2018 ATO Gamma Zeta Holiday Happy Hour

Hello Gamma Zetas,

For over 25 years Gamma Zetas have been gathering in Chicago for our annual buy a brother a beer, post work “Holiday Happy Hour”.  This tradition was started by the class of ’80 but has spread to all Gamma Zetas over the years.  It’s a great and easy opportunity to get your own class together while at the same time crossing over to connect with Gamma Zetas from your era and others. Here are the details:

Date:           Thursday, December 13
Time:           4:00 PM – ?? PM (stop by any time)
Location:     Porter Kitchen & Deck
150 N. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL
(great location… just a couple blocks to trains)
Cost:           Cash bar plus a $20 donation to cover the cost of the minimum and some appetizers

So, mark your calendars and plan to stop by to say hello. Reach out to your brothers and let them know that you’ll be there and that you’d like to see them… not everyone is on my email list (or reads it if they are so need your help spreading the word!)

Note: Porter (https://porterchicago.com/) is one of Matt Menna’s ’93 very cool Four Corner’s Tavern Group bars/restaurants and where we held the real estate networking event earlier this year.  Matt promises to make sure there are some great appetizers set out for us!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on December 13!!



Dane Luhrsen
Gamma Zeta ’77
Director of Alumni Relations
Editor Gamma Zeta News

2018 RG Swedo ’96 Golf Outing Recap

Congrats to Billy Hanson ’16, Sal Fratto ’16, Alex Karl ’15, and Jimmy Kowalczyk ’16 – for finishing 3rd at the 17th RG Swedo ’96 Golf Outing last weekend. With the lowest score of the 12 ATO teams, they are the winners of the 2018 Heldman ’98 Trophy. Thanks to Matt Massucci ’96 for coordinating this great event which raised just under $7k for scholarships – putting the total raised at nearly $260k since it started 17 years ago!

There were over 30 ATO Alumni that played, ranging from 1981s to 2012s.
John Bucklar, Matt Massucci, John Barrientes, Steve Currey, John Vlahavas, Jeff Chou, Mark Liyeos, Steve Spy, Nick Spy, Jon Spy, Pat Martin, Andrew McIntyre, Tim Cochran, Kevin Marston, Chris Bonds, Curt Richardson, Jim Lyznicki, Ed Traines, Billy Hanson, Sal Fratto, Alex Karl, Jimmy Kowalczyk, Jason Swedo, Jason Aguiar, Ted Dimiropolous, Joe Rossi,  Jeremy Aguiar, Jim Meister, Jon Upleger, Kevin Baum, Matt Starman, Barry Schmidt, Chris Ernst, Ryan Yagoda, and Francis Hollweck.

17th Annual RG Swedo Golf Outing

Hello Gamma Zetas,

Matt Massucci ’96 has asked me to forward the following about the upcoming 17th Annual RG Swedo Golf Outing.  This is an awesome event to recognize and remember Gamma Zeta Greg Swedo ’96 who was tragically killed in a hit and run accident in 2000.  Money raised goes to scholarships  from Greg’s high school, Fremd to attend the University of Illinois.  The top ATO Foursome at the event each year is recognized on the Heldman Trophy which is displayed at the chapter house.

Mark your calendars now and register for this year’s event!

17th Annual RGS Golf Outing
Saturday, August 25th
Carillon Links
Plainfield, IL

Registration and donation link – https://gregswedo.nationbuilder.com/golf_outing_2018

I’ve heard rumors that a very confident foursome of GZ’s from Springfield plan to raid the event this year and take away the hardware.  Get your group together today and give them a run for their money!

Contact Matt Massucci directly at matt@hirewell.com if you have any questions.



Dane Luhrsen
Gamma Zeta ’77
Director of Alumni Relations

Make it a double header Illini/ATO Golf weekend!

Peter Korst ’76 asked me to share the following about another great golf opportunity for Illini fans – FRIDAY – AUGUST 11th, 2017 – DEERFIELD GOLF CLUB
Dane, I am a member of the University Illinois Department of Recreation, Sports and Tourism Alumni Advisory Board. There is a golf outing fund raiser that supports scholarships for students in that department that I think some of guys may be interested in considering. The outing features Illini sports greats as the main attraction with whom you golf and interact. It is a pretty impressive lineup. I am asking if you might send this notification to the distribution list.
Here is the link to the event site where people can learn more about the Illini celebs who will be there, how they can sign up to participate and opportunities to sponsor if they are interested.

Register for the 16th Annual RG Swedo Golf Outing Today!

