Joe Bute

Joe has over forty years' experience in both direct organization and business management as well as an investor in small and lower market businesses throughout the United States.

He began his professional career as the Director of Community Services for the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago where he learned how to design and develop innovative programs that were responsive to the neighborhood challenges across the Midwest Region.

 

During his tenure he developed programs to address public welfare reform, public education, criminal justice, rural economic development and youth employment. He was a senior manager for urban programs for the YMCA in both Chicago and Oakland, California; led one of the largest neighborhood organizations in Chicago and came to Pittsburgh to turnaround the largest community development corporation in the city.

He went on to engage in business assistance and development starting with developing a nationally recognized distressed business program for the state of Pennsylvania before joining with the first of three business investment companies - American Capital Strategies, Gladstone Capital and FNB Capital Partners.

During his private sector investing career he evaluated well over 500 business opportunities, invested over $200 million in debt and equity and participated in the oversight of a twenty company portfolio during this period. University of San Francisco with an undergraduate degree in Public Management. He has lived and worked in the Pittsburgh area since 1989.

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