Associates

 
Our Associates are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and industries. 
 

Richard A. Newman is the founder and Managing Partner of Atlantis Associates, Inc., an independent sponsor pursuing control private equity transactions in the middle and lower middle markets. Previously, Richard was a partner and Managing Director at Andlinger & Co. where he was responsible for sourcing new deals and financing. In 2010, he led a growth capital investment with Andlinger, acquiring majority control of a fabricator of strategic products for the hospital and health care market.

Richard was a Partner at Hart Capital, LLC (1999-2003) an independent sponsor private equity firm focused on for-profit education companies where one of his primary responsibilities was business development. During his tenure, Hart Capital helped raise $66 million from private equity funds, family offices and high net worth individuals to purchase a platform postsecondary school company, then subsequently helped source and close six follow-on transactions. The now-public company, Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ: LINC) grew from $68 million in revenues and $2 million in EBITDA to $550 million and $130 million in revenues and EBITDA, respectively.

Richard also previously was a Managing Director at East Wind Advisors where he worked on assignments for the boutique investment bank that included sales of training companies, a K-12 content company, postsecondary school companies, and a marketing services company.

As president of TBAC, INC (92-99), he identified growth opportunity in an underperforming, undervalued, failing NY-based retail business. (In some circles it is said that he saved TOGA Bike Shop, NY’s oldest and largest bicycle retailer.) Despite lacking any experience in retail, other than as a shopper, he tripled sales, won numerous industry awards and accolades, and then sold it profitably to competitors.

In the 1980’s Richard served as a crisis management consultant to financially troubled companies in manufacturing, natural resources, and service industries, helping to restructure finances and operations. Some notable clients: Michigan General Corporation, Pettibone Corporation, Tosco, Inc. and CFK Press.
Richard received his BA, with honors, from Brown University, an MA (Education) from the Stanford University School of Education, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Believing that he works to live and not the other way around, Richard tries to get away to his second home in Montauk as much as possible, spending time there with his wife and two delightful daughters while pursuing the Sisyphean task of fixing his golf game. He also enjoys theatre, art, skiing, running and politics. 

 
Dr.  Amy Pollack is double board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Preventive Medicine. She has specialized in women’s health and surgical devices, with a focus on device modification for variable practice settings. She was the Chief Medical Officer at Adiana, an early stage bio-medical device company that was acquired by Cytec which itself was subsequently acquired by Hologic. 

Dr. Pollack received both her undergraduate degree in Neurosciences and medical degree from the University of Florida. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology training and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, and has worked extensively in non-profit, for-profit, domestic and international health forums, including 10 years as the CEO of EngenderHealth, a 350 employee non-profit focused on reproductive health issues in 30 developing countries.

 
Robert Puopolo has nearly 30 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Mr. Puopolo is responsible for overseeing all activities his firm Epic Partners. Before co-founding Epic Partners, Mr. Puopolo was a partner at Leeds Equity Partners, the largest private equity firm focused on companies involved in education and training. Prior to joining Leeds, Mr. Puopolo spent 18 years in the M&A and Corporate Finance Departments of Oppenheimer & Co., Bear Stearns and Kidder, Peabody. While at Oppenheimer & Co., he founded and ran the Firm's M&A group for three years. Mr. Puopolo also co-founded and was co-head of the Firm's Private Equity Firm Coverage Group.

During his 18-year investment banking career, Mr. Puopolo originated and/or executed over 50 M&A and other corporate financing transactions, over one third of which were LBOs and other highly leveraged M&A transactions. Other than his time at Leeds and Epic Partners, Mr. Puopolo has personally invested either with clients, in clients or independently in over 20 private equity transactions.  Mr. Puopolo holds an AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.