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About Us

Kirchner Group was founded in 1985 on two fundamental premises: every business can be improved and every business should improve the world.

Our proprietary platform is built on the premise that pairing deep domain (industry) expertise with process (operational understanding) experts provides superior results. Founded in 1985 Kirchner Group has developed into one of North America’s leading boutique merchant banks. In our capacity as advisors, partners, principals and agents, we work in conjunction with management and their investors.

Today, the firm is a values-based corporate ecosystem, committed to the integration of “earning and returning”

The only reward for doing the right thing is knowing you did the right thing

Kirchner Group is a unique values-based corporate ecosystem maximizing individual and social benefit through our unwavering commitment to the thoughtful integration of ‘earning and returning’.

Proprietary domain and process approach

Kirchner Group has been providing traditional merchant banking services to some of the most promising entrepreneurs, fortune 500 companies and their investors. In addition, we manage assets for some of the largest insurance companies, commercial banks and institutional investors in the world. Everything we do and how we do it stems from an entrepreneurial culture built from real world experience.

Traditional merchant bank

Literally, merchant bankers are businessmen who become bankers. Historically, they were successful businessmen offering operational and transactional expertise, together with a deep knowledge of capital markets, to other business owners.

We believe that the foundation of merchant banking is a focus on relationships. The nature of the work and the key to success is the ability to function as a trusted, independent advisor, agent, partner, or principal. We believe and our success confirms that today, the early and mid-market businesses want what the 18th-century merchant bank pioneered.

A trusted, one-stop source for help in creating value

We help create, enhance, recover and realize value in for companies and portfolios.
Let our experience go to work for you.

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Values

Kirchner Group is guided by the following fundamental values.

Philanthropy

Giving back is something we feel strongly about. We are proud to support the Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation and the Hidden Angel Companion Pets.

Impact

We are driven by the belief that you can do good while doing well and are committed to impact activities such as impact investing through our Impact Foundation.

Community

Relationships are at the very core of our success. We proactively cultivate honest, positive and enduring relationships with our clients and stakeholders.

Respect

We are committed to treating everyone fairly and equitably – both our clients and our team.

Accountability

We feel an obligation to create value and be rewarded accordingly.

Integrity

We place our clients best interest before our own but will never waver from doing the right thing.

Excellence

Everything we do is measured against the highest standards and best practices.

Tradition

We have been in existence for more than 30 years and we value our heritage and success as a traditional merchant bank.

Commitment

We push ourselves extraordinarily hard to ensure that we fulfill and exceed our commitments.



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People

Founded in 1985 by W.B. Bud Kirchner, Kirchner Group is comprised of successful seasoned entrepreneurs, advisors and executives. We apply our operational, transactional and investment experience to address the unique needs of early and mid-stage companies and their investors. Kirchner Group has more than five centuries of collective experience. In addition to our numerous process experts we are unique in having numerous resident domain experts.

Team Members (alphabetical order):

Paul Choy

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Paul has over 15 years of direct private investment and operational experience in both large and small companies in technology and traditional sectors.
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Mike Cooke

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+1 205.313.0784 ext.208
Mike has over 40 years of senior officer and transaction experience in both small and large companies, consistently achieving superior operating results.
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Steve Dauphin

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 216
Steve has over 20 years of venture capital, and fund management experience with particularly focus on the agriculture sector. Steve has worked with funds totaling in excess of $200M.
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Sandra Fornes

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 212
Sandra has over 20 years experience in operations and transactions, drawn from founding and managing two companies as well as being a senior executive in two international corporations.
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Don Haliburton

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 205
Don has over 25 years executive and senior management experience in early and growth stage private and public companies. His experience spans a number of industries including technology, production and distribution as well as a number of years in PriceWaterhouse Coopers’ national and international offices.
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Sean Holt

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Sean has over 20 years of merchant banking experience and has devoted his entire career to realizing financial returns that align with social, environment and cultural outcomes for companies, investors and related stakeholders.
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Blair G. Kirchner

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 202
Blair has over 15 years of experience in merchant banking, specifically in marketing, back office operations and finance. Blair is also a Managing Director with Jotralair Holdings and a Partner in the Food Security Group, the agricultural impact arm of Kirchner Group.
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W.B. ‘Bud’ Kirchner

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 223
Bud is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and sponsor of impact activities. He has over 50 years of operational, transactional and asset management experience as well as international recognition for his expertise in multifaceted enterprise solutions. He is the Founder and CEO of Kirchner Group
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Armand Lavoie

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 217
Armand has over 20 years of operational, venture capital, fund management and transactional experience. Armand has managed investments and served on the boards of several agriculture, industrial life sciences, health and wellness, and cleantech companies.
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Richard (Dick) Marchase, Ph.D.

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Richard Marchase, Ph.D., has over 30 years of experience in research and innovation in the health and life sciences sector. He recently retired from his role as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Mark Maybank

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 219
Mark has 20 years of transactional and operational experience. Recently he was President and COO of Canaccord Genuity Corp and Chief Operating Officer and Director of Canaccord Financial Inc the largest independent investment bank in Canada.
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Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D.

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Dr. Mirta M. Martin has over 30 years of experience in banking, advisory, consulting and academia. Dr. Martin's career involves work in both the public and private sectors as well as work around public-private partnerships.
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Dr. Patrick McNees

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 221
Patrick is a serial entrepreneur with over 36 years of experience starting, developing and exiting companies and intellectual property. He was the founding CEO and Chief Scientist at Applied Health Science, Inc. and co-founder and President of North Rim Systems and Computer Associates, a computer software development firm.
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Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, has over 20 years of experience in the Health and Life Sciences sector as well as Data Analytics. She serves as both a special advisor to Kirchner Group in Health and Life Sciences as well as a member of the Data Analytics team.
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Boris Novansky

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 206
Boris is a seasoned M&A advisor with over 20 years of transactional experience across a broad range of industry sectors. Boris has advised on well-over $60 billion in successful corporate transactions, including some of the most complex transactions completed in North America.
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James Oborne

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 203
James has over 15 years of capital markets experience primarily within Investment Banking and including time in private equity fund management and law. During this period he has completed transactions worth over $750 million in aggregate value.
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Ross Orrett

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Ross has over 20 years of experience building and leading companies that deliver mission critical B2B software solutions. Ross has worked with SME across the full company lifecycle, including developing strategy, sales, operations, acquisitions and strategic exits.
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Rod Parker

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Rod has 35 years experience of consulting and market research in the pesticide, fertilizer and biotechnology industries and has worked in over 30 countries.
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Paul Schmidt

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Paul has over 35 years of operational experience in the agriculture sector with involvement in the seed, crop protection and plant biotechnology industries, working in Canada, Germany and the United States.
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John Stein

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+1 205.313.0784 ext. 218
John has over 20 years of entrepreneurial, private equity and mezzanine, operational, and investment banking experience. He is a founding principal of Fidelis Capital, an SEC registered investment advisor based in Birmingham, Alabama.
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John D. White

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John has over 40 years of experience as a fund manager, operator and lawyer, primarily in the Energy sector. John has managed investments and served on the boards of several Energy, Oilfield Services and Cleantech companies. 
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The above does not necessarily reflect individual portfolio managers or our back offices.