team

Michel Tamer

Managing Partner

Michel Tamer is a founding partner and member of PMC Capital Partners, LLC (“PMC Capital”), primarily responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, valuation, transaction execution, operational improvements and portfolio oversight.

Prior to becoming PMC Capital’s Managing Partner in 2019, Michel was Director of Business Affairs for PMC Global, Inc. (“PMC”), a privately-held, California-based, family office founded in 1971. PMC’s diverse, billion dollar plus portfolio includes companies in chemicals, clean energy, pharmaceuticals, plastics, packaging, construction, financial services, machinery/fabrication, and health and beauty industry. PMC and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,500 worldwide.

While at PMC, Michel collaborated directly with and supported Executive Management with company acquisitions and strategic investments and divestments, joint ventures and other corporate transactions both domestically and internationally. Lead and supported the development of projects and deliverable for Executive Management as well as exploring synergistic business expansions.

Prior to PMC, Michel was an Executive Director and Chief Legal Officer at Skyview Capital, LLC, maintaining full accountability for handling all aspects of M&A activities in support of the successful private investment firm that specializes in the acquisition and strategic management leading services and technologies. Michel earned his B.A. Degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and attended Pepperdine University School of Law during his last year of law school. Michel is fluent in Arabic, and conversational in Armenian and French.

Chris Aye

Managing Partner

Chris Aye is a co-founder, partner and member of PMC Capital. Chris has a catalog of experience in business consulting, initial public offerings, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and entrepreneurship. At PMC Capital, Chris is active in all investment related decisions and activities, including deal sourcing, negotiations and transaction execution, and portfolio management. In addition, Chris plays a vital role in the firm’s objective to build a diversified portfolio of companies with patient flexible capital.

Chris has extensive investing and transaction expertise. Prior to co-founding PMC Capital, Chris was the COO, Head of M&A at Skyview Capital, LLC and was a member of its executive and investment committees. Chris was responsible for negotiating and structuring all buy-side and sell-side transactions and ongoing oversight across the firm’s portfolio of both venture capital and private equity investments.

Early in his career, Chris spent time at Amgen, one of the world’s leading and most innovative biotechnology companies. During this time, Chris gained high level experience in mergers & acquisitions, research and development practices, sales & marketing goals and learned to drive effective lean six sigma manufacturing operations.

Chris also holds years of professional services experience working as a business consultant and CPA for Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting Group. Chris served the firm’s world-wide clients in many industries including hospitality, business services, manufacturing, software and technology.

Chris is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business (MBA) at the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., Business Economics with a concentration in accounting). Chris is an active board member to several companies, sits on a school advisory board, active member of USC’s Marshall Alumni Mentorship Program and is active in philanthropy.

Adam Handwerker

Vice President

Adam Handwerker brings years of professional working experience from the worlds of management consulting, healthcare, online services, and private equity to drive business development and manage portfolio operations as vice president and an early member of PMC Capital.

Prior to joining the team, Adam advised Fortune 500 companies, working with them to achieve their goals by leveraging a diverse skillset in enterprise growth, organizational transformation, process optimization, cost reduction, and program management. Some of his endeavors included defining a corporation’s go-to-market strategy, optimizing a company’s global operating model, realigning a firm’s service offerings, and implementing an organization’s enterprise-wide technological system.

Adam earned his MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. As a seasoned traveler having circumnavigated the globe over fifteen times, and with a keen passion for mentorship when he visits his alma maters, Adam strives to empower others to ask “why not,” so that together they can challenge the status quo.

