Gilbert W. Harrison is the Chairman of Harrison Group, Inc. and a Senior Advisor in restructuring for GLC Advisors & Co. Mr. Harrison is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Financo, Inc. He founded Financo in 1971 in Philadelphia, where it became
one of the leading independent middle market firms in the country, developing its reputation primarily in the retail and consumer industries. Over its 45 year history, Financo has expanded its service offerings significantly, developing resources
beyond its traditional merger and acquisition and divestiture work into consulting, principal investments, restructuring and other services relating to the retail and consumer industries. As one of the industry's premier dealmakers, Mr. Harrison
has been involved in orchestrating over 100 merger, acquisition and divestiture deals for retail, apparel, footwear and cosmetic clients.
Mr. Harrison's other activities include creating a course on mergers and acquisitions at The Wharton School; publishing various articles and academic studies on the state of retailing and mergers and acquisitions, including a chapter in the book entitled,
The Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook; and lecturing throughout the country, including moderating and participating in seminars for Retail Week, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Retail Federation, FT Business of Luxury Summit,
Russia Retail Summit and the World Retail Congress.
He is a member of the Board of Advisors and Executive Committee of The Peggy Guggenheim Collection of the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation in Venice and Mr. Harrison is presently a member of the Board and the Treasurer of the Southampton Hospital Foundation.
He is one of the founders of the Retail and Apparel Leadership Group of UJA-Federation of New York, and is Chairman Emeritus of The Educational Foundation of the Fashion Institute of Technology. He also served the Wharton School Undergraduate Advisory
Board of the University of Pennsylvania for eighteen years and has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
Mr. Harrison received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1962 and his Juris Doctor from The University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1965.