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John W. Grady

Managing Director

John W. Grady, a FOCUS Managing Director located in Austin, Texas, has executive and operating experience in consumer goods, pet/animal goods, hospitals/medical practices, franchises, computer hardware, enterprise software, telecoms, outsourced sales services, digital marketing, sales and marketing management, and agencies.  He serves FOCUS clients across many industries with merger and acquisition opportunities, with a special focus within Texas.
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Drew Morgan

Research Associate

Drew Morgan

Research Associate ajmorgan3@crimson.ua.edu

Industry groups

Advanced Manufacturing & Automation

Drew Morgan has been a research associate for the Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Team since May of 2017. Drew assists the team create target lists and provides detailed target research for the Team’s buy-side and sell-side engagements utilizing a variety of database resources to …

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Marco Chan

Managing Director

Marco Chan, a FOCUS Managing Director, has extensive experience in applying automation and technology to advance logistics and supply chain management, in US, China and Asia Pacific. He believes the global digital technology and additive manufacturing trend are revolutionizing the way supply chain and logistics industry.
Testimonial

John Frick, Chairman, AirVault

The strategic fit provided by this transaction is exceptional; our acquirer counts nearly every airline in the world in its customer base, which provides an exciting growth path for AirVault. The FOCUS team has been a valuable partner to us over the years, and we would not be celebrating this transaction without their help and

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Ronald D. Flach, President, Titusville Fabricators

We used FOCUS Investment Banking, specifically Fred Rock, as our Investment Banker in the sale of our family business, Titusville Fabricators, Inc., to Re-Steel Supply Co.  Having been with the company for 48 years, I had strong personal attachments to the employees, and concerns regarding the future operation of the company.  Fred was very responsive …

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Jorge A. Maceyras

Managing Director

Jorge A. Maceyras is a Managing Director at FOCUS Investment Banking.  Mr. Maceyras has more than 15 years of manufacturing industry experience as an investment professional, plant engineer, and consultant in the public and private sectors. 
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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

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Les Mace

Senior Advisor

Les Mace, a FOCUS Senior Advisor, currently serves as a key strategic advisor to ESpace Labs, an electronic incubator in Bend, Oregon.  ESpace Labs specializes in prototyping and proof of concept for new products and processes, combining embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).  IoT will spawn countless applications and expand automation solutions in almost every aspect of our daily lives, businesses, factories, and healthcare, all with dramatic, mostly positive impact on our economy.  However, IoT will require businesses to adapt and stay competitive with new operations paradigms using new connectivity models.  Because most organizations have no experience or skills in applying automation to their operations, ESpace Labs provides consulting services to meet these future requirements.
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Dr. Bruce J. Holmes

Senior Advisor

Dr. Bruce J. Holmes is currently the principal in Holmes Consulting, LLC and co-founder of NextGen Sciences, LLC. His companies support a variety of industry, government, and university clients in strategy, technology, aviation systems development, and public-private partnerships. He also consults for several boards of directors and advisory councils in industry, government, and academia.
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Richard C. Cook

Senior Advisor

Prior to joining FOCUS, Senior Advisor Richard Cook had retired from the position of Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of MAPICS, Inc. (NASDAQ/NM: MAPX). He managed the 1993 sale by IBM (NYSE: IBM) of the $60 million revenue MAPICS business to Marcam. He led the complex 1997 reverse spin-out from Marcam (NASDAQ/NM: MCAM), and conducted the public offering that created the $92 million revenue MAPICS, Inc. business. As CEO he was responsible for the development, marketing, sales and support of the MAPICS’ software and service offerings worldwide, and managed all shareholder and board relations, as well as actively participated in daily operations and employee, community and customer relations. In December of 1999, he negotiated the acquisition of a private firm – Pivotpoint and in November of 2002, he led the acquisition of Frontstep (NASDAQ/NM: FSTP). MAPICS became a $173 million revenue business by year end 2004, with over 10,000 active customer sites using the applications in 19 languages in over 70 countries around the world. In December of 2004, Mr. Cook proposed a leveraged buy out by management that led to the eventual sale of the company, in an all cash transaction, to Infor Global Solutions. Due to MAPICS success in the marketplace there were a total of 5 bidders for the company, yielding an excellent selling price for the shareholders.