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George Stephen, MBA

George has two decades of experience with high-growth companies across industries including professional services, technology, financial services, food and agriculture, transportation, real estate and energy. His expertise spans strategy development, financial planning and analysis, accounting, corporate development, capital raising, workflow design and technology assessment/implementation.

Before launching Supporting Strategies | Northern Chicago, George held several leadership positions for high-growth companies, overseeing all financial aspects and implementing the financial structure necessary to scale those businesses. These roles included Chief Financial Officer at TalentRISE, a Fortune 5000 firm offering recruiting services; Head of Finance at Maven Wave Partners, a digital solution consulting firm and Google Premier Partner that became a mainstay on the "Crain's Chicago Fast 50"; and Kruse Investment Company, a diversified holding company with investments in agriculture, biofuels and transportation.

George also advised startups to pre-IPO companies in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising as an Investment Banker at Innovation Advisors, Merrill Lynch and Rabobank International. In these roles, he participated in numerous opportunities, completing over $500 million in transactions.

George holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Warwick Business School London and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with honors from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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