President & Co Founder
Mr. Hays is the President and Co-Founder of Copper Run, and oversees all client services and company operations. He has extensive experience in investment banking, accounting, and consulting. Mr. Hays has worked with hundreds of companies, both public and private, on various engagements.
Mr. Hays previously worked for, and helped found, Cantor Fitzgerald's investment banking group on Wall Street after 9/11. Cantor's investment banking group focused on capital market activities in the REIT and Oil & Gas Sectors, as well as administering up to $150 million of proprietary investments. Prior to Cantor, Mr. Hays worked for Ernst & Young in Cleveland, working with companies in the business services, manufacturing, and technology areas. Mr. Hays has been involved in more than $7 billion of completed transactions during his career.
Mr. Hays is a Registered Investment Banking Representative, and holds the FINRA Series 7, 79, & 63 registrations. He has also successfully passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and previously worked as a CPA. Mr. Hays has a bachelor’s degree in accounting (honors) and an MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
Mr. Hays is a founding member and President of the Association for Corporate Growth - Columbus Chapter. He is also a Board member of The Entrepreneurship Institute and a member of the Aileron Center for Entrepreneurship and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Mr. Hays resides in Upper Arlington with his wife and their three sons and spends his free time with his family in the outdoors; golfing, traveling, boating, skiing, hunting, and fishing.