GERALD’S ARTICLES

Calling Owners: Urgent Action Required ‚Äď Jumpstart Your Calls Now!

Written By: Gerald O‚ÄôDwyer the PE Guru¬†     Before you begin making phone calls, it’s crucial to tailor each call to the specific industry or person you intend to contact. For instance, when reaching out to hospitals and school boards, keep in mind that these industries have different preferences.

Distinguishing Between Learning and Job Seeking: Are You Stuck in the Wage Slave Cycle?

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru ¬† The process of learning skills can be described as a multi-dimensional and dynamic journey that involves acquiring, practicing, refining, and eventually mastering new abilities. This process can vary in complexity and duration depending on the nature of the skill, the individual’s background,

How Executives Can Stand Out with Private Equity Firms

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru¬† ¬† In today’s competitive corporate landscape, executives looking to shine in front of private equity (PE) firms need more than just a polished resume. The pathway to standing out and achieving remarkable results in the PE world involves strategic thinking, continuous learning, and

Case Study: Enhancing Company Value Through Succession Planning in a Milk Cooperative

Written by: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru  Introduction  John, a 95-year-old owner of DairyBest Co., a $40 million milk cooperative, is contemplating selling his company to a private equity (PE) firm. With two children in their 60s actively involved in operations, ensuring continuity becomes crucial. To maximize the selling price,

Leveraging Private Equity Lower Middle Market to Source Deals with Blackmore Partners Inc.

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru¬† ¬† Introduction¬†¬† Private Equity (PE) has long been an attractive avenue for executives seeking to enhance their financial prowess and expand their professional horizons. The lower middle market, in particular, presents a wealth of untapped opportunities for savvy executives willing to source their

Case Study: The Proactive Path to PE CEO Success РFeaturing BlackmoreConnects 

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru     Introduction    The complex and dynamic world of private equity (PE) presents unique challenges, especially for those tasked with leading portfolio companies as CEOs. Recognizing the vital importance of grooming future-ready PE leaders, Blackmore Partners, Inc., together with five PE firms, established a

Bridging the Skills Gap: Building PE Expertise Among Executives

Written by: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru¬†   In today‚Äôs dynamic business environment, proficiency in private equity (PE) is a vital skill that can elevate executives to new heights. However, many executives contemplating venturing into the private equity sphere often hesitate to hone their PE skills. This reluctance is fueled

Maximizing Equity Value in Private Equity: Leveraging EBITDA Multiples for Enhanced Returns  

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru     Introduction Private Equity (PE) owned companies present a unique opportunity for executives to significantly boost equity value by mastering the dynamics of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) multiples. This strategic approach involves purchasing at a lower EBITDA multiple and

The Path to Private Equity Leadership: BlackmoreConnects and the Modern CEO

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru In the challenging world of Private Equity (PE), preparation for a CEO role begins far in advance. A case in point is the BlackmoreConnects platform, created by Blackmore Partners, Inc, and five PE firms. It was designed as a nurturing ground for executives,

Case Study: Preparing for the Future Private Equity CEO Role

Written by: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru ¬† Introduction¬†¬†¬† The role of a CEO in a private equity (PE)-backed company is unique, posing challenges different from those in public or traditionally private companies. As deal costs surge due to high-interest rates and inflation, executives are faced with the necessity to

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