In 2011, Gretchen Seay left PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she was a director, to establish a new investment bank alongside two other partners. Their business, Clearsight Advisors Inc., has now grown to a staff of 25 investment professionals.
Today, Clearsight provides M&A advisory services to high growth, middle-market companies primarily in the tech-enabled business services sector. While the investment bank is based in the nation’s capital, Seay heads the firm’s Dallas office and also leads its big data and digital transformation practice.
As managing director of the firm, Seay has advised on more than 35 transactions. Some notable deals she has helped to source and execute include: ThinkBig’s sale to Teradata; JackBe’s sale to SoftwareAG; DataSource’s sale to EXL; VanDyke’s sale to Jacobs and Arryve’s sale to Grant Thornton.
Seay’s expertise in data analytics is in demand, as PE firms and strategic buyers seek to leverage the latest advances in digital technology for growth, and she has been recognized by ACG for her work in closing technology and cross-border deals.
In addition to her work at Clearsight, Seay sits on a variety of boards and councils. These include the University of Texas Business School Advisory Council, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the NVTC Big Data Committee, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) committee and the TeXChange Dallas board.
Seay received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and earned her MBA from the University of Chicago.