Members of the Main Line Equity Partners investment team are well-rounded financial leaders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. We’ve have spent our careers nurturing personal capital networks and developing expertise.
Chris Randazzo brings a distinguished 23-year track record to the current portfolio by providing strategic sales and marketing planning, investment analysis, and operational execution. He has over 15 years of private investment experience in software, distribution, manufacturing, and real estate, and has equivalent years of experience in all aspects of the deal life cycle for these investment classes, from deal origination to close to operational execution.
Previously, Chris served in senior sales and marketing roles for enterprise and vertically focused software and technology companies. Prior to Main Line Equity Partners, he completed a leveraged a buyout of Phoenix Integration, a software solution for model-based engineering, a software and systems development paradigm that emphasizes the application of visual modeling principles and best practices throughout the system development lifecycle, allowing for engineering simulation, design, and knowledge organization. The company had a compound annual growth rate of 19% over the last 10 years with investors receiving an 8.7x return representing a 123% IRR. Chris was embedded as the COO and VP of Sales & Marketing for over 6 years during that time helping to drive the significant growth.
Chris maintains oversight of Main Line Equity Partners’ Alternative Asset Fund I and its CFO and third-party advisors. He also represents the investor side of the business, dealing with all reporting and investor related issues. Chris is part of the investment committee that ultimately determines which deals the Fund pursues.
Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University
Mark Gorman has over 24 years of finance experience, including 18 years in private equity and the alternative investment industry. He is actively involved in three of Main Line Equity Partners’ portfolio companies—CEO at Matrix Solutions and lead advisor to SmarterServices and Cianflone Scientific.
Prior to joining Main Line Equity Partners, Mark had built and grown a boutique investment bank, the largest transaction being the sale of an approximately $60 million mortgage services company to WL Ross. In addition, he spent 6 years as a Partner and Portfolio Manager of Attalus Capital, a fund of hedge funds that grew from $60 million to almost $3 billion of assets under management during his tenor. Mark ran approximately 80% of the portfolio (relative value, event driven and macro/CTA strategies). His other experience includes Vice President of the Buyout Business Unit at Hamilton Lane Advisors, allocating approximately $2 billion a year, Associate at the CoreStates Enterprise Capital Group, a $400 million mezzanine fund, and he has received formal credit training.
Mark oversees and manages the investment operations of Main Line Equity Partners’ Alternative Asset Fund I. He is engaged with both managing the employees involved in the investment side of the business as well as structuring, negotiating, and shepherding deals to close. Mark is part of the investment committee that ultimately determines which deals the Fund pursues. He also oversees and manages the operating partners at Matrix Solutions, SmarterServices, and Cianflone Scientific.
Mark holds a J.D. and M.B.A with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. in both Political Science and German from the University of Pennsylvania.
With more than 15 years of experience as a strategic sales executive and healthcare IT investor, Jim uses his industry expertise to cultivate and grow Main Line Equity Partners’ portfolio companies. Previously served as Director of Business Development (Portico Systems prior to its acquisition by McKesson Health Solutions); also owner of advisory/venture equity company serving healthcare technology companies (Echo4 LLC). Holds a B.A. in Political Science with an Economics minor from Villanova University.
Douglas B. Hart
Doug brings more than 25 years of extensive experience as an Owner, Operator, and Advisor of small to mid market businesses across a wide variety of manufacturing and consumer product industries—leading Operations, Sales, and New Product Development.
Prior to joining Main Line Equity Partners, Doug served as Director and COO for a privately owned composite materials manufacturer for the Medical Devices, Aerospace, Military, and Outdoor Recreational products industries (Uretek-Archer); established Hart Advisory Group, a successful small to mid market business advisory firm focused on driving client sales, income, and enterprise growth through best of breed operating practices across all phases of operations; and owned an international manufacturer of engineered industrial consumable products with five divisions and 1,200 employees in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (Reeves Brothers, Inc.), at which time he served as President and COO for all operations of Reeves Automotive Airbag Group, where he oversaw the startup and growth of this division into the largest airbag fabric systems manufacturer in North and South America. Doug was also an AVP of a pension fund investment group (Smith Barney’s Sentinel Real Estate Corporation).
He has broad contacts within the management consulting, banking, private equity, audit, executive compensation, search, and legal professions. Holds a B.S. in Economics from Hobart College. Doug is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and the Manufacturing Association of America. He has also served on the Advisory Board of the State of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program.
Rich DeFelice brings over 10 years of experience in financial analysis, due diligence, and mergers & acquisitions. At Main Line Equity Partners, he works across the entirety of the deal lifecycle from initial origination through due diligence and closing. Prior to joining Main Line Equity Partners, Rich worked in Strategy and Corporate Development at Westinghouse where he worked on mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures ranging in size from $500,000 through $300 million. His other experience includes investment banking with Ventura Group and consulting with Charles River Associates, where he specialized in valuation, litigation, and forensic accounting services.
Rich’s role in Main Line Equity Partners’ Alternative Asset Fund I is working on both the front and back office roles of the business. In the front office role, he leads the deal flow, structuring terms, performing due diligence, and working to bring deals to close. He is part of the investment committee that ultimately determines which deals the Fund pursues. In his back office role, Rich manages at least three different portfolio investments for the Fund, both as a director and in an operating capacity.
Rich graduated valedictorian from Carnegie Mellon University where he received an M.B.A. in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy. He graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a B.S. in Business Administration, double majoring in Finance and Management Information Systems.
Lev brings over 12 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, asset management, and startups with expertise in identifying, evaluating, and developing early-stage and growth opportunities.
Prior to joining Main Line Equity Partners, Lev was CFO of a ticketing platform (Worldwide Tickets) and before that served as Director at a Philadelphia-based private equity firm (R&R Global Partners), where he was responsible for launching new growth platforms and investment opportunities. Previously, Lev supported due diligence and portfolio company operations at an early-stage venture capital firm (Seventy Six Capital) and he was a top-ranked senior analyst at JP Morgan on the Global Equities Team. Additionally, Lev co-founded a nanotechnology startup (PureNano).
Lev holds an M.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Brandeis University.
Curt serves as a hands-on Chief Financial Officer for Main Line Equity Partners, acting as a trusted resource for various portfolio companies. He oversees accounting, reporting, cash management, HR, and administration to help Main Line Equity Partners’ operating managers achieve their goals.
Prior to joining Main Line Equity Partners, Curt spent over 20 years working in various accounting and management roles in the software/technology industry.
Curt holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) form Geneva College.
John Giordano is a Partner in Archer Law’s Government Affairs practice, as well as a member of Archer Public Affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Giordano provides government and regulatory affairs advice and advocacy representing clients at all levels of government. Prior to joining Archer, Mr. Giordano served as Deputy General Counsel to the Presidential Transition Committee of President Donald J. Trump. During this time, he also served as one of only ten people on the U.S. Department of Energy Landing Team, where he was the sole Landing Team Attorney.
Gregory P. Montanaro serves as Vice President and Executive Director of the Office of the President of Drexel University and holds a dual appointment as Executive Director of Federal Relations in the Office of Government and Community Relations. Mr. Montanaro is also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he previously served as the Executive Director of the Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Homeland Security. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a M.S. in Organizational Dynamics, A member of the Consular Corp. of Philadelphia, Mr. Montanaro represents the Republic of Austria as Honorary Consul.
Christopher Topolewski is a principal of the multi-family office, West Capital Management, whose mission is to help provide financial peace of mind to clients through planning, investment research and customized portfolio construction. During his thirteen-year tenure, West Capital Management has grown by over ten-fold and continues to be a leader in the wealth management industry in the Philadelphia region. In addition to being a principal, Chris serves as the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer.