Frank Williamson, Former Unum Investment Chief, Joins Investment Banking Firm

Thursday, December 13, 2012

FourBridges Capital Advisors announced that Frank Williamson has joined the firm and will become its managing partner.

In this position, Mr. Williamson will help implement FourBridges' plan for expansion. He will focus on the firm’s strategic growth, recruitment and marketing efforts.

“Adding Frank to our team is a further extension of our dedication to providing financial advisory services based upon actual operating experience,” said Andy Stockett, a managing director with the firm. “Frank’s familiarity with the transaction process – both as an investment banker and as a senior member of management – brings additional value to our clients. He played a key role in Unum’s evolution into a Fortune 250 company, and we’re confident that his background will benefit FourBridges as we expand in the coming months.”

“The experts at FourBridges possess the skills and knowledge to provide high-quality investment banking services in our region,” Mr. Williamson said. “I’m honored to be part of this team, and I’m ready to get my hands dirty as we deepen our deal pipeline and take advantage of emerging opportunities in the M&A market.”

Mr. Williamson comes to FourBridges with experience in financial management and investment strategy. He began his career in the investment banking department of Morgan Stanley’s New York office, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as public-equity offerings.

Following Morgan Stanley, he joined Provident Life & Accident Insurance Company, a Chattanooga-based life insurer, and was part of the team that grew it through mergers to be the Fortune 250 company known today as Unum. There, he worked out of corporate offices in Portland, Maine, and Chattanooga. 

For virtually his entire tenure, Mr. Williamson headed Unum’s M&A, merger integration and financial restructuring efforts, which included two multi-billion dollar mergers, numerous divestitures and more than $5 billion in capital raised as public and private equity, debt, reinsurance and insurance-linked securities. From 2006 to 2008, he was senior vice president, Strategic Planning, Corporate Development and Capital Management, and from 2008-2010 he also served as chief investment officer, responsible for the company’s $40 billion portfolio.

Inspired by his experience at Unum, Mr. Williamson left the company in 2010 to pursue his true passion: collaborating with businesses that are ripe for transformation. Among other endeavors in the last two years, he was an advisor to The Company Lab, a business incubator, and Interim Chief Operating Officer of Vets First Choice, a venture capital-funded Internet retailer.

“When preparing to take a business to the next level, there’s a need for critical thinking and creativity,” Mr. Williamson said. “I enjoy being a part of that process, and it’s already underway at FourBridges. We’re expecting 2013 to be a year of exciting changes and robust deal activity.”

Mr. Williamson has joined FourBridges as an investment banker and will assume the responsibilities of managing partner over several months as regulation permits.


Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events May 30-June 2

Thursday, June 1 Downtown Chamber Council Meeting 7:30  - 9 a.m. Bessie Smith Hall: 200 E M L King Blvd. Speaker: Jay Raynor, Defoor Brothers Topic: City Center Development Join the Downtown Council for networking and breakfast from 7:30 - 8 a.m., with the program lasting from 8 - 9 a.m.   $15   East Ridge Chamber Council Meeting 11:45 a.m. - ... (click for more)

Chambliss Law Honored In National Rankings By 2017 Chambers USA

Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C. has been recognized in the 2017 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business report as a leading Tennessee firm in the areas of labor and employment, litigation: general commercial and real estate. In addition, two individual attorneys are recognized practitioners: Mark Cunningham for healthcare and Rick Hitchcock for environment.   ... (click for more)

Pool Chemical Leak Forces Evacuation Of Sports Barn North

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported haz-mat incident at the Sports Barn North on Hamil Road at  6:37  a.m. on Friday. Battalion Chief Carlos Hampton said an employee was working with some pool chemicals when some of the liquid leaked out of a container. The employee said he breathed in some of the vapors from the liquid and became ill. When the manager ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Studying Restrictions On ATVs; City Forms Housing Re-Development Authority

The East Ridge City Council is studying an ordinance drafted by City Attorney Mark Litchford to address issues involving property in a residential neighborhood around John Ross Road, where an ATV track has been built. At the past two council meetings, people living in close proximity to the two-acre lot complained to the council that noise and dust created by almost non-stop use ... (click for more)

Scrutinizing Defense And Other Public Spending Is Right Thing To Do

I saw in the news today where U.S. senators were investigating and scrutinizing an Army "debacle," which has already spent $6 billion on a communications system developed by a defense contractor (WIN-T) that is virtually ineffective in use.   This is on top of a recent Navy scandal (Fat Leonard Scandal) where several current and former Navy admirals were sentenced to prison ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)