Chad Ward is co-founder and Partner of UpField Group, a strategy and financial consulting firm with offices in Chicago, Peoria and Columbus. Prior to UpField, Mr. Ward was CFO for multiple private equity backed companies including Welch ATM where he was recruited by private equity owner and management team to play a senior role in various strategic initiatives including preparation of Company for sale. Welch ATM was successfully acquired by Cardtronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM) in October 2014 for $160 Million. Prior to Welch ATM, Mr. Ward was CFO & Managing Director at RedRidge Finance Group, a middle market debt fund and advisory firm.  At RedRidge Mr. Ward acted as CFO for the direct investment platform as well as ran all aspects of the due diligence group including: Collateral field exams and management of  buy side financial due diligence process for M&A advisory clients including 30+ acquisitions totaling over $600 million in a four year period for a NYSE traded healthcare services company.  Mr. Ward started his career in the Assurance Services group of Ernst & Young LLP (EY).

Mr. Ward holds a BBA in Finance & Accounting from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Ward is a licensed CPA in Illinois.