Lester M. Friedman
Partner, Chief Executive Officer, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
Lester manages and directs the overall growth of the appraisal practice and ensures the delivery of high quality, consistent service to clients. Lester's extensive industry experience spans more than three decades; he has conducted, directed, and managed thousands of appraisals for high profile financial institutions such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and CIT; as well as M&A Equity Groups including Apollo, Cerberus and Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Great American Group, Lester served as Director of Inventory Appraisal and Valuations for a major service provider. Lester graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Partner, National Sales and Marketing Director, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
Michael serves as the National Sales and Marketing Director for the appraisal practice. He develops and manages the appraisal practice calling and client service efforts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers. Prior to joining Great American Group in 1996, Michael was a senior associate with an advisory services firm, based in Boston. Michael has nearly two decades of experience in all segments of the asset disposition and valuation industries. Michael attended Northeastern University in Boston where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Executive Vice President, Northeast, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
Ryan specializes in developing and enhancing client relationships for the New York, New England, Eastern Canada and European regions. Ryan joined Great American Group in 2000 with seven years of prior appraisal and liquidation experience and has since added experience with operations and business development. Ryan has conducted hundreds of appraisals in the industrial, retail and wholesale sectors while managing the industrial appraisal division. Ryan attended Bentley College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Executive Vice President, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
David focuses on developing and enhancing client relationships in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets, and provides asset valuation, liquidation strategies and restructuring solutions for lenders and borrowers. David started with Great American Group in 2003, bringing 10 years of extensive asset-based experience to his role. David has spent the majority of his career working for major corporations including Comerica, Foothill Capital, Bank of America and Goldstein, Golub, Kessler, LLP. David graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Administration and Accounting.
Managing Director, Sponsor Coverage, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
Drew serves as Managing Director of sponsor coverage and has 25 years of industry experience. Drew has held roles as a banker, chief financial officer, investment banker and turnaround consultant. Prior to joining Great American Group in 2010, Drew served as Vice President and Business Development Officer with National City Business Credit where he focused on asset based loans in the $10 million to $200 million range. Drew founded and is Managing Partner of the Private Equity Forum, an organization dedicated to promoting quality deal flow throughout the private equity community. Drew graduated from Susquehanna University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics and from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received his Master of Business Administration.
Daniel J. Williams
Managing Director, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
Dan focuses on client relationships in the New York City area bringing to bear over 20 years of experience in the asset based lending community. Dan joined Great American Group in 2014 as Managing Director following stints at RBS Citizens, GE Capital and Bank of America, where he worked on implementing ABL initiatives across a number of industry verticals. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Massachusetts and is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the Turnaround Management Association and the Commercial Finance Association.
Senior Vice President, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
Bill specializes in developing and enhancing client relationships in the Midwest market, and has more than a dozen years of experience in business valuations, operations, financial reporting, strategic development and systems management in a wide array of industries. Bill first joined Great American Group in 2001, and prior to rejoining GA in 2008, worked as the Director of Operations for a real estate investment firm where he was charged with consolidating 13 separate entities and implementing various reporting metrics to foster growth. Bill graduated from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Vice President, Western Region, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
Jennie specializes in developing and enhancing client relationships within the Western Region and has spent her entire career in the financial services industry at major corporations including GE Commercial Equipment Finance and GE Corporate Lending. Jennie began her tenure with Great American Group in 2008 with more than a dozen years of previous experience, specifically in underwriting and the management of senior debt lending opportunities for middle market companies. Jennie earned her Bachelor's degree in Music from California State University at Northridge.