Matt E. Laffey

(904) 277-8023

Matt has over 20 years of senior management experience that spans secured lending, investment banking, and operating CFO and CEO roles. He began his career in commercial banking and asset-based lending, and left to become CFO of a bank client, a troubled $150mm food processor. After engineering a successful turnaround and sale of the business to a $6 billion global food processor, Matt was hired by Cybus Capital Markets, an investment bank. There, he did merger and acquisition, and corporate restructuring work for middle market companies in manufacturing, distribution, and financial service businesses nationwide, often in troubled situations. During his tenure, Matt successfully raised over $500 mm in debt and equity capital for privately-held, middle market businesses across a range of industries.

He moved from the capital markets back into a variety of operating roles: turning around a medical equipment manufacturer; integrating the purchase of a California high-tech cardiac catheter manufacturing acquisition for its Dutch parent; recapitalizing a consortium of secured lenders out of one of the largest food processors in the Southeast; and turning around and recapitalizing a food processor owned by a private equity group. Matt served as interim CFO for a custom manufacturing operation, guiding the business through a turnaround, an ERP systems implementation, and preparation for sale to a strategic buyer. He has guided firms through the complexity of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, and has been recognized by the federal bankruptcy court as a qualified Financial Advisor and Chief Restructuring Officer. He has provided expert witness testimony in state court cases involving economic loss.

Matt has performed capital raising or operational turnaround work across a range of industries including food processing, crop insurance, import-export brokers, plastics manufacturing, biotechnology research, medical device manufacturing, textile processing, durable goods manufacturing, building products, construction equipment, and ethanol. He serves as president of the North Florida Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and has served on the board of the Florida Turnaround Management Association.

Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University.