For nearly 30 years, Christopher Volk has been engaged in the direction of companies that have supplied real estate mortgage and lease solutions to businesses that use real estate in their daily operations to produce their sales and profits. Collectively, those companies have supplied over $11 billion in financing to the chain restaurant, education, fitness, convenience store and other industries.
He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of STORE Capital, a Scottsdale-based, privately-held specialty finance and asset management company. Founded in 2011, STORE was recently named a finalist by AZ Business Magazine in its annual ranking of Industry Leaders of Arizona.
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, Ariz., FFCA was a publicly-traded NYSE real estate investment trust with more than $2 billion in capitalization.
Volk has written extensively in the areas of finance, valuation and business analysis. 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 and his wife of 33 years are parents of two children and reside in Paradise Valley, Ariz. He is active in the community and currently serves on various nonprofit and for profit boards. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Washington and Lee University and his master's in business from Georgia State University.