Nolan & Associates Adds Managing Directors and Research Director in St. Louis

Nolan & Associates has added three new team members to its office in St. Louis, MO.


Brent Celeste Ron


Brent Baxter and Ron Zimmerman join Nolan as Managing Directors and Celeste Baxter is Nolan’s new Research Director. They collectively bring over 65 years of middle market M&A experience to the firm.

In their new roles, Brent and Ron will lead and execute sell side and buy side transactions for Nolan’s business owner, corporate and private equity group clients. Celeste will collaborate with Nolan’s deal teams to deliver research that uncovers the most desirable sale or acquisition matches for the firm’s clients. Nolan operates nationwide and provides M&A services to all industries.

“Throughout their careers, these three professionals have demonstrated exceptional client service and have built stellar reputations within both the M&A and professional community, and we are proud to welcome each of them to our team,” said Patrick Nolan, President of Nolan & Associates. “We are very enthusiastic about the depth of sell side experience and buy side expertise that Brent, Ron and Celeste bring to Nolan’s advisory offerings. As importantly, their values and character align with ours and it’s clear to see how they will complement our mission to provide high-quality and strategic middle market M&A advisory solutions that consistently exceed our clients’ expectations.”

Read more about each new team member below.


Brent Baxter

Brent Baxter has joined Nolan & Associates as Managing Director.

Brent has garnered over 25 years of sell side and buy side M&A advisory experience from his relationships and transactions with privately-owned and family businesses, Fortune 10 corporations and leading private equity groups. He has a deep understanding of business owners, and 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 with developing growth strategies, generating viable acquisition candidates and navigating the transaction process. Prior to joining Nolan, Brent spent 18 years as Managing Director of a St. Louis independent investment bank.
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Ron Zimmerman

Ron Zimmerman has joined Nolan & Associates as Managing Director.

Ron brings extensive sell side and buy side M&A experience and specializes in strategic business planning, exit planning consulting, business process improvement and best practice bench marking. During his career, Ron has held ownership in 4 companies and he himself has been in the shoes of a business seller, successfully selling his ownership in an IT Staffing company in 2015. Prior to joining Nolan, Ron spent 10 years as a Director of a St. Louis independent investment bank.
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Celeste Baxter

Celeste Baxter has joined Nolan & Associates as Research Director.

With over 20 years of target research experience, Celeste contributes to Nolan’s sell side and buy side research activities. Because of her multiple industry-spanning research background, Celeste has a deep understanding of diverse industries, along with an appreciation for the goals of business sellers, acquirers and private equity groups. Prior to joining Nolan, Celeste supported the research efforts at a St. Louis independent investment firm for 7 years.
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About Nolan & Associates

Nolan & Associates is a leading boutique investment banking firm with Midwestern roots, global reach and a focus on the middle market. Our mission is to provide tailored and sophisticated middle market M&A advisory solutions that consistently exceed our clients’ expectations. Nolan’s team of professionals provide sell side, buy side and capital raise advisory services and strategic guidance for business owners, corporations and private equity groups in all industries.

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