Right in the Middle Market offers pragmatic perspectives on running, growing, and selling your business. We talk about the challenges, decisions, and most importantly the actions business owners can take to create long term value in their companies.For more information, find us at http://www.slscapitaladvisors.com or http://www.gaffingroup.com, or drop us a line at podcast@gaffingroup.com.


Introducing Your Co-Hosts




Stephanie Chambliss Gaffin Mark S. Gaffin

Stephanie Chambliss Gaffin is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the SLS Capital Advisors. Stephanie is a proven executive with a strong track record of driving change in organizations by creating common vision and a pragmatic plan to get there. Throughout her career, Stephanie has been a sought-after speaker and facilitator given her ability to help disparate groups of individuals come together in ways that not only result in more effective working structures but create common ground for solving complex problems in dynamic environments.

With a background in consulting / professional services as well as operating roles, Stephanie is able to balance strategic imperatives with a practical approach in driving improvements on operational and strategic issues. In her work with middle market companies she is able to improve organizational effectiveness towards the goal of helping them achieve their bold visions.

Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, as well as the Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA) designation.



Mark is a Managing Partner of The Gaffin Group, LLC, a middle market strategy and financial advisory firm that provides pragmatic, fact-based solutions for its clients and of SLS Capital Advisors, LLC a boutique financial advisory firm that supports clients in developing strategic M&A options – including buy-side/corporate development programs; exit planning and sell-side processes; and capital raises (both debt and equity). Mark has over 30 years’ experience in middle market mergers & acquisitions, turn-arounds, profit-improvement, organic growth strategies, and capital raises in the UK, US, and Australia.

Mark earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mark also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® designations. Mark holds FINRA Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State), Series 79 (Investment Banking Representative), and Series 82 (Private Securities Offerings Representative) licenses.

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Stephanie and Mark manage their two companies together (SLS Capital Advisors and The Gaffin Group), co-host Right In The Middle Market podcast together, and ....yes, they are married. They live in the Chicago suburbs with their two kids and love spending time on and near water whenever they can.