David Braun

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David Braun is the founder and CEO of Capstone Strategic and author of Successful Acquisitions: A Proven Plan for Growth. His specialty is helping companies grow through acquisition.

Through consistent focus on this one specialty, David has built up a formidable expertise that has led to an acquisition success rate way beyond the industry average.

David Braun is a sought-after educator who has been teaching senior executives and financial professionals for over 21 years. His live seminars and online webinars are in high demand, and his blog is widely read by M&A professionals, business owners and all who wish to understand the dynamics of growth through company acquisition.

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Pathways to Growth

Five Pathways to Growth

As you focus your attention on the growth of your company, there are five key pathways to consider: Grow Organically Exit the Market Be the Low-Cost Provider Do Nothing Pursue External Growth Before you even start planning an acquisition, remember there are other growth options available. It is an important realization that you do have […]

Market Criteria, Market Research

Markets First

I always emphasize to my clients the critical value of painstaking market research and selection before considering individual prospects. Simply by conducting thorough research, you immediately separate yourself from the majority of company buyers and place yourself at an important competitive advantage. Choosing Market Criteria Choosing the correct market criteria may be tricky. Here are […]

Cultural Integration Publicis Omnicom

Publicis-Omnicom Merger May Face Cultural Integration Challenges

The merger between two advertising giants Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group has caused quite a stir. The two companies combined to form Publicis Omnicom Group would have stock-market value of $35.1 billion, making this the largest advertising merger ever. Although Chief Executive Maurice Levy and CEO John Wren both stress this is a “merger of […]

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5 Ways to Rethink Strategic Growth – #3 External Growth

5 Ways to Rethink Strategic Growth – #3 External Growth

When it comes to strategic growth, most leaders tend to focus on organic growth – hiring more sales staff, building a new branch or internally developing a new product. While there are many benefits to organic growth, there are times when relying on organic growth alone will not move the needle. When markets are saturated […]

5 Ways to Rethink Strategic Growth – Be Proactive

5 Ways to Rethink Strategic Growth – #2 Be Proactive

How many of you have ever purchased a home? Thinking back on your experience, did you sit around waiting for a seller to come to you or did you spend time looking for just the right house? My guess is that most of our experiences fall into the second scenario. In fact, if I waited […]

Understand your own company

5 Ways to Rethink Strategic Growth – #1 Understand Your Own Company

Before you can determine where you want to go as a company, you have to have an understanding of where your business stands today. Who exactly are you as a company? This is easier said than done. Over time, even founders of companies can lose sight of their strategic vision and get caught up in […]

5 Ways to Rethink Your Approach to Strategic Growth

5 Ways to Rethink Your Approach to Strategic Growth

As a leader, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to simply keep doing something because that’s the way it has always been done. It is easy to fall into this trap without even realizing it. Everyone is busy and it can be tempting to default to autopilot and keep going about “business […]

4 Changes to Tax Law Impacting M&A Today

4 Changes to Tax Law Impacting M&A Today

Although the new tax law has only been in effect since January 1, we are already seeing its impact on M&A activity. This year there have already been $325 billion in bids, the most activity since 2000. If you are thinking about pursuing M&A in 2018, here are four things to keep in mind: The […]

Why do Middle Market Companies Execute Acquisitions

Why Do Middle Market Companies Execute Acquisitions?

Acquisitions are about growing your company and every successful deal starts by defining your strategic rationale. In this post we’ll explore the top five reasons middle market executives are interested in pursuing M&A according to our State of Middle Market M&A 2018 report. 1. Increase existing market share Grabbing more market share a is an […]

What are your dreams - successful company growth

What Are Your Dreams? A Key Question for Successful Company Growth

On the wall of my company office there is a large inscription: We Help Clients Implement Their Dreams Note that the inscription refers to dreams, not goals. There is a difference. Goals are essential, the very stuff of successful business growth. But goals are the junior partners of something bigger. When Bill Gates founded Microsoft, […]

3 Tips for Leaders from the 2018 Winter Olympics

3 Tips for Leaders from the 2018 Winter Olympics

Athletes from around the world have gathered for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which officially kicked off with the opening ceremonies on February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As you watch the games and cheer on your favorite team, here are three leadership lessons to consider. 1. It takes a team Expectations were high for American […]

