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Mike Paparella has over twenty years of experience in investment banking and strategy development, including financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and growth strategy development and implementation for middle market and large cap organizations around the world.  At Signet Capital Advisors, Mr. Paparella specializes in providing financial advisory, merger and acquisition, capital raising and debt placement services to performing companies.  


Prior to joining Signet Capital Advisors, Mr. Paparella was a Managing Director at other middle market focused firms where he provided advisory services to performing companies in a variety of industries including industrial, consumer, technology, and health care.  He also held a senior position at Accenture where he led large, global organizations through development and implementation of growth strategies, M&A planning, and post-merger integration.  Over the course of his career Mr. Paparella has a cumulative transaction value of more than $20 billion.


Mr. Paparella received his Master in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.  He is also a member of Association for Corporate Growth, the Commercial Finance Association, and the Turnaround Management Association. He is a FINRA licensed professional, holding the Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law), and Series 79 (Limited Representative – Investment Banking) licenses.  


Mr. Paparella currently holds Board seats on several for-profit organizations and has held Director seats for not-for-profit organizations such as the University of Akron, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and more.

Managing Director

Phone: 216-658-2595


Signet, LLC was founded in 1995 as an asset management organization focused on real estate and venture based investments with a strategy of holding assets for the long term.

Since its founding, Signet, LLC has made over $4.5 billion of real estate investments, holds eleven operating businesses, and has added additional service offerings.

One of the service offering additions is Signet Capital Advisors, a mergers and acquisitions and business strategy advisory group serving clients throughout the United States and around the world.

Signet Capital Advisors began operations in January 2015. Its principals have decades of experience providing merger and acquisition and business & growth strategy advice to bulge bracket and middle market clients around the world.

Signet Capital Advisors (“SCA”) provides financial advisory services such as sell-side, buy-side, capital raising, and debt placement to middle market clients. SCA also provides strategy creation, outsourced corporate development, and benchmarking services (through the Corporate M.P.G.™ analysis) to company owners and management teams.

At SCA, we apply our strengths as a leading and creative advisory firm to deliver value driving solutions for our clients. The solutions we provide reflect our personal experience, collaboration with clients and industry partners, and with insights gained from across the broad platform of Signet Enterprises.

Above all, we have made it our number one priority to serve the needs of each client individually. We do not believe in cookie-cutter solutions. Our commitment is reflected in a culture that values integrity, trust, creativity, professionalism and a passion for excellence.


Brian McMillen is a Vice President based out of Signet Capital Advisors’ Cleveland office. Mr. McMillen provides financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and other corporate finance services to performing companies in the middle market.


Prior to joining Signet Capital Advisors, Mr. McMillen was a Senior Associate at another middle market focused firm and was based originally out of the Cleveland office before relocating to New York City.  He was responsible for identifying strategic and financial prospects, performing industry research and market analyses, financial modeling, due diligence and preparing offering memoranda. Mr. McMillen gained significant experience working with middle market business owners in industries such as healthcare, aerospace and defense, industrial manufacturing, automotive and consumer products.


Additionally, Mr. McMillen was an Investment Banking Analyst at a local Cleveland firm after completing a two year stint in sell-side equity research, responsible for coverage of publicly-traded healthcare and industrial products companies.


Mr. McMillen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Certificate from the University of Iowa. Mr. McMillen is currently a member of the Young Association for Corporate Growth and maintains the following FINRA licenses: Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) and Series 79 (Limited Representative – Investment Banking).

Vice President

Phone: 216-658-2592