Tony is well recognized for his leadership roles as Chief Restructuring Officer and Financial Advisor. He founded and manages Shepherd Partners, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to helping middle market or family-run companies in transition.
In his 25+ years as an advisor he has served as Chairman, Independent Director, Interim CEO or Chief Operating Officer of 15 companies and has been financial and operations advisor to dozens more. What makes this profession especially rewarding for him is making a meaningful difference every day for Shepherd’s clients, their investors, employees and others under very stressful circumstances. He immerses himself in projects as he guides private equity investors, lenders and borrowers across the USA in leadership, operations and restructuring.
Tony has been a Certified Turnaround Professional (‘CTP’) since 1999. In 2014, he received the ‘CTP of the Year Award’ and was recognized for the “Most Effective Turnaround for 2001” by the Midwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association for his work on a multi-state technology company. He has been published in The Secured Lender, The ABF Journal and The Journal of Corporate Renewal. Tony earned his MBA from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting from Southern Methodist University.
He began his career in commercial banking and the oil patch in Texas, managed new business and loan workout activities in Oil & Gas and Commercial Real Estate at the First National Bank of Chicago, then began consulting at Coopers and Lybrand and Gemini Consulting prior to the formation of Shepherd Partners in 1997.
His civic involvement has included the SMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, President of the Houston Chapter of the SMU Alumni Association, Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Servas, and Midtown Education Foundation. He volunteers at the Shedd Aquarium as a diver (he’s had his hand inside a whale’s mouth!), CARE Chicago (financial literacy for high schoolers), tutored at Adult Literacy Chicago, and volunteers at hospitals and schools with his therapy dog. His hobbies include polo, scuba diving, and photography.
Shepherd Partners provided our firm with perspective and coaching we simply couldn’t find anywhere else. He lent a skillful hand to negotiations with creditors and government agencies…
VP-Finance, Commercial Data Systems, Inc.
Cristi Hoffman, Owner
Designed Alloy Products, Inc., Alloy Rod Products, Inc., Stainless River, LTD.
…brought all of the parties to the table and laid out the framework for a restructuring that made sense…
Managing Director; Fifth Third Bank Structured Finance Group
…leading directly to the company’s and the lenders’ recovery of their entire investment…
Another time, his team successfully navigated a foreclosure process and the debtor’s bankruptcy and sale. The situation demanded firmness in dealing with the company’s uncooperative senior executives and delicateness in managing employees, vendors, and customers…Madison Capital accomplished a 100% recovery of its loan and interest….
Managing Director-Special Assets Group Manager, Madison Capital Funding/New York Life
…when I brought Tony into situations to help the largest as well as smaller banks, our clients have been very satisfied.
Daryl Diesing, Creditor Rights Attorney, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
…consistent responsiveness, speed, and effectiveness…a tough negotiator but not combative, which is key to a successful outcome…
Jeffrey Arnesen, Director, Houlihan Lokey
…keen awareness of and balanced approach…His professionalism and commitment gained the respect of these competing interests and resulted in an award-winning transaction…
Attorney, Manty & Associates
Everything he said he was going to do and promises made, he came through. I have since recommended him to other companies in need of a “turnaround professional” consultation. I truly admire his innate ability to tackle such immense challenges with style, grace, and ethics.
Sales Manager, Cardinal Glass
He not only identifies the problems that the business is facing, but he presents alternative solutions and the reasons behind his recommendations.
Stephen T. Bobo
His level headed teams keep focused on the goals, move fast, pay attention to details and don’t get derailed by distracting issues that we see in the Distressed space…works collaboratively to deliver exceptional results.
Managing Partner, Craft Partners
…would highly recommend Shepherd to any closely- held business like ours that might be going through significant trials and tribulations…
…successfully guided us through a very tumultuous restructuring of our family company’s financial structure and leadership & governance organization…same expert and caring guidance to that situation as he did in his previous engagement with my family’s company…
President, M.A.Gedney and SVP New Business Ventures, Bellisio Foods
Tony did an excellent job serving as independent director for a distressed company. His sophistication and discernment in the board deliberation process were very valuable.
Attorney, SNR Dentons