Alliance of M&A Advisors Reveals Thought Leader of the Year Winner 2018

The Alliance of M&A Advisors® (The Alliance), the leading association and credentialing body for middle market M&A professionals, in partnership BKD, have announced five finalists for the ninth annual Thought Leader of the Year Award.

The Alliance of M&A Advisors® (The Alliance), the leading association and credentialing body for middle market M&A professionals, in partnership BKD, have announced five finalists for the ninth annual Thought Leader of the Year Award. This prestigious award honors individuals who have made a meaningful contribution to the M&A field during the past year.

“All the nominees have made astounding contributions to the M&A industry throughout the year, which is what makes picking a winner so difficult. The high caliber of nominees challenged us to dig deep into some of the finest work and research the M&A industry has to offer,” says Michael Nall, Founder of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. “The nominees should all truly be lauded for their positive contributions to our burgeoning market.”

The finalists are as follows:

Ian Bone

Senior Manager, Strategy & Innovation, CT Corporation – Wolters Kluwer

Ian has helped to identify new and interesting changes in the scope of due diligence in the current financial environment. By engaging with his audience in multiple forms Ian has brought the at times staid topic of due diligence and compliance forward as something to absorb

Terrel “Terry” Bressler

Managing Director, Prairie Capital Advisors

Prairie Middle Market Perspective is representative of Terry’s approach to practicing in the M&A market, the material he distributes is valuable to not only to Prairie’s subscribers but also to the M&A market in Chicago and nationally. As a thought leader, he shows a high standard in analyzing the market, providing economic insight and evaluation of the state of the M&A Market and its future outlook.

David H. Crean, Ph.D

Managing Director, Objective Capital Partners

David’s thought leadership is materially expanding the investment banker’s role in serving life sciences companies and provide these companies with a highly attractive, non-diluting alternative to hard-to-secure venture capital.

Dennis Papa

Vice President & Principal Engineer, dpSTUDIO Environmental Consulting & Design

Environmental considerations for M&A due diligence are sometimes overlooked or under-emphasized and can become expensive issues for the new ownership & management team, affecting not only cost impact for immediate compliance but also the long-term value of the company and ability for future sale.

Philip Whitchelo

Vice President, Strategy and Product Marketing, Intralinks

Philip and Intralinks provide unique pieces in the market that predict future deal flow, the only report that does that, and shows what affects the dealmaking market, when it comes to leaking deals before they close.

Instituted by The Alliance to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the Private Middle Market Financial Community through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence, the Thought Leader of the Year Award recognizes those professionals who create and advocate ideas that add value to the industry, thereby adding value to The Alliance’s education and credentialing programs, such as the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA®) designation.

The 2017 Thought Leader of the Year winner will be selected from these finalists and announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, January 17th, during The Alliance 2018 Winter Conference in Miami, Florida, January 16-18, 2018.

2018 Winter Conference

The Alliance of M&A Advisors will be holding its 2018 Winter Conference at the InterContinental Miami in Florida. This highly anticipated annual event delivers exceptional educational content and M&A networking opportunities, providing sponsors, attendees and speakers the valuable face-to-face time they’ve come to expect from The Alliance.

This year’s line-up of professionals attending includes executives from preeminent investment banks and intermediaries, leading private equity investors, senior and mezzanine lenders, CPA’s, attorneys, business valuators, consultants, and other M&A advisors. AMAA expects over 400 attendees, representing countries from all over the world, will experience the Winter Conference in Miami.

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About The Alliance

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (The Alliance) is the premiere International Organization serving the educational and resource needs of the middle market M&A profession. Formed in 1998 to bring together CPAs, attorneys and other experienced corporate financial advisors, The Alliance’s 1100+ professional services firms – including some of the most highly recognized leaders in the industry—draw upon their combined transactional expertise to better serve the needs of their middle market clients worldwide. The Alliance members represent sellers and buyers of businesses ranging from $5 to $500 million in transaction value. Their services are seller representation, buyer representation, due diligence, accounting, financing, business valuation, tax planning, legal, strategic advisory, and many other transaction services.

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About BKD

BKD, LLP, is a national CPA and advisory firm, which can help individuals and businesses realize their goals. BKD dedicated professionals offer solutions for clients in all 50 states and internationally. BKD and its subsidiaries offer clients a variety of services in accounting, audit and assurance, tax, risk management, technology, corporate finance, forensic and valuation services and wealth management. They combine the insight and ideas of multiple disciplines to provide solutions in a wide range of industries, including health care, manufacturing, distribution, financial services, construction and real estate, as well as government entities, higher education institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

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