Our Team

Project Realize has assembled a team of professionals with extensive strategic, operations, and financial expertise.

Our team has the ability to both provide strategic direction and implement tactical solutions. We seek to align strategic goals with practical plans that maximize the long-term potential of our partner companies.

In addition to the core Project Realize professionals, our team includes a broad network of business leaders and consultants specifically trained to deliver value creation processes.

Steven Ballantyne

Steven Ballantyne

Steven Ballantyne is the Program Director for Project Realize. Previously, he worked in business strategy and development at a prominent medical manufacturer and distributor. While there, he helped analyze new markets in the healthcare industry, managed the FDA approval process and...

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James Day

James Day

James Day joined Project Realize in 2012. Previously, he worked in the investment banking division at Credit Suisse in their Global Industrials Group. A native Chicagoan, Mr. Day received his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, and his M.B.A. from the University of...

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LaVar Wagner

LaVar Wagner

LaVar Wagner joined Project Realize in 2012. Previously, he assisted small companies in the sell process and advised them on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Wagner received his B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he was a...

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The Project Realize

Philosophy

As beneficiaries of our great American economic system, we feel that it is incumbent upon us to give back and help grow another great American company to its full potential.

How It Works

After companies apply for our program, they are interviewed and selected based on various criteria. Our team then works with the selected companies for 1-3 years on strategy development and operational improvements. The goal is to help those companies realize their full operational and financial performance potential.

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Companies

Project Realize is currently engaged with Falcon Containers full-time and Cedar Concepts in an advisory capacity. Falcon, founded in 2002, is an Austin-based provider of portable storage solutions and modified container solutions.  Cedar, founded in 1991, is a Chicago-based chemical manufacturer.

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The Founder

Robert F. Smith, Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, one of the world's leading private equity firms, founded Project Realize in the Fall of 2010. Vista Equity Partners has delivered outstanding investment results to its investors for over ten years.

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