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At Apogee Leadership Advisors, we go above and beyond so that you can too.

We partner with investors, boards and CEOs to maximize human capital — delivering analytical,

data-driven and thoughtful counsel that guides critical decisions around talent selection,

organizational optimization and leadership development.


the highest point in
the development of something; a climax
or culmination.


Every organization is different, but one thing remains

the same: leadership and human capital drive strategy

— and strategy drives success.

At Apogee Leadership Advisors, we customize our

solutions based on your company's specific goals

and needs. From private equity-owned businesses

across the spectrum to public companies, we partner

with your professionals and executives to elevate

performance and accelerate business outcomes.

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Who We Advise

Private Equity Sponsors
Boards of Directors 
Chief Executive Officers
Family Offices



Andre Zafrani

Founder & CEO


Ante Vucic


Prior to founding Apogee, Andre spent 12 years at ghSMART & Co., where he was a Senior Partner and member of the firm’s management committee. He dedicated the first decade of his career solidifying his reputation — and deep relationships — as a transactional and restructuring attorney serving private equity, venture capital and corporate clients at Kirkland & Ellis, Skadden and Greenberg Traurig. He still works with many of these private equity sponsors and corporate clients today.

Andre holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.


Mark Agnew

Senior Advisor

Mark is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, teaching a class called “Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition.” After rejoining Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in 2011 (after working there in high school), he led the company through significant growth for nearly a decade. Under Mark's tenure as CEO and President, the company employed more than 4000 people and operated 58 company-owned locations throughout Chicagoland and Phoenix, along with an eCommerce company, Tastes of Chicago. 

Prior to joining Lou Malnati’s in 2011, Mark spent five years as a Vice President at Dixon Midland Company, a Chicago-based private investment firm, where he helped source platform and add-on investments, as well as provide hands-on operational duties at portfolio companies. Before Dixon Midland, Mark was a private equity Associate at Glencoe Capital and an Investment Banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank with an emphasis on leveraged finance and M&A.

Mark earned an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago and a BS from Cornell University.

Mark brings his extensive leadership experience and acumen to bear at Apogee as an executive coach.

Ante brings to Apogee a sharp, strategic mind and a wealth of experience with companies large and small. Prior to Apogee, Ante was a Partner in the Corporate Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. There, Ante specialized in mergers and acquisitions, and represented a wide variety of clients, including private equity firms (Apollo, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Merrill Lynch, BC Partners and Paine Schwartz Partners) and strategic companies (Expedia, IAC, Match Group, Publicis, AT&T, Delta, Sears and Altria/Philip Morris). 

Ante graduated with honors from Columbia Law School, where he was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review and received an AB degree with honors from Harvard College.

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Alyssa Rapp

Senior Advisor

Alyssa is currently the CEO and Director of Healthwell Acquisition Corp I. From 2018-2021, as the CEO of Surgical Solutions (a B2B healthcare services company), she led a successful turnaround of the enterprise. Prior to joining Surgical Solutions, Alyssa was the Founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc., a leading interactive media company. Starting in 2015, she served as the Managing Partner of AJR Ventures, a strategic advisory firm for family offices and private equity firms on market development, digital and e-commerce strategies for select portfolio companies.

Alyssa has served as a lecturer-in-management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business since 2014 and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago's Booth Business School since 2019. 

Alyssa holds an MBA from Stanford University and earned a BA in Political Science and the History of Art from Yale University. 

She is the author of Amazon Bestseller, Leadership and Life Hacks: Insights from a Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur & Executive.

At Apogee, Alyssa taps into her seasoned leadership experience and entrepreneurial bent to provide guidance as an executive coach.

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