Karl Stark is co-CEO of Avondale Strategic Partners, an M&A advisory firm based in Chicago. Karl leads Avondale’s partnerships with investors and management teams across three areas: strategic advisory, M&A advisory, and principal investing. Karl is also a frequent columnist for Inc. magazine, where he writes an online column with Bill Stewart on strategic and financial issues for growing companies. Prior to co-founding Avondale in 2005, Karl was a consultant with Marakon Associates, A.T. Kearney, and Sibson & Company. Karl holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in economics and political science from Northwestern University.