For the past twenty years, Robert Finkel has been investing as part of the Chicago private equity community. As founder and President of Prism Capital, Mr. Finkel has overseen fund deployment into a total of 40 portfolio companies through both the Prism Opportunity Fund and the Prism Mezzanine Fund. Mr. Finkel is a founder and former Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, from whom he received its prestigious Fellows Award. He also received on Prism's behalf the Private Equity Fund Manager of the Year Award for both 2007 and 2008 from Opal Financial. Mr. Finkel was selected to serve on Illinois State Treasurer's fund of fund review board and serves on the board of Chicago Junior Achievement and the Governing Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Prism is an active supporter of small businesses across the country; Mr. Finkel was selected to testify before the House Small Business Committee in support of the SBIC program's reauthorization. Previously, Mr. Finkel was an Investment Manager at Wind Point Partners where he invested in both growth and later stage companies. Before entering the world of private equity, he was an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with Paine Webber. He received an MBA from Harvard School of Business and a BA from Johns Hopkins University. Quoted in Business Week, and featured on MSNBC's Last Call talking about private equity, Mr. Finkel frequently appears as a speaker at trade conferences and seminars.Read more Read less
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