Investment Team
Chris Durbin

Managing Director, Vestar Resources

Chris is a Managing Director in the Vestar Resources group.  He joined the firm officially in 2007, but his association with Vestar dates back to the mid-1990s, when he began designing and implementing growth strategies for several Vestar portfolio companies through his work at Mercer Management Consulting and Corporate Decisions, Inc.

Prior to joining Vestar, Chris was Managing Director of Strategy and Business Development in Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management business, where he focused on wholesale and consumer payments, brokerage, retirement products and private banking.

Chris began his career as a forensic accountant at Peterson & Company in Chicago, where he worked on a variety of damage claim analyses in different types of commercial litigation matters.

He earned his BBA, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Notre Dame Scholar and recipient of the Raymond P. Kent Award for excellence in Finance.  He also holds an MBA, with distinction, from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the recent hate crimes and incidents against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including the attack on Vilma Kari are only the latest examples of centuries of racism, brutality, and discrimination against BIPOC people in our country. These events cannot be tolerated. Nor can they be observed in silence. They go against everything we stand for as individuals and as a firm, and they demand a response.

Vestar stands with those who fight against social injustice and condemns the prejudice and inhumanity so brutally demonstrated and clearly witnessed. We have always strived to do the right thing in our everyday business activities, but we realize now that isn’t enough, and we are committed to listening, learning, and doing more.

All of us at Vestar are recommitting to taking steps to effect permanent change. Beyond our longer-term commitments, Vestar has taken immediate steps to make changes within our own operations, including:

i.) Establishing the Equity, Inclusion and Community (“EIC”) Committee, which seeks to promote and provide ongoing educational resources and regular events on topics of anti-racism, equality, and social justice for all employees

ii.) Providing all employees with unconscious bias training

iii.) Conducting anonymous internal surveys to assess employee perceptions of the inclusivity of our culture

iv.) Improving our recruitment and retention initiatives by expanding our pipeline of candidates, conducting off-cycle hiring, and partnering with groups like SEO, a non-profit that provides educational and career programs to underserved and/or under-represented young people, to connect us with talented undergraduates for internships at our firm