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The partners of Anvil Capital have a unique combination of operational and financial expertise obtained through an average of over twenty-five years of experience working with small and mid-sized businesses.

Ben Geiss

BENJAMIN (BEN) GIESS - Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Mr. Giess has over 25 years of experience investing as a principal at all different layers of the capital structure. Prior to Anvil Capital, Mr. Giess was a founding Partner of Hampshire Equity Partners, a middle-market private equity firm with over $850 million under management. At Hampshire, he was responsible for originating, structuring, and managing portfolio investments. Over a ten-year period with Hampshire and its predecessors, Mr. Giess was responsible for the deployment of over $200 million invested in thirteen portfolio companies, with transactions including buyouts, consolidations, recapitalizations, restructurings and growth financings. Before Hampshire, Mr. Giess was with the Corporate Finance Group of GE Capital, where he was actively involved in all phases of new business development of merchant banking transactions. Previously, Mr. Giess was the Credit Department Manager and a founding executive of the Boston branch of Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN), where he was responsible for monitoring the risk exposure of the portfolio as it grew from $25 million to over $250 million. Mr. Giess started his career at Shawmut Bank of Boston.

Mr. Giess received an MBA in accounting and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in economics from Dartmouth College. Mr. Giess is married with four children and lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Ben Fortunato

ROBERT (BOB) FORTUNATO - Partner and Co-Founder

Mr. Fortunato has over 35 years of experience as an owner, consultant and senior executive for micro-market to upper middle-market companies. Prior to Anvil Capital, Mr. Fortunato was the founder of RAF & Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in management succession, operations enhancement, and both organic and acquisition-based business expansion. During a three-year period with RAF, Mr. Fortunato was engaged by four companies ranging from startup to mature organizations, in both the private and public sectors. Before RAF, Mr. Fortunato was President and CEO of Chadwick Miller, an importer and manufacturer of giftware and housewares merchandise with revenues in excess of $20 million. Previously, Mr. Fortunato was the owner and CEO of Advanced Marketing Concepts, a company that developed proprietary marketing programs for the specialty mail-order catalog industry and later established a consumer products group. Mr. Fortunato spent the first 16 years of his career in the finance, operations and strategic planning divisions of several large retailers, including Waldenbooks, Bloomingdales and Gimbels.

Mr. Fortunato earned a BS in economics from Manhattan College. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and is married with three children.

Marc Fontaine

MARC FONTAINE - Operating Partner

Mr. Fontaine has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive or consultant for middle-market companies. Before joining Anvil Capital, Mr. Fontaine was the President of AJF Group, a management consulting firm specializing in operations management, operational restructurings, lean manufacturing and logistics. Prior to the AJF Group, Mr. Fontaine was Director of Turbine Airfoils at Pratt & Whitney, where he was responsible for all aspects of airfoil design, development, manufacturing, product delivery and quality. Under his leadership, the division achieved significant productivity improvements while also reducing inventory levels. Previously, Mr. Fontaine spent twelve years at Colts Manufacturing Company, starting as an engineer and ultimately advancing to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Fontaine was responsible for over 750 employees at Colts, and he led the Company to a 60% increase in earnings.

Mr. Fontaine earned an MBA from the University of Hartford, a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a BA in Mathematics from Assumption College. Mr. Fontaine lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and is married with two children.