Mr. Merkel serves as a Vice President with EdgePoint Capital. In this role, he is primarily responsible for assisting prospective clients with the assessment of their strategic business options in light of their personal and corporate objectives, market conditions, estimated company values and their competitive positioning.
He has over 30 years of experience selling closely-held manufactures, distributors and service companies. Widely published, Mr. Merkel has written articles on the acquisition and sale of private companies for Mergers & Acquisitions magazine, M&A Today, the M&A Insider and Crain’s Cleveland Business. He has been quoted in such publications as the National Review of Corporate Acquisitions, Mergers & Acquisitions magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
Prior to entering investment banking, Mr. Merkel was President and part owner of Metal Blast, Inc. a leading producer of metal abrasives sold to the foundry industry. Previously, he was President of Merrymaid Plastics Corp., an injection molder of proprietary houseware and hardware products sold to major consumer product companies. In addition, he successfully engineered three startups, two turnarounds and the sale of four companies in which he had an ownership interest.
Mr. Merkel holds a B.A. in Economics from Nasson College and an MBA through CSU’s Executive Program. He is a former Marine Corps officer and held multiple combat commands in Vietnam. He is a founding member and former two-term President of IMAP, International M&A Partners, a global organization with members in over thirty countries.