Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Spirit Finance Corporation
Christopher Volk has an extensive background in finance and asset management. Spirit Finance Corporation is a NYSE-Listed (SFC) real estate investment trust that was formed to be a leader in efficient capitalization strategies through the ownership of single-tenant, operationally essential real estate assets. Prior to forming Spirit Finance in August 2003, Chris served for over 16 years in numerous capacities with Franchise Finance Corporation of America (FFCA) and its successor, GE Franchise Finance. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, FFCA was a publicly traded NYSE real estate investment trust with over $2 billion in capitalization, making it the nation’s largest net lease real estate investment trust. 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 over 6,000 properties throughout the U.S. During much of his career at FFCA, Chris guided the company’s growth as President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. As Chair of FFCA’s Investment Committee, Chris oversaw over $4 billion in real estate and mortgage investments. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Chris guided many of the capital markets activities in securitizing and selling more than $3 billion in originated loans as well as significant equity and unsecured debt issuance. Chris was instrumental in the company’s August 2001 sale to GE Capital. Subsequently, Chris continued with GE Capital until December 2002, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the larger GE Franchise Finance made possible though the acquisition of FFCA.
Chris has written extensively in the areas of finance and valuation. While at FFCA, he oversaw the production of FFCA’s comprehensive research publications Chain Restaurant Industry Review & Outlook and Convenience Store and Petroleum Marketing Review & Outlook, with over 10,000 copies of each published annually. Chris has also written dozens of published articles. 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. Chris has been a frequent university guest lecturer and speaker in the areas of finance and capital markets trends.
Chris lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with his wife and two children. He is active in the community and currently serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He received his BA from Washington and Lee University and his MBA from Georgia State University.