W. Clifford Atherton, Ph.D., CFA
Cliff has more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking. He joined GulfStar in 1995 and since that time has completed numerous corporate finance assignments for business owners. Most of his transactions have involved the sale or recapitalization of private companies. Cliff has a generalist investment banking background that includes significant recent experience representing upstream and downstream energy service companies and related manufacturing companies. Combining both his investment banking board and teaching experience, Cliff has served previously as an expert in litigation to address such issues as valuation, completion of M&A process, due diligence and negotiations, lost profits, corporate governance and other topics. Prior to joining GulfStar, he was Managing Director of McKenna & Company (1992 to 1995), the president of Emprise Consulting Group, Inc. (1990 to 1992), and an independent consultant (1978 to 1990). Cliff has served on the faculty of Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Administration since 1980 (full-time from 1980 - 1987). He was also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Houston from 1993 to 1997. Most of Cliff's clients are entrepreneur / family-owned businesses.
Cliff earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and Ph.D. and M.B.A. degrees from The University of Texas. He also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Cliff founded and served as program director for Rice University's Forum for Closely Held Businesses. Cliff currently serves on Trinity University Business Department's Business Advisory Council and on the boards of Certified Safety Specialists and Houston Achievement Place. He is a former director of Duratherm, Inc., Merichem Company and Teas Nursery Company.