Opportunity Fund Team


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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.


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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.

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Mark is the Chairman, CFO and former CEO of RightAnswers, (the leading provider of packaged and custom knowledge bases for technology customer support), and President of Emerging Growth Associates, (a consulting firm dedicated to technology companies for a variety of strategic planning purposes). He was previously both Executive VP and CFO for LogicWorks, a Morgan Stanley led IPO. He has served as CFO for Neuron Data and Consilium, a leading software provider to industrial manufacturing environments, which, he took public with Hambrecht & Quist. He practiced venture law at Ware & Friedenrich, focusing on technology financings. Mr. Finkel holds a BA from Oberlin College, a JD from the University of California Davis and an MBA from NYU.

Mr. Finkel currently serves on the Board of ProSight and ISD.



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.