As an advisor, principal and operator of early-stage, growth, and middle-market companies for 20 years, Maris has specialized in creating successful combinations of entrepreneurs, ideas and capital. Before joining Westbury in 2009, he co-founded Tactical Solutions Partners, a homeland security technology and training firm where he was a board member, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and VP of Corporate Development. His duties there included an equity raise to fuel sales growth tripling in two years. Prior to Tactical, he co-founded Patron Systems, an IT security software company built through acquisition. As Patron's Senior Director of Corporate Development, he raised debt and equity used to acquire three companies. Earlier, Maris was VP of Mergers and Acquisitions for Cook Associates, a boutique M&A advisory services firm in Chicago serving private equity groups. There he participated on deal teams that closed over 40 middle-market M&A transactions and developed CEOVisions, an innovative program that partnered entrepreneurial Fortune 1000 C level executives with private equity groups and attracted $500 million in equity commitments. He began his career in personal and commercial banking with Wells Fargo Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Maris earned a BA in Management Economics from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses and is based in Louisville, Colorado.
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