Gary Griffin – President & CEO
Gary is currently the President and CEO of Capital Growth Solutions, LLC. Before founding CGS, Gary was President and CEO of a conduit loan origination operation, which generated and closed over $500 million in commercial real estate and small business loans.
In 2004, he became a founder and chairman of the second active Business and Industry Development Company (BIDCO) in Tennessee, with the ability to make government guaranteed loans. These loans were primarily through the U.S. SBA, with $4 million in equity funding.
Before this, Gary served as eastern regional vice-president of Bank of the West. He has also represented First Union Small Business Capital (formerly The Money Store) in Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina, and resided as president of Community Financial Corporation (a lender service provider), a subsidiary of Community Group (now First Volunteer Corporation). and in 1996, was named Tennessee’s Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year.
Other previous accomplishments include being named Tennessee’s Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year in 1996, managing his own Atlanta-based CPA firm which concentrated on small business finance and taxation, and working as Chief Analyst for a venture capital firm.
Gary is a Certified Public Accountant in both Tennessee and Georgia (inactive) and received a BSBA in Finance from the University of Denver. He has also performed post-graduate work at Georgia State University and the University of Virginia in both Banking and Accounting.
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