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The Forbes M+A Group is Most Trusted M&A Advisor in Colorado According to Corporate America

Greenwood Village, CO, United States (January 12, 2016) – The Forbes M+A Group (www.forbesma.com), a leading transaction advisory firm, today announced it has been named the Most Trusted M&A Advisor in Colorado by Corporate America Magazine. This prestigious award was the result of months of research and analysis from Corporate America and commemorates the successes, outstanding results and class-leading client service of some of the M&A world’s key players.

ISetWidth700-The-MA-Awards-2015-Logon announcing the award winners, Nathan Angell, awards coordinator for Corporate America, said, “2015 has seen some spectacular deals being done across a variety of different sectors. With so many successful transactions being done year, it is truly an honor to recognize our deserving winners for their achievements, and we wish them even greater success in 2016 and beyond.”

“I’m proud Corporate America’s independent research uncovered and recognized the exceptional work our team of experienced professionals diligently provides clients every day,” said Bob Forbes, Founder and President of The Forbes M+A Group. “The deep experience and strong relationships we have, along with our rigorous attention to deal details, drive our success. We are honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing to serve the Colorado business community to the best of our ability.”

This is the third award The Forbes M+A Group received in 2015 recognizing the success of its client-focused approach. The Forbes M+A Group’s unique process centers on identifying a client’s multiple goals to ensure a transaction that goes beyond securing the best price, to also positively impacting the company’s employees, customers, culture and brand.

About The Forbes M+A Group

The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver, CO-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm serves sellers or buyers in middle-market M&A transactions. It applies meticulous attention to detail in helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth, and maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 150 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information, please visit: www.forbesma.com or phone 303-770-6017.

About Corporate America Magazine

Corporate America is the definitive magazine for CEOs, top tier management and key decision makers across the US. Created to inform, entertain, influence, and shape the corporate conversation across the nation through high quality editorial, in-depth research and an experienced and dedicated network of advisers, Corporate America provides current analysis of the major changes effecting the corporate landscape, and the latest deals and topical issues dominating the corporate universe.

Media Contact: Lisa Holmes +1 (303) 770-6017, lisa@ForbesMA.com

The Forbes M+A Group Represents Archipelago IS, LLC in Acquisition by Tectonic

Greenwood Village, CO, United States (October 22, 2015) – The Forbes M+A Group (www.forbesma.com), a leading transaction advisory firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Archipelago IS, LLC by Tectonic, a technology and business consulting firm and leading provider of insight to action solutions. This acquisition positions Tectonic as the leading consulting and solutions firm focused in the big data ecosystem, analytics, strategy advisory services, CRM and marketing technology across all clouds. The Forbes M+A Group served as the exclusive financial advisor to Archipelago. “Big data analytics is a fast-paced and innovative field,” said Adams Price, Managing Director of The Forbes M+A Group. “Representing Archipelago, a clear leader in this cutting-edge industry, was an honor. Julie Burrows and her team created a company with vision, integrity and a suite of services that help some of the largest, most well-known companies in the world leverage data to optimize performance.  We are happy to have helped them find a partner that positions them for even greater growth.”

archipelagoArchipelago IS is a strategic IT consultancy and professional services firm with expertise in big data strategy and solution design and implementation. Archipelago is also one of only four Google Authorized Trainers in the United States, allowing them to offer exclusive Google Cloud Platform training courses.  “The Forbes M+A Group was an invaluable partner throughout the acquisition process,” said Julie Burrows, Archipelago Founder and current Senior Vice President at Tectonic. “From the beginning, our advisor fought hard to structure the best transaction for us, while also guiding us through each step of the process. We were extremely fortunate to have them on our side.”

The acquisition of Archipelago IS positions Tectonic to be the leading consulting and solutions firm focused on the big data ecosystem, analytics, strategy advisory services, CRM and marketing technology across all clouds. “Archipelago brings the most comprehensive, integrated suite of big data analytics services, including strategy, data management, data visualization, and data science, which, combined with Tectonic’s big data capability, positions us to be the leading consulting and solutions firm in the ecosystem,” said Blair Linville, Tectonic’s Founder and CEO.

