Susan has over 20 years experience as an investment banker, entrepreneur and strategic consultant – in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Montgomery Securities, as a principal at Mercantile Capital Corporation, and as founder and principal at Block, Bowman & Associates, LLC. Ms. Block has worked on merger assignments across all industries and was responsible for the sale of Safeway’s Liquor Barn operations by Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts.
Ms. Block also works with firms in turnaround situations or in the start-up or early growth phases of their lifecycle. Ms. Block has founded or co-founded three firms, held positions as CEO of a startup that went public and subsequently sold for $250 million, and held management positions and/or served as a Board of Director or Advisory Board member for numerous startup and emerging growth firms. Ms. Block chaired the Business Plan and Mentoring Committee for the LARTA Venture Forums and judges nationwide university business plan competitions. Ms. Block received an MBA and BS from the University of Wisconsin and taught at University of Wisconsin – School of Business Administration, the Department of Economics and Technology Management Program at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College.