Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> June 15, 2015

Interview with the President and CEO: STORE Capital Corporation (STOR)

Volk, Christopher
Christopher H. Volk is the President and Chief Executive Officer of STORE Capital Corporation, which he co-founded in May 2011. For 35 years, he has been engaged in structuring, managing and financing commercial real estate companies. Collectively, those companies have supplied over $12 billion in financing to the chain restaurant, education, fitness, convenience store and other industries. Mr. Volk is known within the industry for leading the largest-ever real estate limited partnership roll-up transaction of its time in 1994. In 2005, he led the creation of the first real estate master trust debt issuance in the United States designed to finance net-lease assets and is the creator of the V Formula, a revolutionary equation for analyzing business models and the benefits of asset investments to grow shareholder wealth. In August 2003, Mr. Volk co-founded Spirit Finance Corporation, a real estate investment trust he took public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004. He led the company as its Chief Executive Officer, President and board member until February 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Volk served more than 16 years in numerous capacities with Franchise Finance Corporation of America — FFCA — and its successor, GE Franchise Finance, including as President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of FFCA’s board of directors. FFCA was a real estate investment trust that owned or financed more than 5,000 single-tenant properties at the time of its sale to GE Capital Corporation. He continued as Chief Operating Officer with GE Franchise Finance until December 2002. A frequent speaker at real estate industry conferences, Mr. Volk is also a sought-after media source and an author of numerous articles on real estate finance and financial statement analysis. He also is very active in his community in Paradise Valley, Arizona, serving on the local boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Banner Health. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University. Profile
TWST: Let’s start with an introduction to STORE Capital by way of the company’s history. You and your management team have a long history of experience in your area of property