TEAM

Our investment experts have a unique ability to analyze risk and incubate, nurture, and support the companies we invest in. With each investment, we work to develop a project vision that offers immediate results, yet continues to grow over time.

CONTACT | asmanna@bmdllc.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

As Chairman and Founder, Tony is the lead strategist for the organization, setting the vision and culture based on 25+ years of success in dealmaking and entrepreneurship.

BACKGROUND

Innovative & Relentless: Tony’s Unwavering Passion for Big Picture Success

Tony epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit. Tony is the founder of both M7 and Signet, LLC and now serves both organizations as lead strategist. Tony has spent 25+ years creating collaborative partnerships that relentlessly advance initiatives and ventures in diversified manufacturing, distribution, health and wellness, technology, startups, investment banking and finance. Tony has also developed over $5 billion in real estate development and property management projects. As a direct result of his steadfast leadership and inspirational vision, M7 has developed an unconventional approach to global investment that uniquely engages customized resources to orchestrate long-term growth and positive impact across many business sectors.

EDUCATION

Emory University, J.D.

The Ohio State University, B.S.

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CONTACT | lswalko@bmdllc.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

Lee is the lead legal counsel for all M7 deals, a role he has held in partnership with Tony Manna since 1994.

BACKGROUND

Lee is one of the founding Partners of M7's sister-organization, the law firm Brennan, Manna, Diamond (BMD), and served as its co-Managing Partner through 2020. He practices in and heads its Corporate, Real Estate and Merger and Acquisition Departments.

While serving as corporate counsel to the M7 team, Lee has closed transactions in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, software, and real estate. Primarily focusing on acquisitions, recapitalizations and dispositions of operating businesses, Lee has developed significant technical expertise in developing deal documents, managing comprehensive or targeted due diligence reviews, coordinating deal teams of cross-practice specialists and strategically partnering with clients to navigate the "art of the deal."

For more information on Lee’s practice, please visit the BMD website below.

EDUCATION

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Muskingum College, B.A., magna cum laude

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CONTACT | courtney@m7holdings.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

As President of M7 Holdings, Courtney works closely with Tony on the alignment of M7’s mission, values and investment philosophy within the overall portfolio. Courtney is responsible for the firm’s operations and its assets.

BACKGROUND

Courtney came to M7 in January of 2023 as President of M7 Ventures focusing on acquisitions within the firm’s manufacturing and alternative energy platforms. Before joining M7, Eaton was an Officer at Meaden & Moore, Ltd., a Cleveland-based public accounting firm. While practicing as a CPA, she advised privately held business owners, their leadership teams, and other stakeholders on financial, tax and operational matters. In this capacity, Eaton worked with businesses in various industries, including manufacturing, distribution, real estate investment, private equity, and technology.

PHILANTHROPIC PURSUITS

Leadership Akron – Board of Directors

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio - Executive Board of Directors

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens – Board of Directors

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Kent State University, B.B.A.

Certified Public Accountant - Ohio

CONTACT | anthony@m7holdings.com

ROLE | M7 Ventures

Anthony is responsible for the firm’s alternative energy platform, where he utilizes his expertise to advance solar power adoption among commercial and residential property owners through M7’s portfolio company, Sunray Sustainability.

BACKGROUND

Anthony holds certifications from Solar Energy International (SEI) and has a deep understanding of today’s sustainable energy landscape. His expertise allows him to guide businesses and homeowners to solutions that significantly reduce their energy expenses and environmental impact.

With over a decade of entrepreneurial and leadership experience across multiple industries, including manufacturing, software, and professional services, Anthony consistently demonstrates a capacity for innovation and strategic growth. His background includes 4+ years as a management consultant for finance teams at Fortune 500 companies, where he excelled in financial process redesign and optimizing efficiencies through advanced automation and labor arbitrage strategies.

Anthony’s entrepreneurial journey includes founding and co-founding two software startups, as well as a professional services firm that supports growth strategies for startups and small businesses. His diverse experience also extends to developing the go-to-market strategy for a large-scale manufacturing operation and an advanced chemicals company.

EDUCATION

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management, M.B.A. (Strategy & Finance)

The Ohio State University, B.A.

