Our Team

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Chris Beyer

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Washington DC

Chris has an extensive background providing transaction and transition-focused financial, operational and human capital solutions to venture and private equity backed portfolio companies.  Chris brings unique perspective to clients who seek a combination of both technical and strategic competencies and has experience leading teams both in the US and internationally.


  • CBIZ CMF - Office of the CFO Director, assisting Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies with deal readiness, acquisition support, integration and financial enhancements
  • PwC - Transaction Services - Merger, acquisitions and corporate development practice area, participating in client deal strategies and readiness
  • PwC - UK - Key member of FinTech portfolio team, guiding growth companies through exit strategies 
  • PwC - Audit and Assurance - Manager, Technology and Government Contracting practice, working with large PE-backed and SEC companies on public filings and capital markets activities

Credentials: Licensed CPA (VA, DC)

Education: Virginia Military Institute, London School of Economics, George Mason University

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Rick Beyer

Chairman and CEO
Washington DC

Rick has a unique combination of experience in higher education and business. A former college president and board governance chair, successful technology CEO and senior operating executive of a $1 billion public company, Rick has consistently been at the forefront of industry-leading initiatives and has a successful history of leading organizations through change and growth.


  • Lumerit - CEO; Education Technology company with a successful exit to Pearson Education (PSON)
  • Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) - Corporate officer $1 Billion company; successful exit as CEO of TracerNET (sold to Trimble)
  • Qualcomm - (NASDAQ: QCOM) Part of the senior executive start up team, serving as vice president marketing and sales
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges - Senior Fellow; Founding Managing Principal, AGB Strategies; former board member of AGB; former board member American University; former board chair and trustee emeritus at Olivet College

Education: Olivet College

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Eric Strong

Managing Director
Washington DC

Eric has advised growth-stage and emerging market organizations for 15 years, providing expert finance office and risk management support to CEOs, CFOs, and investors. Having advised clients in challenging environments from Wall Street to Afghanistan, Eric’s areas of expertise include growth CFO support, M&A readiness, finance office integration, and regulatory compliance.


  • The World Bank/BDO UK - Senior Manager and a senior advisor to Auditor General of Afghanistan
    Ernst & Young - Manager within the Financial Services Advisory Practice
  • FreddieMac - Compliance Manager leading teams on cross-functional portfolio assessments
  • Deloitte - Business Risk consultant focusing on operational excellence and process efficiencies
  • Marimac Insight - Co-founder of a management consulting firm providing risk management and operational support to emerging markets.

Credentials: Licensed CPA (MD)

Education: University of Maryland

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Dr. Neil Kerwin

Senior Fellow
Washington DC

Dr. Kerwin is a nationally recognized specialist in public policy and the regulatory process, and was the president of American University from 2007-2017. Before becoming president, he held positions as interim president, university provost, and dean of the School of Public Affairs. A nationally recognized specialist in public policy and the regulatory process, Dr. Kerwin is actively engaged in research and periodically taught courses in administrative process, policy implementation, and American government. 


  • American University - President, University Provost, Dean of School of Public Affairs
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration - President
  • American Society for Public Administration,  Public Law, and Administration - Founding Chair
  • American Council on Education - Board of Directors
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities - Board of Directors
  • National Academy of Public Administration - Fellow

Credentials: Ph.D. - Political Science (John Hopkins), Masters - Political Science (Univ. of Rhode Island)

Education: American University, University of Rhode Island, John Hopkins University

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Joe Tropiano

Senior Consultant
Washington DC

Joe has more than 20 years of financial and executive experience. Joe started his career at a regional CPA firm and was Principal prior to accepting the position of Director of Finance for a large publicly traded Canadian company, where he focused on US operations and corporate development. He led the company through eight successful acquisitions before starting his own web-based software company. Joe has worked with family offices and private equity firm as CFO, overseeing all investment opportunities and managing the growth of its portfolio companies.


  • CFO - RAM Capital
  • CFO - Compose Software, with sale to Oracle
  • Director of Finance - Enbridge, Inc., publicly traded on Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Principal - Morris Cohen, LLC, a CPA Firm based in Philadelphia

Credentials: CPA (retired)

Education: Penn State University

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Jon Wright

Los Angeles

Jon has deep experience across various levels of the investment and finance world including technology, financial modeling, sales, and business development. Additionally, Jon has led various multidisciplinary teams with an extensive understanding of strategy, project management, and collaborative problem solving.


  • Beckman Coulter (portfolio company of Danaher) – Global Strategy & Marketing, created financial models for new product development to help inform internal investment decisions
  • Strategic Capital – Regional Vice President, Mid-Atlantic, partnered with institutional and retail investors to expand investment portfolio into ESG investments and commercial real estate
  • Atomi Financial Group – FinTech Product Manager, built out technology platform for startup wealth management firm including advisor portal, client dashboard, and trading platform

Credentials: MBA (USC Marshall – ’21), Series 7, 63, 65

Education: The Master’s University, University of Southern California

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Joseph Dubow

Senior Consultant
New York

Joe is an accomplished C-suite executive with extensive financial and operating experience at global private equity owned and S&P 500 companies. He has a proven ability to apply strategic insight, change management and operational excellence to achieve increased profitability through revenue growth, cost containment and organizational effectiveness.


  • Corporate Risk Holdings– Senior VP of Finance and Treasurer leading efforts through a corporate restructuring and a combined $2.2b strategic exit
  • Fiserv Investment Services – VP of Finance and key member of the Senior Team focusing on FP&A
  • Dun & Bradstreet – Controller of North America and Assistant Corporate Controller focused on improving margins through operational IT efficiencies and cost reductions
  • Ingersoll Rand– Business unit controller, project leader of Asia Pacific Growth initiatives and global footprint optimizations

Credentials: Licensed CPA (NJ),  MBA (Fairleigh Dickinson), CGMA (AICPA), Six Sigma Blackbelt (Igersoll Rand)

Education: University of Dayton, Montclair State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University