Following business school, Ralph began his investment banking career with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin helping build its Atlanta office.
For six years he held various positions within the firm, beginning as a generalist across the firm’s various practice groups and ultimately focusing on M&A and corporate finance.
Ralph left Houlihan Lokey in 2006 to join SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Business & Technology Services group. There, he provided transaction execution leadership for M&A and equity deals ranging in size from $10 million to $250 million. Between 2006 and 2009, Ralph helped broaden the Business & Technology Services practice to include a greater focus on managed services and for-profit education.
He later teamed with a colleague to develop the firm’s first middle and commercial market focused platform. There he helped build a team focused on driving M&A and capital markets activity to SunTrust’s 3,000+ clients at the lower end of the middle-market.
Ralph ultimately started his own firm Loring Advisory Group, an advisory practice focused on small, privately held business seeking growth or liquidity solutions through mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, or growth capital. As a Principal, Ralph sourced and executed advisory assignments for lower-middle-market and early-stage-oriented clients as well as consulted for businesses needing to bring greater financial sophistication to their company.