TROY CENTAZZO - Engagement Partner

Troy first joined Growthink in 2008 to help develop and lead an integrated investment banking and strategy consulting practice focused on rapidly emerging sectors and business owners seeking to exit.  He was responsible for sourcing, closing and/or overseeing more than 40 engagements & transactions, as well as generated a portfolio of 15 equity positions for the firm.   

Troy re-joins Growthink after spending several years co-leading a private equity-backed roll-up of family-owned consumer services firms in tier 2 – 4 markets from a start-up phase. 

Prior to Growthink, Troy assisted companies in all areas of business, including developing their strategies and raising capital.  A seasoned entrepreneur, he helped found, manage and invest in several start-up companies and organizations, primarily in the consumer products and services, technology, and New Media sectors.  Troy additionally worked as an Associate in the Investment Banking and Merchant Banking Divisions at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ, now CS First Boston).

Troy earned an MBA from the Darden School of Business and a JD from the School of Law, both at the University of Virginia.  He won the Faculty Award at Darden for graduating at the top of his class.  Troy earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Public Policy from Brown University, where he graduated with Honors and served as class Co-President.   He holds the Series 79 and 63 securities licenses.  

Q&A with Growthink Engagement Partner Troy Centazzo

What makes Growthink such a unique professional advisory firm in your mind?

I knew of Growthink long before I joined the firm.  There’s no other firm like it - it’s the Swiss Army Knife of strategic advisory firms.  Most companies don’t just need one service as they’re growing or thinking of a future exit.  They may need capital (and GT is a fully licensed broker-dealer) but they often also want to know where their best growth opportunities are. A business owner may want to sell to a larger company in a couple years, but may first want a strategic roadmap, such as a detailed growth plan, on how to maximize the results of the future transaction. Or, a company may need to develop a completely new online strategy due to rapid shifts in its industry.  

Growthink has worked with thousands of companies in virtually every sector on their advisory and corporate finance needs and can assist clients with a full range of the advisory services they need.   In my experience, most firms only offer one or two services.  

What do you think clients are looking for from their advisors in the current, rapidly-changing business environment?

Well first, clients are looking for the same attributes they always have from their outside professional advisors:  high quality, trustworthy advice that’s in the best interest of their organizations. It’s a great feeling when a long-term client considers you part of their corporate team, not just an outside advisor.   I’ve noticed that the executives we work with appreciate that Growthink’s senior professionals have started, operated, and exited businesses ourselves before.  We’ve been deep in the trenches and truly understand the challenges that business owners face.  

Also, let’s face it:  the pace of change in so many industries right now is mindboggling.    New business models have disrupted so many sectors, at times only within a couple years.  Business owners are trying to figure out how to thrive and survive in this environment.  The Growthink team closely tracks emerging business models and sectors, and is in an ideal position to advise firms at all stages of development on how they can take advantage of these rapid changes.     

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