Testimonials

Here are some of the things our clients are saying about the Automotive Group.

Bob Mallon, President and CEO, Robert W. Mallon Inc.

Bob Mallon, President and CEO, Robert W Mallon Inc.When I decided it was time to get bigger or merge with someone bigger, I talked with my friend Hecky Heckendorf.  He had just sold Painters Supply and used FOCUS as his banker. Basically, he told me what a terrific job FOCUS had done for him, and if I was serious I needed their kind of help.  That was about two years ago.  I met with Dave Roberts probably 3 or 4 times along with my CPA before I finally decided to move forward. We talked extensively about my goals, my financials, the market and my expectations.

Once I pulled the trigger things went pretty smoothly.  There was a huge amount of due diligence from multiple bidders.  We got multiple offers and FOCUS helped compare them, helped negotiate both value and structure and then got the deal closed.

In the end I got what I wanted – a great partner in Colours, Inc. and a future for my people.  I can’t say enough about Rick and Dave and the job they did.  I could never have managed this on my own.

Daryl Flynn, CEO, Refinish Solutions

Photo: Daryl Flynn, CEO, Refinish Solutions“I engaged with FOCUS Investment Banking based on a friend’s referral and am glad I did. Within seven months of our initial contact with David Roberts, the transaction to sell my business was closed. For myself, as I believe is the case for most independent distributors, selling the family business is uncharted territory and I knew I needed seasoned professional help. Rick Thomas explained the process, assisted in packaging the offering, and negotiated with prospective buyers. I found great value in FOCUS’ services and would engage with them again.”

Hecky Heckendorf, President & CEO, Painters Supply

Photo: Hecky Heckendorf"Selling Painters Supply was an incredible and successful journey for me and my family. Using FOCUS to represent us was critical to taking conflict and uncertainty out of the process. After meeting with Dave Roberts and Rick Thomas to discuss our needs we identified the potential buyers and FOCUS took it from there. They found the buyers and organized the bids and responses. They have a process that kept everything moving forward while keeping me informed every step of the way. I had complete confidence in FOCUS and believe we obtained a better outcome with them on our team."

Mike Levasseur, President, Keenan Auto Body

Photo: Mike Levasseur“We never would have had the success we had if it hadn't been for FOCUS. Dave Roberts and Rick Thomas gave us the knowledge we didn't have on our own. Their advice and support was incredible.  From the extensive preparation to the presentations to getting multiple bidders, every time I had a question, they were there to help. Their total integrity gave us the confidence to take the time to find the right partner and to negotiate as equals.  We trusted them completely and it paid off. In our industry, we may be great operators but when it came time to sell, we figured a great banker could do a better job. They did.”

Leonard Lassak, Vice President, Operations, Kirmac Automotive Collision Systems Inc.

Photo: Leonard Lassak“Dave Roberts, leading our engagement for FOCUS, provided key advice and negotiating expertise that allowed us to create a win-win transaction with Kirmac Automotive Collision Systems. They enabled us to create the foundation for what is now the largest MSO in Seattle.”

* Testimonials may not be representative of the experience of all clients; testimonials are not a guarantee of future performance or success.