Brian is President and Managing Director at Meridian Capital and also leads the firm’s Aerospace & Precision Manufacturing Practice. As President, Brian is responsible for managing the firm’s activities and driving strategic initiatives. Over the course of his 12+ year investment banking and strategic consulting career, Brian has advised clients across an assortment of industry segments, including aerospace, manufacturing & distribution, consumer products, technology and telecommunications. He has successfully advised 70+ business owners and entrepreneurs on a variety sell-side and buy-side advisory, recapitalization, growth equity, and strategic advisory engagements. Prior to Meridian, Brian was a management consultant with Accenture Consulting in Washington, DC and New York. At Accenture, he worked with multiple Fortune 100 companies on issues related to revenue assurance, sales and process enhancement, and system integration.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Redlands, where he earned a double major in financial economics and accounting in addition to a minor in mathematics. He holds Series 24, Series 79, Series 82 and Series 63 licenses with FINRA. In 2015, Brian was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Seattle’s “Top 40 Under 40” for his business leadership and community involvement.
Brian is a native in of the Pacific Northwest. He serves as President-elect of the University Redlands of Alumni Board of Directors, is also a member of the Board of Trustees and is also on the leadership committee of the University of Redlands Seattle Alumni and Community Involvement Chapter, where he is actively involved in mentoring current students, MBA candidates and young alums.
After training as reserve officer with paratroopers, Mr. Christian Kollmann graduated as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and gained extensive international experience in industry and administration in Tokyo, Mumbai and Los Angeles. He joined InterFinanz in 1995. Furthermore he is speaker at advanced corporate finance training courses. At the beginning of 2012 Mr. Kollman was appointed as Managing Director. Mr. Kollmann gained expert knowledge in the industries of automotive, mechanical engineering, IT & tele-communications, food 8, beverages, medical equipment, construction materials and services. Since 2006 he is head of Global M&A Partners Ltd's sector team Industrial Growth (Automation, Controls & Electrical Products and Automotive & Industrial Products).
Mr. Rión has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking. Prior to founding Pablo Rión y Asociados in 1990, Mr. Rión was a partner at Elek, Moreno Valle y Asociados for five years, where he successfully led several major cross border and domestic investment banking projects. Mr. Rión was also assistant vice president at Bank of America in the distressed asset group. He also worked several years in the mergers and acquisitions division at Femsa. Previously he collaborated in the strategic planning division at Teléfonos de Mexico (Telmex), and was CFO at Grupo Domit, a leading Mexican shoe retailer. Mr. Rión currently is member of the Venture Capital Valuation Board of Grupo Posadas, and is also member of the board of Megacable and of Agua Natural. Mr. Rión has been professor of Finance in the MBA programs at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) and ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey).
Mr. De Boer is a co-founder of ZETRA International AG (ZETRA) and a Board member of Global M&A Partners Ltd. Since 2008, ZETRA has always been listed among the Top 4 and since 2013 among the Top 2 M&A-advisors in Switzerland. Prior to ZETRA, he was Partner at the Helbling Group in Zurich and in charge of the corporate finance division. Prior to this, Frédéric worked for the Nestlé Group in Europe, USA and Africa. Frédéric serves on a number of boards of companies in Switzerland and Lichtenstein.
Mr. de Boer provides an active senior role in M&A engagements internationally with particular focus on sell-side advisory for mid-cap transactions. He graduated from University of St. Gallen and INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Founder and Chairman of Cross Border (1990). Cofounder and past Chairman of Global M&A (2003-2005). Currently Vice President of the Italian Council of Insead, a high profile Advisory Board of the Business School. Coordinator of Global M&A ‘s Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals industry team. Prior of this Manager of the M&A and IPO department of Sopaf, a listed Italian investment bank; General Manager of Ciba Vision, a new division created through a series of acquisitions in the optical industry; Head of New Business Development of Ciba Geigy Health in Italy. Education: MBA INSEAD Fontainebleau; Degree in Economics, Bocconi University, Milan.