“Prior to founding Bankers Advocate, I owned a manufacturing plant and subsequently, a commercial finance company specializing in Factoring, Trade Financing and Letters of Credit. The experiences I derived while owning these companies are key components in my ability to understand your business and the problems which confront you on a daily basis. Of course, I made mistakes while owning both and learned some expensive lessons. Hopefully, the lessons I learned will save my clients both time and money.
The only way to truly understand the mechanics of business is to be involved in the day-to-day operations. My experiences in manufacturing, cost containment, lending, credit, collections and cash flow allows me to add meaningful value and insight to any engagement.
I have always enjoyed working in a fast-paced business environment. My consulting with Bankers Advocate has afforded me the outlet I most enjoy, which is solving problems, creating greater value and assisting business owners in achieving their ultimate goals.
While owning the Asset Based Lender, I was frustrated that I could only help entrepreneurs in one area of their business. With Bankers Advocate I can really help them reach final success.”
Chris is 1980 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Management.
He is a board member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a board member of the Angel Investment Forum, and was the founding President of the Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Florida Chapter and served on the TMA’s Executive Board of Directors. He also served on the Micro Loan Committee for The Minority & Women Business Enterprise Alliance in Orlando and served the Board of the Palm Beach County Resource Center. He is also the long time treasurer of the GA Tech Alumni Club of the Palm Beaches and recently joined the board of Child and Family Connections, the lead agency for community-based care in Palm Beach County charged with management of the organization, enhancement, coordination, and oversight of foster care and related services.
The Florida Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association received the 2001 Most Improved Chapter award under Chris’ leadership. In 2002, Chris received the Outstanding Individual Contribution Award from the International TMA for his successful “turnaround” of the Florida TMA chapter and his contributions to the turnaround industry in general. Florida TMA was also honored with the Best Chapter Award in 2007.
Chris is the CEO and founder of Bankers Advocate. Bankers Advocate is a Boutique Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions firm serving companies with enterprise values up to $15 million dollars.
We design successful Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs. The Exit could be via the financial or strategic buyer we research and target. Or it could be through a controlled liquidity event/transfer to your key employees or next generation that we design, manage and execute.
We also have a very active Targeted Business Search Program where our Individual, Corporate and Private Equity Clients entrust us to find them the right companies to purchase in the “Hidden Market”.