Knowledgeable… Experienced… Respectable… Confidential
These are traits our team at George and Company share, among many others. We are committed to providing quality merger and acquisition services to help your business achieve its goals.
Learn more about our amazing team below, put a face to a voice if you’ve never met us in person, and view our résumés for a better look at the experience we bring to the table.
Christopher R. George
President & CEO
Chris is a Certified Business Opportunity Appraiser, former president of the Association of New England Business Brokers, and current President & CEO of George & Company. Chris has been engaged in the appraisal, sale and financing of small to mid-sized businesses since 1971 and has owned 16 businesses himself. He has personally aided buyers and sellers in thousands of appraisals and sales, both on Main Street and in the M&A arena around the world.
Philip H. Dotten
General Manager & COO
Phil joined George & Company in May of 2015. Before joining G&C, Phil owned his own multi-store retail business for 24 years. Prior to that, he had a long career in executive management. Phil has a broad knowledge in all aspects of running businesses including Top-level General Management, sales management, marketing, personnel management, administrative and financial functions. His areas of expertise include retailing, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, trucking/fleet management and agriculture. Over his career he has been involved directly with the sale, purchase or start-up of 15 businesses ranging from $350,000 to over $20 million. Phil is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to the team of intermediaries covering valuations, consulting and business brokerage services to Main Street and Middle Market businesses. Phil is also responsible for the day to day administrative functions of the company.
Jeffrey M. Lefebvre
Jeffrey is a veteran of hundreds of successful business sales. Jeff has earned and maintained the distinguished ‘Certified Business Intermediary’ designation issued by the International Business Brokers Association for over 17 years, and was awarded ‘Lifetime – CBI’ status in 2018. He is the Vice President of George and Company and has been associated with the company since 1986. His experience encompasses all business sectors, across manufacturing, distribution, services, and professional practices. Jeff started and operated a renewable energy contracting company from 1979 through 1985. As a stipend Graduate Student at the University of Connecticut he studied socio-economic issues relating to technology and social change. He has a keen interest in working with diverse Entrepreneurs seeking a path forward through recapitalization, divestiture or acquisition.
Ronald J. Kirwood
Ronald is a graduate of Harvard Business School and has been a Managing Director with George and Company since the 1990s. As a past owner of several businesses and with a background in middle-market mergers and acquisitions, he is highly qualified to represent sellers and buyers alike. Ron is also the Senior Appraiser of our Valuation Department.
Douglas works tirelessly to help business owners grow through acquisition and exit their businesses for their maximum values. Working alongside Beyond Brokerage and M&A services, Doug assists business owners with comprehensive business valuations and exit strategies that add equity and value to their firms.
Lori Jacobson has been a valuable addition to the staff over the last decade. Lori’s diverse background in sales and marketing assures our clients of receiving top notch sales and negotiating skills. Ms. Jacobson is also an accomplished business appraiser and real estate salesperson in MA.
Tim Cavan comes to George and Company after many years with Business World in Auburn, MA. His experience includes transactions both in main street business brokerage and mergers & acquisitions. He also has extensive experience in Professional Group Practice Management as an Administrator, Corporate Officer, and Management Consultant. Tim utilizes his experience to guide his clients through the complex process of selling their businesses.
Craig joined the George & Company staff to better provide professional services to clients and customers in the Western Part of Massachusetts and the state of Connecticut as managing director of our Springfield office. He has extensive experience in corporate America providing M&A advice and now stands ready to service all aspects of your main street business valuation and brokerage needs.
R.W. “Chip” Emerson
Chip began his relationship with George & Company in the fall of 2015 after retiring from 36 years of executive leadership responsibility of several world-class global aerospace, automotive and medical manufacturing and services businesses. Chip has extensive financial and operations management experience and has managed multiple strategic mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of businesses with revenues in excess of $150M. Chip provides clients with expert profit building services, optimization of business operations, and business valuations while assisting sellers successfully exit their businesses and buyers navigate through the purchase of a business. Chip has owned and sold several businesses and fully understands and respects both sides of the transaction table. Contact Chip today to have a confidential discussion.
Ron joins George & Co after serving the last 13 years as Senior Managing Director at Sunbelt Mergers & Acquisitions in Woburn, MA. Ron's experience ranges from general mainstreet companies to middle market mergers & acquisitions completing deals with various private equity groups, public companies and strategic buyers. Ron's past experiences have ranged from business ownership, publisher, general manager and holding various roles at media groups such as The Tribune Group, Media News Group and Gannet.
Wayne A. Andrews
Wayne joined George & Company in August 2018, bringing his broad knowledge and experience in Sales & Marketing. Wayne’s experience includes a successful assignment as Director of Sales for one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the US specializing in Health & Nutrition. Wayne also was a publisher/editor of Community Phone Directories. Most recently Wayne developed expertise as a Business Broker – Sales Associate and to stay physically active, referee’s ice-hockey, lacrosse and softball. As Wayne travels throughout New England, he is always looking to establish relationships with the local business owners. Wayne’s business knowledge and his driven attitude is what makes him successful at everything he does.
Bob joins us after over 20 years of business development, marketing, sales, management, design, product development, applications engineering, construction supervision, field work and labor. Civil and hazardous waste engineering, solar product development and deployment, contracting, construction, mechanics, automation, industrial fluids recycling, hospitality and logging encompass some of his background. Employers include corporations, startups and small businesses. For one 14-person engineering firm he expanded business, opened a new office and helped drive growth to 80 people. For another company he tripled the sales pipe line in 5 months. In serving our clients, Bobs first objectives is to listen carefully and learn what they can teach him about their interests, businesses and concerns. A strong relationship with good communications gives Bob the edge in representing the client and makes it a personal commitment.
Ed Roach began his work life as an employee in small family retail business and farm, eventually owning and operating his own grain processing, manufacturing, and distribution businesses. He continues to have an affinity and duty to these small business principles. Ed joined George & Company after deploying his career internationally for almost 30 years. He has worked expanding and consolidating International operations of private and NASDAQ traded companies and brands. He has a long history in Agribusiness and gives a broad professional perspective to our Business at George & Company. Ed has a degree from the University of Massachusetts and a business degree from Franklin Pierce Law center with concentrations in Intellectual property and Finance. He is passionate about the importance of small and developing businesses and has served on acquisition teams of larger companies at all stages of his career contributing to targeted and thoughtful acquisitions and sales of business units. Ed continues to serve on Boards of Ag, food, and consumer product and manufacturing businesses with technical expertise in precision Agriculture, nutrition, genetics, and process engineering.
Joel is an experienced Chief Financial Officer working primarily with manufacturing and distribution companies. He has a deep strategic, financial & operational background in domestic and international organizations. He has led financial and operations teams in small to midsize companies, revamping systems and processes to improve overall company performance. Joel has M&A experience as a buyer and seller, including the integration of acquired companies.