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EST. 2002

Our Company

Don’t settle for being passed down the chain of a larger company.

Our Mission

At Tangram Partners, honesty and integrity are at the core of everything we do. We take on engagements and projects only when we are confident that we can create incremental value for our clients in a cost-effective manner. Our ultimate goal is to preserve and create value for our clients, and we are committed to delivering results that exceed their expectations.

Our team of experts has over 40 years of combined operating, financial, and transaction experience, with diverse backgrounds as senior level executives, business owners, accountants, and advisers. This breadth of experience enables us to bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to the many challenges facing middle market companies. By working together and leveraging our complementary skills and backgrounds, we provide our clients with valuable resources that help them preserve and enhance the value of their interests.


The Tangram Philosophy

A popular Chinese puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven shapes: five triangles, a square and a rhomboid, that can be used to create an infinite number of figures. The Chinese called this centuries old game the “Seven-Board of Cunning”  because only an exceptionally determined player would attempt its amazing and challenging puzzles. Tangram is a traditional wisdom that can train your mind to be both creative and logical at the same time.

Tangram is a philosophy of creativity, flexibility, wisdom, and most importantly, working with the resources that are available. Tangram Partners applies this philosophy to their business practices resulting in solutions that create incremental value for their clients.

  • Creativity: solving complex business challenges.

  • Flexibility: adapting strategies & solutions to fit each client’s specific needs and circumstances.

  • Wisdom: providing clients with valuable insights & recommendations.

  • Resources: finding the most effective solutions using the resources that the client has at their disposal.

Our Team

At Tangram Partners, you will receive personalized attention and direct-communication with our entire team. 


Jerry S. Cifor

Founder & Managing Member

Jerry Cifor is an executive with over 30 years of strategic, operating and financial management experience. Mr. Cifor has worked as a regional controller, general manager, region vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at several private and public waste companies (including Waste Management and Casella Waste Systems, where he was the senior vice president and CFO) before founding and starting Tangram Partners in January 2002. Tangram Partners has completed numerous projects throughout New York, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast, the Midwest and California over the last 20+ years. The work and the projects have consisted primarily of working closely with privately-held businesses as their primary advisor and work partner, and on restructuring troubled companies, representing lenders in work-out situations with borrowers, performing due diligence on acquisitions for clients, and on raising and arranging equity, mezzanine and senior debt capital for clients. Jerry has been directly involved with over 500 acquisitions and sales of companies over his career, with transactions as high as $600 million. Jerry started his career in public accounting with KPMG after graduating from Hillsdale College. Jerry’s combination of financial, accounting, management, regulatory, and operations experience are a terrific combination for any entrepreneurial, growth-oriented or struggling company.


Michael A. Cifor


Michael Cifor joined Tangram Partners in September, 2020 as an Associate. Michael has over five years of operational and financial management experience. From 2015 to 2020, Michael managed two divisions, the bottled water and office coffee service (OCS) divisions, of Prestige Services, a $100 million per year company headquartered in Clifton Park, New York. In his role at Prestige, Michael had managerial duties that included logistics, supplier relations, sales, accounts receivable, driver supervision, and P&L responsibilities. In his time at Prestige, Michael oversaw the acquisition and integration of two separate companies, leading to a 150% increase in the size of his divisions. Michael has a Bachelors of Arts (B.A) in Political Science from the University of Chicago as well as holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) with a concentration in Finance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Michael is an accredited member (AM), with a designation in business valuation, of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). Michael also holds an active Class A CDL license in New York State.

Robin Ferendzo

Robin Ferendzo

Community Outreach Coordinator

Robin joined Tangram Partners on July 1, 2017 as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Robin has worked professionally and personally with Capital Region non-profit organizations for many years and has cultivated relationships with the community effortlessly. Robin has worked as a payroll specialist, home health aid and real estate agent. In her role as community outreach coordinator, Robin is responsible for organizing Tangram’s philanthropic activities within the Capital Region of New York, where Tangram Partners is headquartered. Robin is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with a life-long passion for people. She grew up in Burnt Hills, NY and received her B.A. in Psychology with Business minors from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2014.

Our Team

Our Achievements

With our extensive expertise in operations, finances, and transactions & proven track record of success, you can trust Tangram Partners to guide your business towards long-term success.

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