THOMAS R. KORZENECKI
PRINCIPAL MANAGING DIRECTOR
Tom has 45 years of diversified operating, financial and M&A experience in the petroleum and chemical industries. While at Atlantic Richfield he worked in both refining and chemical plant operations, was a crude oil trader in PADD V, financial planning and analysis for ARCO's chemicals division, corporate planning at headquarters and M&A assignments in Europe. He sold his first company in Hamburg, Germany in 1979. Tom was then the Director of Merger/Acquisitions for Occidental Petroleum in Los Angeles with responsibilities for advising on major joint ventures in Europe (EnOxy), acquisitions in the US (including the OXY Cities Service acquisition) and divestitures of major businesses in the coal, oil/gas/refining, chemicals and food processing industries.
Tom initiated and financed the acquisition of four companies in the packaging industry for his own account and managed them for several years.
Since returning to the deal business in 1998, Tom has advised primarily private companies in the food, engineered products, IT, consumer products, chemicals, energy, business/healthcare services, and a wide variety of manufacturing companies.
He is the founding member and current CEO of Grand Avenue Capital Partners, a FINRA licensed, SEC audited investment banking firm focused on middle-market companies providing M&A and capital raising services. He maintains current Series 24, 63 and 7 securities licenses. At one time, 15% of the practice included investment banking services in China for private companies with revenues exceeding $US 2.5 billion. Tom's first PRC project was a $140+ million Carlyle-led recapitalization of a Chongqing fiberglass company.
Tom holds two engineering degrees from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston, and an MBT in Corporate Tax from the University of Southern California.
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