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Deal Team Members

Managing Directors

Tony Parisi

Tony has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, business development and operations as an investment banker, lender, investor and corporate officer.  He has worked within companies and with clients to raise capital, grow revenues, optimize operations and close deals. 

Tony has operated in a variety of industries, including technology, software, energy, cable and telecom, water and construction services, as well as manufacturing.  He has served as CFO of a high-growth technology company, CFO of a commercial solar project company, treasurer of a $500 million environmental and construction services company and managing director of a middle-market investment bank. He also has significant project finance experience in energy, telecom and real estate.

Tony enjoys getting to know his clients, learning what makes their companies tick and working hard to achieve his clients’ goals.  His combination of banking and operational experience is valuable in describing client value propositions, structuring transactions and creating alignment to complete deals.

Tony graduated from Brown University with concentrations in Economics and History.  He resides in Berwyn, Pennsylvania with his wife and children.  Tony is active in coaching ice hockey and other youth sports and is an avid platform tennis guy.

Bob is a seasoned executive with a vast array of operational and strategic experience in privately-held businesses.

His formative career was spent in public accounting, real estate, and banking.  Those roles included tax and audit experience in multiple industries; assisting with private and public real estate syndications and commercial lending, all in large company environments.

He made the move into middle market businesses with the acquisition of a manufacturing and distribution business where he served as President and CEO and oversaw all aspects of the business.

Bob has worked with owners in several privately-owned businesses as a C-level Finance and Operations Executive with a focus on maximizing business value.   These businesses were in the hospitality, industrial distribution, staffing, and industrial manufacturing and distribution industries.  In these roles, he provided financial and operating strategies to improve the bottom line with experience in buy-side due diligence and sell-side management presentations.

It’s his curiosity and tenacity of inquiry that gets Bob to the root of the matter and it is through the numbers that the value of a company is realized.

Bob is a CPA (inactive) and a graduate of St. Joseph’s University (BS Accounting) and Drexel University (MBA Finance) and resides in Horsham, PA with his family.  In his efforts to give back, Bob has been serving on non-profit boards. He is currently on the boards of Faith in the Future and Little Flower High School for Girls and is advising Aid for Friends.  He enjoys outdoor activities of golf and a nice swim in the ocean.

Bob Cahill

Bob Cahill

Bob is a seasoned executive with a vast array of operational and strategic experience in privately-held businesses.

His formative career was spent in public accounting, real estate, and banking.  Those roles included tax and audit experience in multiple industries; assisting with private and public real estate syndications and commercial lending, all in large company environments.

He made the move into middle market businesses with the acquisition of a manufacturing and distribution business where he served as President and CEO and oversaw all aspects of the business.

Bob has worked with owners in several privately-owned businesses as a C-level Finance and Operations Executive with a focus on maximizing business value.   These businesses were in the hospitality, industrial distribution, staffing, and industrial manufacturing and distribution industries.  In these roles, he provided financial and operating strategies to improve the bottom line with experience in buy-side due diligence and sell-side management presentations.

It’s his curiosity and tenacity of inquiry that gets Bob to the root of the matter and it is through the numbers that the value of a company is realized.

Bob is a CPA (inactive) and a graduate of St. Joseph’s University (BS Accounting) and Drexel University (MBA Finance) and resides in Horsham, PA with his family.  In his efforts to give back, Bob has been serving on non-profit boards. He is currently on the boards of Faith in the Future and Little Flower High School for Girls and is advising Aid for Friends.  He enjoys outdoor activities of golf and a nice swim in the ocean.

Curt Cyliax

After earning his CPA (currently inactive) in the 1980s, Curt spent almost two decades climbing the corporate ladder, rising from Controller to Vice President-Finance at private and publicly held companies.

He soon discovered his love of M&A transactions when he became involved in investigating the value of a potential acquisition. Curt enjoyed the challenge of determining how the two companies would complement each other when brought together.

When business owners need to improve operational efficiency to achieve a successful sale or want to ensure a smooth transition of the business to family members, Curt is instrumental at helping them.

Curt is a founder of the Succession and Exit Leadership Roundtable, a think tank for Exit Planning professionals, the first of its kind in the United States. He is a speaker on M&A market conditions, valuation, enhancing business value, exit planning and an array of topics for lower middle market business owners.

​Proficient in migrating through complex succession issues among family or management, Curt specializes in working with privately-held businesses in the lower middle market. He works on buy and sell-side Merger and Acquisition (M&A) transactions in the area of valuation, structure, and market strategy.

​Curt is a graduate of Drexel University and lives with his family in Doylestown, PA. He is a member of the Central Bucks Rotary and is active in youth sports.

“In addition, Curt helped us sell our IT consulting business and has consulted with us over a number of years on business and financial issues with the business. Curt always exemplifies old-fashioned business integrity no longer expected in today’s world, and was effective at marketing and consummating our deal under difficult conditions and in a relatively hostile environment.” 

