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.

CMA ADVISORS

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

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.


Leslie K. White

eslie is an experienced marketing and sales professional that moves easily from vision and strategy to implementation and follow-through. She has more than 15 years' experience developing and managing client relations in a range of industries.

Leslie is currently principal of Culinary Intuition (CI), which provides advisory services to the foodservice industry, including strategic marketing development,  research and tactical support for food manufacturers, suppliers and restaurants. 

She earlier served as marketing manager for Sunkist Growers, a cooperative marketing organization comprised of more than 6,000 California and Arizona citrus growers and packers. During her tenure, Sunkist represented 80% of the $1.3 billion U.S citrus industry.

Prior to Sunkist, she was head of program management/business development for CTB/McGraw-Hill, a leading provider of standardized achievement test products and services.

Leslie has also served as sales and marketing manager for the American Culinary Federation, a non-profit chef organization providing certification programs and networking opportunities for chefs, as well as comprehensive accreditation programs for culinary schools.


15+ Branding & Marketing Experience

Expert in Sales & Marketing, Branding, Media Communications, Market Research, Photography, Culinary Arts, and Business Development

Knowledgeable in Food service and Hospitality

Leslie K. White

Leslie is an experienced marketing and sales professional that moves easily from vision and strategy to implementation and follow-through. She has more than 15 years' experience developing and managing client relations in a range of industries.

Leslie is currently principal of Culinary Intuition (CI), which provides advisory services to the foodservice industry, including strategic marketing development,  research and tactical support for food manufacturers, suppliers and restaurants. 

She earlier served as marketing manager for Sunkist Growers, a cooperative marketing organization comprised of more than 6,000 California and Arizona citrus growers and packers. During her tenure, Sunkist represented 80% of the $1.3 billion U.S citrus industry.

Prior to Sunkist, she was head of program management/business development for CTB/McGraw-Hill, a leading provider of standardized achievement test products and services.

Leslie has also served as sales and marketing manager for the American Culinary Federation, a non-profit chef organization providing certification programs and networking opportunities for chefs, as well as comprehensive accreditation programs for culinary schools.