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Mr. Forrester specializes in arranging project financing for companies looking to raise $1 million to $500 million. Mr. Forrester is President and CEO of First National Consulting, LLC whose objective is to assist companies prepare for raising money and locating capital for business expansion.
Prior to relocating to Sarasota, he was the Chief Operating Officer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Mr. Forrester is also active in commercial and residential real estate and has written two books on investment and leasing ( www.medwayrealty.com ).
Mr. Forrester started and built several successful companies in the leasing, computer and surveillance technology industry. He co-founded First National Capital and served as its President and CEO. As President and CEO of First National Capital, he built sales from $0 to $56 million. INC Magazine rated First National Capital the 42nd fastest growing privately held company in the U.S., and number one in Michigan. Mr. Forrester raised over $45 million of private equity from over 800 individual and corporate investors and arranged lease financing for over $300 million of equipment that involved more than 50 different investment projects.
After selling First National Capital to McDonnell Douglas Capital Corporation, he stayed on as President for two years. During this time he increased annual sales to over $90 million and created two public limited partnership projects that raised over $80 million.
He has been endorsed by over 750 professionals with the skill sets he is associated with, such as:
1. Private Equity
3. Business Planning
5. Small Business
7. Commercial Real Estate
8. Real Estate Transactions
He has been active in many charitable causes including donating 22 years of his time in various committees of a 500-bed teaching hospital (http://www.stjoesoakland.org), including eight years as a member of the Board of Trustees serving two years as Chairman of the Board. He is member of the Oakland University Presidents Club (http://www.oakland.edu). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Ideals Foundation (http://www.freewebs.com/aifoundation/whoweare.htm), the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of Sarasota (www.sarasotamoaa.com) and Advisory Board for the Army in Sarasota. He is also active in the Young Entrepreneurs of Sarasota association (http://www.yes941.com/) and the Internet Marketing Master Mind group of Sarasota (http://www.meetup.com/Suncoast-Internet-Marketing-Mastermind-Group/).
Mr. Forrester’s undergraduate degree is in Civil Engineering and his graduate degree is in Business from The Ohio State University. His graduate thesis focused on an analysis of the Critical Path Method, Program Evaluation and Review Technique and PERT Cost. His work in Capital Project Evaluation began in the mid 1960’s as a finance engineer at Texas Instruments where he introduced the concept of Discounted Cash Flow Technique and wrote a software program for its use in project evaluation in the Semiconductor Division. He was also a major participant in the development of Texas Instruments Objectives, Strategies and Tactics system that which evolved into Zero Based Budgeting. He is a licensed Florida Realtor and has his CPA license from Texas.
Awards & Designations
Certified Public Accountant
Graduate Realtor Institute