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Benjamin J. Lehrer

Founder, First Water

Benjamin J. Lehrer is the Founder of First Water and the author of Relational Finance.


Benjamin J. Lehrer is the founder of First Water and creator of Relational Finance. With a background in private equity, investment banking, commercial lending, financial planning and analysis (FP&A) advisory, and small and midsize business (SMB) management, Ben’s convergence of finance perspectives makes him an invaluable ally for aspirational businesses and leadership teams. Prior to founding First Water, Ben held institutional investment roles in New York City at firms including Citigroup and Fortress Investment Group. He is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a holder of multiple FINRA securities licenses, and an Eagle Scout. Ben lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Alexis, and children, Archer and Evka.

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Relational Finance

The New Model to Accelerate Growth, Attract Capital, And Maximize The Value of Your Business

Finance is the only function intertwined in every business decision. Despite this, it is often misunderstood and under-appreciated within small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Finance is more than numbers; it is a toolbox to craft a culture of accountability, credible goals, and an enticing narrative about the future. In Relational…

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