PNC Erieview Capital - Our Team

Our Team

Our professionals are characterized by exceptionally long tenure both within the private equity field and at PNC Erieview Capital (formerly National City Equity Partners).  Our team has the expertise and motivation to help with your specific growth, buyout or recapitalization needs.

Edward S. Pentecost
Managing Director and President

Ed joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 and was named President in 2004, and President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman in 2006. Prior to PNC Erieview, Ed worked in the investment banking divisions of McDonald Investments and NatCity Investments. Ed received a B.A. in economics and management from Albion College and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He serves on the board of directors of several portfolio companies and has served or is actively serving on several private equity and mezzanine fund advisory and non-profit boards. Ed lives in Pepper Pike with his wife and four children.

Ed joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 and was named President in 2004, and President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman in 2006. Prior to PNC Erieview, Ed worked in the investment banking divisions of McDonald Investments and NatCity Investments. Ed received a B.A. in economics and management from Albion College and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He serves on the board of directors of several portfolio companies and has served or is actively serving on several private equity and mezzanine fund advisory and non-profit boards. Ed lives in Pepper Pike with his wife and four children.

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Edward S. Pentecost
Managing Director and President

Ed joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 and was named President in 2004, and President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman in 2006. Prior to PNC Erieview, Ed worked in the investment banking divisions of McDonald Investments and NatCity Investments. Ed received a B.A. in economics and management from Albion College and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He serves on the board of directors of several portfolio companies and has served or is actively serving on several private equity and mezzanine fund advisory and non-profit boards. Ed lives in Pepper Pike with his wife and four children.

Carl E. Baldassarre
Managing Director

Carl joined PNC Erieview Capital in 1989. He has more than 37 years of experience in private equity, credit, banking and management. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Carl worked in various capacities for National City Corporation (now PNC) from 1978 through 1989. He graduated from John Carroll University with a B.S. in finance. Carl has served at a board level in over 30 businesses throughout his career and is presently active on a variety of corporate, advisory and non-profit boards. In addition to being married and the father of two college-aged sons, Carl is also an accomplished composer and musician.

Carl joined PNC Erieview Capital in 1989. He has more than 37 years of experience in private equity, credit, banking and management. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Carl worked in various capacities for National City Corporation (now PNC) from 1978 through 1989. He graduated from John Carroll University with a B.S. in finance. Carl has served at a board level in over 30 businesses throughout his career and is presently active on a variety of corporate, advisory and non-profit boards. In addition to being married and the father of two college-aged sons, Carl is also an accomplished composer and musician.

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Carl E. Baldassarre
Managing Director

Carl joined PNC Erieview Capital in 1989. He has more than 37 years of experience in private equity, credit, banking and management. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Carl worked in various capacities for National City Corporation (now PNC) from 1978 through 1989. He graduated from John Carroll University with a B.S. in finance. Carl has served at a board level in over 30 businesses throughout his career and is presently active on a variety of corporate, advisory and non-profit boards. In addition to being married and the father of two college-aged sons, Carl is also an accomplished composer and musician.

Eric C. Morgan
Managing Director

Eric joined PNC Erieview Capital in 1999. He has over 15 years of experience in middle market private equity and mezzanine investing. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Eric worked on a variety of capital raising and M&A assignments in the investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney in New York City. Eric received a B.S. in finance from Boston College and attended the London School of Economics. Eric's current and prior board of directors-related responsibilities include a broad range of industries, from specialty manufacturing (such as building products and food ingredients) to business services, among others. Eric lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and four children.

Eric joined PNC Erieview Capital in 1999. He has over 15 years of experience in middle market private equity and mezzanine investing. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Eric worked on a variety of capital raising and M&A assignments in the investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney in New York City. Eric received a B.S. in finance from Boston College and attended the London School of Economics. Eric's current and prior board of directors-related responsibilities include a broad range of industries, from specialty manufacturing (such as building products and food ingredients) to business services, among others. Eric lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and four children.

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Eric C. Morgan
Managing Director

Eric joined PNC Erieview Capital in 1999. He has over 15 years of experience in middle market private equity and mezzanine investing. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Eric worked on a variety of capital raising and M&A assignments in the investment banking division of Salomon Smith Barney in New York City. Eric received a B.S. in finance from Boston College and attended the London School of Economics. Eric's current and prior board of directors-related responsibilities include a broad range of industries, from specialty manufacturing (such as building products and food ingredients) to business services, among others. Eric lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and four children.

