Expert Problem Solvers

The Best Financial Advisors And Business Consultancy Team Around

At Picone Advisory Group, you’ll find a collection of the most experienced and trusted professional advisors in the business – every one of whom is dedicated to providing you with the hands-on, 24/7, personal service and the high-level individual attention you deserve.

Every member of our team is highly skilled, highly experienced and highly specialized in addressing the complex financial and corporate concerns that businesses face today. In addition, we will work with your corporate team to gain the valuable insight we need to completely understand your current culture, financial structure, methods of operation, and problems you are facing to lead you toward success. Learn more about the strength of our business analysis team below.

Christopher L. Picone, President

Christopher L. Picone is the Founder, President and General Counsel of Picone Advisory Group, LLC. Chris has significant experience in all phases of financial restructurings, operations, turnaround situations, bankruptcy, liquidations, litigation support matters, real estate development, construction and asset management. His legal and business career encompasses over 30 years, serving in various executive management positions and as a trusted advisor to businesses of all sizes in a variety of different industries. Chris began his career with a Chicago based law firm where he focused his legal practice in the areas of Corporate Transactions, Federal Income Tax matters and Real Estate. Following over a decade of private law practice, Chris moved to the corporate sector serving as President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for several large Chicago based firms.

Among his recent roles, Chris served as the Chief Restructuring Officer in the Sea Launch Company (an international telecommunications satellite launch firm) Chapter 11 proceeding. He also served as Financial Advisor to TVI Corporation (a manufacturer of powered air respirators, gas masks and filters, specialized shelters and mobile mortuary systems) in its Chapter 11 proceeding. Most recently Chris is currently serving as the Settled Claims Trustee in a high profile product liability class action involving a salmonella tainted food additive. Chris has also supervised the liquidation of numerous businesses in and out of bankruptcy.

Debra Fahey

A proven Finance and Accounting executive with over thirty (30) years of experience in manufacturing, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, electronics, commercial real estate development and consumer products, Debra Fahey brings a wealth of both public and private sector experience to her clients.  Her broad based experience includes both business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies, including General Motors, Baxter Healthcare and AT&T.

Debra’s areas of expertise include Financial and Operations Analysis, Decision Modeling, Strategic Planning, Month-End Close, Budgeting, Financial Statements, Cash Flow Analysis, Forecasting, Management Reporting and Capital Investments.

Debra holds a Masters of Science in Management with a major in Finance from Purdue University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from St. Mary’s Notre Dame.  Debra is a Certified Public Accountant and is also a Certified Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Treasury Professional, Certified Internal Auditor and Project Management Professional.

Dennis Thompson 

With more than 30 years’ experience, Dennis is a results and profit–driven executive consultant with an extensive background in manufacturing and management at a senior management level within multiple industries that include automotive, aerospace, defense, plastics and firearms in both government and commercial sectors. Dennis has the unique ability to work and communicate effectively with hourly employees on the factory floor, factory operations managers, manufacturing engineers, product designers, senior management and the board of directors. As a result, Dennis has demonstrated the ability to identify and accelerate strategic measures that strengthen performance, with sustained, multi million-dollar results. Dennis is experienced in launching new startups and turning around floundering companies by creating double digit productivity improvements. He also demonstrates the ability to identify untapped opportunities and lead the development of new products and services to exploit those new opportunities. Dennis is a recognized expert in next generation supply chain development and management, having worked with the Air Force Research Lab for a number of years developing and testing a new supply chain concept, “Network Centric Manufacturing”.