For more information about the transaction, please contact Adams Price at (303) 562-1960 or Adams.price@forbesma.com.

About The Forbes M+A Group

The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver, CO-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm serves sellers or buyers in middle-market M&A transactions. It applies meticulous attention to detail in helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth, and maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 150 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information on the company, please visit: www.forbesma.com or phone 303-770-6017.

The Forbes M+A Group Named Finalist for Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor

Greenwood Village, CO, United States (September 29, 2015) – The Forbes M+A Group (www.forbesma.com), a leading transaction advisory firm, today announced it has been named a finalist for Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor. The Forbes M+A Group was nominated in the category of Industrial Goods and Basic Resources for its role in the successful acquisition of RMS Cranes by TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc.

“Since the inception of the M&A Advisor Awards in 2002, we have been recognizing the leading dealmakers, firms and transactions. And each year we celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry’s professionals”, says David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor. “While our industry has undergone significant transformation since our first awards were presented 13 years ago, we are convinced, more than ever before, that M&A is a driving force of the economy. It is truly an honor for our firm to be able to recognize the contribution that the 2015 award finalists have made.”

Bob Forbes, Founder and President of The Forbes M+A Group, commented on the award saying, “We are very honored to be nominated for this prestigious award. With an extensive customer base and outstanding services, RMS Cranes is indicative of the type of high-caliber clients we are proud to work with on a daily basis. It is extremely satisfying to see our success in closing transactions that meet the objectives of everyone involved receiving national recognition. Above all, this award is a direct reflection of the talented and experienced team at The Forbes M+A Group.”

The winners for M&A Deal of the Year, Restructuring Deal of the Year, Cross-Border Deal of the Year, Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year, Deal Financing of the Year, Sector Deals of the Year, Firms of the Year, M&A Product/Service of the Year and M&A Professionals categories will be announced at the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 17th at the New York Athletic Club.

About The Forbes M+A Group
The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver, CO-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm serves sellers or buyers in middle-market M&A transactions. It applies meticulous attention to detail in helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth, and maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 150 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information on the company, please visit: www.forbesma.com or phone 303-770-6017.

The M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past seventeen years, through our research, reporting, publishing, symposiums and awards we have established the world’s premier network of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and financing professionals. To learn more visit www.maadvisor.com

Media Contact: Lisa Holmes +1 (303) 770-6017, lisa@ForbesMA.com

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The Forbes M+A Group Named ‘Best for Strategic Transaction Guidance’ and Receives Award for Excellence in Ownership Transition by Acquisition International

Greenwood Village, CO, United States (September 2, 2015) – The Forbes M+A Group (www.forbesma.com), a leading transaction advisory firm, today announced it has been named the Best Strategic Transaction Guidance firm and received the Excellence in Ownership Transition award by Acquisition International. Both honors were determined by a survey of more than 100,000 independent financial professionals and recognize outstanding work performed over the last 12 months.

Acquisition International’s 2015 M&A awards are the only awards that celebrate achievement and innovation from an international perspective. These independent awards set the benchmark in the finance industry and are given solely on merit. Publication of the winners marked the culmination of a 6-month search for the best M&A teams in the world.

“We are very proud to receive global recognition for the strategic guidance our firm provides clients,said Bob Forbes, President of The Forbes M+A Group. “Our clients see us as their most trusted advisors, dogged advocates and steadfast partners. They rely on us to exhaust every strategy, maintain the highest professional and ethical standards, and close transactions against all odds. We are proud to give them exactly what they expect and are extremely satisfied to know our successful efforts are recognized by the financial community worldwide.”

Acquisition International prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. Speaking about the awards, Awards Coordinator Jonathan Hicks said: “Over the past four years, the M&A Awards have seen continued success across the corporate landscape, and are a testament to the ongoing recovery of the global economy. With this year attracting competition that spans across a diverse range of sectors and regions, it is truly an honor to recognize the winners for their success over the past 12 months.”

