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Ambassador Room Session A

Strategic Capital: Raising capital to fuel your organization’s growth

Presented By: U.S. Bank & Skoda Minotti

Financiers, business owners, and M&A experts challenge the conventional norms by exploring where to seek out, secure and incorporate capital into your company to finance accelerated growth.


Alan M. Zang
Regional President
U.S. Bank

With more than 35 years in banking, Alan has worked in and managed units in commercial banking, asset-based lending, leasing, international and consumer finance in Northeast Ohio and in other geographies. He has extensive experience in a variety of industries helping companies with innovative solutions to their financing needs. Alan has planned and managed dramatic expansion of new businesses that broadened geographic reach and increased deliverable product sets.


Gregory P. Althans
Senior Managing Director & Chief Strategist
Clearstead Advisors LLC

Greg has been a co-leader of the Private Client Group at Clearstead Advisors since the group was formed in 2010. His areas of expertise include wealth management counseling, estate and income tax planning, and constructing tailored asset allocation policy and strategies for affluent individuals and their families. He is also a member of the Management Committee and the Investment Research Committee.

Maria Bennett
SPR Therapeutics

Maria is founder and president of SPR Therapeutics Inc. Previously, she served as vice president of clinical affairs at NDI Medical LLC, where she played a vital role in the development of a neurostimulation system addressing urinary incontinence. The company was acquired by Medtronic in 2008 for $42 million. Prior to NDI, she was a clinical project manager at Boston Scientific, leading a team that conducted a clinical trial demonstrating safety and efficacy of an innovative angioplasty balloon, and achieving a 510(k) clearance.

Glenn Pollack
Managing Director & Founder
Candlewood Partners

Glenn is a managing director and founder of Candlewood Partners LLC, a boutique investment banking firm that empowers business leaders and financial sponsors by providing the resources and expertise they need to successfully navigate complex capital matters such as acquisitions, business restructurings and capital provider relationships. Prior to founding Candlewood, he was a managing director and principal of a middle-market investment banking firm with offices in Chicago and Cleveland. 

Greg Skoda
Chairman & Co-Founder
Skoda Minotti

Greg is the chairman and one of the founders of Skoda Minotti. He specializes in helping clients grow and develop their businesses. Greg actively works with clients in developing and implementing strategic plans, providing creative business and personal tax planning, assisting with mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, succession, estate planning, and wealth accumulation strategies.

Conference Location

24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
Tel: (216) 696-5600