Welcome to RGA's ChangeMaker Podcast series. This series of short recordings features some of the brightest executives working in American business today talking about the changes they are working to bring to their industries. These are the leaders that will define the economic future of our country.

American industrialists were among the first to bring consistent innovation to business operations. In fact, the stories about our country's coming of age in the early years of the 20th Century are overflowing with innovative ideas that simply could not be contained.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

John D. Guzzo, Managing Director, Berkery Noyes

John Guzzo is a Managing Director of Berkery Noyes, specializing in the Financial Technology & Services group. He previously spent eleven years in investment banking and financial services at Giuliani Capital Advisors (formerly Ernst & Young Corporate Finance) and Ernst & Young.

In addition to his investment banking background, John has also performed tax due diligence and structuring of merger and acquisitions transactions within the Financial Services industry.

He has worked on over 80 M&A transactions during his career, representing more than $3 billion in value. During his tenure at Berkery Noyes, John has worked on several notable transactions, including:

The sale of Source Technologies to StoneCalibre and Datamax-O'Neil;
The sale of Venture Encoding to Taylor Corporation;
The investment in Mortgage Cadence by Monitor Clipper Partners;
The sale of Tradeware Global to SS&C Technologies;
The acquisition of Need to Know News by the Deutsche Borse Stock Exchange;
The sale of Versa Systems to Iron Data;
The sale of UpToDate to Wolters Kluwer;
The sale of Princeton Media Associates to HMP Communications and NACCME;
The sale of HCPro Holdings, Inc. to Halyard Capital;
The sale of The Gordian Group to The Wicks Group;
The sale of CenterWatch/NEIRB, a division of Thomson Healthcare, to Jobson Medical;
The sale of HMP Communications to Alta Communications;
The recapitalization of Asset Control by Fidelity Ventures;
The sale of Endeavor Information Systems Inc., a division of Reed Elsevier, to Francisco Partners;
The sale of The Teaching Company to Brentwood Associates; and
The divestiture of a division of Standex International sold in three parts, including a publisher, direct marketer and retailer.

In 2012, John was selected as a winner of The M&A Advisor’s 40 under 40 Award, a highly competitive distinction bestowed upon accomplished leaders in the investment banking community. He is also frequently featured in the press and has published articles in leading trade journals such as Mortgage Banking Magazine, HousingWire, and Waters Technology Magazine.

John is a Certified Public Accountant, holds Series 7 and 63 Licenses, and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. John D. Guzzo, Managing Director - See more on the website.

In this podcast, John talks to us about key considerations for selling a business.

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