Laura has over 14 years of investment banking experience focused on M&A and capital raising advisory within the Branded Consumer industry. Laura develops relationships with and executes transactions for clients in the Healthy Living sub-sectors of Better-for-You Food, Sports Nutrition and Fitness.
Prior to joining Financo, Laura was part of the investment banking practices at HSBC (in New York and London) and Stephens Inc., where she launched a dedicated Healthy Living practice in 2014. Laura received a BBA with honors in Finance from the College of William & Mary, where she was captain of the Division I Lacrosse Team. She currently serves on the Association for Corporate Growth’s Women of Leadership Committee, and she has also served on the Board of her all-girls high school, Maryvale Preparatory, in Baltimore, MD.
What drives your passion for Healthy Living?
As a former college athlete, I have always gravitated towards fitness and have recognized many kindred spirits in the Better-for-You Food, Sports Nutrition and Fitness industries. The mission of clients in the Healthy Living space is often related to self-care and empowering the consumer towards a better life. In that way, a lot of these businesses have a “double bottom line” approach, which has both social and financial impact.
What have you learned from a client that has had a lasting impact?
One of my clients is an operating executive, who has worked from being a clerk in a company’s lone retail store to being the CEO of his own multi-billion-dollar organization. I have learned from him that really smart people are able to translate complex issues into practical terms to foster discussion and decision-making. I have also learned that fairness and excellence are not mutually exclusive – and to be good to people who work hard for you.
What was your first job, and how has it influenced you today?
My first job was working for a women-owned athletic store based in Baltimore, MD while I was in high school. I consulted with middle school, high school and college-aged girls and their parents on which lacrosse stick to buy, and I informed them about the latest gear. That experience taught me how to sell, along with the fundamental aspects of client service, including listening and problem solving.
Where can we find you when you’re outside the office?
Attempting to break 100 on the golf course!