Chris Pate joined True North in 2019 as Managing Director of True North Fort Worth. In addition to serving on True North’s Management Committee, his duties include ownership of True North’s Fort Worth presence and sourcing/evaluating private investment opportunities for clients of the firm. He is also a voting member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee.
Prior to True North, Chris spent eight years managing the investment activities for Western Commerce Group in Fort Worth. His responsibilities included oversight of both public markets and private investments within Western’s investment advisory operations, including equities, fixed income, alternatives, and hard assets.
Before joining Western Chris spent 11 years at Q Investments, a $2.5 billion (as of 2011) Fort Worth multi-strategy hedge fund founded in 1994. He began his career at Q in the Financial Control group before spending 1.5 years on the risk team and 5+ years on the trading desk, eventually overseeing equities trading and financing operations for the firm. Chris also managed the firm’s recruiting operations and administrative staff and spearheaded several restructuring initiatives within portfolio company holdings during his tenure at Q Investments.
Chris graduated Cum Laude from Texas Wesleyan University in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics. He lives in Fort Worth, spends his free time with his wife and three children, and is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization.
Western Commerce Group:
True North Advisors and Western Commerce Group formed a strategic alliance in 2019 upon the merger of Western’s investments operation with True North. Western Commerce Group is a boutique investment and merchant banking firm founded in 1998 and based in Fort Worth.
Over the past two+ decades Western has quietly executed over $4 Billion in corporate mergers/acquisitions and continues to invest in many private businesses, both in control and minority roles. Dedicated to partnering with founder-owned businesses outside of the traditional private equity auction environment, Western’s off-market approach and deep industry knowledge has become a consistent source of attractive investment opportunities.