Among his recent roles, Dennis is acting as Chief Operating Officer for a supply chain management software company helping raise $25 million to launch a new product and services to do supply chain risk analysis, war game alternate solutions and implement those solutions on complex multi-tiered supply chains, as well as, providing a software solution for tracking the supply chain’s performance in real time. He is also working with a public-private partnership that is creating a software-as-a-service solution to bring modeling and simulation and high performance computing with supporting services to the U.S. manufacturing community in a pay-by-the-use model through an internet portal. Dennis was also a key member of the proposal team that was successful in winning a grant for $70 million from the federal government with a matching $150 million from industry to create the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and acted as the interim Director of Technology Transition and Director of Workforce development during its startup and launch phase. Dennis is also a frequent speaker on the future of manufacturing at manufacturing forums and conferences.

Beth Keno

Beth Keno is a results-oriented consultant, certified coach, and trainer who partners with her clients to tailor programs to their specific learning and development goals.   With over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial and business coaching and consulting Beth brings strategic and results orientated solutions to our clients.   She excels in working with all levels from entrepreneurs and small business owners to executive teams and project teams to the staff on the floor.  Industries from banking, manufacturing, and professional services have partnered with Beth to facilitate growth within their organizations.   She demonstrates expertise in strategic planning and execution, organizational and cultural assessment, leadership development, process improvement and executive and team coaching.   Beth has a particular expertise with law firms, having consulted and coached on the management, strategy, operational efficiencies, and business development aspects of their business.  She is the key architect of the Keno OR, an operational review process designed for law firms and is the Founder and President of Law Firm Consultants Network of Chicago (  Beth is a Certified Corporate and Team Coach and a trained mediator.  She is certified in a number of assessment tools including: MBTI Step I Step II; Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (DiSC°); Certified Professional Motivators Analyst; Certified EQ Analyst; Energy Leadership Master Practitioner.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology.  She is an advisory board member for the Small Business Development Center of Lake County, Illinois, a volunteer mentor for Menttium 100°, a member of the Chicago land Chapter of the Association for Talent Development and Past Director for the Institute of Management Consultants Chicago land Chapter.

Dillon Gilhooley 

Dillon Gilhooley is an experienced business technology leader with a passion for helping people and companies meet their most meaningful goals.  For 15+ years, Dillon has successfully discovered, designed and delivered enterprise-grade business and technology solutions to help companies across a wide variety of industries achieve growth, innovation, and improved bottom lines. Dillon’s professional background includes management consulting, technology product development, innovation enablement, strategic IT planning, team leadership, and risk management.

Kurt Johnson

With over 25 years of experience in Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial leadership, Kurt Johnson delivers a practical, proven methodology that scales for pre-revenue startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises.

Kurt believes that sustainable growth is achieved by aligning revenue generating initiatives with a target segment’s buying process, and the ecosystem of partners, geographic-culture, suppliers, and thought-leaders surrounding that segment.  Kurt has experience in biotech, hospital supply, IT outsourcing, management consulting, retail, supply chain, and has founded two companies in the tech space.  He has also managed businesses in Western Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, as well as launched foreign multi-nationals in North America. Kurt has synthesized his experience leading SaaS, professional services, and “goods” based companies into several methodologies that create sustainable, high-scale, low cost growth. Kurt holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s, Kellogg School of Management.

 Paul Carreiro 

With more than 25 years of healthcare related experience, including service in Army Special Forces on an Operational Detachment A-Team, Paul’s latest consulting responsibilities include the administration and execution of projects applying Lean Six Sigma methodology and ISO tools toward the implementation of designing and delivering protocol-based care in healthcare systems. Mr. Carreiro counsels directly with the executive teams of major academic medical centers, as well as large physician groups, manufacturers, payers, and government officials, supporting the improvement of quality and continuity of care to realize savings through defining measurable benchmarks and utilizing reliable outcome data.

Judith E. Ruffolo

With over 25 years of property and project management experience, Judy is skilled in dealing with complex commercial real estate issues. Her impressive track record in construction, renovation, security and environmental projects opened the door for her as Vice President of Office Services for the largest independent real estate firm in Chicago. Her considerable skill in commercial leasing negotiations, due diligence, and asset management matters have made her a valuable addition to the Picone Advisory Group team.