Richard B. Steele, Managing Member                   Click here to print

Rick founded Longmeadow Capital in 1993, and has been actively involved in all of its principal investments. From 1994 through 1996, Rick acted as CEO for Poland Communications, Inc., Poland’s largest cable television provider. From 1998 to 2004, he was also a founder and managing partner of Summer Street Capital Partners, LLC, a $100 million private equity fund focused on later-stage middle market companies.

Prior to founding Longmeadow Capital, Rick worked at Chase Enterprises, a highly successful, privately held investment firm based in Hartford, Connecticut where he held a variety of senior management positions, including CEO of several business segments and CFO for the organization. In his varying capacities, Rick had senior management authority for the company’s real estate and communications businesses, as well as responsibility for the company’s capital markets transactions, banking relationships and investment portfolio.

Rick received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Andrew M. Zaback, Managing Member
Prior to joining Longmeadow Capital Partners, LLC in November 2004, Andy served as Managing Director of Next Generation Ventures, LLC, an early stage venture capital fund based in Rocky Hill, CT. At NextGen, Andy was responsible for developing and managing portfolio investments. He also provided strategic advice, business development expertise and managerial assistance to NextGen’s portfolio companies.

Andy has over twenty years of venture capital, business development and investment experience, with particular focus on health care, technology and business services. He has also held senior corporate development roles within healthcare services companies including Kelson Pediatric Partners, which grew from inception to over $120 million in revenues during Andy’s tenure with the company. Andy has also consulted extensively to wide range of businesses and institutions on business development, capital raising, and strategy issues.

Andy holds an MBA in Finance from Indiana University, with a BSBA from North Adams State College.

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Larry Kries, Venture Partner

Larry joined Longmeadow Capital Partners in January 2006 after nearly 30 years as a healthcare service industry entrepreneur and executive.  Larry brings a wealth of hands-on operating, fundraising and transaction experience and his addition to the team underscores Longmeadow’s commitment to the healthcare sector.

 Beginning in 1976, Larry helped direct the development of the first HMO in Louisville, KY and oversaw its acquisition by HealthAmerica Corp. in 1982.  He subsequently joined the management team of HealthAmerica and led several operating divisions of what became a nationwide provider and NYSE listed company.  In 1989, Larry was named President of a struggling Miami-based health plan, CareFlorida Health Systems, where he joined with a new investor group to turn around the business and position it for sale to Foundation Health for $250 million in 1996.  From 1997-2003, Larry headed Kelson Pediatric Partners – the country’s largest operator and manager of pediatric medical practices.  Before joining Longmeadow, he served as CEO of a specialized pharmacy benefit management company.   

Larry earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky where he graduated with honors.

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Jeffrey Winokur, Venture Partner

Jeff joined Longmeadow Capital Partners in June of 2007 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Health Partners, LLC.  Jeff is widely recognized by physicians, manufacturers, and payers as a leading expert on vaccine procurement, administration, and reimbursement. Mr. Winokur brings a true customer focus to Atlantic and his previous work focused on practice improvement services primarily related to managed care contracting.


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