Steven G. Pattison
Managing Director

Steve joined PNC Erieview Capital and its predecessor entity in 2002. At PNC Erieview, Steve is responsible for deal origination, transaction execution, and portfolio maintenance. Steve’s past and present board-related responsibilities include diverse industries, spanning from healthcare (I.T. and SaaS software) to industrial technology & equipment (fluid control and hydraulic products). Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Steve worked in the investment banking division of McDonald Investments. He started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young. Steve received a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Steve is married and lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and three children.

Steve joined PNC Erieview Capital and its predecessor entity in 2002. At PNC Erieview, Steve is responsible for deal origination, transaction execution, and portfolio maintenance. Steve’s past and present board-related responsibilities include diverse industries, spanning from healthcare (I.T. and SaaS software) to industrial technology & equipment (fluid control and hydraulic products). Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Steve worked in the investment banking division of McDonald Investments. He started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young. Steve received a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Steve is married and lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and three children.

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Steven G. Pattison
Managing Director

Steve joined PNC Erieview Capital and its predecessor entity in 2002. At PNC Erieview, Steve is responsible for deal origination, transaction execution, and portfolio maintenance. Steve’s past and present board-related responsibilities include diverse industries, spanning from healthcare (I.T. and SaaS software) to industrial technology & equipment (fluid control and hydraulic products). Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Steve worked in the investment banking division of McDonald Investments. He started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young. Steve received a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Steve is married and lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and three children.

Nicholas B. Russo
Principal

Nick joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2008. Nick is responsible for deal origination, transaction execution, and portfolio maintenance. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Nick worked on a variety of capital raises and middle market M&A transactions at Western Reserve Partners, a boutique investment bank in Cleveland. Nick graduated from Mount Union College with a B.A. in business administration. Nick currently has board-related responsibilities with companies in diverse industries, including consumer products, distribution and healthcare services, and he has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. Nick is married and lives with his wife and three children on the west side of Cleveland.

Nick joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2008. Nick is responsible for deal origination, transaction execution, and portfolio maintenance. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Nick worked on a variety of capital raises and middle market M&A transactions at Western Reserve Partners, a boutique investment bank in Cleveland. Nick graduated from Mount Union College with a B.A. in business administration. Nick currently has board-related responsibilities with companies in diverse industries, including consumer products, distribution and healthcare services, and he has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. Nick is married and lives with his wife and three children on the west side of Cleveland.

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Nicholas B. Russo
Principal

Nick joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2008. Nick is responsible for deal origination, transaction execution, and portfolio maintenance. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Nick worked on a variety of capital raises and middle market M&A transactions at Western Reserve Partners, a boutique investment bank in Cleveland. Nick graduated from Mount Union College with a B.A. in business administration. Nick currently has board-related responsibilities with companies in diverse industries, including consumer products, distribution and healthcare services, and he has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. Nick is married and lives with his wife and three children on the west side of Cleveland.

Jason R. Cornacchione
Director

Jason joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 as Controller and was named a Director in 2010. Prior to PNC Erieview, Jason worked in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jason received a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Jason currently has board-related responsibilities with companies in the manufacturing and services industries. Jason lives in Hudson with his wife and two daughters.

Jason joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 as Controller and was named a Director in 2010. Prior to PNC Erieview, Jason worked in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jason received a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Jason currently has board-related responsibilities with companies in the manufacturing and services industries. Jason lives in Hudson with his wife and two daughters.

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Jason R. Cornacchione
Director

Jason joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 as Controller and was named a Director in 2010. Prior to PNC Erieview, Jason worked in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jason received a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Jason currently has board-related responsibilities with companies in the manufacturing and services industries. Jason lives in Hudson with his wife and two daughters.

Carli A. Forsythe
Director

Carli joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2008. Her responsibilities include deal origination, transaction execution, portfolio maintenance and coordination of the firm’s marketing activities. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Carli worked in the corporate audit department at National City Bank (now PNC). Carli earned a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Carli is married and lives with her husband and two children on the west side of Cleveland.

Carli joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2008. Her responsibilities include deal origination, transaction execution, portfolio maintenance and coordination of the firm’s marketing activities. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Carli worked in the corporate audit department at National City Bank (now PNC). Carli earned a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Carli is married and lives with her husband and two children on the west side of Cleveland.

