Your partner in achieving next-level growth.

Erie Street is a strategic and operational growth partner. An advisory firm with an entrepreneurial spirit and pragmatic approach, we work with management teams, founders, and investors to design and deliver next-level growth.

Our Team

We are a team of business-builders that are kind, curious, and courageous. Our backgrounds span executive leadership, finance, consulting and marketing as well as entrepreneurship.

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Terry Graunke

Chairman and CEO

With more than thirty years as an operator and investor, Terry is a multi-faceted executive with a known ability to transform services businesses – and their categories – by spotting market disruptions and identifying outstanding talent. From entrepreneur (US Communications) to public company CEO (Eagle River Interactive) to Chairman of a private investment firm (Lake Capital), Terry has served as Chairman, CEO, or director of more than 36 private and public firms in the business services, strategic communications, and marketing services industries. Terry’s experience spans a wide range of companies and capabilities, from commercial and product offering development, leadership and management team growth, and strategic transformational M&A. 

In 2017, Terry founded Erie Street to focus on partnering with high-growth companies in the business services sector. He is currently an investor and board member of The Engine Group and Viamedia (Lake Capital portfolio companies) and serves as Lead Board Director for APCO Worldwide, as well as Executive Chair of the Board for Erie Street portfolio company 3Q Digital. Terry is also involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors that support children, education, and conservation.

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Jerry Graunke

President

As President, Jerry co-leads the company’s investment and growth strategy, as well as business transformation, operational efficiency, and M&A advisory for our portfolio partners. In addition, Jerry oversees operations for Erie Street.

Through his experience in strategic consulting (McKinsey & Company, Bain & Company), executive leadership (Epsilon), and high-growth company ownership, Jerry brings industry expertise, operational leadership, and strategic M&A experience to Erie Street and our portfolio partners. Jerry joined Erie Street in 2018 after serving as a Vice President within McKinsey & Company’s Recovery and Transformation Services practice.

Jerry holds a BS in International Political Economy from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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Matthew W. Hallgren

Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer

As Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, Matt oversees all financial operations of the business, including financial reporting, risk assessment, and identifying opportunities for revenue growth, cost savings and operational efficiencies.

Prior to joining Erie Street in 2020, Matt served as CFO of Glencoe Capital, a private equity firm focused on lead-sponsor acquisitions and growth equity investments for middle market companies. Through his multiple C-suite roles, Matt brings expertise in taking a company public (Press Ganey Holdings, Inc.), SEC reporting and oversight of global financial operations (Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.), and advising on M&A related technical accounting issues (Boeing). Matt began his career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, where he provided audit and business advisory services.

Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Augustana College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Tari Haro

Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer

As Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Tari leads the design of Erie Street’s go-to-market strategy and overarching investment thesis, in addition to overseeing the growth of its go-to-market advisory offering, which includes brand storytelling, content and digital marketing, strategic communications, and special situations.

As a former CMO and agency veteran, Tari is a growth-oriented brand and business builder. She brings over twenty years of marketing services experience – spanning agency executive leadership (Eagle River Interactive, Agency.com, iCrossing), client-side leadership (SIM Partners, Cars.com) and agency delivery leadership roles – to Erie Street and its portfolio companies. Tari joined Erie Street in 2019 after serving as Executive Vice President, Integrated Business Marketing, at Edelman, where she led the B2B Technology practice.

Tari received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Julie Cannata

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Julie acts as a liaison across the business, ensuring the company operates efficiently and effectively as Erie Street continues to scale and grow.

Prior to joining Erie Street in 2020, Julie served as Vice President, Marketing and Administration, at Port Capital LLC, an investment management firm based in Chicago.  Additionally, Julie brings more than 10 years of operational leadership experience from McKinsey & Company, most recently as the Manager of Administration of the Midwest Region, where she oversaw administrative departments and functions across six Midwest cities. Before McKinsey, Julie worked in various administrative and leadership roles at TA Associates and Bain & Company. 

Julie received a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University, and holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from Boston University.

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John H. Bisack III

Managing Director

As Managing Director of Erie Street, John is a key member of the Erie Street executive team, leading the growth of the advisory business as well as supporting the expansion of the firm’s capital investments.

In his role as President of Performance Improvement Partners, an Erie Street Company, John sets the company's strategic direction, leading day to day operations as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with our private equity partners and portfolio company clients.

John is a frequent speaker at industry events and is an advisor to private equity and portfolio company management teams.

John has B.S. degrees in Finance, Economics and Computer Science, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics, from Hofstra University.

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Patrick Donegan

Managing Director, Growth and Client Services

As Managing Director of Growth & Client Services at Performance Improvement Partners, an Erie Street Company, Pat is responsible for developing and delivering the firm’s growth strategy while leading the client services and sales teams to achieve next-level growth. 

With over twenty years of experience, Pat joins from Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) where he spent nearly ten years as Managing Director, with multiple roles of increased responsibilities. As Head of the Private Equity / Venture Capital (PE/VC) practice, he led the business to achieve unprecedented growth, and as a result, it became the fastest growing segment at the firm. He was promoted to Head of Business Development, and ultimately, General Manager for Americas Financial Services. 

Pat has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from The University of Connecticut School of Business.

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Managing Director, Business Transformation Strategy & Delivery

Kiran brings nearly three decades of experience to Performance Improvement Partners, an Erie Street Company. As Managing Director, Business Transformation Strategy & Delivery, Kiran is a key member of the executive team, responsible for designing and leading PIP’s transformation journey, expanding delivery capabilities, as well as overseeing the delivery organization and business operations.

During his career, Kiran held various leadership roles at top-tier consulting firms such as Accenture, Cognizant, and Avanade, where he helped Fortune 2000 clients and PE backed portfolio companies create value through technology-led business transformation, IT restructuring, global delivery, pre- and post-deal M&A strategies, and global IT mergers and carveouts. In addition, he has significant experience in capability development including building, managing, and mentoring diverse, global teams. Kiran began his career as an entrepreneur with experience in establishing and leading businesses in the U.S. and India.

Kiran holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from India, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Kyle Cash

Vice President

As Vice President, Kyle brings nearly a decade of experience in principal investments, operations, and investment banking experience to Erie Street and its portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Erie Street in 2019, Kyle worked as a Senior Associate at Glencoe Capital where his primary focus was to evaluate and execute new investments, in addition to leading various operational initiatives for Glencoe Capital's portfolio companies, including serving as Vice President of Operations for Glencoe Capital’s food and beverage investment platform. Kyle began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Deloitte Corporate Finance.

Kyle received a Bachelor of Business Administration, with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan and was a recipient of the Western Golf Association’s Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. He also serves on the Evans Scholars Foundation Leadership Council.

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Maggie Shepherd

Vice President

As Vice President, Communications, Maggie brings deep experience in brand storytelling, strategic communications, media relations, and financial communication to Erie Street and its portfolio companies.

Prior to joining the Erie Street in 2020, Maggie served as a Senior Account Supervisor for the Financial Communications practice at Edelman, where she developed and drove client marketing and communications programs – including media relations, events, conferences, and integrated, multi-media brand campaigns – for firms in the private equity, venture capital, and B2B technology sector. Maggie also advised multiple companies through transformative events or crises, including C-Suite transitions, M&A, IPO, and litigation. She began her career as a media relations strategist at PR agency, SSPR.

Maggie received a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

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Kristen McCabe

Senior Marketing Manager

As Senior Marketing Manager, Kristen leads the growth marketing activities at Erie Street, bringing her experience in ABM strategy, digital marketing, content, SEO, and analytics.

Prior to Erie Street, Kristen served as a content marketing manager at G2 (formerly G2 Crowd), where she led the conversion and revenue strategy for the content marketing team while driving full-funnel marketing for the company. Before working in tech, Kristen’s experience spanned a variety of industries including film, publishing, and the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), the self-regulatory body for advertising in Australia. While at the AANA, she managed events, content, and digital marketing while building thought leadership for the country’s leading CMO-level marketers.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Performing Arts from Marquette University, and a Master of Commerce in Marketing from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

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Zach Stander

Associate

As an Associate, Zach focuses on sourcing and executing new M&A transactions for Erie Street and its portfolio partners, in addition to supporting operational initiatives.

Zach joined Erie Street in 2019 from Madison Capital’s Leveraged Finance Group, where he structured, underwrote, and executed leveraged buyouts for middle market sponsors. Prior to Madison Capital, Zach served in the management consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he focused on large scale transformation for business services companies. Through his experience advising firms on both M&A and corporate strategy, Zach brings a unique, combined perspective to Erie Street and its partnerships.

