John Amato
John Amato

John Amato

Managing Director
  • Private Capital

Q & A

“Everything begins with trust and trust must be earned.”

  • Q: Trust. Experience. Independence. Results. What does this mean to you?

    A good reputation is earned over a lifetime and is the result of performance and unquestioned integrity. Trust allows clients and relationships to open up and share all their concerns and problems. Only then can experience be leveraged to maximize results.

  • Q: What drives you?

    I love solving problems. Problem solving begins by listening. Only after listening can creative thinking and experience be deployed to design a solution specifically tailored for the situation at hand.

  • Q: What are you passionate about?

    I am passionate about people and relationships. I relish learning about people’s experiences and interests. I derive great pleasure from connecting my various relationships for their mutual benefit –whether it be for their personal or commercial pursuits.


For over 20 years, John has worked closely with investors, owners, managers and companies to design and implement solutions to address challenges and maximize opportunities.

John takes pride in listening carefully to the relevant stakeholders to understand their goals, priorities and concerns. After taking a full inventory of each situation he draws upon his expertise and relationships to construct a framework for success.

John’s experience includes mergers, acquisitions, sales, divestitures, joint ventures and cross border transactions. His expertise includes growth capital, private equity, mezzanine and leveraged finance. He has completed a range of investments including greenfield platforms, leveraged and management buy-outs, and minority stakes.


John Amato is a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital and together with Michael Butler and Felix Herlihy leads the firm’s Private Capital practice.

Prior to joining Cascadia, Amato was Chief Investment Officer of Istithmar— an investment arm of the Government of Dubai.  Previously he was a Managing Director of IFIL USA – the US investment vehicle for the Agnelli Family of Italy.

Prior to IFIL, Amato was Head of Financial Sponsors M&A for Banc of America Securities.  Previously he spent 10 years with Lehman Brothers in New York and London where he worked in the M&A and Merchant Banking Groups.   Amato began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in San Francisco.

John currently serves of the Advisory Council of the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University, and on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of King County. He previously served on the boards of EMPG – the parent of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Education and Media Publishing Group International (EMPGI), Gulf African Bank, Inchcape Shipping Services, Insure Direct and Pension Corporation.

Amato holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was a Tuck Scholar. He completed an accounting concentration at the University of Washington Graduate School of Business. Amato holds a BSC cum laude in Finance and Economics from Santa Clara University where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).


John is passionate about the Northwest and dedicated to working with family-owned and closely-held businesses. He is pleased to share his insights with clients and partners. View more resources here.

Trust. Experience. Independence. Results.

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