Stout Media Kit

Stout Media Kit

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Stout Overview

Stout is a global advisory firm specializing in corporate finance, accounting and transaction advisory, valuation, financial disputes, claims, and investigations. We serve a range of clients, from public corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries. Our clients and their advisors rely on our premier expertise, deep industry knowledge, and unparalleled responsiveness on complex matters.

Quick Stats

  • Stout has offices in North America, Asia, and Europe
  • Firm was founded in 1991
  • Corporate headquarters in Chicago, IL
  • 80+ countries where we serve clients
  • Fiscal Year ending Sep 30, 2023 Revenue of $390M (Global Revenue)
  • +90 Net Promoter Score (on a scale of -100 to +100 since 2016)


Investment Banking

Our industry-focused bankers specialize in mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising, and other financial advisory services for privately held businesses, portfolio companies of private equity firms, and divisions of large corporations. Our depth of experience in recapitalizations, management buyouts, and sales or mergers provides our clients with the full range of liquidity alternatives.

Transaction Advisory

We help clients navigate the entire transaction life cycle. We build or validate financial models for a variety of transaction types and purposes; provide fairness, solvency, and other transaction opinions; and perform financial and operational due diligence for transactions of any size and type.

Valuation Advisory

As one of the largest independent valuation practices in the country, we bring deep and specialized experience across a broad spectrum of industries in the valuation of business enterprises, complex securities, intellectual property, real estate, and personal property. Our opinions are fully supported and are prepared to withstand scrutiny – whether that be from the SEC, IRS, DOL, a trier of fact, an auditor review, or a counterparty.

Accounting & Reporting Advisory

We bring the right combination of technical expertise and consulting experience for any accounting need, whether it is to support the audit process, implement a new accounting standard, or prepare financial statements for a transaction. Our professionals will work with you as a seamless extension of your team, providing solutions and insight, leveraging best practices and efficiencies, and remaining accountable and responsive throughout the process.

Disputes, Claims, & Investigations

Private sector clients, government agencies, and outside counsel engage our experts to assist with investigations; address compliance and regulatory issues; evaluate damages; analyze financial, statistical, and economic issues; and offer expert testimony in arbitrations, state courts, federal courts, and other venues throughout the world.

Specialty & Industry Services

We work collaboratively with companies to transform their businesses. Our consultants work side by side with organizations to manage risk through industry-leading analysis; make informed decisions from digital and data analytics; and contain costs through process improvement.


News Releases

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Executive Bios

The executive team is responsible for preparing and implementing the firm’s strategy in accordance with the decisions of the board of directors.

Craige Stout
Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Risius
Head of Client Service

Ryan Thies
Chief Financial Officer

Greg O'Hara
President - Valuation Advisory

Mike Petron
Co-President - Disputes, Claims, & Investigations

John Cadarette
Co- President - Disputes, Claims, & Investigations

Kevin Manning
President - Investment Banking

Stacy Carron
Chief Information Officer

Simon Heaton
Chief Growth Officer

Bob Gerardi
Chief Marketing Officer 

Michelle Johnson
Chief Revenue Officer

Stephanie Clifford
Chief Legal Officer

Ryan Gandre
Chief Transformation Officer

Cory Thompson
President - Transaction Advisory, Accounting & Reporting Advisory


Signature Thought Leadership

Stout’s professionals are thought leaders. Throughout the year, we showcase our expertise through articles, reports, guidance documents, and industry updates on important topics and trends.

Automotive Defect & Recall Report

Stout’s annual Automotive Defect & Recall Report is designed to provide information and insights to automotive industry leaders based on exclusive analysis of recall-related data.

Industry Updates

Stout has provided 30 years of deep industry knowledge in fields such as healthcare and life sciences, tire distribution and manufacturing, plastics and packaging, energy and utilities, and more.


Stout is proud to partner with professional golfer Sam Ryder. Sam embodies Stout’s personality and is incredibly hardworking, poised, and relationship-driven. He represents our brand promise of Relentless Excellence.

Stout is proud to sponsor tennis professional Steve Johnson. One of the greatest college tennis players of all time and Olympic medalist, Steve is currently one of the top-ranked American professional tennis players.

Stout is a proud sponsor of LPGA professional Lauren Stephenson, who joined the Stout family in 2022. After climbing to #5 in the World Amateur Golf rankings in 2018, Lauren started playing on the LPGA Tour in 2019.

Stout is proud to sponsor professional golfer Lizette Salas, who joined the Stout family in 2022. Lizette Salas has consistently been one of the top golfers on the LPGA Tour over the past decade and has represented the U.S. on five Solheim Cup teams.

Stout is a proud sponsor of professional golfer Marcus Byrd, who joined the Stout family in 2023. A native of Washington, D.C., former standout at Middle Tennessee State, and 2019 Conference USA Golfer of the Year, Marcus Byrd has played on the APGA Tour full time since turning pro in 2020.

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