History

History Based on Responsive Excellence

The Founders

Lincoln Churchill Advisors (LCA) was founded by Nathan Elwell and Chris Kettmann in 2016. After having worked together for more than 15 years, the co-founders created LCA with the goal of becoming the industry's most-trusted advisors focused predominantly on small- and mid-cap companies that are often overlooked by the investment community, ignored by the media and underserved by the consulting/communications agency world.

Formidable experience. Seasoned professionals

Kettmann and Elwell met at Ashton Partners and were integral contributors to its growth, helping it become one of the largest independent investor relations consulting firms in North America by the mid-2000s. With a focus on small- and mid-cap stocks, the colleagues managed important client relationships throughout the internet bubble and the subsequent crash and corporate crises. They quickly assumed leadership roles that further honed their communication and advisory skills, as well as learning how to successfully grow and manage a small consultancy.

Both joined Financial Dynamics (FD) (later the Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting) following its acquisition of Ashton Partners in 2007. During their eight years at FD/FTI, they expanded their roles to focus on corporate communications, event-driven and crisis work, and internal communications - with a wide variety of clients across many industries.

After going their separate ways in 2015, Kettman and Elwell reconnected in 2016 to found Lincoln Churchill Advisors. Together, they have advised more than 100 public and private companies over the past 20 years, across a variety of industries including Consumer & Retail, Energy & Natural Resources, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Industrials and Technology & Telecom.

Long-term relationships

Both partners are recognized for their track record of building strong, long-term relationships, and are proud of the fact that several of their clients have partnered with them for more than a decade. As Lincoln Churchill Advisors continues to grow, the partners remain focused on providing unparalleled counsel and client service, with exceptional execution.

A proven philosophy that protects reputation

Through it all, LCA's philosophy and approach remain the same:

  • Provide great advice - even when it's tough
  • Anticipate clients' needs and always be available and responsive
  • Constantly ask the questions, "What else should we be doing for our clients?" and "How can we help them be more successful?"
  • Remain on the cutting edge of best practices and innovation in communications

Our senior team members know and understand how to apply this approach in a way that will ensure success for clients and LCA alike.