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About Us


"We help entrepreneurs by connecting them with a large and nimble network of funding sources and years of business success. "


Howe Street Advisors is a business advisory firm that serves emerging and middle-market companies. Our professionals arrange financing for recapitalizations, roll-up strategies, and expansions. In addition, we coordinate venture capital investments for early-stage companies and facilitate the commercialization of leading-edge technologies. Our core remains rooted in assisting your business to grow and providing the right service in the right amount to exceed your expectations.


At Howe Street, it's important for us to be a good fit with our clients.

We can design unique, customized solutions because of our diverse set of skills. Howe Street is a distinctive blend of talents, including investment bankers, restructuring professionals, management consultants, and strategic planning practitioners.


We also provide access to capital, business planning and cash-flow analysis, buy-side and sell-side acquisition facilitation, and merger integration services. For existing companies, we increase the chances of obtaining funding due to our connections to numerous private equity and private capital sources. We also provide enterprise and operational reviews that allow you, the owner, to understand where you sit amongst your peers.

For emerging companies, we provide strategic direction and planning to accelerate the rate at which an organization can commercialize its ideas, innovations, and technologies.




We provide a clear vision to unify your company and inspire your team. Having a

vision provides a sense of purpose and direction for the business. Your vision will

help you define your short and long-term goals, and guide the decisions you make along the way.



Howe Street helps you generate new ideas, make the connection between those

ideas, and produce successful projects based on those thoughts. We call it "the Art of the Possible.”



Assisting our customers with developing their core mission and business objectives is essential to maximizing their growth. Creating a SWOT analysis and driving your operational tactics around a sound plan is key to measuring your successful strategy.



Our team will work alongside clients on mergers, acquisitions, sales, and divestitures. The process maximizes the value of clients' businesses in their sale processes, as well as the actual payment received. The team counsels' clients through all stages of the deal process including  the evaluation of strategic alternatives:

  • Finding potential acquirers and targets

  • Transaction terms, including valuation, structuring, timing,
    and potential financing


We work with families and business owners outside of transactions to help optimize the value of their companies. Advisory services typically include the evaluation of various strategic alternatives including valuation, growth strategy, competitive landscape, capital structure, debt and equity alternatives, liquidity, succession, transaction planning, and transaction timing.


We have significant experience with business operations and management consulting. The team will work with our clients to understand their business from order entry to cash. Simply, Howe Street helps companies transform into better, smarter, leaner operations.  Our engagements help create value that our clients utilize to be nimble and better prepared for a changing marketplace.  Our mission is to create a high rate of return, sustained with implemented systems, on time.

Our Services
The Team



Jason Lhota is a co-founder of Howe Street Advisors in Pittsburgh, PA.  He leads HSA’s efforts to support companies with revenues below $500MM and has expertise in operations management and specializes in turnaround situations. Jay also oversees Howe Street’s account management and customer success strategies across all industry sectors, functional areas, and geographies.

Jason has spent over 25 years developing a record of proven success with his clients in varying industries that have led to over a half-billion traceable benefits. Jason uses his deep operational experience to work with his client teams to be results-driven and accountable.  He has focused on working to maximize private equity firm investments in their portfolio companies. Jason has worked on engagements with these companies: Masco, HIG Capital, Ferrara Pan, Milk Specialties Global, Marubeni, Catterton Partners, Kainos Capital and Harren Equity. He has held C-Level operational positions at companies ike Intertech, PQeI, Marianna and Cardell.

A graduate of The Citadel where he received his BS, he resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two daughters. He is certified CPIM from APICS, Bronze Lean by SME and Six Sigma Green Belt from Juran.

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Carol McCague is a co-founder of Howe Street Advisors. In her role, she is responsible for building and cultivating networks of relationships with executives across a variety of industries. Carol can forge strong relationships with her clients through her dedication and commitment to high-quality service and her willingness to partner in the future of their businesses.

Carol worked at Jewish Family and Children's Services Career Development Center in Pittsburgh, an international agency providing outplacement assistance to downsizing organizations. She worked with Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries from pharmaceutical to transportation and manufacturing. Through her efforts at Career Development, Carol decided to create her own enterprise and harness the extensive network of executive relationships she had established across a wide spectrum of industries.

Carol studied English at Duquesne University and received a professional certification in Workforce Development. She sits on the advisory board of her alma mater and is a member of the Women's Committee at the Carnegie Museum of Arts.  She is a steering committee member of the ARCS Foundation for postgraduate science education based at Carnegie Mellon University.  She is a national board member of the Businesswomen’s Network International in Washington, D.C., and New York.

275 Saunders Station, Trafford PA, 15085
Tel: 412.417.4210 | 412.417.6449
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