4 Reasons Why You Need an M&A Advisor

4 Reasons Why You Need an M&A Advisor

You can do an acquisition on your own, but there are many advantages to having an experienced third-party advisor. Should you hire an advisor for mergers and acquisitions? Many companies execute acquisitions on their own and are successful. In fact, there are entire corporate development divisions whose primary focus is to pursue mergers and acquisitions […]

5 Tips for Finding the Right Markets for Acquisition

5 Tips for Finding the Right Markets for Acquisition

You’ve identified the perfect company to buy. The target has solid financials, a state-of-the-line facility, and a well-recognized brand name. Acquiring this company would double your revenue today. So, of course you should go for it. What could go wrong? Wait! Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure to conduct thorough market research. One […]

2 Reasons Why You Should Say No to Opportunity

2 Reasons Why You Should Say “No” to Opportunity

Knowing when to say “no” to opportunity is just as important as knowing when to say “yes.” Growing your company is exciting and it’s tempting to pursue a good opportunity when you see it. Saying “no” does not come naturally to most of us. While you might be afraid to turn down an opportunity because […]

4 Tips for Acquisition Strategy

4 Tips for Getting Your Acquisition Strategy Right

Many companies struggle to execute successful deals because they lack a strong M&A strategy. In a survey conducted by the National Center for the Middle Market, 38 percent of middle market companies said that developing the right strategy was their biggest challenge in M&A. That number may actually be higher because often companies react to opportunities […]

Nestle Sells US Chocolate Business – 3 Lessons for Middle Market Buyers

Nestle Slims Down, Sells US Chocolate Business – 3 Lessons for You

Nestle is selling its US chocolate business, which includes brands such as BabyRuth, Butterfinger, and Crunch to Ferrero for $2.8 billion. The deal is part of Nestle’s strategy to sell underperforming brands and refocus on healthier products and fast-growing markets. Nestle recently acquired vitamin maker Altrium Innovations for $2.3 billion and is rumored to be […]

3 Reasons why M&A may be the best option for growing your company

3 Reasons Why M&A May Be the Best Option for Growing Your Company

Are you missing out on opportunities for growth?  External growth, where you partner with another organization outside of your own, is often a neglected opportunity. External growth comes in many forms including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, minority interest, and can be tailored to suit your needs. Here are three reasons why external growth […]

M&A in Review 2017

M&A in Review: Top Posts from 2017

2017 has been an exciting year. From regulatory changes to tax reform, to the economy, navigating the business environemnt has been filled with ups and downs. Despite this, 2017 was a strong year for M&A activity, especially in the middle market. In light of the volatility, companies turned to smaller deals rather than larger transactions […]

Hershey Campbell Acquire Healthy Snack Brands to Follow Customer Demand

Hershey, Campbell Acquire Healthy Snack Brands to Follow Customer Demand

Customers are one of the strongest forces affecting your business today and in the future. Your company’s long-term success depends on their sustained demand for your products and services for years to come. Two recent acquisitions demonstrate the strong pull of customer demand in shaping company success. In the past week both Hershey and Campbell […]

What Keeps You Up at Night Advice for Family-Owned Businesses

What Keeps You Up at Night? 5 Tips for Family-Owned Businesses

All business leaders face the stresses of leading an organization; but owners of privately-held, family-owned businesses are in a unique position. Not only do they need to balance the rigors of running a company, defending market share, and dealing with regulatory issues, they must also simultaneously deal with family dynamics. Imagine having the dynamics of […]

Mars makes minority investment in kind

Mars Makes Minority Investment in Healthy Snack Maker Kind

Sugar is not so sweet anymore. Blamed for making people sick and causing obesity, consumers are turning to healthier options and governments are trying to curb sugar consumption. Faced with these market dynamics, Mars recently announced it has made a minority investment in Kind Snacks. Kind’s products are made without artificial ingredients and include bars, […]

Are You Hiking Without a Map Why Your Company Needs a Strategic Plan

Are You Hiking Without a Map? Why Your Company Needs a Strategic Plan

Think back to a time before we all had smartphones and could look up any piece of information on the fly. Not so long ago, we had to plan our trips by doing research ahead of time and using paper maps for directions. Even now, if you travel somewhere without cell service, for example, a […]

Grow or Die! Exploring New Pathways to Success

Grow or Die! Exploring New Pathways to Success

How is your company growing? In business, remaining static is impossible, and if you’re not growing, you are dying. I recently spoke on the concept of “Grow or Die” at the Association for Dressings and Sauces Annual Meeting in Nashville, in light of the trends and evolving market dynamics of the industry. The food and […]