Areas of Expertise

  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Due Diligence
  • Interim Management
  • M&A
  • Principal Investments / Financings
  • Turnarounds / Restructurings
  • Valuation

Industries

  • Education
  • Logistics / Wholesale
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Sports / Fitness
  • Telecommunications

Education

  • BS Duke University
  • MBA University of Chicago

Experience

  • 4 Years with Firm
  • 10 Years of Relevant Experience

Mr. Walker joined GlassRatner (now doing business as B. Riley Advisory Services) in 2017 and is involved in all areas of the practice with a focus on restructuring & turnaround management, transaction services, and operations management services. His management experiences span multiple industries as an executive in operations, finance, strategy and business development with start-up, growth stage and turnaround companies. His investment banking experience includes securing private debt financing from insurance companies, advising and executing M&A transactions, and structuring asset-backed securities financing. Mr. Walker's financial and accounting skills paired with his leadership and team building skills serve him well in navigating difficult business situations. Prior to joining the firm, Steven was the Chief Strategy Officer of a software-as-a-service (SAAS) education technology company where he led strategy, planning and business development.

Other full time or mid-term leadership management experiences include:

  • Chief Executive Officer of a STEM charter high school where he spearheaded reorganizing the school to expand enrollment, leverage strategic partnerships and secure financing for a new facility. He was responsible for the operating and financial management of the school and the implementation of policies established by the governing board
  • President of Information Management Systems, Inc., an international information technology training and consulting company that specialized in OEM certifications in network technology. Mr. Walker oversaw the expansion of the company's operations to South Africa and Malaysia
  • Owner and operator of fast casual franchise restaurants in the Tex-Mex segment
  • Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Run N' Shoot Athletic Centers, two mega indoor fitness facilities in Atlanta, GA (85,000 square feet) and District Heights, MD (115,000 square feet) with a focus on basketball, weightlifting and aerobics. The athletic centers leveraged discounted rent rates on sites in urban centers where big box retailers had failed. Mr. Walker negotiated the leases, secured financing, managed the buildouts, trained and supervised the site managers, created standard operating policies and procedures, advised managers on marketing and promoting the facilities, and conducted facility audits
  • Chief Operating Officer of a start-up toy company. Mr. Walker sourced and managed contract manufacturing in China, implemented back-to-back letters of credit to manage cash flow, and oversaw all supply chain and logistics functions including quality assurance, freight forwarding, warehousing and dropshipping

Mr. Walker earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and he holds a MBA in Finance and Business Policy from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

B. Riley Advisory Services works with lenders, law firms, private equity sponsors and companies of all types. Our Advisory Services are a unique mix of Valuation and Appraisal Services including asset-based lending (ABL) Valuations; Restructuring and Turnaround Management; Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support; Operations Management; Compliance, Risk & Resilience Services; and Transaction Support Services including Due Diligence and Quality of Earnings Reviews. B. Riley Advisory Services is the trade name for GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC, Great American Group Advisory & Valuation Services, LLC, Great American Group Machinery & Equipment, LLC, and Great American Group Intellectual Property, LLC.