Small Business Dealmakers Menu
Mike Gibbons

Michael E. Gibbons

Relationships drive this dealmaker’s approach to his craft

Transtar’s Neil Sethi

Proprietary deal flow is a key component to Transtar’s M&A strategy

Business Pulse June 2018

Business Pulse — June 2018

Don’t stress. Divest.

Jenniffer Deckard

The sands of time

With $150M in operating synergies, Fairmount Santrol has a way to cope with market volatility

Family Heritage Life Insurance’s Howard Lewis

Take time to think about your future before you put your company on the market

John Mastrantoni

IMCD’s John Mastrantoni

Get your house in order to prepare for the sale of your business

Anthony Manna

Anthony Manna

How bringing baseball to Akron launched a career of dealmaking

Ganley Auto Group’s Ken Ganley

Dealmaking provides an opportunity for leadership growth

Randy Myeroff

5 rules for dealmaking

Do's and don’ts learned from years of experience – and mistakes

Victor DiGeronino

Victor DiGeronimo Jr.

It’s all about family — and dealmaking — for this construction mastermind

Western Reserve Partners’ David D. Dunstan

Find the best pathway to maximize the value of your business

Dave Pamer

Kichler Lighting’s Dave Pamer

Stay focused during acquisitions with preparation, delegation and communication

Stewart Kohl

Stewart Kohl

Why there are so many more ways to add value to a business than just money

Rakuten OverDrive’s Steve Potash

Digital pioneer's disciplined growth strategy pays off

Aaron Grossman

Target identification

Take the guesswork out of making acquisitions

Sean Dorsey

J.W. Sean Dorsey

Trends and lessons learned from a 35-year dealmaking career that spans baseball to buffalo wings

Tucker Ellis’ Jayne Juvan

Encourage your board to be an active player in M&A activity

Joel Adelman

AdCap Management’s Joel Adelman

Entrepreneur looks to help young businesses raise capital and grow

Business Pulse

Business Pulse — May 2018

Deal volume dips, deal value remains historically high

Stephen McHale

Stephen J. McHale

An inside look at one of Cleveland’s top entrepreneurs and deepest thinkers

JumpStart’s Ray Leach

A deeper look at Cleveland’s entrepreneurial economy

Margaret Wong

Attorney Margaret W. Wong

Immigration lawyer takes different M&A path


A great day at ASPIRE 2018

Thank you to everyone who made this year's event the best yet

Frank C. Sullivan

Frank C. Sullivan

Chairman and CEO of RPM builds on his father’s legacy with more than 100 acquisitions

Gregory J. Skoda

Dealmaking is all about reading and understanding people

Joe DiRocco

Fifth Third Bank’s Joe DiRocco

Why the things you do today can have a big impact on the deals you do tomorrow

Wayne Wallace

Raising startup capital

Build solid plans before you seek early-stage funding

ASPIRE 2018 Selling a Business


Best practices and pitfalls



Last chance to register for daylong dealmakers event

Hoby Hanna

Howard W. “Hoby” Hanna IV

Real estate scion has become quite active — and successful — on the M&A front

ShurTech Brands’ John Kahl

Hired or acquired, new employees need to get acclimated to their new home

Scott Wolstein

Developer Scott Wolstein

You need to know when a deal wasn’t meant to be

Raising Capital Aspire 2018

Raising capital

Case studies and a view from the front lines

Jeff Bezos

Lessons from Amazon

Jeff Bezos releases annual letter to shareholders

Umberto P. Fedeli

Umberto P. Fedeli

A man of the people who seeks to win at everything — and usually does

MelCap Partners’ Al Melchiorre

M&A adviser urges sellers to take pride in their work building a business

Jim Geuther

SunTrust’s Jim Geuther

Leveraging strategic M&A opportunities to “acquihire” the skilled talent you need to grow your business

Bassem Mansour

What’s your exit strategy?

Seven questions you should ask yourself when thinking about a sale or merger


A deep dive on the sell side

Find out what you should consider before selling your business

Adam Grant

Givers vs. Takers

Adam Grant: Nice guys really do finish first

David Coury

Partners in growth

UroGPO’s David Coury turns to PE firm to fuel growth without sacrificing his culture

Transtar’s Monte Ahuja

Details are part of this dealmaker’s strategy for success

Todd Amsdell

Compass Self Storage’s Todd Amsdell

Face-to-face meetings are the best way to make a deal

Aspire 2018 Liquidity Panel

Liquidity events

Top executives share tips from the front line

Spring Break

Down time

Why it's important to unplug, reconnect with family

Mark Ross

PwC’s Mark Ross

On storytelling, George Lucas and Cleveland companies on the right side of big deals

LeafFilter’s Matt Kaulig

Dealmaker takes a full-throttle approach to business and life

MaryAnn Bednar

Meritech’s Mary Ann Bednar

Dealmakers need to have market share on their minds

Business Pulse

Business Pulse — April 2018

Searching for value

Aspire 2018 Raising Capital

Buying a business

Four area dealmakers to discuss their approach at ASPIRE 2018

Smart Culture

Smart Culture

Join us April 5 at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland