Mezzanine Fund Team

Download vCard


Founder and Managing Partner. 23 years of investing; 16 years with Prism. Mr. Finkel has overseen fund deployment into a total of 40 portfolio companies through both the Prism Opportunity Fund and the Prism Mezzanine Fund. Mr. Finkel’s career in private investing began at Wind Point Partners, where as an Investment Manager, he provided capital and support to early, growth and later stage companies. Prior, he was a Corporate Associate with Paine Webber, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Finkel is a founder and former Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, which represents Illinois’ $77 billion of venture capital and private equity funds, and from which he received its prestigious Fellows Award in 2005. He also received on Prism’s behalf the Private Equity Fund Manager of the Year Award for both 2007 and 2008 from Opal Financial. Mr. Finkel was selected to serve on the Illinois State Treasurer’s Fund of Funds Review Board.

In addition, Mr. Finkel is the author of “The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital” (McGraw Hill Business Books) featuring 10 of the country’s the most notable venture capital and private equity investors, and included contributions from Business School Professors at Stanford and University of Chicago.

Mr. Finkel earned a BA from The Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Finkel serves on the Junior Achievement Board of Chicago as well as on the Governing Board for the Bulletin for the Atomic Scientists.

Download vCard


Mr. Crissman joined Prism Capital in 2002 as a Founder and Partner of PMF I’s general partner.  He has more than 20 years of experience financing and investing in middle market companies. Mr. Crissman’s responsibilities include deal origination, underwriting, closing and managing investments.  He also maintains board responsibility for several of PMF I’s portfolio companies including Optical Experts Manufacturing, VIA, Fusion Specialties, and Violet Packing.Prior to joining Prism, Mr. Crissman was a principal with Bank of America Capital Investors, a mezzanine debt and equity investing partnership funded by Bank of America. Prior to joining Bank of America Capital Investors, he worked in BancAmerica Securities High Yield Group where he was involved in sourcing and underwriting public subordinated debt offerings. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Crissman was a Vice President with First Bank Systems.  Mr. Crissman is the former President of the Midwest Regional Association of SBICs and is a founding member of the Private Equity Advisory Board at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  Mr. Crissman received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA in Economics and Finance from Augustana College.

Download vCard


Mr. Harlan joined Prism Capital in 2004 as a Partner of PMF I’s general partner. He has over 22 years of experience financing and investing in middle market companies. He is active in deal origination, underwriting, closing and managing investments. Additionally, Mr. Harlan maintains board responsibility for several of PMF I’s portfolio companies including Braxton-Bragg Corporation, 3-D Machining, Craftsmen Industries, Bell Automotive Products, and McCoy Sales Corporation.Prior to Prism, Mr. Harlan headed the Chicago office of Golub Associates Incorporated (now known as Golub Capital), a provider of subordinated debt and equity to middle market companies. Prior to joining Golub, he was a principal with CID Equity Partners, a Midwest-based private investment firm with mezzanine and equity funds. Prior to CID, he helped form ANB Mezzanine Corporation (predecessor to Chase Mezzanine). Mr. Harlan began his career at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago and held positions in the workout and commercial banking groups. Mr. Harlan is a board member of the Chicago chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, and is active on the board of several other non-profit organizations.  Mr. Harlan received an MBA from the University of Chicago and holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

Download vCard



Mr. Vivian joined Prism Capital in 1999 and became a Partner in POF’s and PMF I’s general partners in 2003.  Mr. Vivian has over 14 years of experience investing in and lending to middle market companies, and he has been integral in structuring, negotiating and monitoring investments in both POF and PMF I.  He was an active member on the boards of Fitzroy Dearborn Publishing, and Fieldlgass and is currently on the boards of Banner Holdings, Via and Newser.

Prior to joining Prism, Mr. Vivian was an associate in BancAmerica Securities’ leveraged finance group serving as both a senior lender and investment banker for the placement of subordinated debt. In this role, he evaluated, structured, negotiated and executed senior loans for the bank’s portfolio as well as syndicating bank loans and raising high yield bonds.  Prior to joining BancAmerica, he was a territory manager for Parker Hannifin Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Vivian is a past Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC) and has also served as the President of the Midwest Regional Association of SBICs.  He currently serves on the Institutional Investor and PAC Committees for the Illinois Venture Capital Association.  Mr. Vivian received both an MBA and a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois.


Mr. Griffith joined Prism Capital in 2011. He is responsible for assisting in evaluating, executing and monitoring POF’s and PMF I’s investments as well as supporting investment management activities. Prior to joining Prism Capital, Mr. Griffith was an analyst in the investment banking division at Houlihan Capital, where he assisted lower-middle market companies in buy and sell-side M&A, capital raising engagements, restructurings and business analyses. He is a current a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and also an advisory board member for the Luster Learning Institute, a non-for-profit out of Highland Park. Mr. Griffith received a BA in Finance from Augustana College and is currently pursuing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.