Marra, Bill
Bill Marra
Partner
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Mr. Marra has over thirty-five years of diverse operational, financial and transactional experience as a consultant and at all levels of management including CEO, CFO, COO for companies in consolidating and high-growth industries.  Bill’s experience covers a broad range of industries including manufacturing, automotive, metal processing, chemicals, transportation, distribution, not-for-profits, construction (commercial, residential, and industrial), environmental, medical/healthcare and many other service industries.

Bill utilizes his extensive experience to help healthy and distressed clients improve profitability, cash flow, liquidity and, ultimately, increase shareholder value.

Notable Engagements

Mr. Marra has been instrumental in more than 300 acquisitions, start-ups, divestitures, refinancing and turnarounds, both domestically and internationally. Throughout his career, Bill has been adept at developing and implementing creative solutions to complex situations while generating short- and long-term profit improvements and increasing shareholder value.  

Debt Refinancing & Restructuring

  • $20 million senior and $3 million subordinated debt refinancing 
  • $26 million revolving line of credit & term facility generating $4.5 million of much needed increased liquidity 

Sell-Side M&A Advisory

  • Sale of Xolox Corporation’s diverse business lines including its Malaysian manufacturing subsidiary in six separate simultaneous transactions 
  • $150 million sale of a computer reseller to a publicly traded company  
  • Completed sale of a specialty chemical manufacturer to a private equity firm through a complex and contentious §363 bankruptcy proceeding with closing occurring within 90 days of Chapter 11 filing
  • Led sales of metal stamper, heavy equipment sales/rental business, food & gift manufacturer and others through Wisconsin Section 128 Receivership proceedings 

Distressed and "Storied" Transactions

  • SpecialtyChem Corporation sale to Resilience Capital Partners via §363 bankruptcy
  • Capital Stampings sale to Wendorff Industries via Wisconsin Statute 128 Receivership

Besides providing guidance and trusted advice to clients, their management teams and Boards of Directors, Bill has also served as interim CEO, CFO and CRO (Chief Restructuring Officer) in court supervised and out-of-court situations.  Examples of Bill's interim management roles include:

  • Interim CEO and CFO of a metal fabricator, decorator and service center providing various metal shapes and container components for food and other industries
  • Interim CFO of a metal stamping, treating, coating and assembly business providing highly engineered products to the automotive industry
  • Chief Restructuring Office for a multi-state ready-mix concrete business
  • Interim CEO of a metal stamping and sub-assembly business for the ATV and lawn & garden industries

Experience

Prior to joining Fort Dearborn in 1997, Mr. Marra co-founded and served as President and COO of Delivery Management, Inc. (DMI), a courier industry consolidator. Before starting DMI, Bill served as Chief Financial Officer for the Midwest operations of American Medical Response (AMR), a national ambulance and emergency response service, where he was responsible for the company’s aggressive acquisitions program and post-acquisition integration. Prior to AMR, Mr. Marra spent 19 years at Waste Management in various positions, ultimately serving as CFO of its largest domestic group with revenues exceeding $1.5 billion and operations in 13 states.

Community Service

Mr. Marra is the Finance Committee Chair and sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Campagna Academy - a social services agency serving emotionally troubled and dependent inner-city youth. 

Bill also serves on the Board of Advisors for Citrus Valley, a beverage company serving the airline industry.

Education

  • University of Illinois - Bachelor of Science in Accountancy 

Certifications and Memberships

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Member of the AICPA
  • Member of the Illinois CPA Society
  • SpecialtyChem Corporation sale to Resilience Capital Partners via §363 bankruptcy
  • Capital Stampings sale to Wendorff Industries via Wisconsin Statute 128 Receivership
  • SpecialtyChem Corporation sale to Resilience Capital Partners via §363 bankruptcy
  • Capital Stampings sale to Wendorff Industries via Wisconsin Statute 128 Receivership