W. Lee Baynes
Partner & COO
Mr. Baynes is a CPA with over 25 years of accounting, finance, investment/merchant banking, senior executive finance and operational experience. He is a Partner with Gross Capital Partners with a focus on executing M&A transactions, private equity capital and investing activities, corporate restructuring, strategic planning and other financial advisory services. Prior to Gross Capital, Mr. Baynes was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategies at Cooper / T. Smith Corporation, a diversified international group of maritime companies. Prior to that, he was the CFO of Apyron Technologies, a material science technology company and a Managing Director at two investment banking firms. He also previously served as the CFO and Director of Accounting for Williams Group International, a multi-entity, international industrial contractor group. Mr. Baynes began his career at Arthur Andersen and ultimately served as a Manager in its Audit and Business Advisory division. He graduated in 1986 with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.