Bill McNitt is a senior executive with public and private company experience in a wide variety of industries. Since 2000 he has been a Principal of Thurston Group a Chicago based Private Equity firm which invests in lower middle market companies. He has significant experience as an executive officer with a deep understanding of financial markets and institutions with international exposure and strengths in developing solutions to complex financial challenges. He has had extensive experience in the Private/Alternative Investing sector with areas of focus including venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and leveraged and management buyouts. As a senior finance officer of companies such as Gould Electronics, a conglomerate with operations in 40 countries, Zenith Electronics, a Fortune 200 consumer electronics company and Netdox, an Internet security services company, Bill played a key role in numerous acquisitions and divestitures ranging in size from $5 to $250 million, as well as directing corporate finance, tax, banking, investor relations, rating agency, treasury, financial operations and ERISA/pension fund administration. He was responsible for corporate-wide risk management, including foreign currency, commodity, and interest rate exposure; directed bank relations with over 70 multinational financial service companies; and initiated and completed significant long-term financings, including publicly-issued Eurobonds, foreign currency debentures, industrial revenue bonds and sale and leasebacks. At Zenith, Bill was a key member of the strategic planning and operating committees chaired by the CEO. In 1995, Bill was named Zenith’s Chief Financial Officer. In 1995-96, LG Electronics acquired Zenith in a two- step stock transaction process that he lead. Bill received a B. A. with Honors in Economics from Amherst College and a MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School. He is a certified public accountant and CFA.