Chris Stratton

Professional Experience

Business Architect Specializing in Commodity Risk Management, Derivatives, Accounting, and Valuation

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Personal Profile

With over three decades of CPA and consulting experience, Chris Stratton has pushed the limits of how we think and deliver financial services.  His rare perspective is the product of context that comes from working  as a freelancer, entrepreneur, and a CFO and managing member of high performing consulting and corporate management teams for companies including Price Waterhousecooper, Citibank as well as prominent private equity firms.

It is his founding vision and hands-on approach that has defined and guided the Vine Advisors reengineering of a better approach to helping businesses that are experiencing transformational growth. This powerful model is the product of creative freedom gained as a Gig Economy pioneer, complemented by corporate success at the highest levels, plus a passionate commitment to providing clients end-to-end financial services and advisory.

Clients come from diverse industries including energy, agriculture, health care and legal. In every engagement is his commitment to creating value and specialized accounting, valuation, Financial Operations and Risk Managements, with deep experience in Mergers, Acquisition and Financial Restructuring.  Every client receives a proposal featuring pre-calculated return on investment that will favorably and directly impact their bottom line.

Significant Experience

Publicly Traded Oil Products Refiner
Board of Directors (Chairman of Audit and Risk Management Committees)
Chief Financial Officer
• Developed the company’s initial SEC reporting systems and framework
• Designed hedging strategy for refined products

Global Investment Bank
Business Unit CFO
• Led the global commodities PNL reporting (power, natural gas, oil, and agriculture)
• Developed global risk management and trading platform
• Responsible for risk management activities related to futures and option contracts

Private Equity Backed Grain Merchandising
Chief Financial Officer and Risk Officer
• Responsible for risk management, technology, and finance related activities
• Executed 5+ acquisitions and integrated acquired companies

Privately Equity Backed Energy Services
Chief Financial Officer
• Raised $75M senior secured credit facility
• $100M private equity-led recapitalization
• Managed financial, risk management, technology, tax, and supply chain

Global Professional Services Organization
Senior Manager
Financial risk management consulting
• Technical accounting, including mark to market
• Valued commodity derivatives
• PNL and MTM specialist

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Accounting Matters
  • Commodity Trading and Risk
  • Management
  • Derivative Valuation
  • Commodity PNL Reporting
  • Mark to Market Accounting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions including buyer/seller side
  • Due Diligence
  • IT Implementation and Strategy
  • SEC Reporting
  • Accounting Research
  • Business Intelligence
  • Organizational Design
  • Business Processes and Internal
  • Controls
  • SOX Compliance
  • External Audit
  • Forensic Accounting


  • BS Accounting – Baylor University
  • MBA – Rice University
  • CPA – Texas
  • NFA, Series 3
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