Testimonials

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."

Tim Smith, Vice President, Smiths Machine, LLC

Photo: Tim Smith, Vice President, Smiths Machine, LLC“Selling a family owned business is complex and emotionally taxing.  Our advisors, FOCUS Investment Banking, ran a very thorough process and identified a great deal of interest in Smiths among both strategic and private equity buyers. FOCUS quickly identified more than four hundred prospective buyers, of which sixty-five signed NDAs.  They showed tremendous persistence and energy in driving the process relentlessly to a successful conclusion. I am excited that Smiths will be joining ARCH Global Precision and look forward to further enhancing the business that was started by my father in 1974.”

Christine Veenendaal, Co-Founder, VeenendaalCave, Inc.

Photo: Christine Veenendaal"FOCUS' knowledge of the mergers and acquisition process was evident every step of the way. Whether analyzing data, negotiating terms or pulling together knowledgeable consultants critical to closing the deal, Jonathan Wilfong, FOCUS' Investment Banker, kept us informed and confident throughout the process!"

Ed Cave, President, VeenendaalCave, Inc.

Photo: Ed Cave"FOCUS conducted an extensive nationwide search seeking the right acquisition opportunity. NELSON exceeded our hopes for a firm we can combine with and continue our tradition of excellent service."

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.”

Brett Griffith, President, Alpha Systems

Brett Griffith “We are grateful for the expertise and professionalism that FOCUS brought to this transaction.  The sale of Alpha Systems to Databank would not have gone as seamlessly as it did had it not been for FOCUS.  They understand the needs of both buyers and sellers and ensured that the transaction went as smoothly as possible. Their bankers bring a methodical execution strategy that delivers consistent results.  This is the second transaction FOCUS has completed for us, which demonstrates the confidence we have in their process and in their firm.”

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.”

Laura Toellner, Shareholder of Blue Iron Equipment

“FOCUS understood Blue Iron’s business and industry, and sold our company in a very timely fashion. They value the importance of teamwork and open communication throughout the entire transaction process, which contributed to our success in realizing our financial goals.”

Steve French, CEO, LbGlobalLaw

Photo: Steve French“Through its disciplined process FOCUS leveraged its database of prospective mezzanine and growth equity investors and obtained multiple investment proposals ranging from mezzanine debt structures to control acquisitions.

“Their assistance preparing a comprehensive information memorandum describing our unique business model and helping us manage the negotiations and due diligence process was invaluable.”

Barry Lyons, Cofounder, Sound Seal

“When we received an unsolicited offer to purchase our company we didn’t realize how much help we’d need to successfully complete the deal. We were introduced to FOCUS and know we could not have crossed the finish line without their help and advice. FOCUS stressed the importance of having multiple buyers in a competitive situation. We became believers when another buyer increased the price, causing the original buyer to drop out of the process. Rich Mulcahy, my co-founder, and I both recommend FOCUS to other business owners without hesitation; they know their business and managed all aspects of the deal until it was complete. Until you have been through such a process, it is impossible to appreciate the number of issues and details to be dealt with. Having experienced advisors, like FOCUS, by your side is essential to your emotional and financial peace of mind.”

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