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November 5, 2019

Confluence’s Mark Evans builds trust to gain backing to take over a larger company

Mark Evans has found transparency to be his most powerful tool when working with private equity owners. That's how he was able to convince his new PE firm to help Confluence buy the larger, publicly traded StatPro....

By Jayne Gest

November 1, 2019

It took some hard lessons for Bob Grote to learn the best way to acquire companies

Bob Grote has been CEO of Grote Co. for more than a decade, but even after five acquisitions, he has to guard against deal fever. Grote discusses deal challenges and lessons learned....

By Jayne Gest

October 30, 2019

Staffing Solutions’ SueAnn Naso: When Buying A Business, Take The Time To Do It Right

SueAnn Naso and Carmella Calta are good friends. But they still had to follow the proper steps when Calta sold her business, Staffing Solutions, to Naso....

By Mark Scott

October 30, 2019

Shore Capital Partners’ Justin Ishbia: Shared Vision Often Leads To Great Deal Opportunities

Shore Capital Partners's Justin Ishbia sees tremendous potential for growth at Akron, Ohio-based Main Street Gourmet....

By Mark Scott

October 21, 2019

Harry Cendrowski: Take Steps To Ensure You Have A Comprehensive M&A Strategy

Any time you rush into M&A activity, the likelihood is that you’re not going to do very well, says Harry Cendrowski....

By Mark Scott

October 15, 2019

MC Group’s Tim Eippert: Lack Of Customer Overlap Facilitates MC Group/Icon Merger

In dealmaking, you don’t grow just to double, says Tim Eippert. You want more. The CEO of MC Group explains how integration will play a key role in maximizing the benefits of its merger with Icon....

By Mark Scott

October 4, 2019

How TPC Training's Ty Field Sizes Up Acquisitions

Ty Field, brought in by Frontenac to build up TPC Training, talks about his approach to making acquisitions....

By Mark Scott

October 4, 2019

Key Deals Propel Gent Machine To Steady Growth

Rich Gent talks about two pivotal deals in Gent Machine Co.’s history that have set the business up for a bright future....

By Mark Scott

October 3, 2019

Safelite's Tom Feeney: Speed, Focus Are Keys To Integration

After 100 deals during his time at Safelite, the CEO says he may have slowed the number of acquisitions, but he won't slow the pace of integrating the companies he does buy....

By Jayne Gest

September 27, 2019

How DNS Capital Finds The Right Deals

DNS Capital's Elizabeth Browne talks about the importance of good management and the challenges of finding the right company in which to invest....

By Mark Scott

September 27, 2019

Seasoned Operator Gerry Giudici On How To Achieve Synergies Through Acquisitions

Seasoned operating partner Gerry Giudici shares some of the key factors to consider when looking to achieve synergies through M&A....

By Mark Scott

September 27, 2019

Pitfalls And Best Practices For A Successful Acquisition

S&T Bank's Brian Dobis shares his perspective on three pitfalls and best practices when acquiring companies....

By Jayne Gest

September 20, 2019

Gregory Cessna On Why Due Diligence Drives Post-Deal Synergies

The CEO of Consumer Fresh Produce says the work that’s done before the deal paperwork is signed is often the most critical to long-term success....

By Jayne Gest

September 11, 2019

How Chuck Mattera Transformed II-VI With Acquisitions

Since Chuck Mattera joined II-VI Inc. in 2004, the manufacturer has completed more than 20 acquisitions. And he’s embarking on the largest deal yet as he works to close the acquisition of Finisar Corp. — a similar-sized company with annual revenues of $1.3 billion....

By Jayne Gest

September 6, 2019

Mark Kovacevich: Culture Is King In Acquisitions

For Improving's Mark Kovacevich, the critical component to acquisitions has always been culture. “If the culture doesn’t work, the transaction is just not [going to work],” he says....

By Jayne Gest

September 6, 2019

Before Buying, Consider Challenges As Well As Opportunities

Chris Gabrelcik always sees potential opportunities when looking to buy a company. But the CEO of Lubrication Specialties has to remind himself to bring a critical eye to the deal....

By Jayne Gest

August 23, 2019

Park Place's Entuity Deal Marks Shifting Strategy

On his way to shifting Park Place Technologies' M&A strategy with a tricky deal to buy Britain's Entuity, Chris Adams takes a lesson from Microsoft’s Satya Nadella...