Registration is open for the 16th Annual R Gregory Swedo Golf Outing – please start signing up for this year’s outing. For the 3rd straight year, we’ll award the Matt Heldman Trophy to the ATO team with the lowest score. Note – reduced price for ATO’s under 30 ($75).

WHEN – August 12, 2017 – 1pm Shotgun Start, BBQ Starts at 5pm
WHERE – Carillon Golf Course, 21200 S Carillon Dr, Plainfield, IL 60544

Link for registration and additional details – http://gregswedo.nationbuilder.com/golf_outing_20190407

ATO Gamma Zeta Private Equity Networking Lunch

Hello Gamma Zetas,

Private equity firms raised nearly $300 billion in new funds during 2015 and they did it again in 2016.  That means that there are huge opportunities in this space.  Whether you are directly involved in a Private Equity firm, in a financial services, accounting or consulting firm that works with PE, own or are an executive in a mid market business or division of a large business that may have an interest in PE investment or otherwise have a career interest somewhere in this world you should be interested.

We have Gamma Zetas serving in leadership roles throughout this network.   We’ve formed an esteemed panel to discuss and share how we can all help each other succeed and prosper by taking advantage of this Private Equity opportunity at our next ATO Gamma Zeta Networking lunch on March 3.  Here’s the panel:

Patrick Jensen ’98 – Partner, Prairie Capital
Jeff Piper ’00 – Managing Director, Svoboda Capital
Dan Barry ’84 – Senior Managing Director, Antares Capital
Dave Lundstedt ’75 – former CEO, Armored AutoGroup Inc. (been CEO of at least 3 different PE portfolio companies)

Mike Barrett ’80 – PE Practice Director, Patina Solutions (30 years in PE with Mesirow)

If you fall into one of those groups mentioned above with a very specific interest in Private Equity or… you are just interested in reconnecting with old ATO friends and meeting new ones, please join us for the ATO Gamma Zeta Private Equity Networking Lunch:

Date:           Friday, March 3
Time:           11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location:      University Club – 76 E Monroe St., Chicago
Cost:           $50
Registration: Click Here to Register  (Note… register early, space is limited!) Guests are welcome! See list of guys who have registered as of 2/20 below.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on March 3!!


