Chris Sheppard is a Managing Director at ACT Capital Advisors and brings ten years of M&A transaction experience to the firm. His M&A experience spans across several sectors and industries: online retailers, distilleries, manufacturing, oil and gas, solar energy, building materials, software as a service, health care services, professional services, construction, metal fabrication, transportation/logistics, wholesalers/distributors, consumer product designers, and third-party administrative services. Chris has completed over twenty transactions.
Prior to joining ACT, Chris served as a combat engineer officer in the United States Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Major. He served two combat tours of duty in Iraq to include the invasion in 2003 and the Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. Chris also worked as a newspaper reporter at the Arizona Republic.
Chris graduated from the University of Washington in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in political science. While in the Marine Corps, Chris earned a Master of Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2008, Chris returned to the University of Washington to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law, an MBA from the Foster School of Business, and an L.LM. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. Chris also holds the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) certification and the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation. In 2012, Chris and his business partner Chris Bajuk won the 2012 University of Washington Business Plan Competition Grand Prize out of 101 competitors.
Chris enjoys traveling and has traveled to over 40+ countries. He has lived overseas for 3+ years on four continents. In 2022, Chris spent six weeks in both Ukraine and Poland assisting refugees and delivering medical and humanitarian aid after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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