Our leadership team has extensive experience in alternative asset investing and value creation as financial experts and entrepreneurs.

By having managed and built over 25 successful businesses, we have experience in handling large scale commerce with the largest single deal completed worth $4.2 billion.



J. Christopher Mizer

Managing Partner

J. Christopher Mizer founded Vivaris in June of 1998. Vivaris (formerly Lake Erie Capital) invests in and acquires middle-market businesses in a broad range of industries that are leaders in their market niches. Mr. Mizer serves as the chairman of each of the portfolio companies and guides key strategic decisions and their execution. He also serves as the operating president on an interim basis when companies are going through periods of ownership succession and new management team members are being assembled. 

Mr. Mizer is a former Vice President and Officer of the investment banking division of Key Capital Markets, where he focused on merger, acquisition, and financing projects for Fortune 500 clients, private companies, and successful entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Key Corp., he was Consultant in the Capital Markets practice with Ernst & Young. 

He began his career as a Research Assistant with The Center for Economic Issues, a think-tank focused on economic development. He earned the B.S. (biology, applied math), B.A. (economics), M.S. degrees (biology - neurogenetics), and MBA (finance, accounting) degrees from Case Western Reserve University. 

Christopher has taught business strategy, finance and entrepreneurship at the graduate level at Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, and the University of California, San Diego and at the undergraduate at San Diego State University. 


SteveN C. Scholl


Steven Scholl was a Principal and Co-Founder of National Schedule Masters, a software and consulting business focused on the land development and construction industries. He built a national sales force and operational processes for entitlement and construction strategies for municipal, military and private-sector clients. His extensive development and construction skills yielded hundreds of major clients including Cadillac Fairview, Daon, The Irvine Company, DR Horton, Tishman, Lennar, Pulte, Fluor, Kiewit, U.S. Olympic Committee, Magic Mountain, Disney, the U.S. Military as well as projects in 22 countries.

As President of mortgage and investment banker, National Bankers Acceptance Corporation, Mr. Scholl oversaw the acquisition of construction loans for commercial, residential and land loan clients.  He represented and approved loans for over 100 client banks and negotiated a financial joint-venture with Key Bank.  Under Key Bank, Mr. Scholl managed 7 residential retail loan offices in California and managed underwriting and funding of over 3,000 residential loans in a 3-year period.  In addition he negotiated construction and permanent financing for office, retail, and industrial developers. 

Mr. Scholl was also successful in negotiating contracts with the FDIC that yielded transactions totaling over $10 billion including one transaction of $4.5 billion.

Steve is also committed to charity. He formed Dr. Prison, a not-for-profit organization, which provides services to first-time offenders and to families of the incarcerated.