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Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Zamp Solar to PulseTech Products

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, SNJ Enterprises, Inc. dba Zamp Solar (“the Company”) by PulseTech Products Corporation.

Zamp Solar, located in Bend, Oregon, is a premier designer and manufacturer off-grid solar modules and rugged portable and recreational vehicle solar energy products. The Company has created a niche in high-quality, easy-to-install kits that charge or maintain any traditional 12-volt battery bank or rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Zamp’s energy storage solutions are used by the RV, marine, industrial, automotive, mobility and off-grid markets.

Southlake, Texas-based PulseTech Products Corporation manufacturers I2-volt, lead-acid battery maintenance and testing products, including ruggedized solar panels. The company sells to the U.S. military, first responders, commercial fleet and equipment owners for dual military and commercial uses, as well as to consumers looking to maximize battery performance and dramatically reduce battery-related expenses.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Atlanta Cheesecake to Dessert Holdings

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Atlanta Cheesecake Company (ACC), by Dessert Holdings, a holding company formed by private equity firm Gryphon Investors.

Atlanta Cheesecake Company began as a family business in 1988 on the Van der Blom family farm in Anniston, Alabama. Now based in Kennesaw, Georgia, ACC offers over 140 dessert varieties and delivers products to well-known grocery retailers in North America. Atlanta Cheesecake Company is committed to the highest standards in food quality and safety and uses the finest all-natural ingredients.

Dessert Holdings, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is an umbrella company that consists of several premium dessert companies and brands: The Original Cakerie, Lawler’s Desserts and Atlanta Cheesecake Company. The Original Cakerie, founded in 1979, is a leading manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across Canada and the U.S. Lawler’s Desserts, a manufacturer of gourmet cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and other premium desserts, is based in Humble, Texas.

Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors is a leading private equity firm focused on profitably growing and competitively enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management.

In the announcement of the transaction by Gryphon Investors, Meg Sapp, President of ACC, said, “We are confident that the team at Dessert Holdings shares our values and our commitment to delivering innovative desserts of the highest quality, and we look forward to a partnership that will bring Atlanta Cheesecake Company products to even more people.”

Solin Strategic and Woodbridge International Announce Strategic Alliance to Market Woodbridge’s M&A Services to Registered Investment Advisors

Solin Strategic, LLC, a consultant to registered investment advisors worldwide through its Solin Consulting Division, and Woodbridge International, a leader in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions for companies with revenues from $5 million to $250 million, are pleased to announce their strategic alliance.

The alliance will permit registered investment advisors to actively participate in the sale of their clients’ business and be secure in knowing that referring clients to Woodbridge is consistent with their fiduciary obligation.

Dan Solin, president of Solin Strategic, said “Our registered investment advisory clients are eager to demonstrate their value and expand the range of services they offer. Until now, they have not been involved in the largest transaction of their clients’ lives – the sale of their businesses. Our alliance with Woodbridge gives them entrée into these transactions and enhances their reputation as trusted, holistic financial advisors.

Larry Reinharz, managing director at Woodbridge, added “Dan Solin and his team at Solin Strategic have a long track record of advocacy for the rights of investors and the benefit of using registered investment advisors. We look forward to working with Dan and serving the needs of registered investment advisors and their clients who are ready to sell their business.”

About Solin Strategic

Solin Strategic, through its Solin Consulting division, provides coaching services, presentations and workshops to registered investment advisors and mutual fund families throughout the world. The President of Solin Strategic, Dan Solin, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Smartest series of investing and sales books. He is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Advisor Perspectives, and a long time advocate for investors and registered investment advisors.

About Woodbridge International

Woodbridge International is celebrating its 25th year providing world-class M&A services to companies with revenues of $5 million to $250 million. Woodbridge has offices in major cities in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The firm enjoys a reputation for integrity, creativity and persistence in delivering extraordinary results to clients.

Woodbridge International Hires Elliad Dagan As Business Development Executive

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to welcome Elliad Dagan as Business Development Executive.

Elliad will be responsible for developing new business opportunities domestically and internationally, as well as executing marketing strategies that drive growth.

“We’re happy to have Elliad on board,” said Robert M. Koenig, president of Woodbridge International. “His background is perfectly matched to our strategic imperative to align the Woodbridge brand with innovation and growth.”

Prior to joining Woodbridge in his current role, Elliad had spent a year at the firm working in all aspects of lead generation. During this time, he attended industry networking events and built relationships within the investment banking community, as well as with other professionals in related industries.

Elliad is a recent graduate of Tufts University, with a BA in Economics. He recently returned from Chile, where he studied at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso.

Woodbridge International Hires Derek Avdul to Expand and Strengthen its M&A Advisory Services

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to announce and welcome Derek Avdul as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions. He will report to Andrew J. Buchholtz, Partner and Head of Investment Banking. Derek will be responsible for guiding sell-side clients through the unique Woodbridge M&A process from first offer to negotiation to timely closings.

“Derek brings a dynamic background with a high-level of expertise and professionalism to this role,” said Robert M. Koenig, President, Woodbridge International. “His exceptional talents in business analysis, mergers & acquisitions, financial modeling, strategic planning and corporate development have made him the right fit.”

