The Inman Company consultants are all former C-level executives or business owners. As a result, we provide each client with a custom-designed team of seasoned professionals who are selected based upon industry knowledge and experience, and/or specific area of expertise. We select consultants based upon their commitment to our core values: accessability, integrity, and dedication to our client's objectives.
William O. Inman, III
Chairman and Founder
For forty-five years, Bill has served as an advisor to the owners and management of public and private companies. He has assisted hundreds of business throughout North America in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, workouts, management buyouts, capital raising and debt restructuring. His clients have included early stage as well as mature companies in numerous industries including food and beverage, healthcare and medical device, software and information technology, energy, retail, wholesale, distribution, manufacturing, construction, food service, logistics, hospitality, international trade and personal service industries. He has served as a speaker for trade, academic and numerous groups of business owners on the subjects of raising capital, mergers, acquisitions, family succession planning and growing shareholder value. He has been featured in the Atlanta Business Chronical, The Jacksonville Business Journal and the Florida Times-Union.
Bill began his business career in public accounting and entered the investment banking industry in 1979. He has served as CEO and owner of two boutique merger and acquisition advisory firms and as a partner with a national investment bank. He founded The Inman Company in 1995. He is a forty year member of Rotary International where he has served as officer and director and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a twenty-year member and Speaker for Vistage (formerly The Executive Committee-TEC) an international organization of CEOs. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit Boards and has held leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Northeast Florida, Ducks Unlimited, the United Methodist Church, The Bolles School, and Jacksonville University.
Bill attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Georgia State University. An avid outdoorsman, in his spare time he enjoys fishing, boating, bird hunting and family activities.
Some of our Consultants
Ben is best known as a founder of Peachtree Software, Inc. where he served as president from inception in 1977 through September 1983. He also served as president, chairman, and a director of the de novo Enterprise National Bank, and was also a founding director of Bank of Atlanta.
Today Ben consults with early-stage companies with respect to business strategy, product development and acquisitions. He also serves as General Partner of Cordova Intellimedia Ventures, a seed capital fund for software, datacom and new media companies.
Ben holds a B.S.I.E. with highest honors from Georgia Tech, and a M.B.A. in finance from Georgia State University, also with highest honors. He has served as president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, a director of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and Chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He also served a 30 month term as Chairman of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. In 2006, he received the Joseph Mayo Petit Distinguished Service Award, the highest award granted to alumni of Georgia Tech. In 1998, he was inducted as the 14th member of the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame.
For 25 years, Leigh has assisted private companies in areas of family succession, competitive positioning and transition and crisis management. His work has exposed him to many industries, including robotics, manufacturing and industrial engineering, plastic recycling, international marketing, technology, joint venture structure and implementation, pharmaceuticals, motion pictures, food retailing and large agribusiness. In recent years, he has advised corporate borrowers of banks in the restructuring of their operations and balance sheets and has worked for clients in negotiations with many banks including major institutions such as Wachovia and Bank of America. He also serves as advisor to Deloitte and Touche.
Leigh’s experience has included serving as head of corporate development for Rollins, Inc. a NYSE company, and Director of Corporate Finance in the southeastern U.S. for Bear Stearns & Company, NYC where he was involved in IPOs’, mergers, acquisitions, and financial advisory services to public companies He was responsible for initiating the merger between Piedmont Airlines and U.S. Air. He has also served as a business owner during which he built and sold two businesses where he had acquired 40-50 separate companies. Leigh received a B.A.from Vanderbilt University.
Healthcare and Life Sciences
As the leader of our Healthcare and Life Sciences practice group, Joe brings four decades of experience in building medical device businesses in cardiovascular, neurosurgical instrumentation, interventional cardiology, gastroenterology, continence care, and advanced wound care. He has held C-level positions with Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, and Bristol-Myers Squibb where he led six M&A projects and worked in Business Development with Goldman Sachs on transactions ranging in size from $15 to $260 Million.
He has served as Chief Operating Officer and a major investor in Zassi Medical Evolutions (ZME), a startup medical device company where he directed strategic planning, capital formation, and operations. Under Joe’s leadership, ZME successfully raised >$6 Million in angel investment and strategic alliances and monetized medical technology platforms at 15X revenue.
Joe is a graduate of The University of Georgia.
Litigation Support and Valuations
Jeff is a highly experienced consultant in the areas of valuations, business workouts, corporate reorganizations, bankruptcy, political matters and litigation support. He is frequently sought as an expert witness in business disputes. Previously, he was CEO of Phoenix Steel Technologies, Inc. (“PST”), a Texas firm specializing in the design, engineering, fabrication and erection of residential steel structures. Earlier, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tri-Steel Structures, Inc. (“TSS”), an integrated manufacturer of steel frame homes and buildings.
A CPA, he is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Georgia State University. His experience includes service with Ernst & Young where he founded the Bankruptcy and Litigation Support practice group and served as a Senior Manager.
Dawne has over 25 years of experience in Client Relationship and Project Management, Real Estate sales and management and Business Development. She has had C-level experience with Delta Air Lines and Worldspan. At The Inman Company, she is responsible for Business Development and Client relationship management. She holds a Florida Real Estate License.
Philip N. Becton
Public Markets and Energy
Phil has more than 40 years of experience in the securities industry. He began his investment career in New York City, and served as Manager of the Lehman Brothers office in Atlanta. He is a past director of the Georgia Securities Dealers Association.
He has significant experience in the formulation and private placement of securities, particularly for energy companies. He is the founder and CEO of P.N.B. Petroleum Corporation, a company that has served as corporate general partner for 11 oil and gas limited partnerships and Managing Member for 19 Caledonian Energy Auction programs.
Phil received an A.B. degree from Princeton University and served as a Naval Flight Officer. He has held Series 7, 63 and 24 security licenses.
A former partner at Arthur Anderson, Todd has over twenty years experience in large-scale mergers and acquisitions, specialty finance transactions, complex tax structuring and restructuring. He oversaw the practice of Arthur Andersen’s Private Client Services for the southwest region of the United States and also was a lead instructor at Arthur Andersen’s worldwide training facility. He has relationships with global investment banks, M&A and private equity firms. He holds a B.S.in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He received his M.B.A. at the University of Oxford in England and resides in the U.K.
Hiu has a background in conducting commercial negotiation and business analysis, with over ten years of substantive international experience, including serving at two international firms in Hong Kong, Hutchison Telecommunications and Swire Beverages. She is committed to public service and has spent a year travelling the world, volunteering to aid communities in poverty. She is an honors graduate in Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong. She read law at the University of Oxford. She is based in China.
Managing Director, Real Estate and Technology
James is responsible for leading Inman's research group. He also manages client real estate transactions, and is responsible for the firm's technology and social media platforms.
Prior to joining The Inman Company, James served as a manager with Fanatics, Inc., a Billion dollar E-Commerce business and was the Co-Founder of an online sports equipment retailer. He has also worked with a major commercial real estate firm, and as manager of Sports Marketing at the University of Mississippi.
James is a graduate of The Bolles School and received a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Mississippi. He also holds a Florida Real Estate license.
Food and Beverage
A thirty-five tyear veteran of the Food Industry, Jack served as CEO of a division of Rich Products Corporation, a $3 Billion family owned Company. He has served as chairman of the National Fisheries Institute, Chairman of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership and is a former member of the National Frozen Food Association Board of Directors.
Jack received a BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently serves a number of Charitable organizations and is a Director of several public and private companies.