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 Chris Cogan

Christopher G. Cogan is the Manager of Seven Funds, LLC. Since 2010, Chris served as Managing Partner of the Bellwether Group at Morgan Stanley. In that role, Chris managed day-to-day operations of the team with more than $600 million in assets under management and handled all corporate client services including: strategic planning, expansion capital, debt financing, and exit strategies. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Chris was Founder and Chief Investment Officer of a boutique private investment firm in Orlando Florida, where he realized a 3.5X return and 48 percent IRR over an eight year period.

For thirty years, he has envisioned, built and run successful businesses in diverse fields ranging from water pollution control to contract procurement services and software design and development.

  • Chris started his first company, an environmental services firm, at age 18 and ran it for six years before selling to a public utility.
  • In 1989, he led a spin-out of major government software systems from NCR Corporation, secured funding from Oracle, and grew the business for three years before rolling back into NCR post-merger with AT&T.
  • In 1992, he created MCFI to provide design, purchasing and construction management for the hotel and hospitality industry where he doubled revenues five consecutive years to more than $100 million.
  • In 1997, Chris spun-off the procurement software division of MCFI, creating GoCo-op, Inc., which he grew into the leading provider to the global hotel industry.
  • In 2001, he stepped-down from day-to-day operations at GoCo-op to start a boutique private investment firm, leaving GoCo-op with $20 million in cash and +$280 million in long-term contracts.
  • Chris secured more than $100 million in top-tier Venture Capital and strategic funding for his own technology companies.

Chris is a graduate of Rollins College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He completed the Management Program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business as well as the AEA/Stanford Executive Forum at Stanford University. He is a Board Member at the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship (CFAE) at the Rollins College business school and serves on the Investment Board of the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. He holds the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and securities licenses including Series 7, 31 and 66. Cogan has testified before the US Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission as an expert on Internet Commerce and has served as an industry expert for the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue. He was awarded The Blue Chip Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Award for Business Leadership from Ernst & Young, and the Forty Under 40 Award from the Orlando Business Journal.

Seven Funds, LLC
443 John Ringling Blvd, Suite F
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-388-0080

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