Paul S. Lattanzio is a Senior Advisor and Co-Founder of AMCO. Mr. Lattanzio has over 30 years of industry experience and more than 25 years of middle-market private equity experience. Over the course of his career, Mr. Lattanzio has founded, built and managed several affiliated middle-market private equity investment vehicles. During that time he has completed over 40 investments representing more than $700 million dollars of invested capital.
Prior to helping establish AMCO, from April 2010 through January 2015, Mr. Lattanzio was President of Star Avenue Capital, a middle-market private equity firm. Star Avenue is a joint venture between Creative Artist Agency and Irving Place Capital focused on making growth equity investments in branded consumer and retail businesses. While Mr. Lattanzio is no longer involved with the management of Star Avenue Capital, he remains on the Board of Maximum Human Performance and IT’SUGAR, two of its portfolio companies. From 2003 through 2009, Mr. Lattanzio founded, built and managed Bear Growth Capital Partners (“BGCP”), an affiliate of Bear Stearns. BGCP managed approximately $375 million of proprietary firm capital across two platforms, primarily focused on investments in middle-market growth equity transactions across a variety of consumer, services, industrial and healthcare sectors.
Mr. Lattanzio started his career and spent 13 years at Bankers Trust. The early years were focused on various investment banking disciplines including Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Restructuring Advisory. The later and majority of the years at Bankers Trust were spent as a senior partner in BT Investment Partners, an affiliated middle-market private equity effort.
Mr. Lattanzio has also served, or is serving, on the Boards of Directors or Advisory Boards of Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP), Insight Communications, River City Broadcasting, L.P., Rapala, Inc., United USN, US Broadcast Group, Genesis Teleserv Corporation, General Communications, Inc., Medical Logistics, Inc., Clintrak Pharmaceutical Services, LLC, Harlem Furniture, Inc., Avid Health, Inc., Chef’s Warehouse Holdings, LLC, New Chapter, Inc., Everything But Water, LLC, Francesca’s Collections, Inc., Crestcom Holdings, LLC and J Brand, Inc.
Mr. Lattanzio earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.