Avondale Strategic Partners


Leadership Team

Each member of our team has unique attributes and areas of specialty. Our collective efforts drive progressive ideas and solutions adding the most value to our clients.

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Karl Stark

Karl Stark | co-ceo, managing director

Karl leads Avondale’s partnerships with investors and management teams across three areas: strategic advisory, M&A advisory, and principal investing. Karl is also a frequent columnist for Inc. magazine, where he writes an online column with Bill Stewart on strategic and financial issues for growing companies. Prior to co-founding Avondale in 2005, Karl was a consultant with Marakon Associates, A.T. Kearney, and Sibson & Company. Karl holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University. Karl currently sits on the board of Youth Outreach Services, an organization that inspires development to youth in the Chicago community. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Kristin, and two sons.

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Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart | co-ceo, managing director

Bill leads Avondale’s partnerships with investors and management teams across three areas: strategic advisory, M&A advisory, and principal investing. Bill is a frequent columnist for Inc. magazine, where he writes an online column with Karl on strategic and financial issues for growing companies. Prior to co-founding Avondale in 2005, Bill was a consultant with Marakon Associates, a strategy firm. Bill was also a Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard, where he led the development of test devices and printers. Bill holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Bill and his wife, Mary, live in San Diego.

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Rob Crisp

Rob Crisp | co-founder, managing director

Rob brings more than 12 years of middle-market investment banking experience to Avondale, where his focus is on identifying new investment opportunities, managing the acquisition process and working with portfolio companies on corporate planning and financial management activities. Prior to joining Avondale, Rob was the CEO and Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions of Crowe Capital Markets, a boutique middle-market investment bank. During his tenure at Crowe Capital, Rob advised on dozens of acquisitions, private sales, divestitures and management buyouts. Rob earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

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Greg Stoklosa

Greg Stoklosa | managing director

Greg draws on more than 20 years of finance, strategy and executive leadership experience in manufacturing, publishing, consumer products and financial services companies. Before joining Avondale, Greg was chief financial officer and chief strategy officer at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., and chief financial officer and co-head of operations at the Sun-Times Media Group. Greg earned his MBA in Finance and Economics from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He serves on the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools of Chicago, and co-chairs its Strategic Planning committee. Greg resides in Evanston, IL, with his wife, Carmelina, and has three grown sons.

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