Christopher Volk serves on the audit, corporate strategy, finance, and investment committees.
He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of STORE Capital, a specialty finance and asset management company.
Prior to forming STORE, Volk was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Spirit Finance Corp., which he formed in 2003 and grew into a public NYSE-listed company with an equity capitalization of more than $1.5 billion and a market capitalization exceeding $3 billion.
Volk also served as president and a member of the board of directors of Franchise Finance Corporation of America and its successor, GE Franchise Finance. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, FFCA was a publicly traded NYSE real estate investment trust with more than $2 billion in capitalization. FFCA was also the largest independent company dedicated to providing real estate financing to multi-unit operators of chain restaurants, convenience stores and automotive service and parts outlets with investments in more than 6,000 properties throughout the U.S.
During his 16-year career at FFCA, Volk guided the company’s growth , which culminated in its August 2001 sale to GE Capital. Subsequently, he served as chief operating officer of GE Franchise Finance until December 2002.
Volk has written extensively in the areas of finance and valuation. In June 2000, his article “The V Formula,” published in the October 1999 issue of Strategic Finance, received the William M. Lybrand Gold Medal, from the Institute of Management Accountants. Another article, “Chain Store Credit Review: The State of The Art” was awarded second place for journalistic excellence by the Risk Management Association in 2001.
He has been a frequent university guest lecturer and speaker in the areas of finance and capital markets trends.
Volk lives in Paradise Valley, Ariz., with his wife and two children. He is active in the community and currently serves on various nonprofit and for profit boards. He received his BA from Washington and Lee University and his MBA from Georgia State University.