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Richard F. Gioia

Richard (“Rich”) co-founded Gioia Capital and is its managing member.  He specializes in identifying investment opportunities, working with all key parties to structure a solutions-based partnership, and collaborating with stakeholders to develop and drive meaningful value creation strategies following the investment.

Rich launched Gioia Capital after founding Lorraine Capital in 2013.  At Lorraine, a private investment firm that acquires controlling positions in companies in the northeast with an Upstate New York focus, Rich served as the managing member and, over a six-year period, Lorraine made a number of acquisitions.  He remains an owner in all businesses acquired prior to launching Gioia Capital in 2019.

Rich began his career practicing law.   Out of law school, he served as a Confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. William M. Skretny, United States District Court Judge, Western District of New York.  Following that, he worked at Damon Morey, a law firm with a focus in Upstate New York, splitting time between the commercial litigation and corporate departments.

Rich received an M.B.A from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School where he received the Dean’s Leadership Award.  He received a J.D., cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law.  And he received a B.A. from George Washington University.

Richard is the co-founder of Gioia Capital.  He focuses his time on cultivating new investment opportunities, drawing on decades of family business experience and a keen understanding of the unique challenges business owners face when contemplating succession planning.

Prior to Gioia Capital, Richard served as the President of Gioia Macaroni, one of the largest employers in Upstate New York at the time.  After three generations, the family sold Gioia Macaroni in 1976 to RHM, a British-based food conglomerate.  Following Gioia Macaroni, Richard, along with one of his brothers, Anthony, acquired Armor Box Corporation, a Buffalo-based corrugated packaging company.  Richard and Anthony later acquired two more companies, Corson Manufacturing and Cello Pack Corporation, both packaging-based businesses.  Richard sold Cello Pack in 2013 and retired from day-to-day business engagement.  In 2019, he came out of retirement to co-found Gioia Capital.

Richard received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.  He, along with his family, remains actively engaged in Buffalo-based civic institutions, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Cherry Hill Club, Elmwood Franklin School, Canisius High School & College, the Buffalo Club, and much more.

Bruce Popko was named Chief Operating Officer for Gioia Capital in September 2019.  As part of the shared services model used by Gioia Capital, Popko will oversee the day to day operations for the companies in the Gioia Capital portfolio, focusing on operational efficiencies and the development and implementation of growth strategies.

Popko was Pegula Sports and Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer from 2017 until early 2019. He served as COO of all business units under the Pegula Sports and Entertainment portfolio, including the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres along with four other professional teams and 17 other operating entities.  He served as governor of the Buffalo Bandits and held the role of vice chairman of the National Lacrosse League’s Board of Governors. From 2014 to January 2017, Popko was PSE’s EVP of business development, and oversaw the expansion of the department in the summer of 2014 to combine many of the operations of the Bills, Sabres, Harborcenter and additional PSE properties.

Popko joined Pegula Sports and Entertainment after serving as the chief revenue officer for the Buffalo Bills.  Before joining the Bills, Popko served as senior vice president at IMG and previously was the Cleveland Browns’ vice president of business development. He has also held sales and marketing positions with the San Francisco 49ers, National Football League and New York Jets.

Popko graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he earned his MBA in finance and marketing. He currently serves on the boards for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Nardin Academy, WNED/WBFO, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, the Law Enforcement Foundation of Western New York and the Western New York Lacrosse Foundation.

Richard F. Gioia

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Richard (“Rich”) co-founded Gioia Capital and is its managing member.  He specializes in identifying investment opportunities, working with all key parties to structure a solutions-based partnership, and collaborating with stakeholders to develop and drive meaningful value creation strategies following the investment.

Rich launched Gioia Capital after founding Lorraine Capital in 2013.  At Lorraine, a private investment firm that acquires controlling positions in companies in the northeast with an Upstate New York focus, Rich served as the managing member and, over a six-year period, Lorraine made a number of acquisitions.  He remains an owner in all businesses acquired prior to launching Gioia Capital in 2019.

Rich began his career practicing law.   Out of law school, he served as a Confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. William M. Skretny, United States District Court Judge, Western District of New York.  Following that, he worked at Damon Morey, a law firm with a focus in Upstate New York, splitting time between the commercial litigation and corporate departments.

Rich received an M.B.A from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School where he received the Dean’s Leadership Award.  He received a J.D., cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law.  And he received a B.A. from George Washington University.

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Richard is the co-founder of Gioia Capital.  He focuses his time on cultivating new investment opportunities, drawing on decades of family business experience and a keen understanding of the unique challenges business owners face when contemplating succession planning.

Prior to Gioia Capital, Richard served as the President of Gioia Macaroni, one of the largest employers in Upstate New York at the time.  After three generations, the family sold Gioia Macaroni in 1976 to RHM, a British-based food conglomerate.  Following Gioia Macaroni, Richard, along with one of his brothers, Anthony, acquired Armor Box Corporation, a Buffalo-based corrugated packaging company.  Richard and Anthony later acquired two more companies, Corson Manufacturing and Cello Pack Corporation, both packaging-based businesses.  Richard sold Cello Pack in 2013 and retired from day-to-day business engagement.  In 2019, he came out of retirement to co-found Gioia Capital.

Richard received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.  He, along with his family, remains actively engaged in Buffalo-based civic institutions, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Cherry Hill Club, Elmwood Franklin School, Canisius High School & College, the Buffalo Club, and much more.

Bruce Popko

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Bruce Popko was named Chief Operating Officer for Gioia Capital in September 2019.  As part of the shared services model used by Gioia Capital, Popko will oversee the day to day operations for the companies in the Gioia Capital portfolio, focusing on operational efficiencies and the development and implementation of growth strategies.

Popko was Pegula Sports and Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer from 2017 until early 2019. He served as COO of all business units under the Pegula Sports and Entertainment portfolio, including the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres along with four other professional teams and 17 other operating entities.  He served as governor of the Buffalo Bandits and held the role of vice chairman of the National Lacrosse League’s Board of Governors. From 2014 to January 2017, Popko was PSE’s EVP of business development, and oversaw the expansion of the department in the summer of 2014 to combine many of the operations of the Bills, Sabres, Harborcenter and additional PSE properties.

Popko joined Pegula Sports and Entertainment after serving as the chief revenue officer for the Buffalo Bills.  Before joining the Bills, Popko served as senior vice president at IMG and previously was the Cleveland Browns’ vice president of business development. He has also held sales and marketing positions with the San Francisco 49ers, National Football League and New York Jets.

Popko graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he earned his MBA in finance and marketing. He currently serves on the boards for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Nardin Academy, WNED/WBFO, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, the Law Enforcement Foundation of Western New York and the Western New York Lacrosse Foundation.

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