Capital Solutions & Advisory Corporation
They have to know us, like us and trust us. Then business will come.
Welcome to Capital Solutions & Advisory Corporation, a specialized Financial Advisory Firm with over 20 years experience in direct lending, debt placement, sale leaseback financing and M&A transactions that helps businesses like yours achieve unique goals. Our expert professionals will partner with your business to deliver tailor-made practical solutions. Since 1998, we’ve supported numerous restaurant, convenience store-gas, automotive, auto aftercare, retail, hospitality and service related clients - and we’re confident we can be the right partner for you.
Commitment to Relationships & Success
Capital Solutions & Advisory Corporation was founded with a single mission: to provide businesses the optimal strategic guidance to help maximize the value of their companies. We approach each of our clients with customized, unique strategy based on their goals and objectives.
We pride ourselves on developing long term relationships, trust, confidence and commitment with our customers. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.
Where Trust Begins
Ryan E. Kress
Ryan Kress is the Founder and President/ CEO of Capital Solutions & Advisory Corporation and Chain Retail Capital, Inc. Mr. Kress previously served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of leading chain retail investment bank, Franchise Capital Advisors (“FCA”), from April 2005 to December 2019. Prior to forming FCA, he served as Vice President of Structured Finance with GE Commercial Finance (“GEFF”). He began his career with Franchise Finance Corporation of America (“FFCA”) in 1999 before it was acquired by GE Commercial Finance in 2001. Mr. Kress served in various underwriting and origination positions including Financial Analyst, Investment & Credit Analyst, and Corporate Finance Associate.
Mr. Kress attended W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University majoring in Finance and Accounting. He previously served on the Advisory Board for Pinnacle Bank and was a member of the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club. Ryan is an Arizona native and currently resides in North Scottsdale with his wife Bianca and their three children.
Capital Solutions & Advisory Corporation
Discover Our Expertise
Strategic & Financial Advisory
Achieve Your Goals
Profit & Loss Analysis
Balance Sheet Analysis
Capital / Debt Structuring & Placement
Optimize Capital Structure
Sell Side Advisory
Buy Side Advisory
Mergers & Acquisitions
Sale Leaseback Structuring & Placement
Maximize Real Estate Assets
Institutional & Retail Transactions
Tax Efficient Structures
Restructuring & Recapitalization
Develop & Implement Strategies to Succeed
Where Experience Helps Drive the Future
Chairman & CEO
Hal Smith Restaurant Group
In 1973, he joined Steak & Ale Restaurant Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pillsbury, as a manager trainee before being named president and COO and ultimately chairman and CEO, as well as a vice president of Pillsbury. His next ventures included roles as president and COO of Chili’s and chairman and CEO of Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurants.
In 1992, he ventured out on his own and founded Hal Smith Restaurants, a restaurant management company headquartered in Norman. Multiple restaurant concepts followed, including Charleston’s Restaurant, Red Rock Canyon Grill, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Krispy Kreme, Ted’s Café Escondido, Louie’s Bar & Grill, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, The Garage, Upper Crust, and Pub W. Today Hal Smith Restaurants operates more than 60 restaurants in seven states, employing more than 6,000.
CEO & Founder
Williston Holding Company
Co-founder of the national restaurant chain Kona Grill and an original investor in Minnesota-based Caribou Coffee, Marcus has 25 successful businesses under his belt. Fittingly, he’s leading the charge for executive strategy and growth.
Founder & CEO
Kind Hospitality Group
As the Founder and CEO of Kind Hospitality, Nava Singam is responsible for developing and overseeing all aspects of one of Arizona’s most notable hospitality groups. In this role, Nava provides leadership to a distinctly varied portfolio of brands and specialties, and positions the company at the forefront of the restaurant and hospitality industry. His thoughtful, strategic planning and passion for serving others has advanced the company’s mission and growth objectives and continues to promote revenue, profitability and growth year-over-year.
Over the course of the last 14 years, Nava’s thoughtful yet bold approach to growth has taken the company from one location to over 25 in three states, and has added more than 900 employees to the Kind Hospitality.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Scott Barnett was the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, the casual seafood chain, since its inception in 1996. The San Clemente, Calif., company operated 22 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants in the United States and had 11 franchise and joint-venture locations in other countries. Barnett was responsible for the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, The Mai Tai Bar nightclubs, Capi’s Italian Kitchen and The Newport Beach Rusty Pelican. The company was sold to Landry's in 2010 for $120 million. Prior to Bubba Gump, Scott served as CFO then President & CEO of Rusty Pelican Restaurants. “Scott is the most gifted restaurant executive I’ve met,” said Gordon Miles, a well respected restaurant industry veteran. Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lawry's Restaurants.
Our Testimonials Do the Talking
We Believe in Showing, Not Telling
“I have had the continued pleasure of working with Ryan on a recent business acquisition where he was representing the seller. From my initial contact with Ryan, I was convinced that he was professional and it was also extremely clear to me that he was honest, thorough and 100% focused on providing exceptional service and communications. Buying and selling a business is an emotional roller coaster and requires patience, understanding, and experience and this is what I experienced during each and every contact I had with Ryan. Fortunately for me, Ryan is an expert in this field and had continuously stayed ahead of the roller coaster and provided honest impressions of the situation we faced at every turn. If you are considering selling or buying a business or are in need of one on one consultation or coaching then you truly could not be in better hands by reaching out and engaging Ryan’s services.” - Nava Singam, CEO. - Kind Hospitality Inc.
“Capital Solution Corp was very knowledgeable on pricing the business out, gathering financial information for potential investors, and preparing a presentation to market the company with. Experience with SBA lending was an asset when talking with many potential investors. Additionally, the patience displayed through the COVID 19 delays was exceptional. I would highly recommend Ryan for any business venture you are considering. I have referred his services to many friends and business associates already. He will be my first choice if I am ever in need of business or commercial real estate transactions again" - Lee Decof, Principal or ALD Marketing dba AZ Patio Solutions.
"After conducting extensive interviews with several advisory firms, we ultimately chose to work with Ryan Kress . We made this decision based on their reputation and services, as highly recommended by multiple mid-size to large franchise operators across a number of national brands. Through our research, we discovered that there were three critical services that advisors offer. The first is to discover and vet potential buyers. The second is to assist in developing the asset purchase agreement. And finally, the most crucial service is their involvement in navigating through the due-diligence and closing process. I can confidently say that Ryan managed all three components flawlessly, resulting in a successful sale of our business to an extremely diligent buyer. Both the Buyer and the Seller were pleased with the transfer process. We highly recommend Ryan Kress to any buyer or seller of a retail business." - Hoss Tabrizi, Principal of SMS Retail Management.