David Braun's Blog

“Why Did You Sell Your Not-for-Sale Business?” – A CEO Explains

CEO Paul Villella of HireStrategy recently shared why he sold his company ─ despite not actively looking to sell ─ and the results one year after the acquisition. Paul addressed a packed room of CEOs, CFOs and senior-level executives from the Washington-DC area at “Grow or Die: A Panel Discussion on Middle Market M&A” hosted

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How to Approach the Usual Suspects in M&A

“How often do you get involved in a situation where a company is pursuing a ‘usual suspect’? And how do you handle it?” This question was asked after Capstone’s presentation on “How to Pick Top-Notch Markets” by Project Manager Matt Craft and Managing Director John Dearing at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET spring meeting.

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Capstone Board Member James P. Dunn Becomes CEO of iTOK

James P. Dunn, a member of Capstone’s Board of Advisors, has been appointed CEO of iTOK, a leading provider of technology support to consumers and small business. Founded in 2004, iTOK has become a leader in the tech adoption and services industry, serving customers in homes and small businesses worldwide. iTOK combines secure remote technology support with

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How to Identify Key Leaders in Due Diligence and Integration

What is the best way for your due diligence team to characterize the seller’s leadership and incorporate key leaders into the integration plan? Leadership is critical to M&A success (or failure). Last week we explored these themes in our new webinar, “Leadership Essentials for Successful M&A” led by Dr. J. Keith Dunbar. Keith’s groundbreaking research

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