Mitch Shankman - Principal

Mitch leads the Private Equity and Venture Capital practice at Katalyst Group, specializing in technology, consumer and entertainment.  In addition to working with Fortune 500 brands, Mitch works closely with PE/VC firms to fill key positions in their portfolio companies and understands the critical needs and challenges of companies owned by financial sponsors.

Prior to joining Katalyst Group, Mitch was a Director of Business Development with STEP Strategy Advisors, a Los Angeles based M&A Advisory firm where he partnered with private equity firms and small businesses in the consumer and technology sectors seeking growth through acquisition; assessing for both financial and cultural compatibility.   

Previously, Mitch spent 5 years as a Director of Talent at Kazarian, Spencer, Ruskin & Associates in Los Angeles.  

Mitch graduated from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University with a BS in Finance and International Business.  He is a member of ACG and an avid Cleveland sports fan.