Cris Arens

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Cris Arens
Managing Partner, Logisyn Advisors

Cris Arens is currently a Managing Partner of Logisyn Advisors, a global Mergers & Acquisitions advisory firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. Logisyn Advisors brings together a senior team of logistics veterans with deep domain expertise dedicated to serving logistics service providers and logistics technology companies. Logisyn (Logistics + Synergy) is 100% focused on the logistics industry. The firm offers both sell-side and buy-side services.

Inside the massive supply chain vertical, Cris focuses on the Logistics Technology and Non-Asset Based sector (freight forwarders, NVOCC/IAC, CHB, 3PL, etc). Over the past 25 years, he has developed deep relationships with entrepreneurs, global strategic buyers, and private equity firms interested in that sector.

Cris started his logistics career in 1990 and has worked in dozens of countries solving complex supply chain and technology challenges. Observing how the internet was about to transform the industry, in 1995, he cofounded Fountainhead International, trademarked the product name of CargoWise. The company grew very quickly within the U.S. under his leadership. In 2006, he saw a global opportunity that would require more scale. He merged the U.S. company with an Australian firm, which eventually became WiseTech. Cris remained on the Board of Directors, running global sales and US operations until 2008.
Over the past ten years, Cris has focused exclusively on mergers and acquisitions helping many logistics entrepreneurs achieve their life goals. He believes a successful M&A transaction starts with a strategic and cultural fit.  To find that fit, M&A professionals need to understand the industry, not simply financial statements.  Cris and his family are global travelers, who enjoy calling Chicago their home base.