Senior Managing Director
Allen Witters leads Gravitas with support from the company’s other Principals and Advisors. Over his 35-year career, Allen has helped shape modern business by founding and operating several leading services, manufacturing and technology companies. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • Companies he has founded are still in existence today (20+ years), and have delivered billions in earnings and dividends to stakeholders. • His companies have been bought by CenturyLink, Hewlett Packard, Di-Nippon, Harris Corp, Sumitumo, Souix Steel, and Pharmacia • Managed M&A across 50+ deals. • Managed $400mm+ P&L, $3B+ CAPEX/OPEX Budgets. • Generated contracts worth $25B+ • Cloud, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, M2M, IoT and Platforms of all flavors. • Led private and public companies - from Early Stage to Successful Exit.
Driving structural innovation to serve markets and stakeholders more effectively is a 25-year passion. Dan has been a leader in adapting to and structuring change across diverse markets and industries including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, law and real estate. He began his career after graduating from law and business school as an attorney in private practice and as an entrepreneur. As an attorney, Dan worked with a diverse set of clients ranging from Fortune 5 companies to start-ups. A focus was on adapting to the emerging implications of the internet to existing well-established businesses and creating new opportunities for venture-backed firms. For example, Dan acted as primary digital counsel for Kodak and as outside general counsel for multiple B2B exchange startups within the food and agriculture industries whose members included Cargill, Dupont, Cenex Harvest State and others. Dan went in-house to GMAC initially as an attorney structuring GMAC international expansion of its securitization capabilities to new markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia and eventually starting and scaling a securitization business for GMAC in Latin America and ultimately selling and running the business for Lehman Brothers. After 2008 Dan has been the CEO of three venture-backed firms within network security, healthcare and University-based innovation and is currently an Intrapreneur in Residence at Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 300 financial services company. Dan continues to invest and advise multiple companies on their innovation and scaling practices with an emphasis on structured roll-ups and alliances that adapt to changing market conditions.
John Arciero is a business strategist, serial entrepreneur, and salesman extraordinaire with a long list of achievements. Through a proven combination of leadership, selling, and management skills. John has enabled leaders and companies to achieve their goals and ambitions. John was a highly successful real estate salesman and developer prior to forming his first company in the corporate security sector. He grew that company, GRN, into a 250-employee business and successfully exited via a sale to a much larger competitor. He then transitioned into executive sales and management consulting roles in communications and technology and enjoyed a ten-year career selling to mid-market and Fortune 500 clients such as Nucor Steel, GM, Chrysler, Boeing, and Continental. John then launched his consulting firm, Arciero Associates, in 2004 to assist other startup entrepreneurs and business leaders of mid-market and enterprise clients. Since then he has been involved in several successful startups and consulted dozens of clients across a range of industries including fintech, technology, banking, finance, and healthcare. John’s innovative marketing and sales strategies have yielded high-level client relationships and exceeding sales and revenue targets annually. In his role as a growth advisor and business development coach and leader, he has generated millions of dollars in value for his businesses and clients over the years.
Tom has over 25 years of experience in the asset management business, primarily raising capital in the alternative investment space (Hedge Funds, Real Estate, Private Equity). Since 2007 he has been focused on alternative investment capital placement. Tom has held senior positions at various premiere asset management firms, including The Blackstone Group, Alliance Capital Management and MetLife Asset Management. Additionally, Tom was the Co-Head of Marketing at Cambridge Place Investment Management-London, where he co-managed the firm’s international marketing group. At Cambridge, he raised significant capital for structured credit hedge funds, real estate and private equity funds from global investors.