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Generational Equity Named 2017 Investment Banking Firm of the Year

By Generational Equity

Nov 17, 2017, 04:00 et


Generational Group, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses comprised of Generational Equity and Generational Capital Markets, was honored with four awards at The M&A Advisor's 16th annual M&A Awards on Nov. 13, 2017.

Included in the tally was the prestigious Investment Banking Firm of the Year Award, marking the second time the company has earned this recognition in as many years.

The M&A Advisor Awards is the benchmark for dealmaking excellence. It recognizes the leading transactions, restructurings, deal financings, products/services, firms, and professionals. The M&A Advisor honored Generational Group with an additional three awards besides Investment Banking Firm of the Year:

  • Consumer Staples Deal of the Year (Under $100MM): Acquisition of Ellison Bakery by Blackford Capital
  • Utilities Deal of the Year: Acquisition of Red Wolf Company LLC by Broadwind Energy Inc.
  • Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (From $10MM – $25MM): Acquisition of Red Wolf Company LLC by Broadwind Energy Inc.

The M&A Advisor announced the winners at its annual gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

"The award recipients represent the finest in the M&A industry in 2017 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of extremely impressive finalists," said David Fergusson, Co-CEO and President of The M&A Advisor.

"From lower middle market to multi-billion dollar deals, we are recognizing the leading transactions, firms and individuals that represent the highest levels of achievement."

Generational Group executives are once again honored to be recognized by industry peers. "We are humbled, grateful and thrilled to be recognized as Investment Banking Firm of the Year in back-to-back years," said Terry Johnson, Generational Equity Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer.

"This is a very distinguished award that we cherish. This award, along with the others, is reflective of our associates' hard work and dedication to give our clients the outcomes they deserve."

Generational Equity President and CEO Ryan Binkley agreed. "Without our clients and our team's commitment to excellence, we wouldn't be receiving any of these awards," Binkley said. "And it is a true honor to be called on stage to receive recognition from our M&A colleagues."

Binkley also spoke to guests at the gala about Tom Farrell, former leader of the Generational Equity client acquisition team. The M&A Advisor introduced the Thomas Farrell Memorial Award this year to celebrate his contributions to the mergers and acquisitions industry.

"This is a great honor to give you insight into one of my best friends," Binkley told the crowd Monday night. "Tom had a knack for people and a knack for business. He loved finding deals, working with business owners, and he just had a passion for life.  His legacy goes on."

The inaugural recipient of the Thomas Farrell Memorial Award was Robert "Bobby" Blumenfeld, Executive Director of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) New York Chapter.

About Generational Group

Generational EquityDealForce, and Generational Capital Markets, Member FINRA/SIPC, are part of the Generational Group, which is headquartered in Dallas and is one of the leading M&A advisory firms in North America.

With over 200 professionals located throughout North America, the companies help business owners release the wealth of their business by providing merger, acquisition and strategic growth advisory services. Their four-step approach features exit planning education, business valuation, value enhancement strategies, and M&A transactional services.

The M&A Advisor named the company the 2016 and 2017 Investment Banking Firm of the Year. For more, visit or the Generational Equity press room.