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Lou Amatucci

Mr. Amatucci serves a Partner at Centarus Ventures. He is a corporate, securities, and regulatory defense attorney who has more than a decade of legal experience and more than fifteen years of prior management and executive level business experience at a number of large national and multinational corporations.

His legal practice has focuses on corporate law, securities law, and regulatory defense.

Prior to heading Centarus, Mr. Amatucci was managing partner and general counsel at a respected Midwestern real estate operating company and securities issuer. During that time, he was responsibility for overseeing all of the corporate, securities, and compliance matters relative to the company. Mr. Amatucci and Centarus have, also, represented clients in front of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Illinois State Securities Department, and the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, subsequent to clients’ failing to comply with securities laws or receiving misdirection from prior counsel. Mr. Amatucci and Centarus have litigated cases in Illinois state court ranging from breach of contract to investor fraud matters.

His passion is helping businesses of all sizes with their growth and development, and he is a true “business lawyer” since he is among a small percentage of attorneys that possesses high level and diverse business experience. Specifically, he has over a decade of prior business experience in each of the following industries: technology, banking, and real estate.

In the technology industry, he held engineering, senior engineering and executive level management positions at numerous large and respected national and international companies, to include, Unisys, NGK/ NTK, Motorola, and Varta Gmbh. In the banking and financial services industry, he was an executive level manager at a major national bank. In addition, he served as managing partner of a boutique securities broker dealer, where he had responsibility for all operations of the office, including management of registered representatives, profit and loss responsibility, and oversight of day to day activities.

Finally, he has spent over a decade in the real estate industry where he sold investment real estate, was a licensed real estate instructor, and he was a licensed managing real estate broker. His cumulative real estate industry experience includes over a decade of investment sales and commercial real estate deal structuring experience.

Mr. Amatucci holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and three advanced degrees, including a Master of Science, a Master of Arts, and a Juris Doctor. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, New York University-Polytechnic Institute, and John Marshall Law School where he was an honored recipient of the Ronald Rosenberg academic scholarship, and where he graduated with Dean’s List honors. He has, also, been an active member of the Illinois and New York Bar associations, and he is a former graduate level college professor of corporate and employment law.

Frank Constant

Mr. Constant serves as Partner at Centarus Ventures.  He enjoys using his decades of experience in corporate leadership positions and applying it to helping people and companies reach their goals.  He has over two decades of management in the retail sector serving diverse customer markets in Chicagoland.  He has launched several start-up businesses taking on the operational duties while surrounding himself with experts in the skills and disciplines necessary for success.

His yearning to help others is what drives him daily and has afforded him the opportunity to help grow and develop people, projects, and products.   Mr. Constant was Chief Operating Officer at a respected Midwestern real estate operating company and securities issuer. During that time, he was responsible for overseeing every aspect of the multi-family properties in the portfolio. He has enjoyed helping businesses of all sizes by providing them with access to skilled securities counsel, regulatory defense counsel, due diligence experts, capital consulting experts, and marketing professionals.

Currently he gets involved in what he likes to call Community Development.  He enjoys speaking with Universities and Inventors who are looking to commercialize technologies that are disruptive and impactful.  He is able to listen well and looks for ways to connect people and companies who can develop new business.

Ben Bickerstaff

Ben is an experienced professional in technology assessment and commercialization. His education is in Civil & Environmental engineering as well as an MBA. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started many different companies to further the development of new technology. Additionally, Ben has served as a technology transfer professional at an R1 research institution. In that capacity, Ben examined 300+ new technologies, consulted on their patent applications, and developed over 100 commercialization strategies to further the new technologies.