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Session C

Preparing Your Business to Navigate The New M&A Landscape

Presented By: BMO Harris Bank / CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)

It’s been three years since the pandemic started and things have changed for dealmaking. Whether it’s navigating due diligence, managing virtual or hybrid workplaces, sorting out supply chain issues, or shoring up balance sheets in order to meet tighter deal terms, there’s little question that it’s become harder to predict what’s just over the horizon. Join a panel of veteran executives, investors, and M&A advisors for a discussion about what is sustainable and repeatable in today’s M&A environment, and whether trends from the past few years have become part of a new reality.


Robert Harrod
Director, Corporate Advisory Group
BMO Harris Bank

Bob joined BMO in September 2019 and currently serves as a Director in BMO Harris’ Corporate Advisory Group. Bob has extensive experience in corporate development/M&A, strategy and investment banking. Bob joined BMO from Adtalem Global Education, where he served as a senior member of the corporate development & strategy team. Prior to Adtalem, Bob headed up the corporate development/M&A efforts of Fortune Brands Home & Security, and prior to that, for substantial businesses within GE Healthcare and GE Capital.  Prior to GE, Bob spent over 12 years in investment banking, primarily focused in healthcare, at various firms including Robert W. Baird, Vector Securities and Credit Suisse.


Chris Dopp
Managing Director, Head of Industrials Middle Market M&A
BMO Capital Markets



Emily Martin
Aschinger Electric - A Guarantee Electrical Company

As president of Aschinger Electric, Emily Martin manages all operations at Aschinger and also serves as chairman of the board. She has worked in the construction industry for 22 years, but she admits that she did not initially see herself running an electrical contracting business. She began her career as a lawyer, earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri – Kansas City after earning a history degree from Fontbonne University. But an opportunity arose, with its own unique challenges, to enter the family business and advance the next generation of family entrepreneurship. Emily embraced that opportunity, learning the business from her father, Eric Aschinger.

Since taking the reins as president of the company in 2007 as the fourth generation of family leadership, revenues have increased by 75 percent as the firm continually adapts to rapid advancements in technology. Aschinger Electric is now the fifth-largest St. Louis-based electrical contractor and the largest woman-owned electrical contractor in the region. Emily counts among her mentors her father Eric, Aschinger General Foreman Doug Noelke, her National Electrical Contractors Association peers and St. Louis NECA Vice President Doug Martin.

Inspiring more women to enter the construction industry is a huge priority for Martin. She does so by example and through mentoring and speaking engagements to women and women’s groups, emphasizing the importance of developing business relationships and community involvement as steps toward building a rewarding career in the industry.


Adrian Nohr
CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)

Adrian is a deal services principal with more than ten years of experience working with privately held companies and their owners throughout the transaction life cycle. She manages buy-side and sell-side due diligence engagements and a wide range of transaction support engagements including working capital disputes and purchase price allocations.

Zach Waltz
Managing Director, Head of Corporate Development
Harbour Group



Conference Location

#1 Norwood Hills Country Club Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Tel: (314) 521-0682