Mary has over 30 years of investment banking experience within the food industry specializing in financial restructurings, recapitalizations, turnarounds, private and public placements of debt and equity capital and providing corporate finance and strategic advisory services. She has been the advisor on more than 200 recapitalizations, placements, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures representing total consideration in excess of $15 billion. Mary is a founding partner of Lakeshore Food Advisors, LLC.
Previous to Lakeshore, Mary worked for a variety of companies all in the food sector. She was a partner at The Food Partners, a boutique investment firm specializing in the retail and wholesale sectors of the food industry. She was chair of the board and interim chief executive officer at Associated Grocers, Inc. of Seattle, a $1 billion cooperative grocery wholesaler. She was chief financial officer at Imperial Sugar Company, the largest refined sugar supplier in the United States, and helped the company grow through acquisitions from $400 million to $2 billion in sales. Mary was a managing director at Bank of Montreal/Harris Bank’s Food Group specializing in input, manufacturing, processing, distribution and retail companies.
Mary has a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.