Who We Are

Boutique Investment Bank
Focused Exclusively on the Restaurant Industry
Extensive Restaurant Finance Expertise
Extensive Industry Network

Our Core Values and Approach:

Collaborative - we take a long term, partnership approach with clients
Forward Looking - expertise + a focus on industry change
Integrity and Reputation - most of our new business is through referral
Employ Innovative Solutions to hard-to-finance transactions
Transparency and Fairness
Partner Level Attention on all deals

Benefits to Our Clients:

Optimized Capital Plans designed to support growth
Improved Cost of Capital
Speed of Execution Ability to Complete Challenging Transactions
A Trusted Advisor and Ongoing Resource

"The firm's expertise in the franchise and chain restaurant industry was invaluable… Thanks to their financial acumen and industry expertise, they were able to find us the right debt partner to help my company grow."

- Kirk Ruoff, Founder, Turning Point Restaurants


CapGrow has extensive restaurant industry knowledge that has proven invaluable to our clients involved in selling their businesses, or buying existing businesses or markets. Through our detailed analytical process, extensive industry contacts of strategic and financial buyers, and unique marketing approach, we have consistently delivered maximum shareholder value.

Capital Growth Advisors Team

Reid Sherad-President-CEO

Reid Sherard
Capital Growth Advisors, LLC
Cell: 734-904-7004
Office: 734-997-0813
PO Box 22766
Charleston, SC 29413
United States

Reid Sherard
President and CEO

Reid is President and CEO as well as one of the founders of Capital Growth Advisors, LLC (CapGrow). With more than 30 years of finance, loan origination and advisory experience, he has focused exclusively on the franchise and chain restaurant industry since 1986.

Prior to launching CapGrow, Reid held several positions with Captec Financial Group, Inc., including Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing; member of the Board of Directors of Captec Net Lease Realty, Inc. (a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust); and President and co-founder of Captec Strategic Advisors, LLC. Reid was instrumental in growing Captec from a small equipment financing and leasing company to one of the largest financing firms in the franchise and chain restaurant industry.

Reid also held several positions at Franchise Finance Corporation of America (now FFCA/GE Capital), including Vice President, Acquisitions. In that capacity, he directed the real estate marketing and closing activities of FFCA and was responsible for the acquisition of over $500 million of net leased restaurant properties. This financing activity helped the company achieve its initial public offering in 1994.

Reid has been a speaker at franchise and chain restaurant conventions for many years, including numerous franchisor-sponsored conventions and meetings.


Philip McDonough
Capital Growth Advisors, LLC
Cell: 914-671-2816
460 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
United States

Philip McDonough
Managing Director

Phil McDonough is a Managing Director and principal of Capital Growth Advisors, LLC (CapGrow). He directs the firm’s consulting services, providing exceptional assistance to businesses in the QSR/casual dining industry. Clients involved in merger and acquisition activity and valuations find Phil’s expertise and service invaluable. Phil has more than 22 years of finance, loan origination and advisory experience.

During the last ten years, he has worked exclusively in the QSR/casual dining industry. He has successfully completed more than $250 million in new loans for more than 13 restaurant concepts and participated in more than 25 merger and acquisition transactions.

Prior to joining CapGrow, Phil served as Managing Director for Captec Strategic Advisors and as Regional Marketing Vice President for Captec Financial Group. He served as Marketing Vice President for Franchise Mortgage Acceptance Corp. from 1996 to 2000. From 1986 to 1996, Phil provided corporate finance services and loan origination to middle market corporations for Fleet Financial and National Westminster Bank.

Phil serves on the Board of Advisors to several clients including one of the largest Taco Bell/KFC franchisees in the country.


Kristina McDonough
Capital Growth Advisors, LLC
Cell: 914-886-2790
460 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
United States

Kristina McDonough
Managing Director

Kristina McDonough is a Managing Director for Capital Growth Advisors, LLC (CapGrow). She focuses on identifying and bringing to market innovative solutions and viable businesses in the areas of natural/whole food/organic restaurants and sustainable business practices.

She has more than 25 years of experience in alternative investments, financial markets, capital raising, business development and strategy. Kris was instrumental in building out the sales, product and marketing for six multi-billion dollar alternative investment firms/platforms, holding senior executive positions within the Alternative Investment Divisions of Bank of America, US Trust, HVB, Credit Suisse/DLJ, and Lipper & Company.

Overall, Kris has raised more than $8 billion in assets for a broad variety of alternative products and solutions through a variety of investor channels. She has been involved in the successful launch and capital raise for more than 20 alternatives funds and products.


Patty Gillum
Capital Growth Advisors, LLC
Office: 734-997-0813

Patty Gillum
Administrative Assistant

Patty Gillum brings an eclectic background to the Administrative Assistant role at CapGrow. Whether managing the day-to-day office needs, tracking on-going client projects or conducting extensive research, she works to provide exceptional service for both CapGrow’s clients and team members.

Prior to CapGrow, Patty amassed 13 years of management, customer service and trainer education consulting experience in the media software technology industry. As a former documentation editor and general reporter, she understands layout, design and online media.

Her six years of working in an expanding bakery concept gives her insight into the specific challenges CapGrow’s clients face. With her varied work experience, “can-do” attitude and problem-solving ability. Patty is uniquely suited to support CapGrow’s team processes.

Patty graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication with emphasis in Journalism.

Representative Clients

CapGrow’s clients include franchisees, franchisors and independent restaurants with (typically) five or more units as well as private equity and other investors in the restaurant industry. We have handled transactions ranging in size from 2 restaurants to sourcing $350MM in sponsored franchisor financing programs.


Pizza Hut Operator
Capital Restructure Pending


Healthy Fast Casual
Capital Raise Pending


Casual Dining Group
$27 Million Sell Side Pending


Fast Casual Sandwich
Valuation Pending


Buckeye Valley Pizza Hut
$8 Million Restructure


Turning Point Restaurants
$4 Million Senior Debt Raise


Yogurt-based Franchise
$12.9 Million Valuation


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
22 Units Sell Side Advisor


Aarsand Management
$27.5 Million Recapitalization Advisor


Proximo Restaurants
Valuation 7 Fine Dining Restaurants


Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee
$1.5 Million Aggregate Valuation


Cafe Deluxe & Tortilla Coast
2 Brands Sell Side Advisor


Sugar Creek & New River Pizza
$7 Million Refinance

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Stevi B’s Pizza Enterprises
28-Unit Concept Sell Side Advisor


Applebee’s International, Inc.
$250 Million New Build Program for Franchises


Benchmark Enterprises, Inc.
$10.9 Million Debt & Equity Raise


Applebee’s Franchisees
Over $100 Million Aggregate Valuations of 4 Franchises


ADF Pizza Companies
$115 Million Recap & Acquisition Finance

Are you ready to take your Restaurant Business to the next level?

Contact Us


Capital Growth Advisors, LLC
P.O. Box 22766
Charleston, SC 29413
Tel: 734-997-0813

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