Jake Cravens, CFA

Managing Director

Jake leads execution on a wide range of transactions, restructuring, and advisory services including M&A, ESOPs, and strategic alternatives consulting across numerous industries including business services, construction & engineering, grocery retail and financial services. Jake specializes in the valuation of business enterprises and the structuring of complex ESOP transactions.

Professional experience

Prior to joining Verit in 2015, Jake worked as a financial analyst for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota.  Jake was responsible for wide range of duties in this role, particularly in the management of a portfolio of key contracts with Fortune 500 companies within IBM’s services division. These responsibilities included negotiating long-term contract extensions, developing quarterly and annual budgets, serving as a liaison between the operations and finance teams, collaborating with the accounting department to ensure accurate financial reporting, and analyzing financial results with a focus on improving the accuracy of revenue and cost projections provided to management. Jake’s finance and project management background has been instrumental in the development and success of his investment banking activities.


Board member EA Collective, CFA® charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. Volunteer at Big Shoulders Fund Stock Market Program and Big Shoulders Fund Auxiliary Board. Member of ESOP Emerging Leaders, and The ESOP Association including an Associate member of the Valuation advisory committee.


Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major—Finance, Investment & Banking and Management—from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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