EXECUTIVE SEARCH

 

Centennial Advisory Group brings over 20 years of experience to placing executive talent with alternative and traditional investment firms, banks, broker dealers, wealth managers and investment industry service providers. 

Our Job Function Expertise Includes:

  • Portfolio Managers and Investment Analysts

  • Sales, Marketing & Investment Product Distribution Executives

  • Finance and Operations Leaders including CFOs and COOs 

Our Financial Services Sectors Include:

  • Private Credit & Direct Lending

  • Private Equity 

  • Hedge Funds

  • Traditional Asset Managers

  • Mutual Funds & ETFs

  • Wealth Managers 

  • Investment Industry Service Providers

 

EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES

 

Centennial Advisory Group offers litigation and arbitration support for employment, compensation and valuation matters. We provide expert reports and testimony at deposition and trial for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. We also provide executive compensation analysis for divorce, personal injury and wrongful death cases. 

 

Centennial offers expert services for cases pertaining to numerous industry segments including, financial services, investment management, capital markets, municipal government and other industries.

Centennial Managing Partner Frank Carr, has particular expertise in the areas of hiring, employment and compensation for financial services executives, as well as in the sales and distribution process for investment products, both at the retail and institutional level. 

 

Frank Carr Expert Witness Experience

 
 
 
 

Frank Carr is a former corporate banker, investment firm Chief Financial Officer and a 20 year veteran of executive search for the investment management industry. He is a registered expert witness with Round Table Group (formerly Thomson Reuters) Gerson Lehrman Group, TASA and Experts.com. Mr. Carr has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in Federal, State and County courts and in American Arbitration Association, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration matters in jurisdictions including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas, Delaware, Ohio and Wisconsin.

 

Prior to forming Centennial, he had been a Managing Director in the Global Asset Management practice at A.T. Kearney Executive Search, a top 10 U.S. search firm. He began his executive search career at LAI Ward Howell which was later acquired by TMP Worldwide (owners of Monster.com). Mr. Carr’s recruiting experience covers a broad range of job functions within the investment management industry, including: Portfolio Management; Investment Sales, Distribution & Investor Relations; Operations, Finance, Legal & Administration. 

 

Mr. Carr has authored several articles for FundFire (Financial Times), Ignites,  HedgeWorld, The MFA Reporter, FINalternatives.com and Hedge Fund Magazine, and he has been quoted in publications such as Bloomberg News, CNN Money, FundFire, Ignites, Absolute Return, Hedge Fund Alert, HedgeWorld and Hedge Fund Manager Week. He has also served as both a moderator and panelist at investment industry conferences and events sponsored by The Managed Funds Association, EuroMoney, NICSA, InfoVest21, Columbia Business School, and CAIA, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association. 

 

Prior to entering executive search, Mr. Carr was Chief Financial Officer of The Marevista Fund, a Connecticut-based private investment firm which included a hedge fund and a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). He managed the accounting and compliance functions as well as the offering and sales process for the firm’s investment units, including registration with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Carr started his career in commercial bank lending, initially with Citigroup in their Wall Street Commodities division and later specialized in financing independent feature film producers, TV producers and television station owners on behalf of European American Bank in New York. 

 

Mr. Carr is a graduate of Williams College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy and he had previously held FINRA licenses, Series 3, 6 and 63.  Mr. Carr also holds the Compensation Studies Certificate from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Matti Prima joined Centennial Advisory Group in 2019 as Managing Director. Mr. Prima is a former corporate and investment banker and corporate operations officer specializing in corporate turnarounds, financial and operational management. 

 

His experience and areas of specialization include:

  • Commercial and Investment Banking

  • Leveraged Buyouts

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Corporate Valuations

  • Initial Public Offerings

  • Structured financings

  • Patents & Copyrights

  • Organizational turnarounds

  • Product Distribution and Sales Channel Development

  • Personnel evaluation and compensation metrics development


Mr. Prima began his career as a commercial banker specializing in the media and entertainment industry. He financed newspaper, television and radio station properties and his specialization evolved into the investment banking arena when he became a Senior Managing Director at Henry Ansbacher & Co., a London-headquartered merchant bank. While at Ansbacher, Mr. Prima organized over $2 billion of mergers and acquisitions in the media and communications industry. Some of his transactions included the sale of the New Haven, CT Register; Morristown, NJ Daily Record; Bridgeport, CT Post; WTTV, Indianapolis; and multimedia empire Trailer Life Enterprises. This experience led him to Siegel+Gale, a high-profile New York City digital brand management company, where as Vice President he managed banking relationships and all financial operations. Mr. Prima was later recruited to educational media company Peoples Publishing Group (which became Peoples Education Inc), where he was hired as divisional president of Measuring Up, a nationwide digital and print publisher of K-12 standards-based materials.  He then helped to start up GradeResults, a live on-line tutoring educational service. Later in his career he was recruited to turnaround EPS, an educational publishing company which is a subsidiary of School Specialty. 

 

Mr. Prima holds a B.S degree in Business Economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He previously held FINRA licenses series 7 and 63.

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