meet the team

PIUS team members have successfully facilitated more than $40 billion in technology and intellectual property transactions.

Joe A. Agiato

Founder and CEO

Joe Agiato is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of PIUS. Joe oversees the structuring and pricing of deals, all due diligence functions, and developing and maintaining deal sourcing, patent, trademark and trade name valuations.

Harry W. Rodgers


Harry has responsibility for product distribution through the insurance broker channel and for insurance carrier relationships. He also assists with the design and development of PIUS’s insurance programs.

Sam Khoury

Managing Director

Sam Khoury brings to PIUS more than 25 years of valuation and licensing experience. In addition to the valuation of patents, trade secrets, trademarks and general know-how, he has developed training courses on technology assessment and valuation. He is also the President and Founder of Inavisis, a firm dedicated to intellectual asset management (IAM) and leveraging of corporate intangible properties. Previously, he was Senior Intangible Asset Appraiser of The Dow Chemical Company.

Jaime Siegel

Managing Director

Jaime Siegel brings more than 25 years of international intellectual property experience to the PIUS team. More than half of his career was spent with Sony, where he was the Vice President and Senior IP Counsel, responsible for global patent licensing and litigation. He oversaw programs that generated well over one billion dollars. Jaime’s responsibilities included intellectual property licensing, litigation, and counseling. He led a global team developing and executing on licensing programs on a variety of Sony’s technologies, which included a patent portfolio of several thousand patents.

Amelia Erickson


Amelia Erickson is a Director at PIUS and uses her technical skills to assess potential clients. Amelia takes a holistic approach when analyzing companies, looking at not only the intellectual property and technology, but also the company’s financial position, investors, business model, and market share.

Catherine L. Smith


Catherine Smith is the Chief Administrative Officer for PIUS, managing the day-to-day administrative needs of the company. She oversees the planning, management and direction of activities between the departments and outside the company. She is also responsible for budgeting, executive reporting, and HR administration.

Laura Schoppe

Managing Director

Laura Schoppe has over 35 years in technology development, management, and commercialization. In addition to supporting PIUS, she also founded Fuentek in 2001, and under her leadership, the company has become one of the world’s leading technology transfer companies for university, government, corporate, and nonprofit research organizations.


Keleigh Stender


Keleigh Stender has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. She began her career at The Mechanics Bank as a commercial credit analyst and later as a loan underwriter for Corporate Technology clients at Silicon Valley Bank, East West Bank, and City National Bank.


Erwin Gostomski

Managing Director

Over the past decade, Erwin has spent his career investing in debt and equity securities, with a focus on senior and junior credit and equity in the lower/middle markets and technology sectors.


Kevin Wallace

Managing Director

Kevin is a Managing Director who currently leads the structured finance team at PIUS. Kevin previously led the Technology Lending Practice for the New York office of City National Bank (which is owned by RBC). Kevin established the New York office for City National’s Technology Lending business and has completed hundreds of millions of dollars in technology tech lending loans. Prior to City National Kevin worked 8 years at Silicon Valley Bank in the corporate finance group and helped establish SVB’s Life Sciences group in San Diego.

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John Elmore

Managing Director

John Elmore brings over 15 years of experience as an expert in the valuation of technology-based businesses and intangible assets, with particular emphasis on the valuation of patents and trade secrets. He has served in managerial roles with leading multinational financial advisory firms including Duff & Phelps and EY, and he led the IP Valuation Services practice of a boutique valuation firm founded by business valuation icon Dr. Shannon Pratt. In his valuation career, John has valued thousands of patents, IP assets, and business interests in variety of industries. He also has provided deposition and trial testimony as a valuation expert, a damages expert, and a computer technology expert in state and federal courts. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), as well as an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA).