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Geoffrey C. Murphy, Principal

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Geoff Murphy has broad financial and operating experience in many varied arenas over four decades. He has filled many corporate positions in large and small companies and has extensive experience advising clients as a CPA and in consulting with start-up and turn-around businesses. He earned an AB at Dartmouth College and an MBA from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business in 1964. He practiced with Price Waterhouse in New York, London, and Charlotte, NC, working with a variety of manufacturing and financial institutions, including Bank of America. He left Price Waterhouse in 1976 to become CFO of Esmark, Inc., a holding company operating Swift & Company/Hunt Wesson, Vigoro Fertilizer, Playtex, Avis, STP, and other well-known businesses.

After the acquisition of Esmark by Beatrice Companies in 1984, Geoff joined Advanced Systems, Inc., a small, high-growth, technical company where, in a little over thirteen months, he successfully revamped the accounting and financial systems and staff, and completed a refinancing which allowed the company to continue on its annual growth path of 40-plus percent.

After Beatrice was acquired by Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts, he was recruited to return to join the management of its international food business, a collection of food processing and retailing companies spread over five continents. He led the sale of the business by Beatrice.  He continued in the management as an owner after completing the LBO by TLC Beatrice International Holdings in 1988. 

In 1990, he was one of the founding partners of Coloney von Soosten + Associates, Inc. a consulting firm providing advice and management assistance to companies involved in change through turnaround or new development. His clients included retail businesses, equipment and manufacturing businesses, and producers of food ingredients and products. He was engaged in turnaround situations on behalf of lenders and in the development and financing of start-up companies.

He consulted in the development of Citrico Holdings, Inc., which was engaged in the processing and sale of food components from lemon byproducts. He assisted the company in getting its initial financing, and in obtaining financing from Dresdner Bank and grants from the European Union to build a €70-million plant in Mecklenburg, Germany. He left CVS in 2001 to become Executive Vice President of Citrico.  After joining the company, he also arranged working capital financing from a Dutch bank, secured by global receivables and inventories of frozen concentrated lemon juice purchased around the world.

He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and is a Director, a member of the Audit Committee, and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of AmerAlia, Inc., a public company engaged in mining in Colorado.

He left Citrico in 2005 and has recently joined Valor Leadership Partners as a Principal. He is based in Winnetka, IL and Naples, FL.