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  1. Aboyoun, Joseph

    joseph-aboyounJoseph Aboyoun

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    Having began his 30+-year legal career as a tax lawyer, Joseph Aboyoun has developed tremendous experience – and extensive relationships – working with automobile dealers and those with whom they do business. Joe now spends much of his time representing his clients in negotiating the purchase and sale of dealerships. This includes the issues that typically arise in sales and acquisitions, as well as circumstances like franchise protests, terminations and other franchise-related disputes. In addition, Joe has extensive experience in resolving many franchise disputes through the use of applicable mediation processes. Joe also works with dealers and others on estate planning and succession planning issues.

    He has been actively involved in the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC), a nationwide organization of attorneys who represent automobile and other vehicle dealers, as well as the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising; he has written and spoken on a wide variety of topics for both organizations. In addition, Joe has taught classes in buying and selling automotive dealerships, and has spoken on estate planning topics as well.

  2. Ahmad, Farid

    Farid Ahmad - President, Dealer Solutions Canada

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    Farid Ahmad is the C.E.O. & founder of Dealer Solutions Group. A company that owns and operates three companies which all provide different services to the automotive industry. These companies include; Dealer Solutions Canada, Auto Careers Group and Right Fit Plus. After working in the automotive industry for the last 30 years in the U.K., the United States and Canada, Farid is considered an industry expert in recruitment and hiring and has been a guest speaker for Chrysler Canada, Porsche Canada as well as other automotive industry groups. Farid and his team at Auto Careers Group have interviewed and placed over 1,000 candidates in the retail automotive industry over the last seven years.

    Over the years, Farid has developed many strong relationships with dealer principals and manufacturers so when he decided that he wanted to become involved with the Mergers & Acquisitions business for dealerships, he was able to combine his knowledge and experience of the industry and his contact base to grow Dealer Solutions Canada into the largest Mergers & Acquisitions Company in Canada in just a few years. After having been involved in over 40 dealership transactions, Farid has his finger on the pulse of the automotive marketplace in Canada.

  3. Aiken, James

    James AikenJames Aiken

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  4. Bagus, Barry

    Barry Bagus

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  5. Bass, Robert

    Robert Bass

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  6. Beck, Willie

    Willie Beck

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  7. Bellavia, Leonard

    Len BellaviaLeonard Bellavia - Founding Partner, Bellavia Blatt Andron & Crossett, PC

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  8. Bethel, Stephen

    image-coming-soonStephen Bethel

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  9. Carter, Brad

    Brad Carter

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  10. Counts, Mark

    image-coming-soonMark Counts

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  11. Henderson, Adam

    image-coming-soonAdam Henderson

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  12. Henderson, Ross

    image-coming-soonRoss Henderson

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  13. Hendricks, James

    image-coming-soonJames Hendricks

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  14. Hendricks, Mercedes

    image-coming-soonMercedes Hendricks

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  15. Jensky, Wallace

    image-coming-soonWallace Jensky

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  16. Jerome, Sandi

    sandi-jeromeSandi Jerome

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  17. Johnson, Mark

    mark-profileMark Johnson - CBI, M&AMI - MD Johnson, Inc.
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    Mark Johnson is the President of MD Johnson Inc., a mergers, acquisitions and financial advisory firm specializing in providing exit, succession and acquisition financial advisory services to automobile and motor sports dealers, dealership groups and public companies on the valuation, disposition and acquisition of dealerships and dealership related assets and organizations.

    Johnson, previously an automobile dealer, has earned the designation of CBI Certified Business Intermediary and M&AMI Mergers and Acquisitions Master Intermediary. Currently, he is the only individual in the U.S. specializing in dealership mergers and acquisitions advisory services who has earned the M&AMI conferred by the IBBA/M&A Source. Johnson is also recognized as an expert witness in valuations and factory related issues.

  18. Kotzen, Richard

    Richard KotzenRichard Kotzen - CPA - Crowe Horwath LLP

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  19. Linzer, Stephen P.

    Stephen P. Linzer 2Stephen P. Linzer - Attorney, Tiffany & Bosco

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  20. McGovern, Paul

    Paul McGovernPaul McGovern - CPA, Downey & Company

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  21. O'Sullivan, James P.

    James P. O'SullivanJames P. O'Sullivan - Attorney, Tiffany & Bosco

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  22. Porter, C. Greg

    C. Greg PorterC. Greg Porter - CPA, Porter & Company

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  23. Ray, Don E.

    Don E. RayDon E. Ray - Portfolio Reinsurance

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  24. Schindler, Tom

    Tom SchindlerTom Schindler - Automotive Advisors of America, Inc.

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  25. Schmitz, Eric

    Eric SchmitzEric Schmitz - V.P. Product & Business Development, KPA

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  26. Silver, Ira

    Ira Silver headshotIra Silver - CPA, CGMA, Principal, MBAF
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    Ira Silver, CPA, CGMA, is a principal in the Tax and Accounting Department at MBAF.  He is the principal-in-charge of the firm’s Orlando office.

    Ira specializes in the acquisition and sale of automotive dealerships. He has extensive experience with valuation of automotive dealerships, compliance review relating to income tax provisions, financial statement reporting (audit, review and compilation), estate and succession planning, LIFO inventory reserves, negotiating capital, real estate and floor plan loans with financial institutions, negotiate purchase and sale of dealerships, negotiate reductions in federal, state, sales and/or use tax assessments, profitability studies, analysis and consulting for various profit centers within a dealership.

  27. Tasini, Oren

    Oren TasiniOren Tasini - Attorney, Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger

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  28. Tenner, Erin

    Erin TennerErin Tenner, Attorney

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  29. Thrasher, Ken

    Ken ThrasherKen Thrasher - Chairman, Compli

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  30. Weaver, David

    David WeaverDavid Weaver - CSP, CEC, Partner, The Rawls Group
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    David Weaver provides business succession leadership and planning as a partner with The Rawls Group. A boutique firm, The Rawls Group specializes in the automotive industry, working with the owners, families, and senior management of dealerships in the planning and execution of business succession strategies.

    Working in concert with a client's advisors, David orchestrates the development of an integrated plan addressing the business, tax, financial, family and emotional issues that must be overcome to ensure the preservation of businesses, estates, and families for generations to come.

    His background includes 30 years as a successful business executive ranging from startups to developing new divisions for publicly held companies. David developed his own consulting practice in 2008  and was subsequently brought into The Rawls Group specializing in the areas of strategic planning, executive mentoring, and business performance.

    David earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in accounting from East Carolina University. He is a Certified Succession Planner and a Certified Executive Coach.

  31. Wilke, Jonathan

    Jonathan WilkeJonathan Wilke - Dixon Hughs Goodman LLP
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    Jonathan is a partner in the Fort Worth office of Dixon Hughes Goodman. Primarily focused on the firm’s dealership clients, he has over 14 years of public accounting experience performing audit and consulting services. Jonathan’s consulting experience is concentrated in dealership F&I compliance, operational analysis, forensic investigation, risk assessments, due diligence, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and a wide range of internal audit services.

    On numerous occasions Jonathan has presented on internal controls and fraud risks impacting dealerships to a variety of professional and business associations.

    Additionally, Jonathan is active in recruiting and staff development for the Fort Worth Office.

  32. Woodward, Carl

    Carl WoodwardCarl Woodward - CPA, Woodward & Associates

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  33. York, Tim

    Tim YorkTim York - Managing Partner, DHG Dealerships

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