Ivan is a highly successful banker and entrepreneur, with over 20 years of management and leadership experience. During his career, he has built his private firm, Abrams & Company, Inc., into the leading source of working capital financing, and expert advisory support, to the food and beverage, and wine and spirits industries.
He has been actively involved in the sourcing, structuring and funding of numerous LBOs, and turnarounds, and frequently advises clients on a myriad of complex operational, and strategic, matters.
Ivan’s work, in conjunction with the businesses he finances, is far reaching, and has included managing board meetings, reviewing incoming equity and convertible instruments, identifying and vetting board members, analyzing co-packing and distribution agreements, and benchmarking slotting, promotional and other marketing spends.
Ivan maintains a keen awareness of what emerging brands need to do, in order to achieve both, maximum growth, and sustainable increases in their valuations. One of his firm’s more successful clients projects to reach annual sales of $40MM in 2016, while another, earlier stage brand, has already increased its valuation by more than 70%, in just over one year.
Ivan is a frequent public speaker, having served as both a guest lecturer at New York University, and as an expert, for the Department of Commerce. Ivan was also one of the featured speakers at the 2016, Bank of America, Natural Food Symposium. He has been interviewed by major news organizations and trade journals such as Bloomberg, Crain’s and the Secured Lender, and has served as a Senior Adviser to the Bareburger Group. He conducted his studies at the Annenberg School, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.