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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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The Forbes M+A Group Receives Open Mandate for Investment in Healthy Food/Beverage Companies

The Forbes M+A Group has received an open mandate from a large private equity firm interested in “brand owners and/or manufacturers of all-natural food, beverage, consumer products, especially those that are natural, organic, or allergy-free.” Target industries include:

  • Prepared and Preserved Foods
  • Organic Foods
  • Ethnic Foods
  • Natural/Organic Products
  • Natural Baked Goods
  • Grain Mill Products

Interested companies with revenue over $1 million in the United States or Canada who may be looking for additional capital are encouraged to contact Mr. Bill Nack at bill@forbesma.com or 720-785-4642.

 

The Forbes M+A Group Adds Business Entrepreneur, William Nack, to Its Senior-Level Team

The Forbes M+A Group today announced that Bill Nack has joined the company as a Managing Director. Mr. Nack will use his extensive years of in-the-trenches business experience to help owners with buy-side acquisitions or divestitures. Mr. Nack has opened the company’s first branch office in Boulder, Colorado.

Mr. Nack has been an entrepreneur and business owner for 18 years. He has successfully led the acquisition or divestiture of six businesses, including Books West, The Landscape Guild, Astralux Solar, Relaxation Products, and bLogistics, and helped manage the companies through transition to new ownership. Bill’s addition to The Forbes M+A Group senior level team deepens the company’s knowledge and experience within the manufacturing, renewable energy, distribution, logistics, web services and e-commerce industries.

“Bill’s direct buying and selling business experience helps him understand exactly what our clients are going through, which is absolutely necessary for securing successful transactions that meets their objectives,” said Bob Forbes, president and chief executive officer of The Forbes M+A Group. “Forbes M+A was founded to give business owners direct access to advisors who have experienced first-hand the ups and downs of building, buying or selling a business. As a successful entrepreneur, Bill can relate to our clients as peers because he has been in their shoes. His addition to the team reinforces the company’s reputation as a trusted partner.”

Prior to joining The Forbes M+A Group, Mr. Nack was general manager for Great Big Color, where he overhauled operations to increase cash flow and reduce operating costs. He has also held executive and partner level positions at BrightSun Solar, Astralux Solar, W. L. Nack Enterprises, Broadwing, LLC, Books West and bLogistics. He was responsible for growing Books West and bLogistics into multimillion-dollar companies, and facilitated the sale of business assets to a private equity firm. While at BrightSun Solar, he developed a growth strategy prior to acquisition that yielded a 91% sales increase and 26% fixed cost reduction in its first 6 months post-close.

“I have been closely involved in several deals facilitated by The Forbes M+A Group and saw for myself the tremendous benefit of having a trusted, experience advisor by your side during business transactions,” said Bill Nack, managing director at Forbes Mergers and Acquisitions. “The Forbes M+A Group approach adds depth and collaboration to every project in a way that other M&A firms can’t match. In my new position at Forbes M+A, I’m looking forward to being a part of this extremely talented team and helping other business owners complete successful transactions.”

Mr.Nack graduated with a B.S. in Geology from West Virginia University.

 

The Forbes M+A Group to Host “Three Successful Exits” Free Breakfast Panel

A Panel of Business Owners Will Provide Lessons Learned From Successfully Selling a Business; Event is Co-Sponsored by Eide Bailly, Kutak Rock LLP and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors, Jon Greenfield and Shelley Ford

Experts predict a massive sell-off by baby boomer business owners; while at the same time, the economy is bouncing in and out of recovery. Anxiety levels are at an all-time high as business owners are looking for the best schedule and recipe for an exit. Timing is critical. In many cases, it’s the non-financial factors that make the difference between getting out with the perfect deal, being left with a suboptimum exit, or not getting out at all. A panel of business owners will share their stories over breakfast with those who want to learn how to successfully navigate this new market reality when selling a business or taking on a significant investor.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Protecting one’s legacy
  • Fair treatment of employees and management
  • What’s next for the selling business owners
  • What they might have done differently

The following three panelists and high-profile executives who have been through the selling process several times will candidly share their first-hand experiences:

  • Jim Freeman – Founder and former owner of Attain Technologies
  • Enrique Krajmalnik – Founder and former owner of Illumen
  • Lon Sears – Founder and former owner of FirstChoice Home Health

This free breakfast panel is taking place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek (150 Clayton Ln, Denver, CO 80206). Complimentary continental breakfast and valet parking included.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Sharleen at sharleen@forbesma.com by Monday, May 13, 2013.

 

 

Bob Forbes to Lead Panel at Angel Capital Summit

Bob Forbes will be leading a panel at this year’s Angel Capital Summit titled “Exit Strategies.” During the session, representatives from M&A, private equity and strategic acquisition backgrounds will describe how investors and entrepreneurs can analyze exit potential and develop exit readiness from an early stage.

Bob is the President and Founder of Forbes Mergers & Acquisitions, and was invited to moderator due to his 20+ years of experience as a business intermediary, owner, private equity executive and investment banker. He also has sat on both sides of the transaction table and has launched multiple business ventures.

Exit Strategies Panel Details:

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, March 19, 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Location: University of Denver, Sturm Hall

The Angel Capital Summit is an annual conference that connect investors with entrepreneurial companies seeking funding. The Angel Capital Summit is hosted by the Rockies Venture Club.

Anyone interested in attending can register and find more details at Angel Capital Summit.