For more than 20 years, in Chicago and in cities across the country, Rally has advised, collaborated and provided hundreds of middle-market companies, financial institutions, investment firms and their professional advisors with financial, operational, management, merger and acquisition, capital markets and turnaround advisory and transactional services.


Complex business challenges require a proven team of skilled professionals. Rally Capital Advisors stands out as the team of choice for organizations with financial or operational growth concerns; performance, liquidity, or solvency issues; asset or collateral impairment problems; or any other performance limitations. Whether your complications are internal or external– from senior management, shareholders, and board members to lenders and outside vested interests– Rally Capital Advisors is ready to help at any inflection point of your operation.

How do we do it?

Respecting and working within the DNA and cultures created by our clients and their industries by encouraging collaboration between individuals both inside and outside the situation.

Identifying the most effective strategies based on the current circumstances and options, and advising clients toward outcomes that exceed expectations.

Maintaining the integrity and respect of our clients, earned over the last 20 years of successfully providing advisory services.

Listening and focusing on clients’ priorities by bringing stakeholders together, finding common ground, and building consensus toward viable, innovative solutions.

Delivering outstanding results based upon our analytical, advisory, transactional, and operational experience, delivering strategic and executable plans that ensure our clients successfully navigate challenging transactions– regardless of less-than-ideal circumstances.

Solving problems with extensive and diverse professional skill sets delivered by trusted advisors who bring clarity and creative solutions to complex business situations.


Navigating through turbulent financial times can be challenging, especially in today’s competitive environment and volatile economy. Many companies that have experienced fiscal decline, operational disorder, reorganization and insolvency have turned to Rally’s principals for their expertise, collaboration and creative solutions.


Howard B. Samuels

Founding Member

Howard founded Rally Capital Services, LLC in 1998, and continues to serve as its founding member today. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a broad range of experience, having worked as an Internal Revenue Agent and IRS Midwest Regional Division Appellate Conferee (pre-U.S. Tax Court adjudicator), attorney, tax law specialist and trusted strategic business advisor to a variety of operating businesses, commercial lenders and other business professionals.

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Daniel T. Lee

Managing Member

Dan joined Rally Capital in 2004. He works with local and national lenders and their borrowers to transition distressed businesses through acquisition, turnaround, refinance and asset disposition. In this capacity, he frequently serves as Senior Restructuring Officer, Receiver, Liquidating Agent and Senior Consultant to a variety of businesses and their advisors.

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Andy Cameron

Managing Director

Andy has many years of experience in management consulting in Chicago. He has operated his own private consulting practice catering to the middle market facilitating operational improvement, sales management consulting, financial management, debt and equity sourcing, M&A advisory services as well as turnaround and distressed asset management work.

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Dave Sheetz

Senior Financial Consultant/Project Manager

Dave joined Rally Capital in 2006, bringing more than 18 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry. Dave is an expert business consultant focused on helping companies improve their business performance in various areas, including growing profits, revenues and customers. He works closely with clients and lenders in the Midwest and nationally on all financial issues related to bankruptcies, reorganizations and turnarounds, with a special emphasis on financial analysis and alternate financing solutions.

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Jeff Samuels

Senior Consultant

Jeff joined Rally in 2001 and offers a broad range of restructuring and turnaround experience, including extensive work on Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, receiverships, consulting and liquidating agent matters. He regularly serves as part of the interim management team working with senior lenders to manage the day-to-day operations, accounts receivable, collections, personnel, creditor and vendor communications, inventory and equipment analysis, and other administrative responsibilities.

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Ryan Hayes

Senior Consultant

Ryan joined Rally in 2008. He specializes in reviewing and analyzing a company’s prior and current operating processes and activities, evaluating business performance indicators and recommending improvement options to increase profit levels, under the direction of the interim CFO or CRO.

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Andy Seaks

Senior Consultant / Audit

Andy has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and asset-based lending industry. As a Senior Financial Analyst for Rally, he focuses on collateral due diligence field examinations to confirm the validity and existence of collateral supporting new financing or existing credit facilities. His experience ranges from small due diligence matters to multi-million-dollar field audits in industries such as manufacturing, distribution and service-related fields, among others.

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Kristine Sheetz

Senior Consultant / Audit

Kristine joined Rally in 2006. She specializes in conducting comprehensive on-site due diligence examinations to help lending institutions, prospective investors, and buyers make informed lending/acquisition decisions. She has extensive experience in developing comprehensive and actionable written reports that allow Rally’s team of consultants to advise underperforming and high-growth companies with alternate financing solutions related to bankruptcies, reorganizations and turnarounds.

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Rally Capital Advisors Sells Historic New Jersey Amusement Park

“It is an honor to be linked to a historic piece of American history,” said Samuels. “Not many of these vintage amusement park properties exist anymore and I am pleased that this park has a chance to re-open and treat generations for years to come.”

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Rally Capital Advisors Successfully Sold Assets of Arlington Plating Co to a Strategic Investor

“Rally’s team, including Howard, Dan and Bobby, were true professionals in helping us navigate a very challenging situation. They ran a great process and kept our team engaged and informed every step of the way. Their deep experience and tireless work ethic led to a very successful outcome.” –Rich Macary, CEO of APC

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Companies stressed by fallout from COVID becoming targets

“I’ve never seen a downturn, or more of a confluence of events, that people in power or smart people have no control over,” says Howard Samuels.

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