Chris Hurn is the founder and former CEO of Mercantile Capital Corporation, a nationwide commercial lender specializing in small business commercial real estate projects. Mercantile is a three-time Inc. 500|5000 company, a three-time SBA Financial Services Champion, and to-date has financed nearly $1.6 billion worth of projects in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
Chris' first book, "The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth," is about how business owners can create wealth for themselves outside the day-to-day operations of their businesses, and thrive regardless of economic conditions.
Chris has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, INC magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Franchise Times, the Sacramento Bee and many other national and regional publications; he's appeared on FOX Business news seven times as well PBS' Nightly Business Report to discuss what can be done to help small business owners grow and create jobs; and he's testified in-person and submitted written testimonies to both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in hopes of improving the credit situation for small businesses.
After graduating from Loyola University Chicago with two magna cum laude bachelor degrees, Chris earned a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Center (formerly at the Wharton School of Business) and briefly pursued a law degree at Georgetown University Law Center (he left after his first year, deciding the world already had enough lawyers). He later worked as a business consultant and financier with GE Capital, Heller Financial, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and then as CFO for the NAI RealVest group of companies, before cofounding Mercantile Capital Corporation in late 2002.
Chris also serves as the Chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Kennedy's All-American Barber Club, an upscale barbershop franchise with a proprietary Membership model and 14 locations up and down the eastern seaboard.
Chris has been married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, for 17 years. They have two wonderful children, Julianna and Reilly, as well as two dogs (Winston and Niya) and a cat (Chelsea). When he's not busy with his babies (companies, kids or pets), Chris is quite the proper football (soccer) fan and roots awfully hard for his Chelsea FC Blues and Orlando City SC.