CONTACT | ryan@m7holdings.com

ROLE | M7 Ventures

Ryan is responsible for the firm’s manufacturing platform, with his current efforts being predominantly concentrated on Harwood Rubber Products, where his focus lies in optimizing systems and operations while pursuing expansion opportunities with a strategic emphasis on long-term growth.

BACKGROUND

A U.S. Army veteran, Ryan's leadership journey began as an Engineer Officer in Afghanistan, where he honed his dedication to teamwork, discipline, and a strong work ethic. This military experience has infused his professional approach with resilience and a commitment to achieving objectives, values that are integral to his role at M7.

In addition to his military background, Ryan has extensive manufacturing experience, leading the development and implementation of over $100M in global capital projects to deliver cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities for some of the world’s leading technology companies, then leading manufacturing teams providing 24/7/365 operations. Leveraging his ability to navigate complex challenges and deliver results in dynamic settings, Ryan continues to drive operational excellence to ensure the success of the firm’s manufacturing platforms.

EDUCATION

The Citadel, B.S.

CONTACT | cody@m7holdings.com

ROLE | M7 Ventures

As Director of Commercial Projects, Cody focuses on commercial energy efficiency projects within M7’s alternative energy platform, including Sunray Sustainability. He holds certificates from Solar Energy International (SEI) and leverages his deep understanding of sustainable energy to help commercial property owners select the best efficiency applications for their needs.

Cody’s experience in engineering management and operational excellence (Lean Six Sigma), also supports the firm’s manufacturing portfolio companies.

BACKGROUND

Cody spent over a decade in engineering and manufacturing operations with BWXT. In his most recent role, he was responsible for a team of over 175 people and $500 million in assets, working primarily on the production of pressure vessels for military applications.

PHILANTHROPIC PURSUITS

The Village of St Edwards – Board of Directors

Ashland University Engineering Leadership – Advisory Board Member

EDUCATION

University of Akron, BS Mechanical Engineering

Ashland University, M.B.A.

Project Management Professional (PMP) – Project Management Institute (PMI)

CONTACT | clmanna@bmdllc.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

Cassandra provides legal counsel to M7, specializing in estate planning and wealth management.

BACKGROUND

Cassandra focuses her practice on estate planning and wealth management. She works with our family-run leadership teams to grow and strengthen companies as they transition from one generation to the next. Cassandra also has extensive experience helping companies acquire or sell businesses, manage corporate governance, form and organize affiliated entities, and develop commercial leases.

Cassandra’s clients include individuals, looking to negotiate the terms of a prenuptial agreement, prepare their assets for a smooth transition to a new ownership, or create a foundation legacy. She works with couples to protect their wealth, take care of their children, and make sure their spouse is cared for when they are gone. Cassandra also helps leaders at small to medium-sized businesses protect voting interests and growth in the event of personal complications, including divorce, death or disability.

For more information on Cassandra’s practice, please visit the BMD website below.

EDUCATION

Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

The Ohio State University, B.S.B.A.

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CONTACT | austin.manna@bmdllc.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

Austin provides legal counsel to M7, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, real estate and private placements. Austin also provides financial analysis and legal counsel for the family office's venture capital business, M7 Ace Neo.

BACKGROUND

Austin is a corporate attorney at Brennan, Manna, Diamond, LLC (“BMD”) and focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, real estate and private placements. Prior to joining BMD, he gained valuable experience working with one of the nation’s top law firms on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Before Austin attended law school, he worked as a financial and corporate strategy analyst for one of the top 25 banks in the U.S., focusing primarily on strategic mergers and acquisitions. He offers a wealth of experience in drafting deal documents, managing legal due diligence, and effectively communicating with opposing counsel to achieve the best possible outcome for clients. Austin has extensive experience assisting both startup founders and venture capital investors. By utilizing his legal and financial expertise, Austin is pivotal to sourcing, vetting, and analyzing venture capital investment opportunities for M7, as well as providing legal counsel in such matters.

