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Georgia Entrepreneurs who Moved the Needle

February 28 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

The HBS Club of Atlanta Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group (eSIG) is proud to present some of the most successful and influential entrepreneurs in Georgia history in a series called The Legends.

Our second honoree for 2020 is Tom Avery, MBA’77. Anyone whose been around the entrepreneurial scene in Atlanta over the last few decades knows the name Tom Avery. Tom has had a leading role in finance as an investment banker and venture capitalist at the most prominent companies in the region including: Robinson-Humphrey, Summit Partners, Noro-Mosely, Interstate/Johnson-Lane and Raymond James & Associates. He has reviewed hundreds of companies and led financing deals of all flavors and sizes.

Tom has made his mark in the investment world. He has over 37 years of investment banking and venture capital experience with growing enterprises in the middle market, while his venture capital experience focused on young, and occasionally startup, technology companies. He was lead banker on startup venture capital equity financings, other private placements of equity and debt, initial public offerings, going private transactions, bank financings, public debt offerings, and extensive mergers and acquisitions work on the sell side and the buy side. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in company and securities valuation methodologies and negotiating and closing complex corporate transactions. While most of his career involved technology companies – and in particular, software companies – he also has experience working with financial, industrial services, retailing and consumer services businesses. His last 20 years in the investment banking business were in leadership positions within firms in equity capital markets, technology investment banking and financial sponsor relationship management. In all situations, he either started or reorganized and grew effective teams that contributed significantly to the success of the organization.

In Tom’s 11 years as a venture capitalist, he served on numerous private company boards, assisting them with advice and help in financing their enterprises; planning and executing growth strategies; and building effective management teams. He also worked with troubled investments where delicate cash flow management and sensitive bank negotiations were necessary.

Tom retired at the end of 2014, but is still interested in utilizing his experience and time on a limited number of corporate boards and, perhaps, another board of a local, non-profit organization where Tom has a decade of experience working in the education sector.

Not surprisingly, Tom’s got striking academics. He graduated Georgia Tech Summa Cum Laude in Industrial Management in 1975 where he was first in his Industrial Management class and selected Most Outstanding Senior. He was recognized and further honored with the Wall Street Journal Award.

The eSIG meets at 7:30 am on Friday mornings and a light buffet breakfast is served. Meetings are held at the offices of Morris, Manning & Martin conveniently located at the Atlanta Financial Center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Come join Moderator Steve Kirschner, MBA’86 and don’t forget to sign up early; we limit the attendees at each Friday morning meeting to 50 people.