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July 9, 2020

NewSpring Capital’s Adam VeVerka says despite pandemic, good deals will find a home

NewSpring Capital's Adam VeVerka talks about the state of dealmaking and what has buyers’ attention as they look for opportunities....

By Adam Burroughs

June 19, 2020

TVV Capital’s AJ Byrd says buyers have opportunities, if they have the funds

TVV Capital Managing Director AJ Byrd explores the prospects for buyers in the short-term during the disruption....

By Adam Burroughs

June 19, 2020

Clayton Capital’s Kevin Short on how buyers are jumping over deal hurdles with tech

Kevin Short, managing director of Clayton Capital Partners, talks about how buyer diligence has adapted to transacting during a pandemic....

By Adam Burroughs

June 11, 2020

Barley Snyder’s Paul Mattaini on fed-up sellers and cautious buyers

Barley Snyder's Paul Mattaini offers his view of the state of dealmaking — both from the sell side and buy side — and his sense of what M&A will look like in the short term....

By Adam Burroughs

May 21, 2020

Buyers are eager, sellers hesitate says Vincent J. Garozzo

Vincent J. Garozzo, of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C., talks deal flow, the seller mindset and the position of capital institutions....

By Adam Burroughs

May 15, 2020

iPipeline’s CEO Larry Berran sees M&A opportunity, but also caution

iPipeline CEO Larry Berran offers his take on M&A in a market covered by a fog of uncertainty and how being a portfolio company has affected his company's approach to dealmaking....

By Adam Burroughs

March 19, 2020

Chip McClure: Dealmaking Can Open The Door To New, Innovative Business Opportunities

Discipline is a crucial component to being an effective dealmaker, says Michigan Capital Advisors’ Chip McClure....

By Mark Scott

March 13, 2020

Premise Health CEO Stuart Clark on what derails a deal

“We have a saying around the office: Fall seven times, stand up eight,” says Premise Health CEO Stuart Clark. “And I think it applies to deals.”...

By Adam Burroughs

March 12, 2020

Jill Arena: Struggling To Find The Right Deal Partner? Take A Deeper Look At Your Process

If you can’t make a good case for an acquisition, it’s going to be difficult to make the right deal, says Jill Arena....

By Mark Scott

March 5, 2020

PeopleShare co-founder Ryan Clark on acquisitions, lessons learned

When PeopleShare, through organic growth, hit a comfortable revenue number, CEO Ryan Clark began to wonder how big the staffing firm could get. That’s when acquisition, and a private equity recapitalization, became real and viable options....

By Adam Burroughs

February 27, 2020

Oswald’s Robert J. Klonk: Culture, Employee-Owners Drive Firm’s Opportunistic Approach To Dealmaking

Acquisitions create opportunity for Oswald Cos., as well as the companies the business pursues for a deal, says Robert J. Klonk....

By Mark Scott

February 20, 2020

TMA’s Scott Y. Stuart: Tips For Navigating The Risky World Of Distressed Investments

As you consider investing in or buying a company that is in a tough spot, you need to be honest about the situation....

By Mark Scott

February 13, 2020

At Gateway Blend, Kasey Grelle digs in to acquisitions

With Kasey Grelle at the helm of digital media company Gateway Blend — which owns and operates a portfolio of more than 14 websites that each month reach more than 120 million users — the company has a CEO ready to roll up her sleeves when it comes to acquisitions....

By Adam Burroughs

January 23, 2020

Frontenac’s Ronald W. Kuehl: Find Ways To Create Value, Then Execute Your Plan

Frontenac's Ronald W. Kuehl focuses on investments in the commercial, industrial and business service sectors, using a mix of patience and urgency to find good deal opportunities....

By Mark Scott

January 16, 2020

Andrew J. Goldberg: Why A ‘Pre-Mortem’ Is A Useful Tool In Dealmaking

When you think about everything that can go wrong in a deal, it gives you a better chance at doing it right, says Andrew J. Goldberg....

By Mark Scott

January 16, 2020

LFM’s Steve Cook Assesses Deals Like An Operator

LFM Capital's Steve Cook talks about what he looks for in a deal and how a company that’s been prepped for a sale might not be it....

By Adam Burroughs

January 10, 2020

How HBM Works With CEOs To Spur Growth

Andrew Fulford discusses HBM Holdings' expectations for operators and their role in dealmaking....