EDUCATION

Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (2021)

The Ohio State University, B.S.B.A. (2016)

CONTACT | tino@m7holdings.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

Tino supports the firm and its portfolio companies with day-to-day accounting and finance needs. Tino also works with the M7 Ace Neo early-stage investment portfolio and assists with the evaluation of investment opportunities.

BACKGROUND

Tino spent two years at Brennan Manna & Diamond working with the CFO and Controller, analyzing financial statements and working on forecast models. In addition to analyzing accounts, he supported the implementation of new software systems and merging offices following an acquisition.

EDUCATION

University of Akron’s Williams Honors College, B.S.

Entrepreneurship and Economics - Minor

CONTACT | john@m7holdings.com

ROLE | M7 Ace NEO

John oversees the family office's venture capital investments, helping build the partner network to facilitate quality deal flow, and assessing early-stage investment opportunities.

BACKGROUND

John brings a lifetime of experience working with entrepreneurs, business owners, and early-stage companies. His career spans executive roles with large publicly traded companies as well as early-stage, angel and venture-backed technology companies, including his own bootstrapped start-up. He has participated in capital raises from angels and established venture capital organizations with successful exits along the way. John previously served as an executive with several SaaS companies and president of JumpStart, a venture development organization in Northeast Ohio.

EDUCATION

University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, B.S.A.

INSEAD, Executive Leadership Coursework (Fontainebleau, France)

CONTACT | yasmin@m7holdings.com

ROLE | M7 Ace NEO

BACKGROUND

Yasmin is a Singapore native and brings an impressive 23 years of experience with the National University of Singapore to M7. As a Senior Manager, she led education technology developments, including the implementation of cloud-based technologies and learning services. During her time with Organization Excellence and Transformation Unit (OETU) under the Office of the President, she managed projects for the university’s corporate functions and change management initiatives.

Yasmin moved to NUS Enterprise in 2022, the entrepreneurship arm of the university, where she supported early-stage startups under the HANGAR Incubation program. This was an opportunity for Yasmin to help build and nurture the pipeline of early-stage start-up teams to be venture-ready. She also managed the operational aspects of the program, including hot-desking, office space management, and other services provided to incubators. During this time, Yasmin was also responsible for assessing the suitability of startups involved with the program. She is currently with INSEAD Business School embarking on a new role in product management.

Her expertise as an IT integrator makes her a suitable lead for any established organization—locally and around the globe.

EDUCATION

Diploma in Electronics Engineering (Graduated with Merit), Temasek Polytechnic

ITIL 4 Strategic Leader DIRECT, MANAGE, IMPROVE – AXELOS

Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute (PMI)

CONTACT | acribovich@bmdllc.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

Adrian is legal counsel for M7 deals, specializing in tax and corporate governance issues.

BACKGROUND

Adrian focuses his practice on general corporate law governance issues, asset and stock purchase agreements, commercial real estate purchases and sales, commercial lease negotiations, and commercial loan workouts.

He has extensive experience preparing tax returns for ‘C’ Corporations, ‘S’ Corporations, partnerships, estates, non-profit corporations, and individuals. Adrian has represented clients in IRS audits and collection appeals before the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court. He has successfully negotiated claims and exemptions cases before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. Adrian also has experience forming non-profit organizations in the State of Ohio and applying for income tax exemptions.

For more information on Adrian’s practice, please visit the BMD website below.

EDUCATION

University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Toledo College of Business, M.B.A.

Wayne State University, Master of Laws, Taxation, LLM

College of Wooster, B.A.

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CONTACT | wjwolf@bmdllc.com

ROLE | M7 Holdings

Bill provides finance and accounting guidance on M7 deals.

BACKGROUND

For 20+ years, Bill has profitably grown middle market companies through strategic business planning, returns-based capital investments, bank and government financing, and sound cash flow management. Bill serves as a trusted business advisor, who combines broad experience with natural curiosity and creativity. He provides insightful analyses and innovative solutions that lower costs and increase productivity.

Skilled in resolving complex financial and operating issues, Bill is a reliable ally for the M7 Family Investment Office. He knows how to build high-performance, cross-functional teams and has a reputation for principled and holistic leadership.

EDUCATION

Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management, M.B.A. (Consulting)

University of Notre Dame - B.B.A.