Thought Leader of the Year

2017 Thought Leader of the Year Winner
David H. Crean, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Objective Capital Partners


We are very pleased to announce the 2017 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award Finalists!  Their hard work has been recognized as providing significant contribution by promoting research and higher standards of excellence in our industry.

Ian Bone, Senior Manager, Strategy & Innovation, CT Corporation - Wolters Kluwer
Ian has helped to identify new and interesting changes in the scope of due diligence in the current financial environment. By engaging with his audience in multiple forms Ian has brought the at times staid topic of due diligence and compliance forward as something to absorb.
David H. Crean, Ph.D, Managing Director, Objective Capital Partners
David’s thought leadership is materially expanding the investment banker’s role in serving life sciences companies and provide these companies with a highly attractive, non-diluting alternative to hard-to-secure venture capital.
Terrel "Terry" Bressler, Managing Director, Prairie Capital Advisors
Prairie Middle Market Perspective is a quarterly publication that provides Prairie's insights into the middle-market merger & acquisition and lending environments. This material is representative of Terry’s approach to practicing in the M&A market, the material he distributes is valuable to not only to Prairie’s subscribers but also to the M&A market in Chicago and nationally. As a thought leader, he shows a high standard in analyzing the market, providing economic insight and evaluation of the state of the M&A Market and its future outlook.
Dennis Papa, Vice President & Principal Engineer, dpSTUDIO Environmental Consulting & Design
Environmental considerations for M&A due diligence are sometimes overlooked or under-emphasized and can become expensive issues for the new ownership & management team, affecting not only cost impact for immediate compliance but also the long-term value of the company and ability for future sale.
Philip Whitchelo, Vice President, Strategy and Product Marketing, Intralinks
Philip and Intralinks provide unique pieces in the market that predict future deal flow, the only report that does that, and shows what affects the deal making market, when it comes to leaking deals before they close.

The Alliance has partnered with BKD to recognize the 2017 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year.


About the Award
If the middle market were a country, its GDP would rank it as the fourth-largest economy in the world, just behind Japan’s.* Comprised of over 300,000 companies with sales between $5 million and $500 million, the middle market provides a third of all private sector GDP and jobs, making it the true engine of American economic development and growth.

Yet, the marketplace has primarily focused its attention and resources on businesses at either end of the spectrum: very small, “mom and pop” style businesses or big, multi-billion dollar businesses. While it is a vital part of our economy, the middle market is often largely ignored and under served by the popular media, educators, and lawmakers.

Seeing a lack of recognition for leaders in this sector, in 2009, the Alliance of M&A Advisors (The Alliance) instituted the Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year award to honor individuals in the Private Middle Market Financial Community who create and advocate new ideas that add value to the marketplace, through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence. Furthermore, these contributions add to the body of knowledge serving as a solid foundation for The Alliance’s education and credentialing programs.

*National Center for the Middle Market, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University


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