About Us

Who We Are

Bridge Finance Group (“BFG”) is a private credit company that primarily focuses on early-stage, high growth companies in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. Our firm specializes in equipment financing & leasing in the food and beverage category. Our unique sector expertise and comprehensive financing capabilities allow us to lend without the typical constraints associated with traditional lenders. BFG strives to be the most efficient, supportive and effective alternative financing firm for early to mid-stage growth brands in the US.

Our Team

Grant Christopher

President, Co-founder and Partner

Grant cofounded Bridge Finance Group with the vision of helping early-stage companies in the consumer-packaged goods industry finance their capex needs in an efficient, borrower friendly structure. Grant loves helping brands succeed which is why he’s also been an active investor in the CPG space for close to 15 years. In Grant’s spare time you can find him on the golf course, eating Mexican food or spending time with his family.

Clayton Christopher

Co-founder and Partner

Clayton is passionate about entrepreneurship and loves helping food and beverage companies scale. Clayton was the co-founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea as well Deep Eddy Vodka. He was also the co-founder of Waterloo Sparkling Water and CAVU Venture Partners. When not working, he loves cycling, sailing, and spending time with his wife Carly, their two children, James and Charlotte, and their yellow lab Betty.

Dustin Donnell

Co-founder and Partner

Dustin has a diverse entrepreneurial and investment background and brings 15+ years of professional investment experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital. He understands the importance of streamlined operations and efficient capital structuring within every company and loves that Bridge can provide effective solutions to its partner companies that help facilitate their growth and success. When not working, Dustin enjoys traveling with his wife and three kids, and golfing with friends.

Joe Warnock

Co-founder and Partner

Joe has been an active investor for more than 20 years across multiple industries and asset classes with an underlying common thread of entrepreneurship and value creation. Joe focuses on investing with and behind passionate entrepreneurs. Bridge Finance Group has been a valuable tool for providing efficient capital solutions that help create long term value for many companies that Joe has invested in. Joe enjoys spending his free time with his family and outdoors, skiing, cycling, and fishing.

Mitch McIntire

Vice President of Risk & Underwriting

Mitch joined Bridge Finance Group in March 2021 as the VP of Risk and Underwriting. Mitch is impassioned by helping consumer-packaged goods entrepreneurs grow their brands with the assistance of flexible, private capital solutions. Prior to joining Bridge, Mitch served in progressively senior credit underwriting and credit management roles at Frost Bank and Texas Capital Bank. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, playing golf, and watching the Dallas Stars.

Hudson Penn

Vice President of Business Development

Hudson has spent the last 5 years working in or with early stage CPG & Tech startups across the country. Before falling in love with the passion and energy of startup life, Hudson was an investment banker for JPMorgan in New York. He LOVES meeting new people and has relocated 6 times since graduating from the University of Georgia (Houston, NYC, Denver, Jackson Hole, Boise, Austin) building a national network he leverages to accelerate startups’ growth. His personal mission statement: “To never stop exploring, connecting and sharing my passion for life. Empowering the next generation of great entrepreneurs to change the world.”

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