Z. Eric Stephens is a Vice President at BVA Group with over 20 years of experience in financial management, working primarily in public and private equity and business valuation consulting. Mr. Stephens brings SEC experience, C-suite experience, and board-level leadership (board member and advisor to boards, CEOs and CFOs) to BVA. Mr. Stephens has expertise in project and portfolio management. As both an “operator” and a service provider, he has developed a strong record of assessing the quality of investment opportunities through in-depth due diligence, financial modeling, and risk analysis. Over the years, he has valued several hundred public and private companies for purposes including M&A, IPOs, ESOPs, and strategic planning. During that time, he has also completed purchase price allocations and goodwill impairment tests, and valued patents, trademarks, copyrights, and non-competes. Additionally, Mr. Stephens has served as an expert witness on more than 20 occasions. 

Mr. Stephens received a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he graduated magna cum laude. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. 

Prior to joining BVA, Mr. Stephens was Chief Operating Officer of RENN Capital Group, Inc. and Vice President of RENN Fund, Inc. His responsibilities with RENN included due diligence, portfolio monitoring, and portfolio selection. Previously, Mr. Stephens was a director with a national valuation consulting firm. While there, he valued public and private companies, performed purchase price allocations, goodwill impairment tests, fairness opinions and solvency opinions, and acted as an expert witness. Prior to working for that firm, Mr. Stephens spent six years as a staff accountant with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. While with the SEC, he conducted on-site examinations of investment companies and investment advisers.