John Caporale, owner, Palomino Technologies

Rob, an experienced financial professional and CPA (currently inactive), has experience in public accounting and senior financial management roles. His background is primarily with high-growth businesses in the pharmaceutical, chemicals, and consumer products industries, where he was responsible for acquisitions and divestitures as well as corporate finance work.

He particularly enjoyed his work in business transactions because there was always something new to discover. Also, he loved the passion that owners of small and mid-sized businesses held for their companies. So, when he left the corporate world, he decided to combine the things he loved to do and help middle-market business owners with mergers and acquisitions.

He specializes in developing strategies for business owners to maximize and realize their business’ values. His areas of expertise include business value growth, financial modeling, succession and exit strategies, the development of strategic acquisition plans and negotiating agreements for SEA’s sell-side clients.

Rob speaks about middle market mergers and acquisitions, business value growth, liquidity (exit) planning, and internal business transitions to management or family members.

Rob is a graduate of Lehigh University and resides in Doylestown, PA with his wife and children. He is active in youth sports and serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. He also enjoys the outdoors via a golf game or camping trip.

Rob Waring

“Without the expert financial guidance and strategic advice from Rob Waring, we would not have been able to sell our business in 2008. Rob was a calm voice when discussions got tough, and he was always available for input. His keen understanding of the complex financial aspects of the deal helped our team make the right decisions. I am always impressed with how Rob can cut to the heart of an issue and steer me correctly.” 

John F. Kelsey III, CEO at Kelsey Family Holdings

Rob Waring

“Without the expert financial guidance and strategic advice from Rob Waring, we would not have been able to sell our business in 2008. Rob was a calm voice when discussions got tough, and he was always available for input. His keen understanding of the complex financial aspects of the deal helped our team make the right decisions. I am always impressed with how Rob can cut to the heart of an issue and steer me correctly.” 

John F. Kelsey III, CEO at Kelsey Family Holdings

Rob, an experienced financial professional and CPA (currently inactive), has experience in public accounting and senior financial management roles. His background is primarily with high-growth businesses in the pharmaceutical, chemicals, and consumer products industries, where he was responsible for acquisitions and divestitures as well as corporate finance work.

He particularly enjoyed his work in business transactions because there was always something new to discover. Also, he loved the passion that owners of small and mid-sized businesses held for their companies. So, when he left the corporate world, he decided to combine the things he loved to do and help middle-market business owners with mergers and acquisitions.

He specializes in developing strategies for business owners to maximize and realize their business’ values. His areas of expertise include business value growth, financial modeling, succession and exit strategies, the development of strategic acquisition plans and negotiating agreements for SEA’s sell-side clients.

Rob speaks about middle market mergers and acquisitions, business value growth, liquidity (exit) planning, and internal business transitions to management or family members.

Rob is a graduate of Lehigh University and resides in Doylestown, PA with his wife and children. He is active in youth sports and serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. He also enjoys the outdoors via a golf game or camping trip.

Associates

Peter Hissey

Peter, a former SEA Summer Intern, has been working in the Investment Banking industry for the last 2 and a half years after graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Prior to joining SEA, Peter worked in the Investment Banking Public Finance Group for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he helped price, structure, and execute municipal bond transactions as a part of the #1 ranked underwriter on Wall Street. He worked on over 18 senior managed transactions for nearly $7 billion in total par amount for clients in the Atlantic Region and Puerto Rico including the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia School District, State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority.

In 2008, Peter was selected in the 4th round of the MLB First Year Player’s Draft by the Boston Red Sox out of high school and played seven years in their organization, making it up to the AAA level. After his playing career ended, he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with Suma Cum Laude as well as Beta Gamma Sigma Honors with a concentration in Finance.

Peter is excited to bring his Wall Street and Professional Baseball experience to SEA. He has been a part of many successful teams and knows how to get a group moving in the right direction and to finish strong. His work ethic and positivity combined with his unique experience help him to connect with clients across industries and drive excellent results.

Peter resides in South Philadelphia with his wife and two young children. He is active in his local church and serves on the Board of an anti-human trafficking foundation in Ecuador called Casa Dunamis International.

Analyst

Aayush is currently studying Finance and Business Analytics at the LeBow College of Business in conjunction with being a member of the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Along with his studies, Aayush is a proud member of the Professional Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi – Omega Chi Chapter. Prior to his role as an Investment Banking Analyst at SEA, Aayush worked at an HR start-up, Vette.io, where he worked as a Business Development Associate. He learned the various operational processes of a start-up venture as well as providing insight to the company through a risk management analysis, which he led. A native of Montville, NJ, Aayush enjoys spending time with his family, photography, watching movies, and is a huge car buff.

Aayush Desai

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