Professional career comprised of over thirty years of financial and operational experience serving private and public companies in financial and organization restructuring, crisis management, acquisitions and divestitures, and equity and debt financings. Industry expertise includes retail, real estate, construction, logistics and transportation, manufacturing and distribution.

 

As Managing Partner of BlackBriar, his recent engagements include serving as:

 

  • Financial Advisor to a bank for a $100 million health care provider in Chapter 11;
  • Financial Advisor to a bank, directing the sale of aerospace parts acquired through foreclosure in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy;
  • Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO) for a $40 million marine oil production services company restructuring over $100 million of debt to allow the Company time to explore strategic alternatives;
  • Member of Board of Directors for developmental stage biotech company;
  • Financial Advisor and Director for a $25 million multi-generation family owned arcade equipment distributor directing a sale to a strategic buyer;
  • Receiver and CRO for a $35 million revenue metal fabricator;
  • CRO of a $60 million aviation parts reseller;
  • CRO and COO directing the operational and financial restructuring of a $35 million revenue private equity owned logistics company, directing sales, marketing and operations

 

He served as Chief Financial Officer and Director for PawnMart, Inc., a $50 million, 34 store specialty retail chain based in the Southeast since 2001. In addition to serving as CFO, he was a director and had served as interim CEO. He directed the sale of the company to the industry leader for $61 million in 2013.

Biography

Robert Schleizer / Managing Partner

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Accomplishments

Prior to co-founding BlackBriar Advisors LLC, Bob served as Managing Director for BBK, an international financial advisory. Bob was responsible for establishing the Southwest office for BBK, as well as business development on a national basis. Responsibilities included operational oversight of professionals in the southwest market, as well as engagement execution. His engagements included serving as Chief Restructuring Officer for a $50 million revenue multi-state potato grower and processor handling complex financial issues in bankruptcy; providing financial advisor services to a distressed lumber mill; and restructuring and refinancing a southeastern non-profit organization.

 

Prior to BBK, Bob was the Restructuring Practice Leader in the Southwest region for Tatum LLC, where he directed distressed engagements including international companies during his ten years with Tatum, he had responsibility for staffing and overseeing clients in financial and operational distress. Bob held various interim management roles including Restructuring Advisor for a $200M private equity owned multinational appliance manufacturer and CFO overseeing the wind-down and 363 sale of a motorcycle manufacturing firm disposing of assets via section 363 sale and public auctions.

 

As a Tatum Partner, he served in multiple complex restructuring engagements in roles that included:

 

  • Serving as financial advisor to a $130 million revenue Canadian appliance manufacturer with production facilities in the U.S. and Mexico;
  • Serving as CFO of a financially troubled $100 million motorcycle manufacturer directing the sale of assets through a Section 363 bankruptcy sale;
  • Serving as interim CFO leading a financial and operational restructuring resulting in a return to profitable operations of a $50M, privately-held family business specializing in transportation of bulk petroleum products.

Background & Affiliations

Bob’s previous professional experience includes extensive real estate leasing, management and development, COO and CFO of a regional trucking company; owner of a crisis management firm providing financial consulting, leasing, development, renovation and real estate management expertise.

 

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association – President – Certification Oversight Committee
  • Turnaround Management Association –  Past Chairman – National Finance Committee
  • State Bar of Texas – Bankruptcy Section (non-law section)
  • Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Commercial Finance Association

 

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Arizona State University
  • Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor (CIRA)
  • Certified Turnaround Professional

Contact Information

Office: 214.599.8600

 

Cell: 214.882.8300

 

Email: bschleizer@blackbriaradvisors.com

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