Michael D. LeRoy
Mr. LeRoy founded Crown Capital Advisors with the goal to provide the personal "hand-holding" for business owners, investors and attoneys that the larger middle-market and other banking firms cannot provide. Mr. LeRoy's diverse experience, including owning, running and managing small and middle-market businesses (both private and public), being directly involved as a principal both on the buy and sell side of transactions and having years of experience advising middle-market companies is unique in the investment banking world where, in most cases, bankers have only been bankers.
Mr. LeRoy is recognized as one of the most accomplished mergers and acquisitions specialists with a truly extraordinary track record for negotiating, structuring and closing middle-market mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, cross-border transactions and recapitalizations. In more than 30 years of business, he has acted as an advisor to entrepreneurs, public and private companies, private equity groups and international entities in transactions of every type in a wide range of industries. Mr. LeRoy has served as interim president/chief operating officer on several occasions.
During his career, based upon his board business experience, Mr. LeRoy has participated in numerous expert witness and litigation consulting engagements which involved investigation, analysis, participation in depositions and testimony and in assisting litigators with data presentation for trial.
Prior to founding Crown, Mr. LeRoy was Vice President, Corporate Development of ZERO Corporation, a NYSE company, where his responsibilities included corporate-wide strategic planning, strategic marketing, search and completion of acquisitions, joint ventures and other business relationships, and implementation of divestitures. Previously, Mr. LeRoy was Chief Operating Officer of Biner Ellison Packaging Systems, a manufacturer of packaging machinery, Managing Director of Huntington Holdings, Inc., a private merchant banking firm engaged in the purchase of niche companies in partnership with the management of those companies, and was a Partner at Price Waterhouse. At Price Waterhouse, he participated in the Entrepreneurial Services Group, supervised acquisition reviews, participated in public offerings, and supervised the examination of financial statements of a wide range of companies in virtually every industry.
Mr. LeRoy is a frequent lecturer to industry and professional groups. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wedbush Bank and Chairman of the Audit and Compensation Committees, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Aspiriant Global Equity Trust and Chairman of the Audit Committee, is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Bjurman Barry Funds, past Chairman of Board and member of the Audit Committee, is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Advisors Series Trust (US Bancorp) and chairman of the Audit Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Brown International Corporation. He is a frequent lecturer to industry and professional groups.
Mr. LeRoy is involved in community affairs through Board of Director memberships in such organizations as Hillsides Home for Children, Big Brothers of Los Angeles, Kidspace Children's Museum and Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center and is a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and the Economic Round Table of Los Angeles. In addition, Mr. LeRoy is a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Southern California Chapter.
Mr. LeRoy graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a B.S. degree in international business and finance and a M.B.A. with an area of emphasis in finance. He also holds a C.P.A. certificate, is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is a Certified Bank Director.