Our Team

Our Team

Read Joel's Story

Joel founded Adams Capital Management in 1994 and raised $815 million of capital since inception. Before establishing ACM, Joel served for eight years as Vice President and General Partner of Fostin Capital Corp., a Pittsburgh-based, family-owned investment firm. Prior to Fostin, Joel served for seven years as a nuclear test engineer for General Dynamics, where he managed chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering teams and directed nuclear power plant sea trials.

Joel is a member of several charitable organizations, a Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and a frequently requested speaker on the topic of venture capital. Joel has also received a number of distinctions throughout his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the Graduate of Distinction Award from Midlakes High School.

General Partner


Industry Expertise

  • Distribution Systems
  • Information Technologies
  • Medical Oncology Diagnostics
  • Web Enabled Services


  • M.S. Industrial Administration
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S. Nuclear Engineering
    State University of New York at Buffalo

Current Board Seats

Relevant Investment Experience

In The Community

  • Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University
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