John Surrette

John E. Surrette, Jr., CPA, CFE, MBA, CM&AA
Partner, Chair, Private Equity and Venture Capital Services Group

Mr. Surrette chairs KLR’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Services Group and is also Chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Services Group.  He has a wide range of audit and consulting experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, renewable energy, technology and technology-enabled service companies, manufacturing and distribution. He works closely with private equity and venture capital firms in meeting both back office and Portfolio Company needs.  He is experienced in evaluating investment opportunities and providing hands on experience during the pre and post transaction process.  He has also spent a significant amount of time in the evaluation of internal controls and on forensic accounting engagements. 

Mr. Surrette is President of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Board of Directors and is also a board member of the Northeast Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and is chair of Rhode Island Chapter of TMA.  John was previously on the board of the New England Chapter of the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA). 

John graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 1999 and obtained his Master’s in Business Administration in 2003, earning both degrees from the University of Rhode Island.  


Vice President

Rudy Scarito

Francesca ("Rudy") Scarito (The BIG Deal Chair)
Founder & President
RS Finance & Consulting, LLC

Ms. Scarito has been an investment banker for over 20 years, working in both global, full-service firms as well as smaller, regional firms focused on middle-market companies. She founded RS Finance & Consulting, LLC in April 2009, and specializes in advising corporate clients on mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and corporate and financial strategy.

Ms. Scarito began her career at Lehman Brothers in New York in the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions department. At Lehman Brothers and at subsequent firms Ms. Scarito represented a variety of corporate clients in the sale of their companies. She also assisted corporate buyers in identifying, evaluating and pursuing acquisition targets. Later in her tenure at Lehman Brothers, Ms. Scarito worked in Equity Capital Markets and Syndicate, where she completed over $9 billion of initial public offerings of equity and convertible securities. Following her experience at Lehman Brothers, Ms. Scarito moved to Goldman Sachs Asset Management where she gained additional public equity capital markets experience. In her position as Portfolio Analyst, Ms. Scarito identified, analyzed and recommended public company investment opportunities for GSAM’s equity portfolios.

After gaining experience on Wall Street, Ms. Scarito transitioned to the middle market to work with smaller, owner-operated companies. During her tenure in the middle market, Ms. Scarito managed the Private Capital groups of Tucker Anthony, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Legacy Partners Group. Ms. Scarito has extensive experience originating, structuring and negotiating private placements of equity and debt.

Ms. Scarito is a member of the Board of Directors of Industrial Services of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDSA), a publicly traded scrap metal recycler and processor, and Fresh Truck, Inc., a non-profit, mobile green grocer that increases access to healthy foods within low-income Boston neighborhoods. Ms. Scarito previously served on the Board of Directors of Ambient Corporation (NASDAQ: AMBT), a publicly traded networking communications and technology company, and Material Sampling Technologies, LLC, a private recycler of precious metals.

Ms. Scarito has served as an expert witness on business valuations and on capital markets matters.

Ms. Scarito holds her Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 securities licenses. She is a registered principal with M&A Securities Group, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC. M&A Securities Group, Inc. and RS Finance & Consulting, LLC are not affiliated.

Ms. Scarito graduated from Dartmouth College, cum laude, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Past President

David Clark

David Clark 
Managing Director
Raymond James

David joined Raymond James & Associates in 2009 and he is the head of the Financial Sponsors Group that actively covers over 350 private equity and venture capital firms, as well as family offices. Prior to joining Raymond James, he was a Managing Director at Lane, Berry & Co. International which he joined in 2002. At Lane Berry, David covered the industrial and environmental services sectors and completed a number of M&A and advisory transactions.

Previously, he was a Director at UBS Warburg in the Global Industrial Group. At UBS Warburg, David completed numerous debt, equity, M&A advisory and restructuring transactions. Prior to UBS Warburg, David worked for Dillon, Read & Co. and at Bank of Boston Corporation. He received his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College in 1989 and his M.B.A. from the Darden School in 1997.



Greg Chin

Greg Chin (Treasurer)
Partner, Transactional Advisory Services
CohnReznick Advisory Group

Gregory Chin is a partner with CohnReznick Advisory’s Transactional Advisory Services Practice. Based in the Boston office, he has more than 27 years of experience in finance, auditing, and managing the transactional advisory services practices of national and global professional firms.

Before joining CohnReznick, Gregory served as the New England regional leader of a large, national firm’s transactional advisory practice. He led buy-side and sell-side due diligence engagements on behalf of financial and strategic buyers and sellers and was responsible for client and engagement management as well as business development.

Gregory has served as a director and managing director for the transactional advisory practices of a Big 4 firm, a global consulting firm, and a global business advisory firm. During this time, he conducted financial due diligence engagements that included buy-side and sell-side transactions in the technology, software, pharmaceutical, consumer products, chemical, manufacturing, and retail industries. In addition to managing the client relationships throughout his engagements, he analyzed portfolio company performance focusing on liquidity management, cash flow forecasting, and financial projections. He also oversaw a team that identified over $8 million in favorable working capital adjustments in connection with a client’s sale of a large electronics retailer.


Phil Dudley

Phil Dudley 
Vice President
McCarthy Capital

McCarthy Capital is a private equity firm focused exclusively on lower middle market companies. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, the firm's investment team manages more than $1 billion of investment capital and typically makes control or substantial minority investments of $10 million to $50 million in a mix of growth equity, recapitalizations and management buyouts.

For thirty years the McCarthy organization has been partnering with founders, families, and exceptional management teams to support the growth of their companies.

We build businesses in partnership with management teams pursuing a variety of strategies for creating long-term value. We seek companies having attractive growth prospects, established profitability and proven management who are often direct owners in the business and who intend to keep material capital at risk. We tailor investment structures to accommodate the needs of all stakeholders and are equally comfortable as a minority or majority shareholder.

Phil Dudley is a Vice President at McCarthy Capital. Mr. Dudley joined McCarthy Capital in 2009 and is based in McCarthy Capital’s Boston office. His responsibilities include originating new investment opportunities, structuring and executing private equity investments and management oversight of portfolio investments.

Prior to joining McCarthy Capital, Mr. Dudley worked in private equity and investment banking at Alta Communications and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., respectively.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bamboo Rose, Seven10, HHA, and TriMech; and is an observer to the boards of Remi and Advantor.

Mr. Dudley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.


John Dvor

John Dvor (Family Offices Chair) 
Managing Director
Miraki Innovation

John Dvor is an investment professional and operating executive with a focus on life-saving innovation. Mr. Dvor serves as Managing Director at Miraki Innovation; the Miraki Method is a unique and efficient approach to medtech investing that has led to the successful exits of breakthrough technologies, including Auris Health, acquired in 2019 by Johnson & Johnson for $5.75B.

Mr. Dvor has 20+ years of executive leadership experience at global family offices, corporations, and NGOs; he has executed 100+ VC, PE and LP transactions. Past executive roles include 3BL Holdings (SFO), Helge Capital (SFO), ReMed Life Sciences (OTC:ADRNF), Tufts Health Plan / Tufts Health Ventures (NGO), iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT), Aga Khan Foundation (NGO), and Millhouse Capital (SFO).

Mr. Dvor earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, and served in the USMC at the White House 1998-2003, and was awarded Presidential Service Badge #17996.


Alan Fullerton

Alan Fullerton
Mirus Capital Advisors

Alan Fullerton has been an investment banker to large corporations, middle-market firms and family-owned firms since 1997. Before joining Mirus, he was Managing Director in the investment banking group of Newbury Piret, a regional firm, where he led and managed dozens of M&A and financing transactions in a variety of industries.

Alan is senior advisor to management teams and business owners with significant experience in arranging equity financings ($5 million to $100 million) and executing buy-side and sell-side M&A mandates. Alan has been a sector finalist for several national M&A Advisor Awards for his transactions in industrial services, healthcare, consumer products, business services, travel services, and highly engineered industrial products, including for deals closed with Fortune 500 and Global 500 corporations, private equity-backed companies, closely-held businesses, and middle-market publicly traded companies.

In addition, his advisory experience includes fairness opinions for venture-backed and publicly traded companies; he is a member of the Mirus fairness opinion committee, a position he also held at his previous firm.

Before his investment banking career, he was a member of technical staff and project leader with the 2500-person engineering consulting firm TASC. During his tenure with TASC, he was a project leader on strategic planning, engineering, operations and policy engagements.

Alan holds a BS from M.I.T. in Mechanical Engineering, an MS from Brown University in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from the Ecole des Ponts of Paris, France. He holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 certifications from FINRA.

Alan lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife, son and two daughters. In his spare time, Alan enjoys reading, traveling and playing games with his kids.

Adam Ghander

Adam Ghander 
Partner, Co-Chair, Emerging Companies Group
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Adam Ghander is a partner in the Business Department and serves as the co-chair of the Emerging Companies Group and member of the Private Equity Group. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private capital finance, and securities and corporate governance. Adam works extensively with middle market and emerging companies and in industries such as banking and financial technology, food and beverage, e-commerce and mobile applications, manufacturing, and professional sports.

Adam was selected as a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Future Leaders class of 2013 and has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Adam is a member of the board of directors of the Boston chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Programming Committee of The Capital Network.


Todj Gozdeck

Thaddeus “Todj” Gozdeck
Partner, Transaction Advisory Services

With 20 years as a financial and advisory professional, he has experience assisting both financial sponsors and strategic buyers and sellers in complex cross-border merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions.

Todj has led assignments involving target companies across the Americas, Asia and EMEA including leveraged buyouts, growth acquisitions, strategic mergers and complex carve-out transactions. Todj’s transaction experience includes leading buy-side and sell-side due diligence projects focused on financial quality of earnings analyses (QofE), tax, IT and human capital issues impacting the transaction.

Todj lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Todj enjoys reading, attending his sons’ football / lacrosse games and volunteering with Sudbury for Wounded Warriors.

Todj holds a BS from the University of Connecticut. Go Huskies!


Danielle Lussier

Danielle Lussier
Senior VP - Relationship Manager
Wells Fargo Technology Banking Group

Danielle Lussier, an experienced commercial banker, has been named Senior Vice President – Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo’s Technology Banking Group. Ms. Lussier, joins Wells Fargo’s specialized industry banking team dedicated to building relationships through delivering sound, strategic and balanced advice, operational and capital support to early stage, growth stage and mature/public technology companies.  She is based in Boston.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Ms. Lussier was Vice President – Sr. Business Development Officer with KeyBank. Her prior experience includes First Niagara Commercial Finance where she was First Vice President - Senior Portfolio Manager, managing portfolio relationships, Salus Capital, where she was a Vice President - Portfolio Manager overseeing diverse asset based loans, Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where she was an Assistant Vice President - Credit Analyst, and as a Senior Treasury Analyst and Supervisor of Banking Relationships at the office of the Massachusetts State Treasury.

She received a B.A. in Political Science and a M.B.A. degree from Simmons College. She is a board member for the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) of New England, serves as co-chair for the TMA’s Network of Women (NOW), is a board member for the Association of Corporate Growth Boston (ACG), and co-chair of ACG’s Women in Leadership (WOL) Committee. 


Daniela Messina

Daniela Messina
Portside Capital Solutions

Daniela Messina is the Founder and Managing Member of Portside Capital Solutions, working with dealmakers at the intersection of deploying and raising capital. She is an accomplished attorney and executive with a varied background in private equity and family offices, government, politics, investor relations, business development and corporate and crisis communications. She combines her wide-ranging experiences across many industries with a professional network of national leaders in the public and private sector to produce effective results for clients to help them achieve their goals.

She is a proven strategist and master deal connector with an extensive professional network to source deals, raise capital and provide value to dealmakers across various industries. Daniela provides counsel to private equity funds, single and multi-family offices, emerging funds, independent sponsors and corporate clients. She is committed to recognizing meaningful synergies and connecting dealmaking stakeholders with a purpose.

Daniela currently serves as a board member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Boston Chapter. Daniela is active in the ACG Boston Family Office Committee and Co-Chair of the Women’s Connection Committee. She also serves on the Corporate Board Committee of The Boston Club, one of the largest organizations for women executive and professional leaders committed to elevating women into leadership positions.


Chris Nicholas, Shields & Co.

Chris Nicholas
Shields & Company

Chris Nicholas is a Director of Shields & Company.  Mr. Nicholas has over 10 years of experience advising middle market companies on merger and acquisition, capital raising, and valuation assignments.  Mr. Nicholas has completed transactions across a variety of industries including business services, consumer products, industrial products & services, niche manufacturing, specialty chemicals, specialty distribution, and transportation & logistics.

Prior to returning to Shields & Company in 2012, Mr. Nicholas was an associate with Harris Williams & Co., a Richmond-based investment bank focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Nicholas has held prior positions at BirdDog Solutions, Morgan Stanley, and began his career at Shields & Company as an analyst working on a variety of acquisition, advisory, and valuation assignments.

