Karen Scharfstein

Karen Scharfstein

Director of Finance

Karen Scharfstein is the Director of Finance and Human Resources, and has played key roles at DAK since its founding in 1984. In her current position, she oversees all aspects of the Finance and Human Resources Departments, and ensures compliance with business regulations, tax laws, insurance requirements and benefit plans. Karen works closely with the management team providing reports that help guide the company’s business decisions.

In addition to her activities at DAK she has held leadership positions in several philanthropic organizations.

Karen holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Stern School of New York University and a BS degree from Skidmore College.

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    VCI – Emergency Vehicle Specialists recapitalized by Tightrope Capital & NewSpring Capital

    VCI is the preeminent full lifecycle sales and service provider of emergency ambulance solutions to first aid squads, EMS organizations, fire departments, hospital organizations, municipalities, and private medical transport companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region. VCI was recapitalized by private equity firms Tightrope Capital Partners and NewSpring Capital.

    DAK led a competitive, sell-side process for VCI, generating multiple offers from a wide range of strategic buyers and financial sponsors. By positioning the combination of VCI’s market leadership position, comprehensive services offering, strong manufacturer relationships, and robust backlog, DAK achieved an outstanding outcome for the company’s shareholders.

    The acquisition provides the shareholders of VCI an opportunity to accelerate its growth strategy by expanding its core ambulance business, building out the value-added segments of conversions and remounts, implementing operational improvements, and pursuing acquisitions with the help of its new partners. Tightrope and NewSpring have an opportunity to leverage VCI’s strong management team and operating platform to build a multi-regional player in emergency ambulance solutions.

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