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Raising Capital and Building Capital Stacks to Finance Growth

Presented By: BMO Harris / Burr & Forman LLP

When it comes to fueling growth, it’s hard to stay on top of current trends when the winds of change are blowing. But whether you’re aiming to finance acquisitions, fuel expansion costs, build out your management or operations team, or even buy real estate for your next location or corporate HQ, understanding how to raise   capital and assemble financing can mean the difference between success and failure. Join a group of executives as they explore options and case studies from those who have navigated the path.


Chris McDaid
Managing Director

As the Southeast Region Head for Commercial Banking, my focus is to effectively grow our business, which provides customized lending solutions to mid-sized, public and private companies, primarily in the Southeast.

Leveraging over two decades experience, I’m able to make use of the Bank’s global suite of capabilities for our valued clients, providing for a differentiated experience. Creating brand awareness, my deep-seated commitment, and an ability to foster pertinent connections both internally and externally, are all strategic assets I bring to the table.

I lead by example, using an accessible, hands-on approach to mentor a team of dedicated thought leaders who create unique, value-added ideas in our market. Working with our partners across all of BMO’s specialties allows clients to access a host of services in addition to commercial lending, including treasury management, equipment financing, interest rate protection, foreign exchange, trade finance, wealth management, asset management, cross-border solutions, and the broader Debt Capital Markets and M&A advisory in conjunction with BMO Capital Markets. What distinguishes us most is our dedication to understanding our clients, their industry, and ultimately, providing innovative solutions to finance their vision for growth.


Ryan Berg
Source Capital

Ryan Berg is a Principal at Source Capital, where he sources and leads the execution of new investment opportunities primarily across the healthcare, business services, and technology-enabled services industries. Prior to Source, Ryan was a Principal at Arcspring and New Capital Partners.

Founded in 2002, Source Capital is a lower middle-market private investment firm that makes both equity and debt investments in founder-owned businesses across a variety of industries.

Emily Morris

Emily Morris is the CEO of Emrgy, a climate tech startup that is transforming water infrastructure into clean energy projects. Emrgy is currently operating power generation projects in 4 US States and 3 countries. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Emily “Top 30 Under 30”, she is an inventor on 5 technology patents, and she has secured over $32 million in capital to establish Emrgy’s role as a leader in this emerging energy asset class.


Ron Oertell
Purchasing Power

Ron Oertell, JD, CFA is Chief Financial Officer at Purchasing Power®, overseeing the business planning, accounting, budgeting, capital structure, securitization funding, and risk management efforts for the company. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of the organization’s fiscal function and performance, including financial statement preparation, analysis, treasury and portfolio management. Oertell also evaluates and advises at the executive level in the strategic planning, annual budgeting and forecasting processes of the company’s ongoing programs and business growth opportunities.

Ed Snow
Burr & Forman LLP

Ed Snow practices in the Atlanta office of the firm and practices in the firm's Lending Practice Group.

Ed has practiced law since 1988 and is admitted to practice in Georgia and Tennessee. He represents banks, finance companies, funds and borrowers in the middle and large corporate markets and his clients include: Wells Fargo Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, BB&T, Regions Bank, Atlantic Capital Bank, Synovus Bank, First Citizens Bank, Chatham Capital and MidCap Financial Services, among others.

Ed has extensive experience with the following kinds of lending/ borrowing transactions: accounts receivable and inventory finance; cash flow finance; mezzanine finance; health care finance; equipment finance; joint venture finance; leveraged acquisition finance; unsecured finance; letters of credit finance; asset securitizations; media, high tech and telecommunications finance; real estate finance; loan syndications and participations; workouts, restructurings and forbearance arrangements; secured party sales; debtor-in-possession finance; and loan purchases and sales


Conference Location

1215 Piedmont Avenue, Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel: (404) 875-2565