The Seneca Partners Team

About

The Seneca team is a select group of dedicated professionals, committed to excellence in service and execution. The firm is focused on people and relationships in all aspects of our business,that the team has developed throughout their careers.  With a wealth of experience in transactions of all kinds, we possess the talent and expertise to manage deals and engagements of any scale, scope or design.  The Seneca team has extensive hands-on experience in the areas of operations, financing, and strategic planning, enabling us to be value-added partners for our companies.

Anthony W. Zambelli

Anthony W. Zambelli

Managing Director
Anthony W. Zambelli

Anthony W. Zambelli

Managing Director

During the last 35 years, Tony Zambelli has focused on advising business owners and executives with planning business strategy and profitable growth initiatives while executing acquisitions, divestitures and financing transaction activities. He has participated in more than 125 acquisitions, divestitures and financings involving lower middle-market and middle-market size companies located throughout the United States, North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to his advisory work, Tony has been a principal investor in more than 25 privately-held companies, many of which he participates as an advisor on strategy, M&A, profitable growth, finance and other matters.



Prior to forming and co-founding Seneca Partners during 2002, he founded and served as Managing Director of Manchester Capital LLC, an investment and merchant banking firm specializing in lower middle-market size merger, acquisition and corporate transactions. Tony has also developed expertise in the formation and growth of ethnic minority owned companies, as well as assisting business executives and managers to navigate through the process of management buyout transactions.



Before founding Manchester Capital in 1998, he established and led the Great Lakes Region Corporate Finance practice for Deloitte & Touche LLP. Under Tony's leadership, the practice grew to the second largest Corporate Finance practice within North America, while achieving record profitability. Before joining Deloitte, he spent seven years as Senior Manager of the Midwest Corporate Finance practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC (PWC) focusing on middle-market sized M&A transactions. Prior to PWC, Tony spent three years advising on acquisition and recapitalization transactions with Tunstall Consulting, a regional investment banking firm location in the Southeast U.S. Before his experience in Corporate Finance, Tony began his professional career with KPMG for over four years, and with Michigan National Corporation (a public bank holding company) for one year as Manager, gaining a broad range of accounting, finance and SEC reporting experience.



He currently serves on the Board of Directors of six privately held companies providing counsel on business strategy, finance and growth. These companies serve a variety of business sectors within the manufacturing, service, technology and financial industries. Tony also serves on the Board of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, whose mission is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that connect artists, the community and the general public to their mutual benefit; culminating in a top-quality juried street art fair. He is the Board Chair beginning in 2019. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of GreenPath Financial Wellness and the Housing Preservation Foundation, which are non-profit organizations that are amongst the country's largest and most successful debt management, housing counseling, bankruptcy and credit counseling agencies serving consumers throughout the U.S. Tony also served from 2007 to 2009 as a Member of the State of Michigan Pre Seed Fund Investment Committee, representing the Oakland University and Oakland County, Michigan Smart Zone. The Smart Zone evaluated start up and growth stage companies in the State of Michigan, and awarded loans of up to a quarter million dollars to fund development and growth.



He graduated from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Michigan and Florida (inactive status), and is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth - Detroit chapter. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Zambelli is a State Certified Volunteer Firefighter for Bloomfield Village (Bloomfield Township), Michigan. He is also a supporter of the arts, avid golfer, and passionate sports fan.

tonyz@senecapartners.com

Michael C. Skaff

Michael C. Skaff

Managing Director
Michael C. Skaff

Michael C. Skaff

Managing Director

Mike Skaff has over 23 years of experience in operational, transaction and senior management as a principal and advisor. His industry experience has been focused on healthcare, manufacturing (automotive and non-automotive), distribution, information technology, and consumer products. Prior to co-founding Seneca Partners, Mike was a Principal at Manchester Capital, Vice President of Home Care Operations at MedMax, Inc., and CEO at Detroit Oxygen and Medical Equipment Co., Inc./DOME Infusion Therapy Services. Mike began his career in the Midwest Corporate Finance Practice at Price WaterhouseCoopers LLC. He also was the Treasurer & founding Board Member of HHCP LLC and Founding Board Member of National Provider Network LLC. He earned a BS in Economics and Mathematics and a MBA with Finance concentration from the University of Michigan. He is proficient in French and actively participates in a variety of sports including golf and squash.

mikes@senecapartners.com

David Rainey

David Rainey

Associate
David Rainey

David Rainey

Associate

David Rainey is an Associate at Seneca Partners. His duties include industry research, financial modeling, complex Excel programming, as well as performing financial and strategic analysis on behalf of clients and portfolio companies involved with merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to joining Seneca, David held internships at the Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office and Versaille Capital. During his time at the Public Defender's Office, he interviewed clients and aided in trial preparation for a large financial fraud case. While at Versaille Capital, he performed financial research in addition to quantitative analysis and IT responsibilities. David received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Michigan. He also enjoys cooking, golfing, snowboarding, and new technology.

davidr@senecapartners.com

Jacob Vandervennet

Jacob Vandervennet

Associate
Jacob Vandervennet

Jacob Vandervennet

Associate

Jacob Vandervennet is an Associate at Seneca Partners. He is a recent graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics. During his time at Oakland University, Jacob held a senior role with Oakland's Student Managed Investment Fund sponsored by The Kresge Foundation as well as completed several internships in industries such as Automotive, Real Estate and Technology. He is an avid restaurant and movie enthusiast and spends most of his free time volunteering in his community.

jacobv@senecapartners.com

Edward Mollison

Edward Mollison

Analyst
Edward Mollison

Edward Mollison

Analyst

Edward Mollison is an Analyst at Seneca Partners. He is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a minor in Spanish. During his time at Hillsdale College, Edward was a four-year member of the Varsity football team and was involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. After graduating from Hillsdale, Edward spent a year studying at a graduate discipleship program known as the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, MO. Prior to joining Seneca, Edward interned with a multi-family office in Chicago, Promus Capital and served in an accounting capacity with a freight and logistics company. In his free time, Edward volunteers with local youth ministries and sports programs, and enjoys watching and playing sports, and playing piano.

eddym@senecapartners.com

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Executive Assistant
Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Executive Assistant

Melissa has been with Seneca since 2012 serving as the executive assistant and office manager. She coordinates event planning and provides administrative support to Seneca’s team. Melissa creates marketing material for Seneca and has begun creating branding materials for client companies. Prior to Seneca, Melissa held a variety of administrative positions in the financial and business services industries.

melissas@senecapartners.com