E.J. Antonio

Edward J. Antonio ’87

Managing Partner, AFI Partners

In 2006, E.J. co-founded AFI Partners, a New York City based private equity firm focused on investing in industrial companies undergoing change, including growth, turnaround and special situations opportunities. 

Previously, he was a managing director at Perry Capital and Garrison Investment Group where he oversaw origination, due diligence, transaction execution and management of direct private debt and equity investments in lower middle market basic industries companies. From 1998 to 2002, E.J. was a member of Deutsche Bank’s global industrials M&A and corporate finance team.

During his undergraduate studies, E.J. joined General Motors as a co-op student where he continued for 13 years holding senior positions in manufacturing, program management and business development in both the company’s US and European operations.  In 1997, he received the President’s Council award from GM’s Chairman for completing its first acquisition in Eastern Europe.

E.J. earned a BS in industrial engineering, from Syracuse University. He went on to earn an MS in manufacturing systems engineering, from The Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2017, he co-founded Promise for Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization supporting families impacted by Hurricane Maria.

E.J. and his wife Maysa met as classmates at SU, have three grown children, and reside in Brooklyn, New York.

Second to meeting Maysa, E.J. ‘s favorite SU memory as a student was cheering at a home football game in September, 1984.  After the Orange pulled off an upset of #1 ranked Nebraska, he and his two engineering roommates formed a triple piggyback joining in the storming of the floor of the Dome.  A photograph of the trio along with many SU fans and players squeezing together near the 20 yard line made it into Sports Illustrated.  To this day, E.J.’s roommate keeps a framed photograph of that victory celebration.