To learn more about the awards, visit Acquisition International.

About The Forbes M+A Group

The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver, CO-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm serves sellers or buyers in middle-market M&A transactions. It applies meticulous attention to detail in helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth, and maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 150 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information on the company, please visit: www.forbesma.com or phone 303-770-6017.

Media Contact: Lisa Holmes +1 (303) 770-6017, lisa@ForbesMA.com

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The Forbes M+A Group Appoints Doug Freyschlag as Vice President

Greenwood Village, CO August 6, 2015 – The Forbes M+A Group, a leading financial and transaction advisor, today announced the addition of Doug Freyschlag to its team of experienced, trusted advisors. As a vice president, Mr. Freyschlag will use his proven buy-side experience to help clients uncover valuable business opportunities within the marketplace. He also brings important first-hand insights into what it takes to start, grow and operate successful companies, with 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive.

“Throughout his career Doug has shown he knows what it takes to build thriving businesses with unique value propositions. His personal understanding of business and market drivers is invaluable when working with buyers and sellers as they strive to juggle the demands of running a business with the strategies necessary to achieve their transaction goals,” said Bob Forbes, president and chief executive officer of The Forbes M+A Group. “In-the-trench experience like Doug’s, combined with strong, industry-specific knowledge, is why so many business owners turned to The Forbes M+A Group for help achieving their goals. Doug’s addition to the team strengthens our ability to develop strong relationships based on mutual experiences, honesty and trust. I’m thrilled he is joining the company.”

Prior to The Forbes M+A Group, Mr. Freyschlag was a partner at Business Acquisition Strategies where he helped corporate and individual clients primarily in manufacturing, distribution and business to business markets identify unique investment options and assisted with analysis, valuations and deal structures. He was also president of Alpine Quarters, a resort real estate company with projects in many of Colorado’s ski markets; held senior-level business development positions for InfoNow Corporation; and was president of a nationally recognize marketing company with clients in over 250 U.S. markets.  Doug began his career managing cable television systems for a Time Warner company.

“The Forbes M+A Group has an excellent reputation in the lower middle market, which is where much of my career has been spent,” said Doug Freyschlag, vice president at The Forbes M+A Group. “The company also has a unique team-based, collaborative approach, which not only delivers better results for clients, but also makes the entire M&A process more enjoyable. Over the years I have built relationships with business owners in a number of industries and I’m looking forward to introducing them to The Forbes M+A Group.”

Mr. Freyschalag holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and Marketing from Colorado State Univesity. He is a Colorado native.

About The Forbes M+A Group

The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver, CO-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm serves sellers or buyers in middle-market M&A transactions. It applies meticulous attention to detail in helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth, and maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 150 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information on the company, please visit: www.forbesma.com or phone 303-770-6017.

Media Contact: Lisa Holmes +1 (303) 770-6017, lisa@ForbesMA.com

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Forbes Mergers and Acquisitions Overhauls Branding to Reflect Growth, Showcase Attributes

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO June 3, 2015 – Forbes Mergers and Acquisitions (www.forbesma.com), a leading M&A transaction advisory firm, today announced that it has completed a major rebranding initiative that includes the creation of a new company name, “The Forbes M+A Group,” a new tagline, “EVERY DETAIL COUNTS,” a redesign of the firm’s website and other collateral, and an entirely new design and build-out of significantly larger corporate offices.

In conjunction with the company’s 10th anniversary, Forbes elected to assess clients’ and partners’ perception of its brand and to move it forward in a way that celebrates the company’s success and heritage.

Bob Forbes, the firm’s founder and president, explained: “We wanted to signal to the outside world the transformational growth and success that is underway here, and at the same time signal our pride in the hallmarks that make us so special. That effort starts with recognizing the tremendous senior talent we have here, as well as the unique team approach we take to our work.”

Mergers and acquisitions transactions have grown in number, scale and complexity. These trends have heightened demand for senior advisors’ attention and for more-thorough execution. In recent years the Forbes M+A Group has attracted top transaction professionals and brought them into a highly collaborative work environment with team-driven processes. This has resulted in many transaction successes, which in turn has led to widespread recognition and numerous awards. The addition of the word group to the new brand name draws attention to the high level of involvement that multiple senior advisors brings to each transaction.

