Lead Left Interview – Cheryl Carner

This week we chat with Cheryl Carner, managing director of Crystal Financial LLC. Based in Boston with offices in Atlanta and LA, Crystal Financial is a commercial finance company that originates, underwrites and manages secured debt. Their clients are middle market corporations that operate in a diverse set of industries.

The Lead Left: Cheryl, it’s been almost three years since we spoke. Your firm has seen some changes since then.

Cheryl Carner: Randy, we last talked back in 2012. At the end of that year after running a process with many interested bidders, Crystal was acquired by Solar Capital.

TLL: How’s the fit with Solar? 

CC: Both Crystal and Solar identified that our products and areas of investment focus would be complementary. That’s turned out to be the case and has given us a great opportunity to grow our lending platform.