Ben Cass founded Interlochen Group in February 2000 and is responsible for defining and implementing the corporate strategy. Other responsibilities include overseeing the business development and staffing functions. Prior to establishing Interlochen Group, Ben worked with several early stage, high growth companies as well as large, multi-national professional service firms.
Although he spent much of his career working for large corporations such as KPMG and John Nuveen and Company, Ben is an advocate of the entrepreneur and extremely familiar with the needs of small and mid-size companies. Ben has over 25 years of experience in public and corporate finance, management, and business development.
As a member of KPMG's Corporate Finance Group, his responsibilities included originating and executing M&A and private equity transactions. Other responsibilities included recruiting, managing and training a staff of Associates and Analysts. While at KPMG, Ben also developed a network of CPAs, private equity groups, venture capitalists and attorneys.
During his tenure in Chicago, Ben worked in a financial capacity with various industries which included business services, health care, manufacturing, retail, distribution and technology. He worked directly with attorneys, investors, investment bankers, analysts and entrepreneurs and either managed or assisted in the structure and closing of over 30 private placements.
Ben completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida with a major in finance and received his MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.
CURRENT AND PREVIOUS AFFILIATIONS
- Ansley Golf Club
- Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
- Atlanta Advisors Group
- Atlanta Youth Academy
- The Buckhead Club
- CareShare Exchange
- Commerce Club
- Free the Children (CollegePrep)
- Glen View Club
- Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
- Vistage (TEC)
- Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO)
- Zoo Atlanta, Leadership Committee