Our Approach

A strategy for success.

These are often high stress situations. Having a partner that you know has your back can go a long way in giving you the confidence you need.

Exvere advises privately-held businesses on capital transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and recapitalizations.

There's a great deal at stake. In the life of every business owner, there comes a time to sell or buy. Maybe divest a non-core unit or recapitalize to continue to grow. Successful identification of strategic options and execution requires debt balancing of present value and people's futures, of harsh realities and lifelong dreams, of company assets and personal sanity.

It’s about balancing the interests of owners, employees, and customers to achieve optimal results; and allowing management to maintain their focus on the operations of the company during this most critical time.

Strategic Sell Side

For the last two decades, Exvere has been advising leading Northwest businesses in liquidity, exit, or growth initiatives. We bring a market-tested process to every transaction — our process has proven, time and again, to substantially increase the post-transaction value of the deal. Our primary focus is Aerospace, Food & Beverage, Building Materials, Manufacturing, Distribution, Maritime, and Business Services.

Food and Beverage
Building and Contractors

Journey from small business owner to M&A advisor: First Quarter 2017

Aerospace: Market Update First Quarter 2016

Manufacturing: Market Update Fourth Quarter 2015

Aerospace: Bulletin Third Quarter 2015

Our proven methods are applied to benefit your specific business. With experience in a breadth of industries, we ensure we’re the right fit for our clients. 

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The Team


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Michael Brustkern Chairman and Founder, brings a unique perspective due to his track record as a serial entrepreneur who truly understands what it’s like to build and sell a business.

Leif Johnson Managing Director, brings 15 years of global management consulting to assist the firm’s clients in developing strategies that provide for both growth and exit planning.

Michael Bennett Managing Director, applies 17 years of valuation, research and financial analysis expertise in the investment banking industry to assist successful family and middle market businesses with sell-side, buy-side, divestiture, management buy-out and recapitalization mandates.

Gregory Noone General Counsel, brings 15 years of legal experience in Europe, Asia and the U.S. to assist the firm’s clients with all elements of an M&A transaction, with a particular focus on the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements and providing guidance throughout the due diligence process.

Pitt Means Director, focuses on both business development and transaction execution, and uses his experience in investment banking and operational management on sell-side M&A engagements for Pacific Northwest-based companies.

Grant Jones Director, focuses on business development and uses his past experience in operations management and personal financial advising to assist clients and prospective clients to develop strategic growth and exit planning strategies.

Erik McLaughlin Director, uses his 20 years of experience working in virtually all aspects of the wine industry to provide management consulting and M&A advisory services to the Pacific Northwest alcohol beverage industry.


Our scope includes firms who are not ready for an exit but wish to prepare for a transaction, in which case our Strategic Assessment is often the first step. Whether your interest is a partial or complete exit, making an acquisition, a management buyout or another capital transaction, our professionals can level the playing field. Private business owners are often far less experienced at the M&A process than buyers, which can place them at a costly disadvantage.

Strategic Assessments

Exvere assists owners with developing near- and longer-term strategies to maximize exit values through utilizing our extensive research and analytical capabilities. A Strategic Assessment enables owners to see their business through the eyes of a potential acquirer by normalizing historical earnings; determining strengths and weaknesses; and analyzing market trends, all of which provide valuable insight and direction resulting in better positioning. The Strategic Assessment includes a current valuation, an analysis of available options and recommendations.

Sell-Side Advisory Services

Exvere represents owners of companies in the outright sale of their businesses, the divestiture of business units, and in the sale of partial ownership interests, also known as a recapitalization. We work closely with our clients to develop targeted lists of strategic and financial buyers who are qualified to complete the transaction. Exvere employs time-tested processes to structure and negotiate transactions to maximize value for our clients. Finally, we remain fully engaged through completion, assisting with the efficient and timely closing of the transaction.

Buy-Side Advisory Services

Exvere also represents business owners seeking to acquire another firm or division. We have successfully completed numerous engagements, addressing a broad range of strategic goals including: acquiring market share, broadening product offerings, geographic and distribution channel expansion, and revenue diversification.

Management Buyouts 

It is not unusual for minority owners or a management group to participate in a refinancing or recapitalization to facilitate the buy-out of existing ownership interests. Exvere maintains an extensive network of potential resources to facilitate this process, including commercial banks, private equity funds, and mezzanine finance groups.