By Mark Scott

August 21, 2019

How Advanced Drainage Systems Fast-Tracked Infiltrator Acquisition

CEO Scott Barbour grabbed the pole position, and never let his foot off the gas in his bid to close the $1 billion deal....

By Jayne Gest

August 16, 2019

Buying a business? Better have a plan

Companies preparing themselves for their first acquisition might appreciate Don Caldwell’s advice: “The plan comes first.”...

By Adam Burroughs

July 30, 2019

Windsor Industrial's David Costa: Buyers Should Always Be Closing

David Costa prefers to move fast when making acquisitions, moving form LOI to purchase agreement within 10 days. It’s an approach built out of hard lessons learned putting in the time and effort and walking away without a deal....

By Mark Scott

July 26, 2019

Harry Cendrowski: Due Diligence Critical To Successful Acquisitions

Harry Cendrowski, founding member and managing director at Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, discusses the evolving approach to due diligence in dealmaking....

By Mark Scott

July 25, 2019

Kassel Equity Shifts Buying From Properties To Businesses

After cutting his teeth on real estate investing, Kassel Equity found it could create more value in buying businesses than properties, says Managing Partner Brett Motherwell....

By Jayne Gest

July 19, 2019

How To Leverage Your Banker, Even Without Using Debt

Wes Gillespie, ErieBank’s regional president for the Cleveland market, talks about the bank’s role in the acquisitions process and how lenders can be a valuable M&A partner, even if you’re not using debt to finance your acquisition....

By Mark Scott

July 17, 2019

IPEG Industrial: Lessons from a strategic mid-market buyer

John Erkert has helped IPEG Industrial Group buy three industrial companies and sell another over the course of six years to build a global business in the plastics-processing, waste recycling and industrial heat-transfer markets....

By Jayne Gest

July 12, 2019

Analytics, Not Your Gut, Are Best Judge Of Management

To figure out who’s the right fit for post-acquisition management, Tim Kardish relies not on gut instinct, but contemporary tools designed to assess the skillset, expertise and adaptability of the leadership team....

By Adam Burroughs

July 2, 2019

Buying in a frenzied market

PNC Mezzanine Capital's Doug Brosius Brosius shares his insights into what is driving these high valuations and how they are impacting his approach to deals....

By Jayne Gest

July 1, 2019

H. Jack’s Plumbing’s John Langer: Culture Is Key In Service Acquisitions

H. Jack’s Plumbing President John Langer talks about the role acquisitions can play in helping companies in the service industry maintain their reputation for top-notch customer satisfaction....

By Mark Scott

June 28, 2019

Guaranteed Rate’s Victor Ciardelli: Don't Panic When A Deal Goes Bad

Guaranteed Rate founder Victor Ciardelli talks about the steps he takes to avoid difficult acquisitions and the important role culture plays in determining the success of a deal....

By Mark Scott

June 20, 2019

James Tolston’s handshake deal pays off big

How the Detroit entrepreneur took a handshake deal to build North American Assemblies and then buy it from 14 stockholders — 13 of whom didn't want to sell....

By Jayne Gest

June 7, 2019

Cars.com Keeps An Open Mind When It Comes To M&A

Chief Strategy Officer Matthew Gold talks about the company’s M&A strategy and some of the challenges that come up in the effort to get deals done....

By Mark Scott

May 31, 2019

Hyland's acquisition strategy fuels march to $1B in sales

CEO Bill Priemer and M&A chief Justin Torkelson talk about the software company’s acquisition strategy and the role dealmaking has played in putting Hyland on the cusp of being a $1 billion business....

By Mark Scott

May 23, 2019

A good M&A strategy starts with a compelling story

M&A advisor Joseph Valentic explains why a good M&A strategy starts with a good story, but also needs a solid team and attention to detail....

By Mark Scott

May 17, 2019

Blue Olive’s Ed Weinfurtner takes hands-on approach to investing

Ed Weinfurtner is a dealmaker who likes to get his hands dirty. If the company is being marketed for sale or has a book that pitches the acquisition opportunity, he’s not interested. “I’m trying to find a diamond in the rough,” he says....

