Eric Kern has approximately 15 years experience in investment banking, commercial banking and consulting. During that time he has facilitated, advised, or closed on over $600 million in transactions involving privately-held and closely-held businesses. His business perspective has been shaped by experience with literally hundreds of business owners and managers representing companies ranging from start-ups and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. This experience spans across industries that include manufacturing, distribution, services, and technology. His understanding guides him in delivering transactions through both domestic and international sources that drive the top value for his clients. This includes the sale of businesses at premium valuations and other M&A and financing transactions aimed at building or harvesting value for the business owner. In addition to his extensive transaction experience, Eric has a proven track record for results through work ethic and dedication. He has been recognized among the top 5% of his peer group at two Fortune 500 companies. He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis where he was distinguished by the faculty for demonstrating intelligence, moral character, integrity, and loyalty; he holds a BS in Finance from Southern Illinois University where he was the faculty's selection as the outstanding finance student and played baseball on the university's varsity baseball team. He has been designated as an Accredited Valuation Analyst by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and has served as an adjunct professor of Business Strategy and Economics to undergraduate and graduate business students. Eric is an avid sports person that enjoys shotgun sports, snow skiing, golf and road racing. The second of five children, his business experience began early through active participation in the management and operation of a family-owned farm from his youth through his college years.