Dane Luhrsen
Gamma Zeta ’77
Director of Alumni Relations
Editor Gamma Zeta News

First Name Last Name Title Company Grad Yr
Ron Bess CEO Myelin Communications 1968
Robert Alley Chairman IAC at ERS Texas/IAC 1970
Jeff McGill Owner JCM Retirement Plans Plus 1973
Bill Ganey VP Sales Just Play Products 1975
Dave Lundstedt Former CEO Armored AutoGroup Inc. 1975
Mike Tolzien Midwest Region Manager Derbigum Americas 1975
Donald Armstrong Director of Estate and Financial Planning Northwestern Mutual 1977
Patrick Barron Chair | Peer Group Advisory Board Facilitator | Confidant Vistage Worldwide, Inc. 1977
William Barry EVP Draper and Kramer 1977
Jack klues Former CEO VivaKi 1977
Dane Luhrsen Managing Director Patina Solutions 1977
William Brennan CEO Forsythe Technologies 1978
James T Hemphill Entrepreneur 1979
John Aymond Director Institutional Sales RBC Capital Markets 1980
Michael Barrett Private Equity Practice Director Patina Solutions 1980
John Cochrane Senior Vice President UBS Wealth Management 1982
Larry Eppley Managing Partner, Chicago Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP 1982
Greg Ewert Physician Michigan Avenue Internists 1982
Shuler Griffin Minister Fountain Anglican Church 1982
Bill Rolander Executive Managing Director Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 1983
Wynn Smiley CEO ATO National 1983
Dan Barry Sr. Managing Director Antares Capital LP 1984
Mike Stibich Partner Deloitte 1985
Norm Bilsbury President Topline Consulting & Training, Inc. 1992
Alex Bagne President ICS Tax, LLC 1994
Thomas Bentle Senior Analyst Jones Lang LaSalle Valuation & Advisory 1995
Mark Liyeos Accounting Supervisor Simpson Estates 1997
Patrick Jensen Managing Director Prairie Capital 1998
Brian Ruff Realtor D’Aprile Properties 1998
Terry Turman CEO ATO Foundation 1998
John Frank President & CEO  Third Road Management LLC 2000
Jeffrey S Piper Managing Director Svoboda Capital Partners LLC 2000
Scott Schneider Senior Research Analyst Great Lakes Advisors 2001
Ryan Anthony Principal LaSalle Capital 2002
Joseph Patrevito Director of Business Development at Digital Bridge Solutions 2002
Tim Derry Managing Director – Head of Upper Midwest & Canadian Private Equity Originations PNC Business Credit 2003
Chris Conversa Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking MB Financial Bank 2004
Phillip Coover Principal/Attorney  Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd. 2004
Michael Piper CEO ICS Tax, LLC 2004
Joe Wolsfeld Senior Vice President MB Financial Bank 2004
Doug Brashler Commercial Banking Huntington National Bank 2005
Dan Kostelny Director of Industrial Property InSite Real Estate LLC 2005
Robert Erfort Director KPMG Advisory 2006
Michael Patrick Keeley Associate Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2007
Tim Lackie Vice President Allegiance Capital Corporation 2007
Dan Lundstedt Franchise Owner Sir Grout 2007
John Dudek Associate JP Morgan 2008
Jim Lyznicki Transactions Advisory Ernst & Young 2008
Brett Moore Partner Residential Dynamics Group LLC 2008
Patrick Riggio Senior Associate Lake Capital 2008
Jeff Vranek Vice President Prairie Capital 2008
Ted Dimiropoulos Manager  KPMG Valuation Services 2009
Andrew Nicholas Equity Research Associate William Blair & Company 2010
Blake Overlock Business Performance Advisor Insperity 2010
Matt Dixon Associate Latham & Watkins 2011
Brett Newman Associate Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2011
Jake Bailey Investment Banking Analyst J.P. Morgan 2012
Jack Hickey Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 2012
Matt O’Neil New Projects Manager Parker Plastics, Inc. 2012
Dan Passarella Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP 2012
Paul Garcia Senior Financial Analyst Baker Tilly 2013
Steven Ogdon Senior Financial Analyst Hill-Rom 2013
Raymond Tiernan Analyst | Valuation & Financial Opinions Stout Risius Ross 2013
Lenny Allegretti Consultant – Corporate Finance/Transaction Services FTI Consulting 2014
Thomas Heinz Asset Management Assurance Staff EY 2014
Sam Less National Real Estate Audit Associate RSM US LLP 2014
Chad Lieber Associate, National Retail Group Marcus & Millichap 2014
Lexa Pezzati Deal Advisory Associate KPMG US 2014
Kevin Breckenfelder Analyst BMO Capital Markets 2015
Michael Chada Security & Infrastructure Consultant West Monroe Partners 2015
Mark Giarelli Analyst, Real Estate Advisory Group  Duff & Phelps 2015
Alex Schwartz Consultant in Transaction Services FTI Consulting 2015
Spencer Stiltz Investment Analyst Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting 2015
Joe Grazioso Healthcare Analyst – Financial Planning Strata Decision Technology 2016
William Hanson Analyst Duff & Phelps 2016
James Lawlor M&A Transaction Services Consultant Deloitte 2016
Benedict Volk Investment Banking Analyst  Lazard 2016
Matt Kovatchis Undergrad ATO 2017
Matt Stemper Undergrad Treasurer ATO 2018
Will Walsh Undergrad ATO 2018
Quinn Gaughn Undergrad Philanthropy Chair ATO 2019
Dan Reinke Undergrad Worthy Master ATO 2019
Tim Crenshaw Simpson Estates Inc
Reuben Donnelley Simpson Estates Inc
Jon Mellin Simpson Estates Inc


ATO Gamma Zeta Tailgate at Soldier Field

FB_vs_Northwestern_MatchupQuick reminder…The Illini play Northwestern next Saturday, November 28 at 2:30 PM at Soldier Field and Cary “CMac” McMillan ’80 is hosting a tailgate. Here are the details…
Location just east of Waldron parking lot. See pic below.
He has ordered Portillos hot food, beer water and soda. He will also have two satellite tvs, the bags game and more. Everyone invited. $15 donation per adult. Assume tailgate gets started about noon. Dee Brown will stop by too.
Ed Kral ’63 had a couple of extra tickets. They are in the Club Section. These sell for $80 each. He can get them in the mail if you respond quickly. Section 209 row 2. Go in gate 6. Reach out to Ed directly if you are interested – ekkral63@gmail.com.
CMac might have some tickets too. Check with him at cmac@tpctax.com.


Greg Wright ’68 and his band Comstock Lode to play at Bub City on October 26

d3b38d8bc94252e6930b23bbcf72c6c0Mark your calendars! Greg Wright (Gamma Zeta ’68) has a four piece Country Band called Comstock Lode which will be performing at Bub City (435 N. Clark St. Chicago) from 9:00 PM – 12:00 on Monday night October 26th. Check them out on their web site at www.comstocklodecountryband.com. They play lots of current and past country hits and some originals from Greg.  Looks like a lot of fun.  Please stop in, have a beer and say hello to other Gamma Zetas!