Rowe Manasan

Chief People Officer & General Counsel

Rowe Manasan serves as Chief People Officer and General Counsel for PMC Capital. In this capacity, Rowe oversees PMC Capital’s strategic human resources initiatives and legal affairs. Prior to joining PMC Capital, Rowe worked in private law practice as both a litigator and transactional lawyer honing his craft in a wide range of practice areas including commercial law, estate planning, insurance defense and employment law. Because Rowe thoroughly enjoyed his work as a trusted advisor to numerous business owners, Rowe accepted an opportunity to work as General Counsel for a startup company where he worked hands on establishing a foundational legal compliance program. From there, he accepted a position at PMC Global Management overseeing a billion-dollar conglomerate as a corporate risk manager, senior attorney, and human resources director. At PMC, Rowe led a team of dedicated human resource professionals in developing and implementing strategies that drove business results, increased levels of employee engagement, and created a positive workplace environment through an emphasis on all around employee wellness. His teams have also contributed to the successful integration of newly acquired companies into the PMC family of companies.

Rowe Manasan is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Society of Human Resources Management. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English at the California State Polytechnic University Pomona where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and a Juris Doctor at the University of California Berkeley.

In his spare time, Rowe enjoys running, golfing and coaching his son Tyler’s little league baseball team.

Philip Kamins

Chairman of the Board & Strategic Advisor

Mr. Kamins began working in the plastics industry as a Chicago teenager in the 1950s. After moving to California he started his own firm, Kamco Plastics, in 1963. Mr. Kamins combined good business sense with an excellent understanding of people – he was among the industry’s first to offer equity shares as performance incentives for managers. In 1971, he started PMC, a family office, and set the company on a strategic growth trajectory in the chemical and plastics industries before diversifying into other areas including packaging, food service, liquefied natural gas, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Mr. Kamins remains active in the day-to-day operations and strategic growth of PMC.

Gary Kamins

Vice-Chairman of the Board & Operational Advisor

Gary Kamins started his career with the PMC group of companies in 1980. His background began in the area of Business Administration, predominantly derived from on the job experience combined with specific schooling and continued education courses taken over the years.

In 2003, Gary became President of PMC & Subsidiary companies. Since that time, PMC has expanded their interests from primarily plastics manufacturing into 23 companies with 75 locations dealing in pharmaceutical ingredients, specialty and intermediate chemicals, packaging, automotive products, HVAC, custom machinery, technology, financial services, chocolate production and other food products. PMC has established offices and manufacturing plants in 14 states in the USA as well as offices and manufacturing in Africa, Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, Spain, The Marshall Islands and UAE.

Gary is an avid outdoorsman, with interests in kite boarding, sailing, hiking, fishing, skiing and tennis. He and his wife, Lucia, have four grown children and one granddaughter.

Thian Choy (“TC”) Cheong

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of PMC Global, Inc. and Subsidiaries

TC joined PMC Global, Inc. (“PMC Global”) in 1983 as a staff accountant and grew through the ranks to become its Chief Financial Officer in 1991. Since PMC Global’s founding in 1971, it has grown to a billion-dollar global conglomerate employing more than 3,500 people in over 40 locations worldwide. PMC Global manages and operates a diversified portfolio of companies including the manufacture of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, machinery, food service, packaging, consumer products, liquified natural gas, and finance businesses. With over 35 years of financial, operational and leadership experience, TC plays a vital role in the growth of PMC Global through deal negotiations, financing and execution. TC is responsible for negotiating all credit agreements with all lenders for acquisitions and operation of the businesses. As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TC oversees the financial, operational and strategic management of the entire company, worldwide, in areas such as accounting, credit, audit, treasury, tax, corporate finance, human resources, legal, and risk management. TC provides leadership and business experience in strategic mergers and acquisitions which is instrumental in the company’s diversification, expansion and growth. TC’s ambition is to maintain the highest standards of corporate governance, maintain solid profitability and cash flow, and ultimately maximize shareholder value. TC believes in building a strong working relationship and earning credibility and trust from anyone he deals with.

Prior to PMC Global, TC had auditing experience with Peat Marwick in the United Kingdom with mostly manufacturing companies. TC led an injection molding business and provided strategy for cost containment and performance improvements.

TC holds a B.A. Degree (Honors) in Economics and Accounting from Leicester Polytechnic-University United Kingdom and a M.S. in Management from the University of La Verne, United States.