Monday November 13 was a night of great celebration for Dr. John Binkley and his company Generational Equity. As the Founder and Chairman of the specialist M&A advisory firm, Dr. Binkley has always been thankful for the recognition Generational Equity has received from its peers in the mergers and acquisitions industry. This continued at the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on this memorable evening.
The 2017 M&A Advisor Awards took place at the customary venue, The Metropolitan Club in New York City. At the black-tie banquet, gala and awards ceremony, which included representatives from over 650 companies, Generational Equity was honored to have already been nominated for a record number of awards – 31 in total.
The M&A Advisor Awards is the benchmark for dealmaking excellence. As such, for Dr. John Binkley, just to be nominated among the finest firms in North America was a great achievement. But, this feeling of excitement grew throughout the evening and by the end of the night, Generational Equity received four accolades.
While all of these award wins left Dr. Binkley and the Generational Equity team thrilled, the highlight was being named the Investment Banking Firm of the Year. This was the second consecutive year Generational Equity was bestowed this prestigious award; a testament to the firm’s consistent delivery for its clients and stellar reputation within the M&A industry.
As well as Investment Banking Firm of the Year, Generational Equity also won:
- Consumer Staples Deal of the Year (Under $100MM) for Blackford Capital’s acquisition of Ellison Bakery
- Utilities Deal of the Year for Broadwind Energy Inc.’s acquisition of Red Wolf Company LLC
- Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (From $10MM-$25MM) for Broadwind Energy Inc.’s acquisition of Red Wolf Company LLC
Dr. Binkley was delighted to join these various award wins alongside his son Ryan and other key members of the Generational Equity team. While award recognition has never been the end goal for the firm, for Dr. Binkley they demonstrate that his vision for his business is working effectively and producing results for their numerous clients.
Furthermore, the M&A Advisor Awards was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the life and career of a friend and superstar of the M&A industry. Ryan Binkley presented the first Thomas ‘Tom’ Farrell Memorial Award to Robert Blumenfeld, Executive Director of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG). Tom was the leader of Generational Equity’s client acquisition team and a member of the M&A Advisor Hall of Fame.
Sadly, Tom passed away in December last year, so it was fantastic to see his memory preserved through this excellent award, which recognizes individuals that have displayed the most generosity in developing the M&A industry. In this criteria, Robert was a more than worthy winner.
Dr. John Binkley is grateful for the opportunity to attend the M&A Advisor Awards, and humbled for the recognition of the four awards at this event. It was a great occasion for all involved, and the perfect celebration of the finest firms, deals and moments in the M&A industry for 2017. Dr. Binkley can’t wait until next year’s ceremony.
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