President & CEO
Mr. Skandalaris’ entrepreneurial and investor experience includes successfully executing many middle-market transactions. He has held several senior officer positions including: Founder, Chairman and CEO of a billion dollar publicly traded automotive parts supplier, Chairman and CEO of an international asset management corporation and Senior Vice President of Investments at a New York-based investment bank. Mr. Skandalaris began his career as a CPA with Touche Ross & Co. Mr. Skandalaris has received honorary doctorate degrees from Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University. He is a trustee at Washington University in St. Louis where he established the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Vice President of Acquisitions
Mr. Witalec has nearly two decades of experience specializing in buy-side and sell-side advisory services serving strategic and private equity clients engaged in acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring, carve-outs, private capital raising, and venture capital. Mr. Witalec’s experience spans more than 200 domestic and cross-border transactions ranging in value from $25 million to $2 billion across a broad range of industries. At Quantum Ventures, Mr. Witalec focuses on identifying and evaluating acquisition opportunities, strategic planning and financing needs of portfolio companies, and working with senior management in Quantum’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Quantum Ventures, Mr. Witalec was Managing Director of UHY Corporate Finance, a national investment banking / mergers & acquisitions practice and has held key positions at other national and international consulting firms. Mr. Witalec was the proud recipient of the M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leader Award in 2016 and was the sell-side advisor for Crain’s / ACG Deal of the Year in 2015.
General Counsel & V.P. of Administration
Mr. Puro has provided legal advice and counsel to both public and privately held companies on a broad range of business and financial transactions, corporate governance, litigation, intellectual property, employment and compliance matters. Mr. Puro earned a BA with honors from the University of Michigan and received a JD from Washington University in St. Louis.
Associate General Counsel
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sienkiewicz worked in marketing and business development for both privately held and public companies. She has provided legal counsel on a wide range of commercial transactions, real estate transactions, corporate governance matters and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Sienkiewicz received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Michigan State University and earned her JD from Wayne State University Law School.
Ms. Liphardt has worked in the Public Accounting field for over 30 years. She has provided accounting services to individuals and entities alike, that hold greater than $10 million in assets. Ms. Liphardt is a licensed, enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service for over 20 years, and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Walsh College.
Director of Philanthropy
Ms. Puro oversees the day-to-day to operations of the Skandalaris Family Foundation. She has served as corporate counsel at Manitex, worked at the US Attorney’s office and the FBI Investigations’ Counter intelligence Group. Ms. Puro graduated with honors from Washington University St. Louis with a BA and earned a Juris Doctor from Washington University Law School.