Chris SchwalbachManaging Partner
Chris Schwalbach founded AVL Growth Partners in 2009 with the goal of addressing the lack of finance & accounting operations expertise available to passionate entrepreneurs, with a vision to bring the same level of expertise, passion, and focus as Cooley, LLP did in legal services and Silicon Valley Bank did in banking. Chris has helped numerous AVL client companies including SaaS, Medical Device, Services, and Digital Media with setup, capital raises, growth strategies, planning, and execution. As managing partner, Chris leads the company’s growth and expansion with AVL having served over 250 high growth companies in over 15 states and internationally. He is focused on building and developing a team of outstanding professionals, crafting a unique and engaging culture in our space, and contributing to the entrepreneurial ecosystems in our target markets.
Prior to founding AVL, Chris, an entrepreneur himself, was a “first five employee” and CFO for several angel and venture backed start-ups where he led multiple debt and equity transactions. He also owned, operated, and sold a multi-million dollar manufacturing company and has held various finance leadership roles at multiple corporations including StorageTek and Arthur Andersen (Audit and Business Consulting practices).
Heralding from Wisconsin, Chris obtained dual bachelor degrees in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later earned his MBA from the University of Michigan where he was awarded a full ride Dean’s List Scholarship.