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David J. Distel

With over 30 years of experience, David J. Distel is a Partner and Senior Managing Director for Gantry Business Solutions, a strategic, financial, and operational advisory firm.  Mr. Distel’s practice includes Growth Strategies, Performance Improvement, Transaction Support, Turnaround & Restructuring, and Interim Management.  Over his career, he has served in the roles of CEO, CFO, COO, CRO, and Financial Advisor in private industry and consulting.  Most recently, from 2014 to 2019 as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Distel successfully led two money losing companies and grew the top and bottom lines.  He is skilled at quickly assessing situations and finding the most impactful levers to positively change the profitability, cash flows, and cultures of companies. 


Prior to Mr. Distel’s recent CEO run, he was a Partner and Senior Managing Director with another strategic advisory firm for 10 years, where he led strategic projects and turnarounds serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Restructuring Officer, Chief Liquidation Officer, and financial advisor for his clientele both inside and outside of bankruptcy.  Prior to that, Mr. Distel served spent over 15 years with Deloitte’s audit and mergers & acquisitions consulting practices serving Deloitte’s largest clients, and as CFO and COO of both privately and publicly traded operating companies. 


Mr. Distel has won six professional industry awards on his client assignments.  He is well respected and recognized within the consultancy industry and holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant, Accreditation in Business Valuation, Certification in Financial Forensics, and Certified Turnaround Professional.  He is the original founding President of the Turnaround Management Association in West Michigan and is involved in various professional, community and philanthropic organizations. 

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