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Young America Capital is a nationally recognized broker-dealer and investment bank providing companies and investors with advisory services across a focused range of disciplines. With significant industry and transactional experience spanning over 30 years, our advisory team is well positioned to serve your needs across the Industrials, Chemicals and Manufacturing landscape. We focus our advisory on proprietary, independent, and sound advice, first-class execution, and superior results by understanding transformative industry dynamics.   

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Our cumulative industry experience and advisory expertise enable us to customize innovative transactional and strategic solutions for the clients we serve. Our team has an extensive track record in exclusive sale advisory and buy-side transactions. We seek to leverage our senior-level industry relationships and analytical expertise to identify and articulate transactional synergies that maximize value in the sell-side process. We also advise on the acquisition and sale of distressed businesses and assets, including identifying opportunities across sectors for value-enhancing consolidation opportunities. 



Our professionals have a high degree of market insight having lead consumer and retail sell-side capital markets teams at bulge bracket institutions over more than 20 years. We have extensive experience in the placement of private equity and debt leveraging a wide network of both retail and institutional clients. Capital is typically deployed to finance growth initiatives, make strategic transactions, provide liquidity to shareholders, and to restructure or stabilize the capital structure. 



Maintaining a high level of confidentiality, we have served as advisors to boards and special committees on a wide range of options, especially regarding strategic solutions that will minimize potential losses and provide a suitable recovery structure for the client, fund managers, and secured lenders. 



With extensive IPO and secondary transaction experience, we work with management teams to form a comprehensive strategy to articulate positioning and differentiation that results in heightened investor appreciation of the story and thus increasing value and impact in the institutional investor market. 



We provide Fairness Opinions under FINRA Rule 5150 relating to transactions between affiliated entities wherein conflicts of interest could arise between related parties. 






Steven Zelac,  Senior Managing Director, Sector Lead - Industrials, Chemicals & Manufacturing 

Steven has 30+ years of experience leading growth, development and restructuring programs. Prior to joining Young America Capital Steven held a variety of leadership roles with four Fortune 500/1000 publicly traded companies including W.R. Grace & Co., Alcoa, DuPont and BrightView were he completed over 70 transactions of varying size with Total Enterprise Valuation in excess of $25 billion spanning a wide range of industries.  He is accomplished in strategy, M&A, portfolio management, restructuring, relationship management, post-acquisition integration, separations, capital structuring as well as organic growth and process improvement.  Steven received an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware. While not practicing he is also a CPA and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with lean manufacturing experience.   

Marc Schneider, Senior Managing Director - Industrials, Chemicals & Manufacturing 
Marc has over 30+ years of experience on Wall Street as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, investment banker at Solomon Smith Barney and institutional investor at Avenue Capital. His expertise includes mergers & acquisitions, capital raising and corporate restructuring. Marc has worked extensively throughout North America and Europe. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a J.D. from the University of Miami. 

Mark A. Chlapowski, Executive Director - Industrials, Chemicals & Manufacturing 

Mark has over 25+ years of experience in emerging markets.  A generalist, his experience includes advisory and funding solutions for governments, institutions and companies across numerous industries and geographies.  Mark was a core member of the BGN-First Boston advisory team, the decade-long #1 M&A advisor in Argentina, before establishing Cohen SBSA’s public market structured finance unit that achieved a #3 ranking.  He earned his BA at Georgetown University and his MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from Columbia Business School. He holds active FINRA 63 & 79 licenses. Mark is bilingual English/Spanish and has working knowledge of Portuguese and some French. 

Peter Formanek, CEO 
Peter has 30+ years of experience advising fund managers, family offices, and companies. He was a Financial Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, and CFO and Business Development at Southern Cross Latin America Private Equity Funds. He has participated in a multitude of middle-market sell and buy-side transactions for numerous consumer product and service companies in the fields of CPG, business services, apparel, retailing, and e-commerce. He has advised both consumer-focused venture capital and private equity funds on their fund capital raise process. Peter received his BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Bridgeport and is a practicing CPA. FINRA licenses 7, 24, 28, 50, 52, 63, 79, and 99. 



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