Marcia Allen

Ms. Allen is the CEO and founder of allen & associates. For the past twenty years she has been devoted to venture capital and corporate finance representing both investors and companies primarily in the small to mid cap arena. Her focus has been to build asset value through acquisition and internal growth funded by institutional investment groups.

In this capacity, Ms. Allen was a Managing Director of Elite Capital, Inc., a Southern California Venture Capital Firm. Marcia was also a principal in Allen/Brenner, Inc., an Orange County based money and cash management firm. Ms. Allen was responsible for building the portfolio under management to approximately One Billion Dollars. At which time Ms. Allen divested the client base to a major Wall Street investment banking firm. During these years Ms. Allen was a founder and served as CFO and Director of The Movie Group, (AMX) the originating company which is today Lionsgate Entertainment (NYSE).

She has twenty five plus years of merger and acquisition, corporate finance, CFO and CEO experience. Ms. Allen was a Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development Officer for W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE) she was based both in Newport Beach, CA with the Restaurant Division and in their New York headquarters.

Ms. Allen moved to California from Tennessee where she was a part of the founding group of Ruby Tuesday, Inc., (NYSE) a national restaurant chain. She relocated to join Taco Bell, Inc. as the Company’s functioning Chief Financial Officer; she structured and facilitated the acquisition of Taco Bell, Inc. by PepsiCo, Inc. Her expertise in the corporate world comes from both the operational sector and investment arena, which gives her a unique insight and advantage in the financial world.

She was educated at the University of Tennessee in finance and accounting. She has been a speaker for Strategic Research Institute, Inc. magazine, the National Restaurant Association, the California Restaurant Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) and she is active in numerous civic and political organizations and sits on the Board of Directors of several public and private companies and philanthropic organizations.