9Gauge Leadership Team
Executive Managing Partner and CEO
As a first-generationer, John Signa always had an innate drive to build a legacy, and he’s built E78 into one of the fastest-growing consulting firms in the US. John Signa is responsible for the overall strategy and operational direction of Element78. Mr. Signa has over 15 years of experience spanning across financial services and private equity. Over his career, Mr. Signa has developed expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and capital markets. Prior to co-founding E78 Partners, Mr. Signa was the Vice President of corporate finance at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm with $5 billion of assets under management. John earned a B.S. in accounting and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Dominican University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst.
Executive Managing Partner, President, and COO
Brian White provides a unique blend of operational and financial executive experience – along with a strong and expansive network of key influencers, industry experts and service providers – spanning three decades. As the President & COO at E78, and the founder of 9Gauge, Brian consistently delivers a visionary understanding of client challenges and opportunities, and the instinctive ability to facilitate collaboration between the right people to turn strategic concepts into actionable plans – and into business results. He leads client service delivery across all service lines and firm operations for E78 Partners. Brian earned his BBA in Accounting from Texas State University-San Marcos and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Executive Managing Director, CGO
Seth is responsible for driving organic and inorganic growth at E78 Partners, leading sales, marketing and M&A. Prior to E78 Partners, Seth held executive leadership roles at AECOM, one of the largest professional technical services firms in the world, where he was the President of the Industrial Group and the CEO of the Enterprise Facility Maintenance Group. He’s also the former CEO of a national private equity-backed HVAC and Refrigeration services company. Seth received his BA in Political Science from Rice University and his MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Executive Managing Director, Head of Sales & Marketing
As E78’s firm development owner, Jonathan focuses on sales, marketing, business development, partner development, and positioning the company for organic growth. Jonathan consistently strives to recognize patterns of client challenges and evaluates which are opportunities to enhance the 9Gauge suite of offerings, either internally or through partnering relationships, ensuring absolute client satisfaction. John earned his BA in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Managing Director, Head of Finance
Adam East is a Managing Director and co-founder of E78 Partners. Adam has firm responsibilities across corporate finance, financial reporting, analysis and firm administration. Adam also leads client engagements for private equity clients, with an emphasis on Interim Executive roles, transaction advisory services, and performance enhancement projects. Prior to E78, Adam worked at Sterling Partners as the Director of Portfolio Reporting where he was responsible for managing a team that monitored and evaluated the financial and operational performance of Sterling’s portfolio companies. Adam received his BA in Finance and Marketing from Loyola University.