Mike McKenzie - Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO)
Mike serves clients as financial advisor, chief restructuring officer and in interim management roles, with a common theme of leveraging transitional circumstances to move forward by relying upon basic principles of leadership and fundamental analysis.
Mike has held executive leadership positions at Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Citibank, Bank of America and Hilco.
After three successful store turnarounds, Mike was invited to join the Board of Merlin’s, a franchise retail automotive service operation operating in five states that was sold in 2014.
Mike was a Founding Board Member and Treasurer of the Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals, the Associate Editor of the Corporate Public Relations Journal and a working board member and advisor to Children’s Home + Aid.
Mike’s first job was at age 13 working in a local retail bicycle shop with progressive increases in responsibility culminating as general manager and concluding 10 years later upon earning his MBA when Mike co-founded the Butler-Hughes Co – his first “real job” - raising $1.2 Million in seed capital to create a technology driven manufacturer of customized shipping pallets for the brewery industry – moving from concept to a multi-plant operation in two states with over $16 million in revenues and over 200 employees – in three years – then exited through successful sale – with a personal exit to Wall Street and Bankers Trust – what is now Deutsche Bank.
Mike has worked on the financing and dissolution of large retailers such as Montgomery Wards as well as the formation of innovative retailers such as Rent-A-Center – where Mike advised on the sale of Rent-A-Center to Thorne EMI for $595 million – 34X expected EBITDA.
More recently, Mike advised the CEO of Notify Technologies in connection with its sale to Globo PLC.
Today Mike quietly circulates among a private network of business and government leaders with an emphasis on access across the broad financial community - venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, systemic institutions, regional banks, community banks, Federal Reserve Banks, and various participants in the shadow banking arena.