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An AM&AA chapter is a local resource for networking, education, marketing, developing professional opportunities, and thought leadership. Members are able to make face to face connections with each other, potential members and other alliance opportunities.
Rocky Mountain Chapter Leadership Committee
Alessandro J. Sacerdoti
Jon Underkofler, MBA, AAMS®, CRPC, CEPA® (Committee Chair)
Vice President, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Mr. McCalpin has spent his 32 year career in corporate management, entrepreneurship and mergers and acquisitions. He began his career in technology, resulting in 5 granted US patents from his work, and progressed through every level of corporate management up through the level of CEO. He successfully founded, grew and successfully sold two of his own companies before transitioning to Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for 6 years at a $2B enterprise-level corporation. Mr. McCalpin has completed numerous buy-side and sell-side transactions resulting in an exceptional return on investment for his clients.
After researching the opportunity of the enormous wave of imminent Boomer business transitions, Mr. McCalpin then left Corporate M&A to found Capitalize Network.
Capitalize Network is dedicated to helping Boomer business owners successfully transition their businesses and achieve their goals through a revolutionary start-to-finish transition planning process. This unique, disruptive approach combines extensive M&A experience with substantial technological and process innovation. With his proven track record, Mr. McCalpin is passionate about getting the best possible results for each and every one of his clients.
Mr. McCalpin holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. In addition, he has a CExP certification in Exit Planning, is a member of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, a member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of AM&AA and provides advisory services to the Boards of Directors of several of Capitalize Network’s clients.
The Forbes M+A Group
Dan Pellegrino, a Managing Director at The Forbes M+A Group, has acquisitions and operational expertise as a business intermediary, management consultant, investor and business owner.
Prior to joining Forbes, Dan spent the first half of his career in the professional services industry, advising companies on strategic growth initiatives, mergers, acquisitions, valuation, and transactional synergies with Deloitte Consulting, SDG Consulting, as well as his own firm South Peak Capital.
Dan’s advisory work spans transactions ranging from small businesses and product line divestitures to Pfizer’s $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth. In addition to his advisory work, Dan is an investor and entrepreneur. He founded and has invested in several technology startups as well as a white label digital agency. He currently sits on the board of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, a professional organization.
Dan has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Notre Dame; Master of European Business from EDHEC in Lille France (conjoint with ND) and a Biology/Chemistry bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Texas.
Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC
Steve Suneson is a partner with the law firm of Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC with three offices in Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley. Steve practices in the Denver office in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), business law, cross-border and international transactions, commercial contracts, and corporate structure and governance. Steve has over 17 years of handling M&A deals (both buyer and seller side) in a variety of industries, sizes and transactions. Steve is a graduate from the University of Colorado (B.A., cum laude, with honors and distinction, 1997) and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2000). Upon graduation, Steve began his corporate and business career and practice in M&A, corporate law and private equity as a lawyer at a large international corporate law firm in New York City – Dewey Ballantine LLP. Steve then focused his corporate and business practice in M&A, corporate law, commercial transactions, cross-border practice, and private equity, for over a decade as an attorney at a boutique corporate law firm in Buffalo, New York. Steve has been with Coan, Payton & Payne since 2015. Steve has been rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings.
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