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Michael Welch

Michael Welch

Lifetime Member - Dallas

Michael was CFO Partner in 2014 and Dallas CFO Managing Partner during 2015 before returning to a finance leadership role in industry. He has extensive experience with companies that are in the start-up phase, undergoing major growth initiatives, or experiencing some type of other major change. Prior to joining Aventine Hill Partners, Michael acted as the Chief Financial Officer for multiple small cap companies in Dallas.

Michael is one of the co-founders and former Chief Financial Officer of a Dallas-based restaurant holding company. Michael supported and facilitated the opening of the flagship restaurant and the first new concept expansion. He helped set the stage for the third concept and the fast casual restaurants at DFW and Love Field airports before he outsourced the company’s accounting function to reduce their expenses and improve their bottom line.

Earlier in his career, Michael was part of the founders group of a large publicly traded, international consulting firm. Michael was the twelfth director hired by the firm and the first employee in the state of Texas. He opened four offices in Texas, built a substantial client base, and worked with his clients to identify their project and resource needs. Michael assembled teams of experienced accounting, IT, and human resource professionals to work directly with clients to meet those needs. He also successfully recruited extraordinary professionals to head each of those offices ensuring their success and building the brand in Texas.

Michael also served as Chief Operating Officer of a multi-state resort and hotel real estate development company and as Chief Financial Officer of its subsidiary, a statewide savings and loan based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Michael started with the company in the Palm Springs, California area and directed the company’s centralization of its accounting, reporting, IT, and human resource functions in New Orleans from its numerous locations throughout the U.S.

Michael is an alumnus of one of the Big Four Accounting Firms and joined the firm immediately after earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Michael is a Louisiana CPA and has recently completed his term on a not-for-profit board.

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