The Sporos Advisory Group team brings over 100 years of experience and a notable track record to bear on every engagement. We firmly believe in partnership and working hand in hand with management teams to unlock value and accelerate growth.

Nishant Machado


Nishant has over 15 years of restructuring and turnaround experience and has served as CEO, CFO, CRO, COO, etc., for companies across several verticals, representing private equity sponsors in troubled portfolio companies. A Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, Nishant’s finance and restructuring experience covers various industry sectors including financial services, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, food and beverage, consumer products, real estate, homebuilding, manufactured housing and transportation. Nishant, in his CEO/CRO roles, has stabilized troubled businesses, developed and executed on Strategic Value Creation Plans and materially enhanced returns. Nishant’s approach has been hands-on, providing him with years of deep operational experience.

Jim Weissenborn


Jim has over 35 years of executive leadership experience including positions as CEO, CFO, COO and CRO of many national, international, public and private corporations. Jim founded Mackinac Partners, a restructuring and turnaround firm, focused on the lower middle market, grew it into a national practice and sold it in 2021. Jim has also served as a retained strategic advisor and Board Member for numerous corporations, sponsors, lenders and executive leadership teams. In Jim’s advisory roles he has worked intimately with executive teams and sponsors, providing strategic and financial guidance to drive short and long-term value. Jim’s depth and breadth of experience in the private and public sectors, across verticals, has resulted in him leading companies through complex M&A transactions, IPOs, etc.

Howard Lanznar


Howard has over 35 years’ experience as both legal advisor and principal, executing M&A strategies and related corporate finance transactions and leading the integration of acquired businesses. He has guided companies, directors, and senior executives regarding strategic planning, corporate governance, and legal compliance. His experience spans multiple industries and start-ups to NYSE-listed corporations. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Diamond Resorts International where he led all strategic growth initiatives, including Diamond Resorts’ initial public offering, the execution and integration of bolt-on acquisitions, design and implementation of new compliance programs, and its sale to affiliates of Apollo. Mr. Lanznar spent over 30 years as a corporate attorney, primarily with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he advised distressed clients as a Senior Partner and Chair of the firm’s National Corporate Practice.

Marc Still


Marc has over 35 years of experience in investment and merchant banking, private equity, insurance, M&A, real estate, technology, Insurtech, and Fintech specific to the Cannabis and Hemp sector. In addition Marc is the founder and CEO of two startup companies in Insurtech and Cannabis. Marc began his career on Wall Street at Bear Stearns & Co. before forming Aspen Advisors, LP, a Dallas, Texas based investment and merchant banking firm. Having participated in over one hundred corporate transactions, Marc has earned a reputation for being creative in implementing strategies and structures for companies, management teams, Boards of Directors, secured lenders, and entrepreneurs. In addition to serving as the CEO of several Companies and Boards of Directors, he has also directed the operational and financial turnarounds of distressed companies in a variety of industries including financial and business services, technology and telecommunications.

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