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Peter Harris

This is the fifth interview in our Entrepreneur and Family-owned Business series. These interviews are designed to help entrepreneurs and family business owners think through the benefits, implications, and consequences of taking outside investment. As part of the project, I am interviewing private equity fund managers, middle-market investment bankers, attorneys,

accountants, and consultants that advise privately held firms. In this interview I speak with Peter Harris, Director of Corporate Development at Axel Johnson Inc., a family-owned business with over $3.4 billion in revenues. Some of the highlights of this interview include: Why Axel Johnson is a less appealing buyer for…

"The private equity business is more competitive because there is more money that has flowed into it."

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Growth of global private equity dry powder. Source: Bain & Co.

This is the fourth interview in our Entrepreneur and Family-Owned Business Interview Series. These interviews are designed to help entrepreneurs and family business owners think through the benefits, implications, and consequences of taking outside investment. As part of the project, I am interviewing private equity fund managers, middle-market investment bankers, attorneys,

accountants, and consultants that advise privately held firms. This interview is with Bob Horne, a partner at ZS Fund L.P., a private equity firm located in Manhattan. Bob has decades of experience working in private equity and before that in mergers and acquisitions at Salomon Brothers. Some of the…

"The independent producer is going the way of the corner drugstore, the corner hardware store, or the corner grocery store."

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Pierre Villere

This is the third interview in our Entrepreneur and Family-Owned Business Interview Series. These interviews are designed to help entrepreneurs and family businesses think through the benefits, implications, and consequences of taking outside investment. As part of the project, I am interviewing private equity fund managers, middle-market investment bankers, attorneys,

accountants, and consultants that advise privately held firms. This interview is with Pierre Villere, the President and Managing Partner of Allen-Villere Partners, an investment banking firm with a national practice in the construction materials industry. Pierre has four decades of experience advising middle-market companies in the construction materials industry, including…

"The transition starts before the transaction and continues after the transaction."

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Stacy Feiner, PsyD

This is the second interview in our Entrepreneur and Family-Owned Business Interview Series. These interviews are designed to help entrepreneurs and family businesses think through the benefits, implications, and consequences of taking outside investment. As part of the project, I am interviewing private equity fund managers, middle-market investment bankers, attorneys,

accountants, and consultants that advise privately held firms. This interview is with Stacy Feiner, PsyD, a business psychologist with over 20 years experience coaching middle-market business owners through complex dynamics. Stacy has designed a system that helps grow and transition companies. In this interview, Stacy brings forth a number of…

"Accounting is about telling the story of a business in quantitative terms."

I'm pleased to introduce our entrepreneur and family-owned business interview series. These interviews are designed to help entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses think through the benefits, implications, and consequences of taking outside investment. As part of this project, I am interviewing private equity fund managers, middle market investment bankers, attorneys, accountants,

and consultants that advise privately held firms. This first published interview is with Jim Elgart, CPA, who has over 20 years experience advising small and medium-sized businesses.  Over his career, he has served in many roles, including: CFO, founder, and investor in multiple entities.  Jim is a partner with MarthonCFO,…