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Session A


Presented By: CIBC / Brightstar Capital

What’s the climate for Sell-Side M&A transactions in 2023 & what that means for your deal?


Jacob Herschend
Brightstar Capital Partners

Jacob Herschend is a Principal at Brightstar. Jacob leads Brightstar’s Business Development across the Midwest. He is a third-generation owner and steward of a family-owned business, Herschend Family Entertainment. 

Prior to joining Brightstar, Jacob was a Vice President at Marsh & McLennan Agency, working in Business Insurance and specializing in strategically owned and family-operated businesses serving as the Director of the Multi-Generational Family-Owned Businesses Strategies Vertical. Previously, Jacob owned and operated three restaurants in the St. Louis area. Additionally, Jacob has worked for three United States Senators and a U.S. Attorney General.

Jacob received his M.B.A. focused on Families in Business from Kennesaw State University. He received his B.A. from Gordon College. Jacob serves on the boards of The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Forest Park Forever.


Brian Howley
CIBC Cleary Gull

Mr. Howley joined CIBC Cleary Gull in 2017 and is currently a director at the firm with over a decade of transaction experience in the middle market. Mr. Howley previously worked at George K. Baum Capital Advisors in Kansas City and Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. in its corporate development group. Mr. Howley earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Saint Louis University.

Conference Location

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