Friday, April 1, 2011

PSMJ Enlists Five Industry Experts to Prepare Design Firm Leaders

Speakers to present their M&A expertise at PSMJ’s Mergers & Acquisitions Senior Executive Roundtable for Buyers in St. Petersburg

Newton, MA — On May 2-5, 2011, at PSMJ’s Mergers & Acquisitions Senior Executive Roundtable for Buyers in St. Petersburg, FL, PSMJ will welcome senior M&A executives from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) and Stantec, M&A lawyers from law firm Arent Fox, and a liability insurance specialist from Suncoast Insurance Associates, to help equip attendees with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete an acquisition in the current economic climate.

“Our clients know they can rely on PSMJ for the most knowledgeable and proven merger and acquisition expertise in the A/E industry,” says PSMJ founder and CEO Frank Stasiowski, “but for this Roundtable, we wanted to add the valuable perspectives of a few specialized M&A professionals, who are doing it out in the field every day. The hope is that our combined expertise will empower our attendees with the confidence they need to go out and make the best M&A decisions possible for their firm.”

Joining the roundtable will be VHB senior principal Mike Carragher, Stantec VP Jeffrey Lloyd; Arent Fox lawyers Jamie Frankel, Esq., and Andrew Ross, Esq.; and liability insurance specialist Brian Hadar from Suncoast Insurance Associates.

For Carragher and Lloyd, acquisitions are an integral part of their firms’ ongoing growth strategy, and both have successfully closed numerous acquisitions over the years. Each will present their firm’s unique approach to buying in a post-recession market, as well as how they determine strategic acquisition needs, how they identify suitable sellers, and their methods for negotiating deals. They’ll also be on-hand throughout the roundtable to offer their opinions and comments.

Together, Frankel and Ross have worked with buyer and seller clients since 1983. They’ll be there to help attendees understand how to manage their relationships.

Hadar, meanwhile, will offer up expertise on the liability implications of a merger or acquisition. He has 19 years of experience as a specialist in professional liability insurance and loss prevention education for architects and engineers, along with 12 years of accounting/financial management experience, including several years as a controller for a large structural engineering firm. He was recently named AIA Florida’s Allied Member of the Year for his loss prevention work on behalf of design firms throughout Florida.

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