Our talented team of professionals are committed to exceeding expectations, meeting deadlines, and offering you personalized service. By taking a proactive approach, we strive to offer cost effective, valuable input in a way that is customized for your needs. Our knowledgeable staff has extensive years of experience covering anything from accounting, bookkeeping, financial reporting, payroll and administrative duties, and much more. We look forward to working with you and providing you with superior customer service.
Christopher Smith, Director at VBO, has over 6 years of private equity accounting experience at Venture Back Office and brings to the firm more than 6 years of public accounting experience from his time with Ernst & Young, LLP in both the Boston and Raleigh offices. Chris has extensive financial service organization, life sciences, and software accounting experience, and a proven track record of auditing initial public offerings in all three industries.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young, LLP, Chris spent a short time with Red Hat, Inc. He collaborated on a project to research and retrieve historic pricing data related to software revenue recognition for executive management, the board of directors and the external auditors. As a result of the findings, the stock price saw a large positive increase from the news.
Chris has a bachelor of science in accounting from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also holds a masters of business administration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently is a member the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (ncaCPA). He holds a designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), as well.
Outside the office, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. He is active in coaching youth sports and enjoys playing basketball and golf.
Colleen Suite, the Managing Director/Founder at VBO, brings over 30 years of extensive progressive experience in accounting, operations and human resources in various industries including, venture, construction, manufacturing, banking, professional services and retail.
Colleen holds an Associate’s Degree with a double concentration in Accounting and IT and Bachelor’s Degree with a double concentration in Finance and Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, NY. Professional organizations, SHRM and TSHRM.
Colleen spends her free time with her family and her Boxers, Ziggy & Bo. She enjoys staying active, being outdoors, playing tennis, biking and learning.
Wm. Michael Gorman, the Managing Director/Founder of VBO, brings over 12 years of private equity experience, including 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer of The Aurora Funds, Inc. He also has over 6 years in public accounting with Ernst & Young, including 2+ years of venture firm audit experience. Mike has obtained extensive experience in various financial and operational executive roles in both public and private companies and has more than 5 years’ experience in running an international shared service center.
Mike holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. His professional organizations include PECFOA, VCBC, NVCA, AICPA, NCACPA, IMA.