Christopher G. Ayala is Managing Partner of Towanda Capital. Chris has nearly two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, leading teams and empowering organizations to become the best they can be, from startups to mid-market businesses while also advising on strategic transactions for leading public and private organizations.
Prior to Towanda Capital, Chris served as CEO of Vertisense Inc., an early stage Internet of Things company in New York, New York providing CPG and B2B solutions for health & safety compliance. Prior to that, Chris served as VP, Operations of ALK Technologies, Inc. delivering strategic operation oversight and P&L ownership for a 185 global employee company offering enterprise software in the Transportation & Logistics industry. Earlier, Chris served as VP, General Counsel for Native American Resource Partners LLC, a private equity sponsored investment firm in Calgary, Alberta launching strategic joint ventures with Native American Tribes in the Western US and Western Canada for early stage oil & gas development. Chris began his career as a corporate attorney at the firms ReedSmith LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP focusing on M&A and Business Transactions for some of the leading private equity firms in the world. Over the course of his career, Chris has participated in transactions totaling an aggregate value of $8.1 billion.
Chris graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. He currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife (Betsy), twin four-year old daughters (Ellie & Brooks) and dog (Jefe) enjoying the outdoors, golf, ice hockey and parenthood.