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Franco Turrinelli

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An engineer – and thus a domain-agnostic problem solver – at heart, Franco Turrinelli’s career has spanned consulting, financial analysis, and corporate strategic development roles, primarily focusing on business-to-business technology companies.

Following his MBA, he joined William Blair and Company as a sell-side equity analyst, focusing on business-to-business technology services companies, with a particular emphasis on payments and financial services providers. After 15+ years in this role and having become a principal and head of technology research, he decided to try his hand at helping actually run a company, joining Textura, a software company focused on the construction sector, in a strategic development role. At Textura he was directly responsible for, or instrumental in, designing and executing every major strategic initiative for the company including product and pricing strategy, international expansion, product management, mergers and acquisitions, and taking the company public on the NYSE. He also had profit and loss responsibility for several business lines operated by the company. The company grew more than ten-fold during his tenure. After Textura, he filled a similar role at Signal, a software company providing digital marketing enablement tools. He is currently enjoying deciding whether he is retired or not and finding new challenges and ways to impact his community.

Franco holds an MEng in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Franco believes the only thing wrong with Chicago is that you have to get on a plane to get to any “real” mountains, which is where you will find him if he is not otherwise spending time with his daughters and wife, travelling to some far-flung place, or riding his bike along the lakefront or the Michigan countryside.

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