Rocky Pontikes

Managing Director

Investment Banking


Rocky Pontikes is a managing director in Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. He is responsible for developing key relationships, leading deal teams throughout the transaction process and providing advisory services on middle-market M&A assignments within the distribution & supply chain and industrials sectors.

Rocky has more than 20 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining Mesirow Financial in June 2001, he was an investment banker in the global investment banking division at Merrill Lynch & Co., providing corporate finance, merger and acquisition, and public and private capital advisory services to middle-market and growth-oriented companies. 

Rocky has played an integral role in many notable M&A and capital markets transactions across numerous industries with aggregate transaction value of over $10 billion. He has led several industry award-winning and notable transactions in recent years such as the:

  • Sale of Circle 8 Logistics, Inc. to Globaltranz Enterprises, Inc.
  • Sale of Adams Manufacturing Corp. to Keter Group
  • Sale of Zenith Supply Company, Inc. to AIV Inc., among others.

In 2012, Rocky was named a winner of The M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Awards for the central region. Rocky is an active member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Association for Corporate Growth and Turnaround Management Association.

Rocky earned a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses.

Rocky has four sons, is happily married to his wife Jen, and is an avid golfer and paddle player.