Alvin Vitangcol, vice president of Einhorn Associates & Capital Midwest Fund
Name: Alvin Vitangcol
Title: Vice president
Company: Einhorn Associates & Capital Midwest Fund
City of Residence: Milwaukee
Family:Married, one daughter
How does the market look to you? "I am working primarily on the life science side of our business, so I haven’t seen as big an impact with public market conditions as some other sectors. We did have a reverse merger deal that didn’t go as expected recently. But other than that, most of our deals on the life science side deal with early-stage companies and there are still a good number of angel investors looking for deals and the venture capital funds have committed funds that have already been raised."
What are you working on now? "We are raising a venture capital fund to focus on investing in early-stage Midwest (primarily Wisconsin) life science and other socially responsible companies. We have already had an initial closing and made several small investments."
What was the best deal you’ve been involved in? "It would probably have to be working on the sale of the Mautz Paint business to Sherwin-Williams. Mautz was a terrific family business here in Wisconsin with a strong set of advisors, which made it easier to overcome the challenges that we encountered with the deal."
What was the funniest or most interesting moment of your career? "I don’t think I can pinpoint one particular interesting moment, but I see a large number of life science companies and there are so many interesting technologies out there that, once developed, would have a huge benefit to society and are good business investments as well. There’s always something new to learn in dealing with these companies."