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About Sterling Concord Partners

Commitment to Capturing Value

Sterling Concord Partners is a premier boutique investment bank focused on the Middle Market (client revenues ranging from $25MM to $150MM) with extensive expertise in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures for Sell-side clients, and Strategic & Financial Buyers.


We provide experienced insight, sharp focus on all transactions, and an international mindset to identify and qualify the best transaction partners. Our team has relationships with numerous strategic operators (public and private, domestic and international) and financial buyers (Private Equity, Family Offices, HNWI, investment firms).

Sterling Concord Partners fundamental mission is to match private Sellers with qualified and interested Buyers enabling the Seller to maximize the value of their business and operations. It takes years and an immeasurable personal effort to create a business with substantial value; Sterling Concord Partners will perform the heavy lifting and the finesse to reach the reward at the end of the tunnel.

Mr. Lurie

Houston, Texas

Mr. Simonis 

Houston, Texas

Dr. Stephanou

Mountain View, California

Mr. Lurie

Houston, Texas

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Dr. Philip Stephanou is a Silicon Valley, CA, based technologist and entrepreneur who has founded four startups and made successful exits. He is an expert in sensors, frequency control devices and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for applications ranging from consumer electronics and IoT (Internet of Things) to industrial and defense applications.


Phil has numerous technical publications and more than two dozen U.S. patents. 

Dr. Phil is a competitive runner, weight lifter, and enjoys the San Francisco Symphony and Opera along with his fiance, Elizabeth.

PhD, Mechanical Engineering – University of California at Berkeley

MS, BS, Mechanical Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Philip Stephanou

Mountain View, California

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Mr. Justin Lurie

Houston, Texas

Experienced in M&A,  Strategy Consulting, and commodity markets. Author of the book ‘The Profit’ on Corporate Strategy, serves on the American Petroleum Institute (API), Houston Board of Directors.


Previous to joining Sterling Concord Partners, Mr. Lurie was a partner at boutique investment bank Venture Capricorn, a member of the Gottesman Company M&A, and a consultant at JLS advising companies primarily in the Oil & Gas and complementary industries. Additionally in his career, he has experience selling commodity price hedges, and as an entrepreneur by founding a custom clothing label focused on mass-customization.

Mr. Lurie is a football fanatic following the Univ. of Michigan and the Houston Texans. He is an avid soccer and tennis player along with his son Preston and wife Elizabeth.

Master of International Business - University of Sydney, Australia

Bachelor of Arts - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, & Richmond University, London, England

Mr. David W. Lurie

Houston, Texas

Mr. Lurie is an experienced strategist for lower mid-market enterprises specializing in growth and expansion. He has consulted in multiple industries ranging from consumer facing retail to manufacturing. An active volunteer for SCORE (partner of the SBA), and a retired Marketing Director for various for and non-profit organizations.

A lifelong baseball fan and follower of the Detroit Tigers, he frequents Houston Astros games along with his wife Debye, in addition to numerous Houston Symphony concerts throughout their season.

MBA & MPA (Master of Public Administration) - State University of New York at Albany

Bachelor of Arts - State University of New York at Stony Brook

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Mr. Detlev Simonis

Houston, Texas

An expert in the logistics and transportation industry specializing in the Oil & Gas industry; previously served as Global Logistics Director at National Oilwell, and in senior management for multiple firms. Fluent in multiple languages and has an established network throughout Latin America and Europe. Serves on the American Petroleum Institute (API), Houston, Board of Directors.

Mr. Simonis has native-level fluency in English, Spanish, and German. He has also resided on multiple continents, and has engaged with clients in numerous countries. 

A fan of both college football and the NFL, Mr. Simonis is a regular at NRG stadium and other Houston stadiums. He has two adult children.

MBA – Boston University

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