Conor Gaughan is the founder of Collective Conscience, a digital communications and social impact firm focused on advocacy, nonprofit, and political campaigns. In his role, Conor develops digital media strategy for clients and partners, overseeing the strategy, production and distribution of innovative digital content. Prior to founding Collective Conscience, Conor was SVP of Media and Entertainment Investment Banking at McCafferty & Company, a Los Angeles-based boutique investment bank. Conor spent nearly in corporate finance and capital markets before deciding to use his powers (and knowledge of media strategy and operations) for good.
Conor graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Economics. He remains active with the Hasty Pudding. He is also a founding board member of the Foundation for a National AIDS Monument.
Mr. Glastris is a Chicago based private equity investor. He has spent his entire career as a lower-middle market private equity investor.
Mr. Glastris is currently the Chairman of Auto Driveaway Systems, LLC of Lombard, IL, one of the leading professional vehicle relocation services in the United States. He is a director and personal investor in several private companies including Atticus Brand Partners, LLC (Nashville, TN), Main Street Gourmet, LLC (Akron, OH), Rainbo Sports & Skating, LLC (Northbrook, IL) and Wild Hare Music, LLC (Chicago, IL). He is a former Chairman and board member of numerous private companies. Bill also serves as Chairman of the Board of Fabretto Children’s Foundation based in Managua, Nicaragua and Washington, DC.
From 1997 -2013 he was a Founding Principal of Prospect Partners, LLC, a leading lower-middle-market private equity firm based in Chicago which manages three funds totaling $470 million. Prospect Partners focuses exclusively on management-led leveraged recapitalizations and acquisitions of small companies with niche strategies and is backed by a premier group of institutional investors. The firm’s principals are highly experienced, active, and committed investors in lower-middle-market companies with revenues typically under $75 million. Since 1998, Prospect has invested nationwide in more than 110 companies in a broad range of niche markets, including consumer, commercial, manufacturing, distribution, and specialty business and consumer services. Mr. Glastris remains an investor in all three Prospect funds but does not have day-to-day responsibility for investing or managing Prospect investments.
Prior to forming Prospect Partners, Mr. Glastris was a partner at LaSalle Capital Group, a lower middle market leveraged buyout firm in Chicago, from 1990 to 1997. During this time, Mr. Glastris originated and completed nine acquisitions with management partners as a principal and as a personal investor.
From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Glastris was with Golder, Thoma & Cressey (now GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC), a large Chicago-based private equity investment firm managing over $400 million in three funds, and specializing in consolidating fragmented industries. In six years at Golder, Thoma & Cressey, Mr. Glastris originated seven portfolio company investments for the firm.
Bill is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and resides in Winnetka, Illinois with his family. Bill received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University in 1982 and an MBA (Finance and Accounting) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1984.
Mr. Glastris formerly served as Chairman of Kronos Foods, Inc., Spirit Foodservice Products, Inc., Knight Packaging Group, Inc., First Texas Products Company, Gourmand Specialty Foods, Inc., Marine Accessories Corporation, Billiard Brands, Inc., PAC Holding Company, Wrap Pack Products Corporation and Copperfield Chimney Supply, Inc., as Co-Chairman of Equestrian Products Corp., and as a Director of Deflecta-Shield Corp., ELM Packaging Co., L.P., GolfMark L.P./IRI Golf Group, Barefoot Grass Lawn Service, Inc., Jim Colbert Golf, Inc. and Direct Mail Corporation of America.
Virginia is the Founder and Co-Owner of L.A. McMahon Building Maintenance, Inc., a Schaumburg based company specializing in residential building maintenance and window washing.
She is also Co-Owner of the Fireplace and Chimney Authority, a full-service fireplace and barbeque grill company, which has grown since 1985 from one Elmhurst, IL location to a second in Lisle, IL and a distribution company servicing the entire U.S.
Virginia is a 1987 graduate of Elmhurst College with a BS in Accounting. She went on to work as a financial analyst with AT&T while starting Early Times Chimney Sweeps, a company still in existence today. With her financial expertise, the new companies evolved to the successful ventures they are today.
Virginia is a mother of two grown children, one of whom runs the fireplace companies today. She resides in Downers Grove, IL.
Antonio Romanucci is a founding partner, principal and trial lawyer in the Chicago based tort litigation law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, which has successfully recovered over $400 million dollars on behalf of victims. Antonio concentrates his practice in wrongful death and personal injury, which includes police misconduct, aviation, and the representation of victims of sexual abuse. He has been named a Top 100 Super Lawyer for 10 straight years in Illinois, a Leading Lawyer since 2004, has a perfect Martindale Hubble AV rating and an AVVO rating of 10/10 along with being named a “Best Lawyer ” for 2013 -2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
Mr. Romanucci’s vast experience has earned him the admiration of his colleagues who have supported his rise to leadership positions, such as his recent appointment as the Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group and Vice-Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world’s largest trial bar.
Mr. Romanucci is also a sought after public speaker where he discusses timely legal topics such as aviation disasters and police brutality cases.
Mr. Romanucci earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1982 and earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1985. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois along with numerous other pro hac vice admissions throughout the country.