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Team Biographies

Joseph H. Broecker

Co-Founder / Senior Managing Director

Mr. Broecker is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Periculum Capital Company. He was previously a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of NatCity Investments, Inc., as well as its predecessor firm, Raffensperger, Hughes and Co. Mr. Broecker focused most of his practice on private equity and expansion financings for emerging growth and technology-based […]

Robert H. Shortle

Co-founder / Senior Managing Director

Mr. Shortle is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Periculum Capital Company. He was previously President of the securities firm, Huntington Capital Corp., which was owned by Huntington Bancshares, Inc.  Previous to that he was Sr. Vice President and Managing Director in-charge of the Corporate Finance Group for the securities firm Raffensperger, Hughes & […]

Christopher M. Caniff

Senior Managing Director

Mr. Caniff joined the firm in 2001 and is a Senior Managing Director of Periculum Capital Company. He spends the majority of his time leading the firm’s merger & acquisition activities. Mr. Caniff has completed over 80 transactions during his tenure with the firm. Prior to joining Periculum, Mr. Caniff was a founder of a […]

Fritz J. Schutte

Managing Director

Mr. Schutte is a Managing Director of Periculum Capital Company. In addition to leading the firm’s debt placement efforts, specifically capital structure and financing related products, he also focuses on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions activities. Previously, he had been the Corporate Treasurer of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana. In […]

Douglas P. Conner

Managing Director

Mr. Conner is a Managing Director of Periculum Capital Company. In addition to leading the firm’s business development efforts, he focuses on mergers and acquisitions and assisting clients with growth capital raises. Before joining Periculum in 2011, Mr. Conner was a Principal and Co-Founder of BrightPath Capital, Inc., an Indianapolis-based private equity firm. Mr. Conner […]

Sean D. Frazer

Managing Director

Mr. Frazer is a Managing Director of Periculum Capital Company. He focuses on merger and acquisition advisory, capital formation, and merchant banking. Before rejoining Periculum in 2015, Mr. Frazer was an interim executive and turnaround consultant with LS Associates, LLC (“LS”). Mr. Frazer worked with distressed companies to achieve plans of turnaround, restructuring, liquidation, bankruptcy, […]

Kurtis S. Speer

Managing Director

Mr. Speer is a Managing Director of Periculum Capital Company. He leads the Aequus Advisors practice, serving clients across a variety of industries in the micro-cap segment of the middle market. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions advisory and growth capital formation. Prior to joining Periculum, Mr. Speer was the founder of a boutique capital […]

Brian J. Mihelic

Director

Mr. Mihelic is a Director at Periculum Capital Company. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and capital structure related projects. He is also responsible for managing the firm’s financial sponsor relationships. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Mihelic has managed a wide variety of corporate finance mandates including buy-side, sell-side, private placement, fairness opinion […]

Zainab L. Bass

Vice President

Ms. Bass is a Vice President of Periculum Capital Company, supporting the firm across all service areas. She joined the firm as an Associate in 2013. Prior to joining Periculum, Ms. Bass was an Analyst in the Energy Investment Banking Division of Citigroup in Houston, Texas. While at Citi, Ms. Bass focused on mergers and […]

Max F. Nelson

Associate

Mr. Nelson is an Associate of Periculum Capital Company, supporting the firm across all service areas. Prior to joining Periculum, Mr. Nelson was a student at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. While there, he majored in Economic Consulting and Public Policy Analysis with significant coursework in Risk Consulting and Capital Market Analysis. He received […]

Evan D. Haarmeyer

Analyst

Mr. Haarmeyer is an Analyst of Periculum Capital Company, supporting the firm across all service areas. Prior to joining Periculum, Mr. Haarmeyer was a commercial credit analyst with First Merchants Bank (NASDAQ: FRME).  During his time with First Merchants, Mr. Haarmeyer was responsible for underwriting proposed commercial financing opportunities for companies in a variety of […]

Jonathan C. Hicks

Analyst

Mr. Hicks is an Analyst of Periculum Capital Company, supporting the firm across all service areas. Prior to joining Periculum, Mr. Hicks was a student at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, graduating with Distinction from the Kelley Business Honors Program and from the Hutton Honors College. While in school, he spent considerable […]

Laura Teder

Office Manager

Ms. Teder is the Office Manager at Periculum Capital Company. She is responsible for the day to day financial and regulatory functions of the firm. Prior to joining Periculum, Ms. Teder worked as Office Manager for an Indiana-based SBA Lender Service Provider for several years. She began her career in Retail Management and held positions […]