Company Overview: Cornerstone is a national full service mergers and acquisitions firm that specializes in the lower / middle market sale of privately held / family-owned businesses with revenues $2 Million to $100 Million+ and/or EBITDA $500,000 to $10 Million+.
Today Cornerstone is one of the largest lower middle market firms in Wisconsin. Operating from offices in Wisconsin and Iowa, its associates have completed several hundred million in sales. The company fields worldwide interest in client opportunities and has led transactions with buyers and sellers based in Europe, Asia and Russia.
A thought-leader in the industry, Scott developed the Cornerstone process to offer investment banking M&A level services to the lower middle market. The result is a closing rate that's more than double the national average. Using that same philosophy, in late 2012 he founded Deal Coach, an online platform designed to significantly increase the closing ratio for Main Street business owners and would-be buyers, changing the way small businesses are bought and sold.
Scott has authored numerous articles on M&A best practices, and his work is syndicated in regional publications. He is a sought-after expert on the Midwest M&A market and has been quoted in some of the nation's most respected newspapers including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. As a speaker, he has engaged audiences from national organizations to local trade groups and international delegations.
Professional Designations and Affiliations
Certified Business Intermediary (CBI)
Mergers & Acquisitions Master Intermediary (M&AMI)
Board of Directors for International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) Founder and Past Chair of MBBI Wisconsin Chapter
Member of the UW-Whitewater Entrepreneurship Advisory Board
M&A Source Board of Directors
NEW Business Plan Competition (DealCoach), 1st place
MBBI Outstanding Leadership Award & Member of the Year
Green Bay Young Professionals Network, Young Entrepreneur of the Year
WI Small Business Administration, Emerging Small Business Person
American Cancer Society, annual golf outing, past-chair
United Way of Brown County, Emerging Leaders Society, co-founder, past-chair Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Council, past-chair