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Session A

Why Deals Fail … and the Impact of COVID-19 on the Buy-Side

Presented By: SunTrust Bank & RSM

Buying a company isn’t as simple as one thinks. There’s an art to identifying acquisition prospects, conducting due diligence, negotiating price and closing the deal. Hear from a group of veteran C-Suite executives and M&A advisors as they offer best practices from the frontlines of dealmaking for pre-transaction planning and the close...and why some deals just can’t get done.


Jim Geuther
Market President, Northern Ohio Region
SunTrust Banks

Jim is the Market President of SunTrust in Northern Ohio His primary responsibilities include developing Commercial & Private Wealth teams to serve the middle-market segment. A native of Northeast Ohio, Jim has served in sales and executive leadership roles throughout the majority of his 30+ year career in financial services.


Brian Adkinson
Dan DeSantis
Provariant Equity Partners
Doug Sibila
President & CEO
Peoples Services, Inc.