Event Details


July 17, 2019 1 PM - 2 PM CDT




Steve Ellis

Straford-Cambridge Group
Founder and Managing Director

Steve Ellis has been involved in the buyouts of both healthy and distressed companies and has grown and built value within these in his 25-year plus career. An entrepreneur himself, he founded Stratford-Cambridge Group to utilize his operational skills and experience to build value within its portfolio. Previously, Steve was President and majority owner of BEHCO, Inc., an industrial distribution and manufacturing company until its sale and he remains an advisor to the company. His primary leadership roles at SCG are (i) overall firm management, (ii) managing portfolio company investments, and (ii) continuing to build and maintain investor relationships.

Steve is currently on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), is an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and The Alliance of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors (AMAA), has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Fluid Power Distributors Association (FPDA) and has also held board and equity positions in various companies.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lawrence Technological University and has completed the Private Equity & Venture Capital program at Harvard Business School.


Elise Chowdhry

Optimum Advisors
Founder and Managing Principal

Optimum Advisors LLC provides strategic, operational, and management consulting services to middle market private equity firms, their debt finance partners, and the companies they invest in. The firm helps leaders in the middle market community optimize their success by realizing higher productivity and increased profitability through building high performance teams and achieving greater alignment of people, processes and strategic objectives.

Elise is the Founder and Managing Principal at Optimum Advisors. Prior to founding Optimum Advisors, Elise spent over two decades working with and investing in lower middle market companies. Most recently she was a Managing Director at CIT Group, where she held both investment and management positions in Corporate Finance and at CIT Bank. Prior to CIT, Elise worked at institutions including Heller Financial, JH Whitney & Co., and Fleet Financial. Elise received her M.B.A in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, her M.S. in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford, and her B.A. in Economics from Bates College. She is a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Certified on Hogan Personality and Behavioral Assessments. She is also an active member of the ACG-NY Marketing Committee.


Matt Shore


Matt Shore joined StevenDouglas in 2006, playing an integral role in the company’s significant growth with a focus on maintaining the company’s great culture and boutique approach. Under Matt’s leadership, StevenDouglas has garnered various honors, most notably achieving five consecutive years of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.

Matt continues to be an industry leader in the area of senior-level financial search, managing the firm’s highly-successful CFO search practice. He has a strong reputation for delivering exceptional talent, and his broad-based experience in business enables him to collaborate with his clients in all phases of the corporate lifecycle. Matt has a track record of successfully partnering with growing enterprises and private equity firms, building deep-rooted relationships with companies and corporate leaders throughout Florida and around the country.

Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Matt spent 10 years in progressive leadership roles for a national recruiting firm working in the Professional Services division. Matt received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Florida, and initially was a Florida CPA that worked in the Audit practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

An active community member, Matt currently serves on the Board of YPO of Palm Beach and is a former Board Chair for United Way of Broward County. In addition, he has made a significant impact on many civic organizations including the Jason Taylor Foundation, LifeNet4Families and Cystic Fibrosis.


Mike Ross

Manager, Innovation and Development, Insperity

Mike Ross is Manager, Innovation & Development at Insperity. He has a background in corporate finance and strategy and is responsible for M&A activity at Insperity.