Chris Risey received his BS in Finance from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He was twice named Academic All-American (USF Men’s Basketball) and is a former Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Chris Risey has spent his career helping growing companies and entrepreneurs plan for and use corporate finance strategies to raise capital and execute transactions in order to support growth, finance acquisitions, buyouts, or refinance debt. As a recovering CPA, Chris has found passion in using the same financing strategies and sources as investment bankers and equity firms in order to successfully secure business financing for his own clients, but without clients having to pay the high broker fees, or give away control of their businesses.
Mr. Risey is very active in many local civic and business organizations. He is a member of Vistage International, Renaissance Executive Forums, past President and founding member of the Tampa Downtown Daybreak Rotary Club; past President of Financial Executives International of Tampa Bay and a board member for The Association for Corporate Growth Tampa Chapter. Mr. Risey is a Certified Public Accountant and a frequent speaker to industry groups, executive networks, and corporate meetings throughout the Southeast on business planning, strategy, and financing issues for growing companies.
Prior to Lantern Capital Advisors, Chris Risey was Managing Director for Tunstall Consulting Inc. in Tampa, Florida, and had been with the firm since 1997. Mr. Risey left Tunstall Consulting in 2006 after being with the firm for nine years to create Lantern Capital Advisors and provide his high growth clients with a more reliable and cost-effective corporate finance solution that would guarantee results and ensure client satisfaction. Mr. Risey successfully helped Lantern Capital Advisors clients raise capital from a variety of institutions including banks, mezzanine and subordinated debt providers, venture capitalists, and underwriters. Prior to Tunstall Consulting, Mr. Risey was a CPA in the audit and advisory services group for Arthur Andersen in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Chris Risey can be reached in the Atlanta office of Decathlon Capital Partners (404)668 1384.