TEAM

Experience and Integrity.

Prestwick guarantees each client hands-on leadership and execution from senior, seasoned professionals.

Our Leadership

Fritz Richards

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Fritz offers Prestwick’s clients experiences in investment banking, corporate law and business advising. He has sourced and closed numerous transactions in the middle market, first with Goldsmith Agio Helms (now Lazard Middle Market) and later with Greene Holcomb and Fisher (now BMO Capital Markets) before co-founding Prestwick in 2003. Prior to becoming an investment banker, Fritz was a corporate attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fritz’s experience encompasses public offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, joint ventures, private placements, fairness opinions and valuations. He has advised clients in a number of industries including building products, industrial services, aerospace and defense, automotive aftermarket, among many others.

Fritz received a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and a BS in business administration from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in finance.

Ingo Schulz

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Ingo is a co-founder of Prestwick and has an extensive background in investment banking. Prior to Prestwick, he was a senior banker at Greene Holcomb & Fisher (now BMO Capital Markets) and Goldsmith, Agio, Helms (now Lazard Middle Market), both middle-market investment banking firms.

For more than two decades, Ingo has sourced and directed client engagements for both private and public companies involved in a broad range of transactions. His past clients range in size from start-up ventures to large multi-national corporations that participate in numerous industries, including consumer products, business and industrial services, diversified manufacturing, and specialty distribution.

Ingo received an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a BS in business administration from the University of St. Thomas with an emphasis in finance.

Mike Groppetti

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Mike joined Prestwick in 2005 as a Partner. Prior to joining Prestwick, he was a vice president with Greene Holcomb & Fisher (now BMO Capital Markets). Mike has also worked with RBC Dain Rauscher and with Riggs Bank in London, England.

Mike has nearly 20 years experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other corporate finance transactions. He has represented a wide variety of private equity groups and entrepreneurs, as well as private and public companies located throughout North America and abroad. Mike has broad sell-side M&A experience in niche manufacturing, technology, capital equipment, business services, industrial, building products, consumer products, food and software.

Mike received an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a BS in business administration from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in finance.

Our Professionals

Joe Peterson

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Prior to joining Prestwick, Joe worked as a corporate development and strategy manager at Best Buy, the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer. Joe previously worked as an equity analyst at two large institutional investment managers, covering global industrial companies at Artisan Partners in New York, New York, and utilities and telecom companies at Brandes Investment Partners in San Diego, California.

Joe’s career as both a corporate development professional and investment analyst has given him experience in a variety of disciplines, including divestitures, fundamental asset valuation, portfolio management, and strategic industry analysis. He has extensive experience across a number of diverse global industries, including utilities, fixed and wireless telecom, capital goods, technology, and retail.

Joe received an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in finance. Joe is a CFA charterholder.

Sam Matlin

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Sam joined Prestwick Partners in 2008 after working at Colorado Capital Management, an investment advisor focused on financial planning and wealth management for high net worth individuals, families and foundations. While at Colorado Capital, he was responsible for financial analysis, portfolio management, compliance and reporting activities.

Sam has more than ten years of experience serving clients on transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuations, recapitalizations and other corporate finance assignments. Sam has gained extensive experience across a number of diverse industries, including business services, niche manufacturing, industrials, consumer products, value-added distribution, food, packaging, building products, specialty chemicals, software, and life sciences. Sam has successfully completed transactions for entrepreneurs, private equity groups, and large and small public companies.

Sam received a BS in business administration from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in finance.

Steve Matz

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Steve joined Prestwick Partners in 2013. Prior to joining Prestwick Partners, he worked at Wells Fargo Bank in the areas of retail banking, wealth management, and home mortgage.
Steve has advised Prestwick clients in a broad range of industries, including niche manufacturing, branded consumer products, industrial distribution, business services, healthcare, and technology.

Steve received a BS in finance and economics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Nic Grizzell

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Prior to joining Prestwick Partners, Nic worked in finance at Ecolab, a Fortune 500 specialty chemicals company focused on water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. While at Ecolab, Nic gained experience in financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and corporate account finance.

Nic attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a BA in finance and economics.

Alex Noto

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Alex joined Prestwick Partners in 2018 after graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a BA in finance and a BA in economics. While at St. Thomas, Alex was as an equity research analyst for the university’s endowment fund, covering domestic energy and utility companies.