Zach holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Angela DiAnna

Assistant to Terry Graunke

Angela serves as Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Terry Graunke, and brings more than two decades of experience in executive support, investor relations, board meeting support, marketing and communications, and event planning to Erie Street.

Before joining Erie Street, Angela served in various Executive Assistant roles, including for the President at Amsted Rail, the Chairman of Senior Lifestyle Corporation, and the Global Practice Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles. In addition, Angela was with The Edgewater Funds for nine years where she supported a senior partner and managed an extensive investor relations program.

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Alyssa Johnston

Office Administrator

In her role of Office Administrator, Alyssa manages the operational and administrative responsibilities for Erie Street, including accounting and IT-related issues. In addition, Alyssa also serves as Executive Assistant to the President.

Prior to joining Erie Street, Alyssa’s experience covers events, retail operations, and team leadership. Previous roles include serving as an Executive Assistant at BDT & Company and General Manager at Eataly.

Alyssa holds a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

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Dan Lauderback

Strategic Advisor

As a 30-year Accenture veteran with extensive global leadership experience, and as a former CTO and COO, Dan serves as a key member of Erie Street’s advisory board, partnering with the executive team on business strategy, operations, and leadership.

Dan designs and leads highly successful businesses, and currently serves as a board member and advisor to companies, private equity firms, and non profit groups. Recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer at GTY Technology, a cloud-based software company. During his 30-year tenure at Accenture, Dan led several global businesses in technology, mobile, health, media and communications, and public service, while also a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council, which is responsible for the strategic and operating direction of the company and its employees.

Dan earned his BS in Engineering at Michigan State University and his MS in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Chairman of the Art & Paper Conversation Company; serves as a Senior Consultant to Ares Global Management; is on the Board of Directors at
Openlands; and is the Executive Chairman of the Lauderback Family Foundation.

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Timothy J. Romenesko

Strategic Advisor

As a seasoned finance and operations executive, Timothy serves Erie Street as a member of its advisory board, providing guidance on investments, M&A, treasury, and financial operations for the firm.

Timothy served on the Board of Directors at AAR Corp., a publicly-traded provider of products and value-add services for the global aerospace and defense industry, where he held multiple leadership roles including President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Vice Chairman, before retiring in December 2017. During his tenure, he was responsible for the firm’s growth strategies, financial and accounting operations, capital markets activities, and investments in the manufacturing and information technology sectors. Since retiring from AAR in 2017 after a 37-year career, Timothy has provided advisory services to various companies including a global Fortune 100 business as well as private equity investors and family offices.

Timothy earned his BA from St. Norbert College and his MBA from DePaul University. He holds a CPA designation in Illinois and is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the Illinois CPA Society. He previously served as a trustee on the Board of Directors at St. Norbert College and is involved in several community and charitable organizations.

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Tony Weisman

Strategic Advisor

Former CMO of Dunkin’ and CEO of Digitas, Tony is an award-winning marketing executive, bringing over 30 years of experience in digital marketing transformation and brand differentiation to Erie Street’s advisory board. He will partner with the firm and its executive team on go-to-market strategy, branding, corporate reputation, and company culture.

During his time as CMO of Dunkin’, Tony was responsible for driving the company’s brand strategy, where he transformed the brand’s digital marketing and famously rebranded the company as Dunkin’ after 68 years as Dunkin Donuts. Before Dunkin, Tony served as CEO of Digitas, the world’s largest digital marketing agency, where he built the largest data science team in the industry and created the first digitally-centric acquisition platform in the telecommunications industry, and the first media platform to identify individuals across devices. He also founded the Digital Content Newsfronts in partnership with Google, AOL, Microsoft, and Yahoo to create a marketplace for online video content. Prior to Digitas, Tony served as CMO of Draft Worldwide, where he spearheaded one of the most dramatic growth trajectories in the business's history. Prior, he held various management positions at Leo Burnett. Tony currently serves as a marketing consultant and founder of SnapPoint LLC.

Tony received his BA in political science from Brown University and currently serves as on the board of 3Q Digital, the Ad Council, Boston Ad Club, Cardlytics, Mobile Marketing Association, and the American Association of Advertising Agencies.