The new brand identity also reflects the commitment and passion the company brings to every engagement. David Roth, a partner with the Denver-based brand staging firm Get Stirred Up, who led the rebranding initiative, added: “We spoke to past and present customers, private equity groups, attorneys, CPAs and other trusted advisors. What we heard over and over was that these guys engaged at a much deeper level than their competitors, and worked much harder to get deals across the finish line. They were clearly different, and we wanted to reflect that in the new tagline, which uses a unique typographic treatment that reinforces two interdependent concepts: Every detail counts and every deal counts.”

The homepage of the company’s new website, www.forbesma.com, provides examples that illustrate the ways preoccupation with detail influences every deal.

The Forbes M+A Group’s updated brand assets extend beyond its new corporate identity and redesigned website and collateral. They also are brought to life in the firm’s new headquarters. All the decisions that were made regarding layout, use of color, selection of furnishings and fixtures, and overall organization of the space reflect the firm’s culture and new brand, including its updated color palette, preoccupation with details, and emphasis on team-oriented operations.

Bob Forbes added: “We’ve been delighted by the tremendous engagement and excitement generated in the market as we prepared for this launch of a new ‘Forbes’, and the opportunity it affords us to remind our clients, partners and team of the value and impact of our work.”

About The Forbes M+A Group
The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver, CO-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm serves buyers or sellers in middle-market M&A transactions. It applies meticulous attention to detail in helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth, and maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 150 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information on the company, please visit: www.forbesma.com or phone 303-770-6017.

Media Contact: Lisa Holmes +1 (303) 770-6017, lisa@ForbesMA.com

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Then and Now – Ten Year Anniversary

Ten years ago …
– Apple introduced the iPod mini.
– Facebook went live.
– The season finale of the sitcom Friends aired.
– Google went public with the biggest IPO since the technology bust.
– Cingular Wireless acquired AT&T Wireless Services Inc. for $41 billion, thereby becoming the largest wireless carrier, with 46 million customers and coverage in 49 states and 97 of the top 100 markets.

And … The Forbes M+A Group opened its doors to provide senior-level advice to exceptional lower and middle market businesses.

What began as a one-man operation has grown to become one of the most trusted and sought-after M&A advisory firms in the region. Over the years, Forbes M+A has attracted the talents of senior-level executives and serial entrepreneurs with direct experience buying, selling or raising capital for businesses. This valuable, first-hand experienced is why Forbes M+A is now the top choice for buyers and selling looking for a partner in achieving their business goals.

Thanks to our clients and our team, The Forbes M+A Group has beaten the odds to become a thriving, growing firm. For the last decade, Forbes M&A has helped clients maximize the value of every single transaction and we are looking forward to many, many more years of success together.

The Forbes M+A Group Named ‘M&A Intermediary Advisory Firm of the Year in Colorado’

Greenwood Village, CO (January 28, 2014) – The Forbes M+A Group , a leading transaction advisory firm, today announced it has been chosen as “M&A Intermediary Advisory Firm of the Year in Colorado” by Corporate INTL. The international award recognizes companies that have been particularly successful over the last twelve months and who have shown excellence in both expertise and service.

 “This award is truly an honor,” said Bob Forbes, President of The Forbes M+A Group. “Our team works extremely hard to make sure clients know they have a steadfast advocate on their side throughout the M&A process. They know we will exhaust every strategy, maintain the highest ethical standards, and deliver the very best deal possible. This dedication to service is why our company is consistently recognized as the top M&A firm in Colorado.”

Since 2005, Corporate INTL has been a leading monthly magazine and website for business leaders, professional advisers and providers of finance throughout the world. Nominations were solicited through Corporate INTL’s website and from its database of over 1 million people involved in advising, running or investing in businesses worldwide.  Researchers then developed a short list of potential winners.