By Adam Burroughs

January 9, 2020

Americaneagle.com’s Michael Svanascini: When Customer Acquisition Wins Out Over Cultural Fit

While cultural fit is often critical to achieving a successful acquisition, it’s not mandatory, says Americaneagle.com’s Michael Svanascini....

By Mark Scott

January 9, 2020

Rick Busby: Acquisition Gives The Rogers Co. A Foothold On The West Coast

When you take the long view in a deal negotiation, you often come out ahead, says The Rogers Co.’s Risk Busby....

By Mark Scott

January 9, 2020

Baker Tilly’s Fred Massanova on not getting derailed by deal pace

Faster deal pace has led to shorter diligence processes at a time when that process has become more demanding. Baker Tilly's Fred Massanova offers a some advice for staying on track when buying a business....

By Adam Burroughs

January 7, 2020

MSA develops a better integration formula

Until a decade ago, MSA Safety hadn’t been very successful with its acquisitions. But that changed when the safety equipment manufacturer started taking an intentional approach to integration that's spearheaded by the right deal quarterback....

By Jayne Gest

January 2, 2020

John Cerasuolo turns ADS Security into the brand sellers can trust

The ADS Security CEO provides an inside look at the company's deal process, from the work of the internal team to how the company markets itself to potential sellers....

By Adam Burroughs

December 18, 2019

Hawthorne’s Katy Wiles: With the right process, buyers can minimize deal disruption

Katy Wiles has learned a thing or two about running an efficient deal process on the buy side. The lead attorney and legal adviser for Hawthorne Gardening Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro., shares her take on creating a core team and how deal processes should work....

By Jayne Gest

December 12, 2019

Roll-Kraft’s Sanjay Singh: Find Deal Opportunities That Fit What You Want To Achieve

Dealmaking is a big part of Sanjay Singh’s life, both at Roll-Kraft and through his family office....

By Mark Scott

December 11, 2019

Jonathan Meltzer on leadership as a deal cornerstone

Here's some of what Jonathan Meltzer looks for in a buy-side opportunity to assure him he’s making the right investment....

By Adam Burroughs

December 4, 2019

How A Mix Of Persistence, Patience And Discipline Got Kelvin Squires A Great Deal

Kelvin Squires really wanted to buy Center Line Electric, but he was willing to walk away from the deal if he didn't get what he needed....

By Mark Scott

December 2, 2019

Process Control's Bill Morgan offers an M&A education to owner-operators

The way Bill Morgan sees it, he’s an operator, not an M&A guy. But the truth is, he’s both....

By Adam Burroughs

November 26, 2019

Target Data’s Ross Shelleman: Are You Ready To Make A Deal?

Before you get into a deal, you need to figure out if you have a willing seller, says Target Data’s Ross Shelleman....

By Mark Scott

November 26, 2019

Hyland's Bill Priemer Uses A Methodical Approach To Identify M&A Targets

Hyland is a very acquisitive company, but it wasn’t always that way, says Bill Priemer, the software company’s president and CEO....

By Mark Scott

November 26, 2019

Hildred Capital Partners’ Andrew Goldman on creating connections and culture’s effect on deal price

Hildred Capital Partners' Andrew Goldman says investors and operators bring different experiences and perspectives to a relationship. And when the two come together and share their experiences through a productive dialogue, everyone benefits....

By Adam Burroughs

November 21, 2019

Fire-Dex’s Bill Burke: Acquisitions Provide Opportunities To Learn From Other Businesses

The four companies Fire-Dex has acquired in the past decade were good businesses. Bill Burke saw an opportunity to make them stellar....

By Mark Scott

November 19, 2019

Stadion Capital’s Michael Scott: You cannot outstructure a bad deal

When Michael Scott went out on his own in 2010, after more than 20 years of private equity and M&A experience, he knew there was no room for mistakes. That's why he looked for opportunities with a competitive advantage....

By Jayne Gest

November 14, 2019

Joseph D. Culley Jr. says post transaction, the clock is ticking on culture

Janney Montgomery Scott’s Joseph D. Culley Jr. says after a merger, companies need to quickly win on culture, otherwise your returns will suffer as people start to walk....

By Adam Burroughs

November 12, 2019

Falls’ Rob Falls: Merger With Wyse Provides Tools To Continue Growing, Evolving

Rob Falls needed to make an acquisition. When he found a peer in the Cleveland marketing industry who was looking to sell, he got to work negotiating a deal....

By Mark Scott

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