs, Managing Director
Eric Sachs is a Managing Director with The Peakstone Group, focusing on industrial and automotive clients and based in Southfield, Michigan. Eric has over 15 years of transaction experience as both an investment banker and a senior financial executive with Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. Eric earned his JD at New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has participated in various deals within the automotive sector and is member of our automotive industry group.
Eric Dziedzic, Managing Director
Eric Dziedzic is a Managing Director at Peakstone, where he focuses on transaction origination, execution, evaluation of principal investment opportunities. Eric has over 15 years of investment banking experience, focused on M&A advisory across a wide range of industries. Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors from the University of Chicago.
Richard “Dick” Goff, Managing Director
Richard “Dick” Goff is a Managing Director of Peakstone, where he is responsible for transaction origination and execution. He has over 30 years of experience in private equity investment, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning and business development. He earned a BA in accounting from Alma College.
Mark Horita, Managing Director
Mark Horita is a Managing Director of Peakstone, responsible for deal sourcing, evaluation, and portfolio management. He coordinates Peakstone’s strategic alliances with professional service firms who serve as trusted advisors to their clients. Mark earned his BS degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan as well as an MBA degree from the University of Michigan.
Cathy Jaros, Managing Director
Cathy Jaros is a Managing Director of Peakstone, where she is responsible for transaction origination and execution, with emphasis across all phases of the food value chain and consumer facing industries. Her clients include food and package goods, healthy ingredients, and manufacturing companies. Cathy earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tom Juedes, Managing Director
Tom Juedes is a Managing Director at Peakstone where he is responsible for transaction origination and execution with a focus on transportation and logistics including transportation in all modes, warehousing, third party logistics, supply chain services and related technology both domestic and international. Tom Holds an MBA from Loyola University – Chicago. He has participated in various deals within the logistics sector and is member of our logistics industry group.
Jon Mejdrich, Managing Director
Jon Mejdrich is a Managing Director at Peakstone where he is responsible for transaction origination and execution. Jon has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry as a trusted advisor to business owners and wealthy families. Jon earned a BA in economics from Indiana University and MBA in Business Administration fron DePaul University.
Steve Royko, Managing Director
Steve Royko is a Managing Director at Peakstone. As the owner and founder of Royko Enterprises LLC (a firm specializing primarily in merger and acquisition advisory services), Steve completed numerous transactions in recent years, meeting or exceeding client target prices. He has an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.
Neal Schawel, Vice President, Business Development
Neal leverages more than twenty years of business experience and understands the complexities, trials, and successes of running a business. He has worked with hundreds of owners of small and midsized companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Neal is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.