Brian Hartford

Senior Director

Brian Hartford has nearly fifteen years of experience working with businesses to solve complex issues, serving as both an advisor and executive.


Before joining Fort Dearborn, Brian held senior management positions with two middle-market advisory consulting firms where he led and managed all aspects of performance improvement, restructuring, turnaround, due diligence, financing, valuation and M&A engagements.  Brian served as CRO for several clients.

Brian’s deep experience spans a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, metals and mining, transportation, logistics, manufacturing, automotive, gaming, restaurant and hospitality, real estate, and food and beverage.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time outdoors with his two children, playing guitar, and watching his wife build him an ever-expanding “to do” list.

Contact Information

Direct: (312) 683-3741

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  • Value Creation & Turnaround Consulting
  • Investment Banking
  • Financial Advisory
  • Valuation

Industry Experience

  • Automotive
  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • IT, Software & Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  • Media, Entertainment & Leisure
  • Metals
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation & Logistics


  • DePaul University - BS, Finance and Accounting

Certifications and Memberships

  • CIRA
  • TMA
  • Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors




Marketing Director

Direct: (312) 683-3746

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FDP News

Dec - 21

Fort Dearborn Partners advises Foodservice Provider

Fort Dearborn Partners, Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to an Illinois-based foodservice provider and refinanced $17,500,000 of debt.

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Jul - 21

Brian Hartford joins Fort Dearborn Partners

Fort Dearborn Partners is pleased to announce that Brian Hartford has joined the firm as a Senior Director.

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May - 21

Fort Dearborn Advises Kanaflex Corporation, USA

Kanaflex Corporation USA (“Kanaflex” or the “Company”) is an industrial hose manufacturer with operations in Vernon Hills (IL), Compton (CA), and... Read More