Independent Advisors to Light Your Way and Open Doors Unimagined.
CMA clients gain access to a team of independent advisors with a wealth of experience and knowledge who can provide guidance, insights and hands-on assistance with business development and capital formation.
27+ Years Experience in Investment Banking, Investment Management, Private Equity, Business Consulting
19+ Years in Cleantech & Sustainability
C. Scott Kitcher
Scott Kitcher offers more than 27 years of executive experience in investment banking, investment management, private equity and business consulting, with a special focus on Clean-tech and sustainability.
After graduating from Stanford University, Scott joined Yamaichi International - America, then one of the 'Big 4' Japanese investment banks, where he led the firm’s Western U.S. investment banking efforts, including underwriting, buy & sell side analysis, M&A, investor relations and other business development activity for Japanese and U.S. clients. Scott was also a frequent conference panelist on U.S. banking in Asia.
Scott became involved in the Clean-tech industry in the mid-90s while serving as Investment Counsel V.P. in charge of the Western U.S. for Eaton Vance Management, and national representative for Eaton’s Hong Kong-based partner, Lloyd George Management. At Eaton, he excelled in institutional sales, marketing, client service and portfolio management.
In 2009, Scott founded EcoFin Consulting, a financial and strategic consulting firm that helps early stage and transitioning Clean-tech companies advance to the next level.
Scott also now serves as president and CEO of Sustain OC a non-profit trade association that promotes the Clean-tech industry in Orange County, California, including renewable energy, clean transportation, energy efficiency and other resource conservation, green building and consumer products, and corporate sustainability.
He currently serves on several corporate, non-profit and academic boards and committees, including:
Samueli School of Engineering at UCI, Advisory Board Member
Advanced Transportation Center (LAEDC); Director, Orange County
biix, Board of Directors Member
BlueFire Renewables, Advisor to Board of Directors
Stomp Motors, Advisory Board Member
Indi.com, Advisory Board Member
UCI Masters in Public Policy Program, Advisory Board Member
US Green Building Council, Orange County Market Leaders Advisory Board Member
40+ Years Entrepreneurial and International Business Experience
Expertise in Retail, Consumer, Product Development, Capital Formation, Business Development, Startups
Lawrence Hirson is an accomplished entrepreneur and senior manager with nearly five decade of experience in capital formation, corporate and product development, communications and branding, sales and marketing, and shareholder value creation. He is known for his tremendous energy, enthusiasm and creative vision, along with a seasoned understanding of global markets and an extensive array of influential contacts from around the world.
Since 2010, Lawrence has served as CEO of The WATB Group, which offers consultative management, sales and marketing expertise to businesses looking to achieve accelerated growth. In this capacity, he currently serves as an advisor to the board of Indi.com, as well as a number of other privately-held companies. He is also manager of WATB ISA, LLC, which makes select investments in public and private companies.
Since 2008, he has served as chairman of the board of H&L Russel, Ltd, a London, UK-based product innovator, importer and distributor of storage and houseware products for major UK hospitality chains.
In 2000, Lawrence co-founded Protect-A-Bed, recognized as a worldwide leader in mattress protection innovation, and in eight years as its president he grew the company to $60 million in annual revenues. Today, the company remains an industry leader, with more than $100 million in annual revenue and international presence in more than 30 countries.
Prior to Protect-A-Bed, Lawrence served for several years as president of Granton Marketing in conjunction with DS Max, a direct marketing company with over 100 offices and 4,000 salespeople in South Africa.
Earlier, he was founder and and president of Supreme Car & Truck Hire, an innovator of free mileage in the car and truck rental industry based in South Africa, as well as was founder and president of Superformance, a franchised auto repair chain in Southern California.
25+ Experience in the Capital Markets
$300 million in capital structuring and formation
Expert in capital formation, investment banking and advisory services, business development, M&A structuring, brand and business development, European capital introductions, and investor relations.
One of the key perspectives that Andre provides is being able to assess client company’s weaknesses when it comes to raising capital and laying out effective strategies to overcoming them. Having many experience on all sides of a transaction enables Andre to have a clear understanding of the process.
Over the last 15 years, he has managed three equity related funds, providing him insight to the risks considered by institutional capital. He has also served as CEO, CSO, and director of two high-growth consumer products companies, providing him a real-world understanding of the challenges faced by senior management.
Over the course of his career, he has primarily focused on capital structuring and traditional investment banking. This experience helps him to properly guide client companies through the process of raising capital from diligence, structuring, packaging and finally negotiating a deal.
20 years of experience in the capital markets: structured, negotiated and closed more than $300 million in equity capital into companies.
Advised and worked with many earlier stage public and private companies, providing traditional investment banking advisory as well as M&A, capital structuring, joint ventures, private placements, business development and strategic growth planning at the board level.
Experience in developing business and operating plans for client companies.
Extensive experience in taking U.S. companies to Europe for introductions to long-term capital groups.
Authored and quoted in many articles on Angel investing and the economic landscape in Forbes, Businessweek, New York Times, Blogging stocks, Seeking Alpha, and others.