By Mark Scott

April 25, 2019

How Don Nystrom Builds Dynamic Aerospace Through Acquisitions

The CEO explains how he found a company that wasn’t even on the market — and turned it into a great acquisition....

By Mark Scott

April 23, 2019

TalentLaunch's Aaron Grossman eyes $1B business via acquisitions

The CEO talks about the role process and discipline will play in reaching the ambitious goal he has set for his growing stable of staffing firms....

By Mark Scott

April 19, 2019

Foundation’s David Wood: Understanding Seller’s Needs Drives Better Deals

Foundation Investment Partners' David Wood talks about making smart acquisitions and the discerning approach he takes to dealmaking....

By Mark Scott

April 10, 2019

Acquisition strategy: Have discipline, retain talent and avoid dishonest negotiators

Investor Lee Zapis shares tips for making better acquisitions, lessons learned from mistakes and the evolving role of culture in the dealmaking process....

By Mark Scott

April 3, 2019

FNB’s Boyd Pethel: How to invest with a flat yield curve, low interest rates

The economy may be slowing, but there’s good news for investors who are worried about rising interest rates, says First National Bank’s Boyd Pethel....

By Mark Scott

April 1, 2019

First impressions matter when studying acquisition opportunities

The key to a successful acquisition is a well-planned, successful transition, achieved by working with the key customers, employees and suppliers to ensure that sales and operations continue smoothly....

By Greg Muzzillo

March 29, 2019

Nordson's Anne Pombier: Creating value through acquisitions

Before joining Nordson, Anne Pombier led or participated in more than 100 transactions ranging from $500,000 to more than $1 billion in size. Now she helps identify and pursue M&A targets that can create value for Nordson on a global basis....

By Mark Scott

March 28, 2019

4 reasons you need an M&A lawyer

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, dealmaking involves sharing some of your company’s most confidential information with the other side. Ulmer & Berne’s Howard Groedel explains how experienced legal counsel can guide you through the M&A process....

By Mark Scott

March 27, 2019

Quick Med Claims' Michael J. Lewis: A CEO's approach to M&A

In four years, the CEO of Quick Med Claims has gone through two sales and initiated five acquisitions. Now, he’s interested in passing along that knowledge....

By Jayne Gest

March 22, 2019

M&A due diligence: Understanding cost, risk and liability

There are no mergers of equals, says Howard & Howard’s Joseph DeVito, Esq. But effective due diligence can help your business get the best possible deal. Here’s what you need to know about cost, risk and liability when preparing for a merger....

By Mark Scott

February 25, 2019

Understand the risk profile of your target company

Oswald's Jeff Schwab explains how he helps clients identify and forecast risks in their deals — and why it’s worth the effort....

By Mark Scott

February 15, 2019

How Lincoln Electric picks its deals

Last year, Lincoln earned a 20.7 percent return on invested capital  – up 4.5 points from 2017. CFO Vince Petrella shares how the manufacturer approaches acquisitions to drive continued earnings growth....

By Mark Scott

January 30, 2019

Embrace fear and uncertainty

If there’s not something wrong with the business you’re investing in, you’re probably paying too much, says Umberto P. Fedeli.“You take a great company, great quality and great growth, but the value...

By Mark Scott

January 24, 2019

Elements of an effective M&A strategy

John Ensign doesn’t have much downtime. But that comes with the job at MRI Software.Since he joined the real estate software solutions provider in 2010, MRI has made more than 20 acquisitions,...

By Mark Scott

December 19, 2018

Best practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid with your next acquisition

So, you think you know what it takes to buy a business? With the range of available financing options and a red-hot M&A market, there’s a lot to consider. Finance-minded experts and entrepreneurs share their experiences at ASPIRE 2018....

By Jayne Gest

December 6, 2018

Kelsheimer, Ferkovic join forces at Medic Management

A look at the approach Jerry Kelsheimer and Tom Ferkovic used to negotiate the purchase of Medic Management Group, and what’s next for the business....

By Mark Scott

November 30, 2018

TownHall’s Bobby George

Bobby George consults his list of dealmaking principles on a weekly basis – and uses them to inform his decisions. He talks with us about how he evaluates acquisitions to seize opportunity when it strikes....

By Mark Scott