Brent joined Nolan in 2019, bringing over 25 years of sell side and buy side advisory experience from his relationships and transactions with privately-owned and family businesses, Fortune 10 corporations and leading private equity groups. To this point in his M&A career, Brent has closed over 200 transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.
Brent is motivated by his passion for entrepreneurship, and sees his role advising buy side and sell side clients as a pleasure, and not as work. From his experience with business sellers, Brent has developed a deep understanding of business owners. He knows the importance of finding the right partner for an owner’s family and company legacy, while also helping them realize their lifelong financial goals. Through Brent’s buy side practice, he assists corporate acquirers in understanding their growth opportunities and also the non-monetary value drivers that are so important to sellers and vital to getting deals closed.
Brent is on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of Finance for the Global Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). ACG has 14,500 members and is the world’s leading organization serving middle-market M&A deal-makers and business leaders focused on driving growth. He is also spearheading ACG’s efforts to further build the organization’s outreach to corporate development professionals. Brent also serves on the board of the St. Louis ACG chapter.
Prior to joining Nolan, Brent spent 18 years as Managing Director of a St. Louis independent investment bank. Earlier in his career, Brent was the CEO of a food manufacturing company that more than quadrupled its sales by making acquisitions in a period of just eight years. Brent earned his undergraduate degree at Allegheny College, followed by his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for several privately held companies.
Outside the office, Brent is very active in the St. Louis charitable and professional communities. He has served as a long time board member and executive committee member for the LUME Institute and the University City Children’s Center, an organization on the leading edge of transforming the field of early childhood education.
Brent worked all through college in an Italian gourmet restaurant, which fostered a lifelong passion for cooking (and some level of dishwashing!). Brent also finds time to travel, read and exercise. Brent and his wife have 2 sons, and he works from Nolan’s St. Louis office.
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