Lantern Capital Advisors Leadership

Chris Risey

President
Lantern Capital Advisors

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 (or as he describes, “Robbing Peter to pay Paul”.  Mr. Risey has successfully helped his clients raise capital from a variety of institutions including banks, mezzanine and subordinated debt providers, venture capitalists, and underwriters.  No one can do what he has formed Lantern Capital Advisors to achieve: faster, better, or with better results.  His clients love him.   

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.  Prior to Tunstall Consulting, Mr. Risey was a CPA in the audit and advisory services group for Arthur Andersen in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Mr. 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.

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Jennifer Mooney

Chief Operations Officer
Lantern Capital Advisors

Jennifer Mooney serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Lantern Capital Advisors and focuses on helping women owned businesses, companies, and entrepreneurs raise capital from financing sources including venture capital, mezzanine funds, and senior lenders in order to use finance to grow their business.  Jen’s passion is raising capital for women business owners.  Ms. Mooney also serves as a consultant and strategist for our client engagements and is responsible for matching clients financing needs to institution requirements and capabilities.   

Ms. Mooney is responsible for the ongoing operations of the firm as well as identifying strategic business partners and banking institutions for the firm's clients.  Ms. Mooney directs Lantern's overall marketing and strategic planning programs, corporate communications, and facilitates client development through marketing and client services programs. 

Prior to Lantern Capital Advisors, Ms. Mooney was the Chief Operations Officer for Triangulum Financial Partners and The Insurance Advisor in Tampa, Florida.  Ms. Mooney also served as Vice President of Client Services and eBusiness for Hydrogen Media, a new media development firm, where she was responsible for overall sales support and engagement delivery, and was a Director for IMRglobal/ECWerks in their eBusiness solutions group, where she led implementation engagements in the areas of e-commerce and online business strategy for Blockbuster, Frederick’s of Hollywood, and John Hancock.  She started her career in management consulting with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Houston, Texas and Arthur Andersen in New Orleans, Louisiana.   

Ms. Mooney has a B.A. in Economics and Government from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and spent her junior year abroad at The University of St Andrews in Scotland.

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