Dave Shryock has three decades of experience in financing small businesses. Following business school, he spent eleven years at South Shore Bank in Chicago, initially as a commercial lender and eventually as President and CEO of the Bank.
He then founded SB Partners Capital Fund. The Fund raised $25 million from investors, returning $57 million during its dozen years of existence. The Fund focused on small businesses, and seven of its eight portfolio companies were run by ethnic minorities or women.
Dave currently is board chair for Elevate Energy, a rapidly growing, Chicago based non-profit committed to smarter energy use for all. He also is a director of Metal Flow Corporation in Holland, Michigan; and the Slovak American Foundation. Dave is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Management.
Kris Manos is a business leader with experience spanning marketing, finance, manufacturing, and general management. She is an active public company director, with deep audit committee and compliance expertise.
Kris served as President of Wilsonart Americas, the leading manufacturer of decorative laminate, with over $600 million in revenue. As the first outside president in Wilsonart’s history, she drove significant improvements in revenue and EBITDA, while successfully selling the company to a private equity buyer.
Previously, as President of Herman Miller’s North American Office business, Kris drove growth and profitability through building brand, creating new products, and developing strong diverse teams. She effectively balanced growth and profitability goals, doubling operating income while growing sales over 10% annually.
Kris also led marketing for both Herman Miller and Haworth, another leading office furniture manufacturer, revitalizing their brands by clarifying essential values and creating distinct positioning.
Kris has led global product development, business development, customer service, and manufacturing teams, having started her business career as a first line supervisor in a diesel engine plant at Navistar.
Kris is a director of KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY), American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS), Soil Safe, Inc. and Columbia Forest Products. She previously served on the boards of Holland Hospital, Select Comfort Corporation and International Relief and Development.
She is the founding co-chair of Women Corporate Director’s Austin Chapter, and is a member of the Committee of 200, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the TED community. Kris is a graduate of Harvard College and of Yale’s School of Management.
Jim Bringley is an expert in small business finance. He spent thirty years at South Shore Bank in Chicago. Jim ran the Bank’s real estate lending department and was for decades the most active and knowledgeable multi-family lender on Chicago’s south side.
Jim manages SB Partners’ investment in Reliable Water Services. An avid pianist and cyclist, Jim is a graduate of Syracuse University.