“For this award, we carried out an extensive research process over the past 6 months,” said Emma Sweeney, Awards Manager for Corporate INTL. “We then asked a judging panel to make the final decision on the most appropriate firm.”

About The Forbes M+A Group

The Forbes M+A Group is a leading transaction advisor to private companies.  The firm represents and assists owners during the process of selling their businesses, merging or partnering with other companies, or growing through acquisition.  The firm also provides valuation and strategic planning services, and can facilitate the raising of debt or equity capital.  For more information, call (303) 770-6017 or visit https://forbesma.com/.

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Mr. Blair Withington Joins The Forbes M+A Group

Greenwood Village, CO (December 13, 2013) – The Forbes M+A Group, a leading financial and transaction advisory firm, today announced the addition of Blair Withington to its team of experienced, trusted advisors. With years of merger and acquisition experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Withington further deepens the knowledge base and experience of Forbes M+A.  

“Blair has a strong track-record of providing clients with excellent service and results,” said Bob Forbes, President and Founder of The Forbes M+A Group. “His thorough understanding of organizational structures and superb communication skills makes the transaction process much easier for our clients and gives them peace-of-mind knowing each deal is receiving personal, detailed attention. He is an incredible addition to the team.”  

 Prior to joining Forbes M+A, Mr. Withington handled business development at Cook M&A Advisory Services, a recognized leader in buy-side M&A transitions, and worked at private equity firm, Blackmore Partners.  Like the other Forbes M+A advisors, he also has direct experience with running a business. Mr. Withington was the Director of Operations for Zybek Athletic Products.

 “Business owners come to Forbes M+A because they know each advisor has the knowledge and commitment necessary to explore every opportunity and secure the very best deal possible,” said Blair Withington, Managing Associate at The Forbes M+A Group. “The company was founded to give clients a partner in the M&A transaction process and I’m looking forward to providing them with the high-quality service they deserve.”

 Mr. Withington holds a B.A. degree Kenyon College and is a graduate of the Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business.  He grew up in New Zealand and is looking forward to enjoying all of Colorado’s beautiful outdoor activities.

 

The Forbes M+A Group Named “M&A Advisory Firm of the Year – Colorado” by Acquisition International

Best MA Firm AwardGreenwood Village, CO (November 18, 2013) – The Forbes M+A Group, a leading financial and transaction advisor firm, today announced it has been named the Best M&A Firm in Colorado by Acquisition International. The award was determined by a survey of more than 100,000 independent financial professionals and recognizes outstanding work performed over the last 12 months.

Sponsored by EthosData, Acquisition International’s 2013 Finance Awards are the only awards that celebrate achievement and innovation from an international perspective. These independent awards set the benchmark in the finance industry and are given solely on merit. Publication of the winners marked the culmination of a 6-month search for the best M&A teams in the world.

“We are very proud to be named the top M&A firm in Colorado by Acquisition International,said Bob Forbes, President of The Forbes M+A Group. “Providing senior-level, trusted advice to every business owner is what sets Forbes M+A apart, and it is extremely satisfying to know that our high transaction success rate is recognized by the financial community.”

Since 2010, Acquisition International Magazine’s annual awards have been celebrating excellence, innovation and performance across the business, legal, financial and investment communities. Award winners are determined through a rigorous process, which combines individual votes received with in-house research. This comprehensive selection process ensures that the awards are a true representation of the market and that winners are at the cutting edge of their fields.

The Forbes M+A Group is a Denver, Colorado-based transaction advisory firm with a core focus on company sales and acquisitions for lower and middle market businesses. Whether buying or selling a business, raising capital, positioning to maximize value or building a lasting legacy, advisors at Forbes M+A maintain the highest professional standards to give clients the very best deals possible.

About The Forbes M+A Group

Forbes M+A is a leading transaction advisor to private companies. The firm represents and assists owners during the process of selling their businesses, merging or partnering with other companies, or growing through acquisition. The firm also provides valuation and strategic planning services, and can facilitate the raising of debt or equity capital. For more information, call 303-770-6017 or go to www.ForbesMA.com.

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