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Brian Van Allen

Brian has worked on various sides of a transaction throughout his career. In addition to banking and investment banking, Brian’s previous experiences include being a Partner in a Canadian-based private equity firm and holding the position of Director, Corporate Development with Canada’s largest technology company, Constellation Software. Brian leverages this extensive experience buying companies to help his clients better understand what buyers are looking for – thus minimizing negative transaction surprises. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and works out of our Toronto (Mississauga) office.

Neil Dennis

Neil Dennis brings extensive domestic and international mergers and acquisitions experience with substantial involvement at all phases of the M&A life cycle including corporate strategy, sourcing, due diligence, negotiation and closing to Woodbridge. Prior to joining, Neil was a Vice President for State Street Corporation and was responsible for negotiations, strategy and business development for large asset management and institutional clients. Previous to State Street, Neil was a mergers and acquisitions principal with Allianz SE, executing both strategic and financial transactions across a variety of segments and geographical locations. In this role, Neil spent two years in Munich, Germany executing large M&A transactions from an international perspective. Neil holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Business Administration and an MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Daniel Horton

Daniel’s role will focus on assisting our North American and International Closers with tracking bids. His main objective is to make sure the sale runs efficiently and Woodbridge clients receive the highest possible sales price for their business.
After interning and working part-time for two years in the both New Haven, CT and CapeTown, South Africa offices, Daniel joined Woodbridge full-time. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BS in International Business, with a focus in Finance.

Benjamin Gutekunst

Ben’s sole focus at Woodbridge is his ability to obtain bids from buyers. He serves as an advocate for selling our client’s business. Prior to joining Woodbridge, Ben worked as a technical recruiter at Jobspring Partners in Boston – a professional IT staffing agency matching the most qualified IT professionals with companies of all sizes. He received a double major in Economics and English from College of the Holy Cross.

Dan Brunello

Dan has extensive investment banking experience structuring and executing M&A transactions across a wide-range of industries and deal structures. Prior to joining Woodbridge, Dan served as a VP in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Wells Fargo, focusing on the Energy, Power & Utilities sectors. He began his investment banking career in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Deutsche Bank, advising clients primarily in the Industrials, Energy and FinTech sectors. Dan holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.

Conor Riordan

Conor’s role is to ensure Woodbridge’s marketing campaigns succeed. He serves as an advocate for our sellers by contacting all buyers/investors who have expressed interest in their business. Conor answers buyers’ initial questions, provides additional information and motivates them to submit offers. Prior to joining Woodbridge, Conor held marketing, sales and administrative positions at ADP and other companies. He earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

Derek Avdul

Derek is an accomplished corporate development and mergers and acquisitions professional with extensive finance and mergers and acquisitions experience across industries. Prior to joining Woodbridge, Derek was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Sony DADC New Media Solutions, Sony’s cloud-based platform-as-a-service digital video distribution service. In his executive role at Sony, Derek led all potential acquisitions, divestitures and investments, corporate development, long-range planning, forecasting and oversaw the Global Video P&L. As part of his role, Derek was on Sony DADC New Media Solutions Executive Management Committee.

Prior to Sony, Derek led and sold his family’s 35-employee audio/video installation business, was a financial and strategic consulting to a number of companies across industries, and led strategic planning for EMI Music. He began his post-business school career managing mergers and acquisitions for EY.

Derek holds an MBA in Finance from the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a BS in Business Administration from Miami University (OH).

Tex Sekhon

Tex Sekhon

Mr. Sekhon has direct investment and M&A experience in numerous transactions representing over $500 million in market value. His industry experience includes enterprise software, manufacturing, business services, medical devices, wireless communications, RF integrated circuits, semiconductors, environmental remediation and commercial real estate. Since 1995, Mr. Sekhon has served as a director or observer on the Board of Directors of twelve portfolio companies and one Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). Tex has been instrumental in the structuring and funding of numerous entrepreneurial endeavors. Mr. Sekhon has led several equity investments in various retail, office, multifamily, industrial, and land acquisitions and developments representing over $100 million in total project value. Tex holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. Tex has industry expertise in aviation and technology.

Robert F. Murphy

As Senior Managing Partner, Bob works closely with Woodbridge’s investment bankers to ensure the successful completion of all transactions and deliver a high level of client service. Bob has worked on over 200 M&A mandates in distribution, manufacturing, business services and IT, including many complex cross-border transactions. Prior to joining Woodbridge in 2005, Bob was a founding principal of Elite Investment Group, an investment banking firm serving middle-market private companies, mainly in the business services sector. Earlier in his career, Bob was senior vice president at Butler International, Inc., a $450 million outsourcing company, where he spent over nine years in a variety of key management roles. While at Butler, Bob was responsible for all acquisitions, divestitures, strategic planning and other corporate development activities. Bob started his career at Ernst & Young where he earned his CPA designation. Bob is a graduate of SUNY Albany.