Steve Morrissette’s career includes large corporate experience in mergers & acquisitions and banking as well as entrepreneurial projects as an investor and founding CEO of several start-up businesses. In addition to 25 years of practitioner expertise, his academic career includes 10 years of full-time teaching and extensive scholarship on entrepreneurial finance including a comprehensive study of angel investors published in the Journal of Private Equity, numerous articles on the banking industry, as well as presentations and journal articles on M&A including a recent presentation on M&A at McKinsey’s Corporate Finance Conference.
Most of his banking career focused on transformation projects, especially through mergers and acquisitions. His M&A experience includes over a dozen projects ranging from small deals with $10 million in sales to a full-time role on the First Chicago-BankOne executive merger integration team, one of the largest financial services mergers at that time. In his various CFO roles (BankOne Commercial Bank, American National Bank of Chicago, First Chicago Regional Bank), he was responsible for M&A and post-merger integration. When Jamie Dimon became CEO, he was asked to serve as head of Strategy & Planning for BankOne Commercial Banking. His M&A experience also includes selling business units, taking his firm public and eventually selling his first company 4 years after going public for a 450% return to investors.
Morrissette has extensive entrepreneurial experience – he has been an angel investor actively involved in the formation of several firms in industries ranging from technology to plumbing parts. He was also the founding CEO of First Community Financial Partners, a bank group with 4 start-up banks having grown from zero to $1 billion in assets in just 7 years. At First Community, he led 5 stock offerings raising over $100 million in equity. As a consultant, his work includes business plan development, strategic planning, performance improvement, turn-around management, management buyouts, and various types of M&A projects.
His academic credentials include a MBA with honors in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Entrepreneurial Finance from Union University. In addition to Booth, he is an Associate Professor at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL and has guest lectured at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. His current research includes decision models for mergers and acquisitions including a forthcoming paper on M&A (“A Framework for Validating and M&A Deal Thesis”) and a current research project on the use of acquisitions and alliances in the healthcare industry due to healthcare reform.
When not starting companies, being an academic, or mentoring young professionals, he attempts to succeed at the role of father and husband.
“A Framework for Validating an M&A Deal Investment Thesis,” 2012, (working paper).
“Governance Issues in the Transition to Accountable Care,” 2012, (working paper).
“Silver Cross Responds to ACO Wake-Up Call,” American Hospital Association Trustee Magazine, April 2012 (forthcoming).
“The Honeymoon is Over: Managing the Board and CEO Relationship During Times of Stress,” Banking Law Journal (January 2012).
“A Profile of Angel Investors,” Journal of Private Equity (June 2007).
“Summary Profile of Bank Angel Investors,” Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (2006).
“Summary Profile of Angel Investors,” Proceedings of the Academy of Finance 2006 Annual Conference (April 2006).