Mr. Nicholas serves on the board of the Boston chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is a former board member of the Bucknell Club of Boston.  Mr. Nicholas earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics from Bucknell University. Mr. Nicholas holds Series 7, 63, and 79 FINRA registrations.


Todd Ofenloch

Todd Ofenloch
Managing Director
H.I.G. Capital

Todd is a Managing Director in the Boston office of H.I.G. Capital. Since joining the firm in 2009, he has been responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities, as well as working with portfolio companies. Todd has nearly 20 years of experience investing in middle market private equity transactions and has worked on investments in a broad range of industries, including building products, business services, enterprise software, food and consumer products, hospitality and travel services, and media and marketing services. He currently serves on the boards of several H.I.G. portfolio companies.

Prior to H.I.G., Todd was an investment professional at Parthenon Capital Partners in Bosotn, at GTCR in Chicago, and at The Halifax Group in Dallas, TX. He began his career as an investment banker at Lazard Frères, specializing in mergers & acquisitions advisory services. Todd graduated with Bronze Tablet honors from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Accountancy (CPA) and received an M.B.A. with honors from Columbia Business School.

Todd currently lives in Wellesley with his wife Niki and 4 children (Henry, Isabel, William and Eleanor).


Christina Pai

Christina Pai
Fort Point Capital

Christina is a Partner at Fort Point Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in promising, business services companies in the lower middle market. Since joining Fort Point in 2011, she has been responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments, as well as driving value creation initiatives for her portfolio companies in the tech-enabled business services, software and transportation/logistics industries. Christina currently serves as the Chair of the Board for AMS Fulfillment and Barrington Media Group and was the former Chair of WolfePak Software and Van Pool Transportation; she also currently serves on the boards of Eventlink and Sullivans.

Prior to joining Fort Point, Christina was a principal at Swift River Investments in Boston and an associate at FdG Associates. She started her career at JPMorgan, focusing on mergers and acquisitions as well as debt and equity capital raises. Christina has a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College. She is an avid Boston and fantasy sports enthusiast and enjoys traveling, fishing for bass and eating at interesting restaurants.


Gus Phelps, Summit Partners

Gus Phelps
Summit Partners

Founded in 1984, Summit Partners is a global alternative investment firm that is currently managing more than $42 billion in capital dedicated to growth equity, fixed income and public equity opportunities.

Gus handles business development for financial sponsors and investment banks and currently leads the firm’s credit origination actives.

Prior to joining Summit, Gus was a founding partner at Seacoast Partners, and he worked for Wachovia Securities and Tucker Anthony.
He is on the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth and is a former President of the Boston Securities Traders Association. Gus is also a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer and a youth sports coach.

Gus holds a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Cornell University.


Lew Segall

Lewis N. Segall
Sullivan & Worcester

Lew is the director of Sullivan's Corporate Department. His practice is focused on a number of transactional areas. He regularly represents public and private companies in equity and debt financings, joint ventures, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. Lew also represents financial institutions in secured and unsecured credit facilities. His clients consist of major financial institutions, private equity groups, family-owned businesses, family offices and other investors, as well as emerging and established companies engaged in a variety of industries, including renewable energy, advertising, health care, communications, manufacturing and software.

Lew is the author of Mergers & Acquisitions: A Step-by-Step Legal and Practical Guide (2nd edition) (Wiley), which he co-authored with Edwin L. Miller, Jr.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.S., Syracuse University

Community Engagement

  • American and Boston Bar Associations
  • Board of Directors, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • Alternative Energy Committee Chair, Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts
  • Former Board of Directors, College Bound Dorchester


Lynn Sommer

Lynn Sommer (Women's Connection Chair)
Senior Director, Valuation Group
Cabrillo Advisors

Lynn Sommer has more than 15 years of valuation and transaction advisory service experience with both public and private companies, providing fairness and solvency opinions, strategic alternatives analyses, and valuations for a variety of purposes including tax and financial reporting.

Prior to joining Cabrillo Advisors, Ms. Sommer’s valuation and advisory experience spanned the Big 4 and Houlihan Lokey. In addition, she was most recently a Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal in New York, where she was an integral senior member of the firm’s transaction opinion services practice.

Ms. Sommer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Ms. Sommer is a frequent speaker on valuation topics and has chaired several committees for and served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth in Los Angeles.