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Carli A. Forsythe
Director

Carli joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2008. Her responsibilities include deal origination, transaction execution, portfolio maintenance and coordination of the firm’s marketing activities. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Carli worked in the corporate audit department at National City Bank (now PNC). Carli earned a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Carli is married and lives with her husband and two children on the west side of Cleveland.

David A. Sands
Director

Dave joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and currently serves as a Director. Dave possesses over 25 years of private equity and financial management experience and previously worked at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company, a middle market investment banking firm headquartered in Cleveland. Dave started his career in public accounting at Deloitte and subsequently PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dave graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in business administration. Dave lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and three children.

Dave joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and currently serves as a Director. Dave possesses over 25 years of private equity and financial management experience and previously worked at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company, a middle market investment banking firm headquartered in Cleveland. Dave started his career in public accounting at Deloitte and subsequently PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dave graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in business administration. Dave lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and three children.

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David A. Sands
Director

Dave joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and currently serves as a Director. Dave possesses over 25 years of private equity and financial management experience and previously worked at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company, a middle market investment banking firm headquartered in Cleveland. Dave started his career in public accounting at Deloitte and subsequently PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dave graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in business administration. Dave lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with his wife and three children.

Steven M. Weigand
Senior Associate

Steve joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2014. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Steve worked in the investment banking divisions of Boenning & Scattergood, a full-service middle market financial services firm headquartered in Philadelphia, and Paragon Capital Group, a merchant bank headquartered in Cleveland. He started his career at Huntington National Bank as a commercial credit analyst in the middle market commercial and industrial group. Steve earned a B.A. in finance and management with minors in economics and English literature from Walsh University. Steve lives with his wife in Shaker Heights.

Steve joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2014. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Steve worked in the investment banking divisions of Boenning & Scattergood, a full-service middle market financial services firm headquartered in Philadelphia, and Paragon Capital Group, a merchant bank headquartered in Cleveland. He started his career at Huntington National Bank as a commercial credit analyst in the middle market commercial and industrial group. Steve earned a B.A. in finance and management with minors in economics and English literature from Walsh University. Steve lives with his wife in Shaker Heights.

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Steven M. Weigand
Senior Associate

Steve joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2014. Prior to joining PNC Erieview, Steve worked in the investment banking divisions of Boenning & Scattergood, a full-service middle market financial services firm headquartered in Philadelphia, and Paragon Capital Group, a merchant bank headquartered in Cleveland. He started his career at Huntington National Bank as a commercial credit analyst in the middle market commercial and industrial group. Steve earned a B.A. in finance and management with minors in economics and English literature from Walsh University. Steve lives with his wife in Shaker Heights.

Pierce A. Coticchia
Associate

Pierce joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2014. Previously, he worked in private equity at Century Park Capital Partners, a lower middle market equity fund based in Los Angeles. He started his career as an Associate with Revolution Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Pierce received a B.B.A. in finance with a minor in Italian from the University of Notre Dame. Pierce lives with his wife and daughter in a western suburb of Cleveland.

Pierce joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2014. Previously, he worked in private equity at Century Park Capital Partners, a lower middle market equity fund based in Los Angeles. He started his career as an Associate with Revolution Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Pierce received a B.B.A. in finance with a minor in Italian from the University of Notre Dame. Pierce lives with his wife and daughter in a western suburb of Cleveland.

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Pierce A. Coticchia
Associate

Pierce joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2014. Previously, he worked in private equity at Century Park Capital Partners, a lower middle market equity fund based in Los Angeles. He started his career as an Associate with Revolution Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. Pierce received a B.B.A. in finance with a minor in Italian from the University of Notre Dame. Pierce lives with his wife and daughter in a western suburb of Cleveland.

Emma E. Schloss
Analyst

Emma joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2015 after graduating from the University of Mount Union with a B.A. in both finance and human resource management. Emma grew up and continues to live on the west side of Cleveland.

Emma joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2015 after graduating from the University of Mount Union with a B.A. in both finance and human resource management. Emma grew up and continues to live on the west side of Cleveland.

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Emma E. Schloss
Analyst

Emma joined PNC Erieview Capital in 2015 after graduating from the University of Mount Union with a B.A. in both finance and human resource management. Emma grew up and continues to live on the west side of Cleveland.