After an eighteen-year financial career working with and advising some of NYC's most well-respected startups (Boxed, S'well) and on Wall Street (Lazard), Kelly moved to Boulder, CO and relaunched her consulting practice. She enjoys freelancing because it provides her the opportunity to meet so many fascinating entrepreneurs, investors, and lenders and allows her to leverage her experiences to help them maximize value from the mountains.
Grew the company over 500% during my tenure as the head of finance. (Boxed is an eCommerce company that delivers the products consumers use every day to their door step in bulk sizes. Founded in 2013, it is backed by well-known VC investors such as DST (Yuri Milner), GGV Capital, Greycroft, Signia, and First Round Capital).
Raised $100 million in Series C funding and successfully led the company through an intense strategic investment due diligence process performed by a Fortune 100 corporate development team.
Secured over $40 million of commitments for an asset-backed credit facility and a sale/leaseback arrangement from new lending partners to finance growing working capital needs and cap-ex projects.
Established KPIs and budgets for the core business, which included a sizable online and offline marketing budget, as well as diverse initiatives such as a private-label product launch, a multi-million warehouse expansion and automation project and a co-marketing effort with American Express.
Worked for ThinkEco, a leading provider of cloud-based energy efficiency and demand response solutions for residential, commercial, and utility applications. Founded in 2009, it is backed by prominent angel investors.
Provided financial and operational support to scale a $4 million, award-winning program created in partnership with Con Edison that allows the utility to reduce stress on the grid and engage with its residential customers.
Improved communication and transparency with investors, which facilitated $5 million in additional capital contributions, by providing financial reports outlining key accomplishments, risks, and opportunities.
Charted a path to profitability and long-term success by ascertaining the true costs of existing/proposed products and ongoing service costs, evaluating new channels, developing effective pricing strategies, and renegotiating vendor contracts.
Worked for Noveda, a company founded in 2007 that develops and provides cloud-based data-analysis and monitoring solutions for renewable and conventional energy and water systems. I was hired by the angel investor to fundraise and position the company for growth.
Authored a business plan and articulated a vision and value to the investment community. Pitched and won $4 million in milestone-based funding from the NJ Clean Energy Manufacturing Fund.
Coordinated competency centers to identify potential alliances with the objective of developing OEM/licensing relationships, enhancing technology roadmap, opening new geographic channels, and improving internal processes.
Managed business, financial, and technical due diligence for domestic and international alliances, negotiated valuations, prepared and executed legal documents, and led the integration of teams.
Structured investments across the capital structure of a boutique investment bank as its top-ranked associate and subsequent VP and provided acquisition financing, balance sheet restructuring, and capital structure advice to the firm’s clients.
Performed financial and business due diligence, developed detailed financial models, evaluated strategic plans, and created investment memoranda and presentations.
Originated, structured, and marketed over $1.5 billion of investments including bank loans, bridge loans, convertibles, private equity, PIPEs, public equity, and IPOs for clients across several industries.
Worked with notable clients including: Minnesota Steel (dual-track project financing/M&A process resulting in $1.7 billion sale to Essar Steel), the ATSB (an office of the US Treasury on the sale of $750 million of airline debt), the SNPE (French, state-owned organization on the sale of $180 million shares of Dynamic Material), SUPERVALU (on $17 billion acquisition of Albertson’s with an investment group led by Cerberus), Golfsmith ($70 million IPO), Combinatorx ($40 million IPO), and Iconix Brand Group ($260 million equity raise).