Prior to joining Woodbridge, Derek spent six years at Sony DADC New Media Solutions as Vice President, Corporate Development. He was the key financial executive driving all financial and strategic analyses, business modeling, strategic investments, as well as overseeing the Global Video P&L.

Prior to Sony, he worked at Midwest Total Systems as Director, Business Operations & Finance where he ran his family owned audio/video custom installation business with 35 employees, led the reorganization of the company, and ultimately sold the company. He has also been a finance and strategy consultant and an executive of strategic planning at EMI Music. He began is post-business school career managing mergers & acquisitions for EY.

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

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

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Woodbridge International Expands with Vice President of New Business Development Hire

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to announce and welcome Greg Michaels as Vice President of Business Development. He will report to Larry Reinharz, Managing Director. Greg will be responsible for developing new business opportunities domestically and internationally.

“Greg brings a dynamic background to this role that will help his impact practice, industry and channel development,” said Robert M. Koenig, President, Woodbridge International. “His background is perfectly matched to the strategic imperative we have as an office to align the Woodbridge brand with all things related to innovation and growth.”

Prior to joining Woodbridge, Greg has spent the last 14 years advising senior executives and business owners. Most recently, he worked for Vistage International where he worked with top professionals to provide leadership training and consulting services to CEOs and business owners looking to address strategic challenges, grow their revenues or develop succession or exit plans. Greg ranked 2nd out of 11 in total number of sales for FY17 with 39 sales and had the 2nd highest leads-to-closed sales ratio for FY17.

Prior to Vistage he spent several years as a private banker and advisor to family offices and executives and board members of public and private companies and ran a brokerage team representing sellers and buyers in industrial, commercial and multifamily property transactions.

He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, majoring in Economics with additional studies in Corporate Finance.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

For more information, please contact us at mconnelly@woodbridgegrp.com or visit our website at www.woodbridgegrp.com

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Skilcor to Premium Brands

Woodbridge International, an innovative middle-market mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Ontario, Canada-based Skilcor Food Products to Premium Brands Holding Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products.

Skilcor is one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of cooked back ribs and other unique protein products. Founded more than 50 years ago, Skilcor is a recognized leader in the North American food industry. Excellent customer service, innovative portioned controlled meat products, state-of-the-art facility, together with an award-winning food safety program, are the foundations of Skilcor’s success.

Premium Brands Holding Corporation is a publicly-held company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company owns a broad range of leading specialty food manufacturing and differentiated food distribution businesses.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of iTech US to SharedLabs

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, iTech US, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary SmartWorks, LLC (“the Company”) by SharedLabs, Inc.

Founded in 2001, iTech is headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont and provides IT consulting services with technological expertise across the full IT life cycle. Its wholly owned subsidiary, SmartWorks, is a software consulting and services company that specializes in hiring and mentoring IT professionals in emerging technologies. The Company’s founder and CEO, Kishore Khandavalli, will assume a board-level role with SharedLabs.

SharedLabs is rapidly growing IT company that supports, manages, repairs, or improves software, applications and ecommerce systems, which drive today’s digital world. SharedLabs is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida with additional offices in Santa Clara, California, Dallas Texas, NY Metro, Montreal Canada, and Reston, Virginia.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Shift Marketing to A5 Capital

Woodbridge International, an innovative middle-market mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Ontario, Canada-based Shift Marketing Studio, Inc. to A5 Capital, an investment group also based in Ontario.

Founded in 2010, Shift Marketing Studio provides digital loyalty and conquest marketing programs to a client base of approximately 300 Canadian auto dealerships. The company improves dealerships’ bottom lines by engaging potential customers through discounts and promotional offers for pre-negotiated deals.

A5 Capital, located in Pickering, Ontario, is a private equity firm comprised of entrepreneurial, growth-oriented investors focused on acquiring and building successful businesses.

Woodbridge International Promotes Matthew Mahan to Manager of Information Systems

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisitions firm, today announced the promotion of Matthew Mahan to Manager of Information Systems. The announcement was made by Marni Connelly, Partner and Director of Operations at Woodbridge.

“Matthew’s aptitude and contributions have been invaluable and he embodies so many of the wonderful traits of our company. His innovative thinking and vision will continue to enhance the strategic direction, growth and profitability of Woodbridge,” said Connelly.

As Manager of Information Systems, Mahan will develop cutting edge system solutions consistent with organizational strategies and objectives, build Woodbridge’s proprietary data base, analyze data and analytics for all marketing campaigns, oversee all information technology initiatives and train users as the Salesforce administrator.

Mahan joined the marketing team at Woodbridge in 2015 and quickly advanced to the role of Manager of Information Systems. His industry experience in data and analytics, focused technology solutions and technical marketing made him a natural fit for the current promotion. Prior to his position with Woodbridge, Mahan served in key sales and marketing roles for major retailers, most recently as a Department Head at Hobby Lobby. Matthew is also a minister, holding an M.Div. from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A Industry does business.