Chris Leong first joined Argentum's investment team in 1999 & returned in 2008 after spending several years in executive positions at growth stage ventures. With over 21 years of growth equity & operational experience, he leads Argentum's business development effort & originates new investments & portfolio company acquisitions / strategic opportunities. Chris directly originated & helped execute Argentum’s investments in Flightdocs, LAUNCH, empowerMX, Fleetworthy, & BuyerQuest, & serves as a Director or Observer on the boards of several portfolio companies.
During his hiatus from Argentum, Chris served as a VP & member of the executive team at Sirit, a Texas Instruments spinoff & leading developer of RFID & NFC technology, where he led business/corporate development & originated & closed several significant customers/partnerships including NXP, Microsoft, BenQ, Kyocera & Intel.
Chris began his career as an analyst with Lehman Brothers’ private equity fund & is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
A representative sample of investments that Chris has originated and / or sourced acquisitions and strategic opportunities for includes:
Applied Data Systems, Inc. (ADS) designs, develops and produces “application-ready” embedded computer systems, typically running on a wide variety of state-of-the-art processors and operating systems. Its products stand out for their sophisticated interface graphics, low power consumption and robust functionality. ADS specializes in helping customers connect their application to the latest available wireless technologies. ADS was acquired by Eurotech in January 2007.
BuyerQuest provides next-generation cloud-based enterprise-level procurement, invoicing and e-commerce solutions to large organizations. By bringing an intuitive, easy to use B2C e-commerce experience to the B2B procure-to-pay (P2P) process, BuyerQuest addresses the poor user adoption rates, lower than anticipated ROI, and other shortcomings of existing P2P solutions, by “eliminating the difference between shopping at home and shopping for work”.
Fleetworthy Solutions, Inc. (fka ITS Compliance, Inc.) provides outsourced compliance services to owners and operators of truck fleets. The company’s technology-enabled solutions, including fuel tax reporting, safety services, and asset management, are designed to help private fleets, for-hire carriers, and 3PL companies comply with federal, state, and local regulations, reduce costs, and mitigate risks. Since 1983, ITS has delivered compliance services to hundreds of fleets across numerous industries.
Flightdocs provides mission-critical, cloud-based maintenance, compliance, and inventory management Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to the aviation industry. The company’s solutions help aircraft owners and operators track and manage the maintenance and airworthiness of their aircraft, comply with rigorous safety rules and regulatory guidelines, reduce costs, mitigate risks, and minimize asset downtime. Serving the aviation industry for over 15 years, Flightdocs’ customers include Fortune 1000 corporate flight departments, air charters, air medical providers, fractional aircraft operators, government agencies, and regional carriers.
LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions (LAUNCH TWS) is one of the largest and fastest growing providers of workforce solutions to the aviation industry, and serves leading airlines, MROs, OEMs, and aircraft service centers. The company provides highly skilled aviation personnel, including mechanics, technicians, engineers, and machinists, as well as project-based teams for avionics, structures, and aircraft on ground (AOG). LAUNCH is guided by a leadership team possessing extensive experience and successful track-records in aviation and technical staffing.
LifeStar, through its two divisions, provides logistical nationwide services, including specialized transportation, language translation, and coordination services, to the healthcare industry. LifeStar Response provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance and wheelchair-van transportation services to public and private sector healthcare programs, healthcare facilities, and HMOs. AccessOnTime provides logistical and transportation services to private and public sector workers’ compensation insurance companies, larger self-insuring organizations, case management companies, third party administrators and large service providers. LifeStar was acquired by Falck A/S, a global provider of assistance, emergency, healthcare, and training services, in March 2011.
Established in 1991, TransForce is the nation’s leading specialty staffing firm devoted exclusively to the transportation industry. The Company is committed to a culture of DOT compliance and safe driving. TransForce operates through a branch network of 33 offices across the nation.