Mike Skaff has over 30 years of transactional, operational and senior management experience as a principal and advisor. His industry experience has been focused on healthcare and healthcare services, manufacturing, business services, information technology, consumer products and specialty finance. Mike leads Seneca’s independent sponsor initiatives and focuses on deal sourcing, capital partner development along with portfolio company oversight. He is actively involved with many of Seneca’s portfolio companies, including GigNet, Circadence, Lab Crafters, EOTech, AllTrans, Tactical Cleaning, Specialty Rescue & Fire Service and Michigan Chandelier. Prior to co-founding Seneca Partners, Mike was CEO at Detroit Oxygen and Medical Equipment Co., Inc./DOME Infusion Therapy Services and a Vice President of Home Care Operations at MedMax, Inc., a private equity funded healthcare/retail company. Mike began his career after graduate school in the Midwest Corporate Finance Practice at Price WaterhouseCoopers LLC. He earned a BS in Economics and Mathematics and an MBA with a Finance concentration from the University of Michigan. He is proficient in French and actively participates in a variety of sports including triathlons, golf and squash.
Seneca Partners is an active independent sponsor firm acquiring and growing niche businesses in the lower middle market. Tony Zambelli, Co-founder and Managing Director, has been partnering with and advising business owners and executives for more than 35 years to plan strategy and profitable growth initiatives while executing acquisitions, divestitures, and financing transactions. He has advised or been a principal investor in more than 125 transactions over his career. Tony also has developed expertise in advising minority and women owned businesses, as well as assisting senior managers to navigate management buyouts.
Prior to forming and Co-founding Seneca Partners in 2002, Tony founded Manchester Capital LLC, a M&A and private company investment firm. Before Manchester, he helped establish the Corporate Finance practice in the Great Lakes Region for Deloitte. Prior to that he was a Senior Manager in the Midwest Corporate Finance practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC (PWC) focusing on M&A transaction advisory. Before PWC, Tony spent three years advising on acquisition and recapitalization transactions with Tunstall Consulting, a regional investment banking firm located in the Southeast U.S. Before his experience in Corporate Finance, Tony began his career with KPMG, and was a Manager in the Controller’s Group at Michigan National Corporation (a public bank holding company), gaining a broad range of accounting, finance, and SEC reporting experience.
Tony currently serves on the Board of Directors of six privately held companies engaged in a variety of sectors within the manufacturing, service, technology and financial industries. He also serves as President of the Board of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, which organizes and hosts a top 10 nationally rated and juried art fair each summer. Tony is a Board of Trustees Member at both GreenPath Financial Wellness and the Housing Preservation Foundation, which are leading national non-profit organizations providing financial education, debt management plans and housing counseling to families and individuals throughout the country. He also previously served as a Member of the State of Michigan Pre Seed Fund Investment Committee, representing the Oakland University and Oakland County, Michigan Smart Zone, evaluating start up and growth stage companies for financing.
Tony graduated from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Michigan and Florida (inactive status). In addition to his professional responsibilities, he is a State Certified Volunteer Firefighter for Bloomfield Village (Bloomfield Township), Michigan. Tony is also a supporter of the arts, avid golfer, and passionate sports fan.
Tyler Crook is an Associate at Seneca Partners having joined the team in 2021. As an integral part of Seneca’s team, Tyler is focused on new transactions. His responsibilities include creating in-depth financial models, investor memorandums as well as data room management. He supports Seneca’s portfolio companies with monthly and quarterly reporting to the board of directors, investors, and senior lenders. Prior to his current role, Tyler held previous private equity and investment banking roles at O2 Investment Partners and Robert W. Baird. Tyler is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Finance. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys spending time with friends, educating himself on a variety of topics, and exploring new social experiences.
Jacob Vandervennet is an Associate at Seneca Partners having joined the team in 2017. As an integral part of Seneca’s team, Jacob is focused on new transactions. His responsibilities include creating in-depth financial models, investor memorandums as well as data room management. In addition to his transaction-related activities, he supports Seneca’s rail services platform with monthly and quarterly reporting to the board of directors, investors, and senior lenders. Prior to his current role, Jacob worked for a Michigan-based real estate private equity firm as well as a New York-based private equity firm in their Tech-Enabled Services fund. Jacob is a graduate of Oakland University with a B.S. in Finance and Economics. He currently sits on the board of Oakland University’s Student Managed Investment Fund sponsored by The Kresge Foundation. Outside of spending time with his wife and their young child. Jacob enjoys researching and analyzing recent economic and equity trends.
Edward “Eddy” Mollison is an Analyst at Seneca Partners and has been with Seneca since 2018. Edward’s responsibilities include managing and developing relationships with capital partners and intermediaries, deal due diligence and execution (including CIM, financial modeling, and management presentation development), and overseeing the firm’s CRM. Prior to joining Seneca, Edward worked as a retail associate with Cabela’s and served in an accounting capacity with a freight and logistics company. Edward has actively been involved in the closing and management of Lab-Crafters, EOTech, and Michigan Chandelier Company. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a minor in Spanish, where he was a four-year member of the Varsity football team. After graduating from Hillsdale, Edward spent a year studying at a graduate discipleship program known as the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, MO.
Chris Scagnetti is an Associate at Seneca Partners having joined the team in 2022. As an integral part of Seneca’s team, Chris is focused on new transactions. His responsibilities include creating in-depth financial models, investor memorandums as well as data room management. He supports Seneca’s portfolio companies with monthly and quarterly reporting to the board of directors, investors, and senior lenders. Prior to his current role, Chris held previous investment banking, transaction advisory, and corporate development roles at Plante Moran and the Freudenberg Group. Chris is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a BS in Accounting and MBA with a concentration in Finance. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and supporting Chelsea Football Club.
Lauren Tobin is the Administrative Associate for the firm providing support to Seneca’s team of professionals as well as running the office. Prior to Seneca, Lauren spent eight years working for a prominent auction house serving as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Lauren studied Marketing and Business Management at Northwood University and was involved in a number of volunteering events during her time in Midland, Michigan. In her free time, Lauren enjoys attending and giving back to fundraising events for Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Pope Francis Center, St. Vincent De Paul, and Focus Hope, and enjoys boating and spending time with her family.