Meet the Strike team.

Experience is invaluable.

john shumate
CEO, Founder

John Shumate

John has over a decade of financial and transactional experience, including buy-side and sell-side M&A; debt and equity capital raises; strategic consulting; complex financial modeling; business plan development; equity and derivative valuation; and venture incubation.
rob penta
General Counsel

Rob Penta

Rob is a veteran transaction attornery with extensive experience in negotiating complex financial transactions, commercial and industrial real estate acquisitions, stock and asset purchases, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate contract negotiations. Prior to Strike, Rob was a member of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP for 13 years.
mark crane
VP Investor Relations

Mark Crane

Mark's work the past 20 years has connected him to 100+ high net worth individuals, family offices, and venture funds that seek alternative investments in young companies. Mark has co-founded four investment entities: Enterprise Angels, Sequel Fund, DF Distressed Real Estate Fund, and Mass Self Storage Fund.
bill lomicka
Investor

Bill Lomicka

Bill is one of the most experienced and successful early-stage investors and fund managers in Kentucky. In addition to his role with Yearling Fund I and II, which invested in over 20 companies, Bill has made dozens of direct investments in small companies and serves on many of their boards. Bill's credibility helps his portfolio companies secure follow-on financing and his leadership experience on the boards of young companies is truly unmatched.
Vice President, Operations

Madison Ewing

Senior Financial Analyst

Randy Strause

Randy Strause is a Senior Financial Analyst with Strike Ventures. Prior to Strike Ventures, he worked for a boutique law firm focusing on business litigation and professional licensure law. He has also spent time as an intern at Merrill Lynch and the University of Louisville Department of Athletics. Randy graduated Cum Laude from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville with a J.D. in 2020 and Indiana University with a B.S. in Finance in 2017. Randy is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Senior Financial Analyst

Dominick Peters

Dominick Peters is a Senior Financial Analyst with Strike Ventures. Dominick joined the team in July of 2021. Prior to this he worked for several Fortune 500 companies including Hewlett-Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and DXC Technology as a Senior Strategy and Operations Analyst. He has also spent time at start-ups in the Travel and Mobile Payment spaces. Dominick graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Economics in 2014.
Financial Analyst

Clay Thornton

Financial Analyst

Brad Couch

Junior Analyst

Christian Carr

Location

607 West Main Street
Ste 001
Louisville, KY 40202

Contact Us

(502) 208-2125
info@strike.ventures

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