San Diego, CA 92122
d. (619) 851-8800
Chair - San Diego I
Gary Shields, CFA
Gary has 30+ years of success as a venture capitalist / private equity investor, board member, investment banker, and C-level executive who has participated in hundreds of transactions that achieved optimal value for regional, national and multinational companies. He has held senior technology and healthcare-focused investment/investment banking positions with leading firms in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and San Diego.
In addition to his affiliation with Shoreline Partners, Gary founded Avtech Ventures, one of San Diego's largest venture capital firms. He led direct investments in more than 40 companies and personally held board positions at more than 15. He played critical roles guiding the portfolio companies toward successful financings and exits including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic partnerships and capital formation at all stages through IPO and sale.
He also co-founded Flemming Lessard & Shields, a leading Southern California-headquartered investment bank with offices in San Diego and San Francisco, where he led M&A and capital formation assignments for leading regional, national and multinational companies.
He was also SVP Corporate Development and early investor at Integrated Medical Systems, one of the most successful companies in the healthcare information industry, where he negotiated a major strategic alliance with McKesson Corp and then, while leading the company's IPO process, negotiated a very successful all-cash sale of the company to Eli Lilly.
Before moving to San Diego Gary held senior technology investment banking and research positions at LF Rothschild in New York, and Robertson Stephens in New York and San Francisco. He was also a partner at Technological Investors, a leading New York City firm investing in public and private technology and medical companies. Earlier in his career, he managed one of the largest US groups for Paris based Credit Lyonnais where he led dozens of transactions totaling billions of dollars for the firm's Fortune 500 multinational clients. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, received his BA with honors from the University of Cincinnati, and was a fellow in the MSFS program at Georgetown University. Additionally, he holds two patents in the field of advanced optics technology and is a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot.