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Session G

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Presented By: BDO USA, LLP / CMA Global

As organizations emerge from the depths of the pandemic, a focus on culture and company values has moved to the forefront of due diligence. A panel of veteran dealmakers and advisors share their thoughts on how engaged people can impact your balance sheet, make or break your operational and financial performance, help improve liquidity, and even strengthen your ability to successfully consummate M&A deals.


Dustin S. Klein
Chief Content Officer
Smart Business

Dustin is an award-winning business journalist, bestselling author, and the chief content officer of Smart Business. Over the past 30 years, he has interviewed thousands of business and civic leaders, and helped more than 50 CEOs and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into books. A trained investigative politics reporter and former digital media entrepreneur, Dustin joined Smart Business in 1997 after serving as an editor at several daily newspapers.


Lee Burd
Senior Consultant
CMA Global

Lee is a Senior Consultant with CMA Global, an organizational development firm. Lee draws on her expertise in personality and behavior to partner with executives to optimize their leadership and to build effective teams. She also leverages psychological assessment instruments to help organizations select the right candidates for roles, to develop their leaders, and to align teams.

Alan Castillo

Alan Castillo is a Transaction Advisory Services Partner at BDO and leads the TAS Operational practice. He has over 20 years of experience executing M&A, divestitures and strategic partnerships. He brings deep expertise in strategic and operational diligence, planning, implementation and optimization. He has a wealth of experience helping corporate and PE clients on buy-side and sell-side transactions. Prior to joining BDO, Alan was a Partner at Ernst & Young.

Chris Seyer
Seyer Industries



Douglas Wilber
Denim Social

Doug the CEO of Denim Social, a social media management software company that provides tools to empower marketers in regulated industries to manage organic social media content and paid social media advertising on one platform.

Conference Location

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