Founders Fall Update

Oil & Gas Services Business Owners Experience the Best of South Louisiana at the Founders Blast & Cast Forum

The Founders team hosted a Blast & Cast Forum for business owners in the Energy Services industry at a piece of heaven on earth, the Lodge at Cameron Meadows, in Southwest Louisiana in late September. Guests had an opportunity to share great company and learn more about the Founders’ expertise and industry depth that could help them achieve business goals. Also, guests experienced teal hunting, red fishing, crabbing, and alligator hunting and enjoyed great meals which featured true Louisiana fare. Check out a few pictures from the great industry networking event.



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M&A Activity Expected to Grow in Second Half

Birmingham Business Journal, August 31, 2012

Founders’ Managing Partner, Duane Donner II, recently shared with the Birmingham Business Journal that in the second half of 2012, an increase in merger and acquisition activity is anticipated; however the activity will be impacted by the outcome of the upcoming presidential election. “We currently have more deals in market than at any time in our 10 year history. What we’re seeing as we bring good deals to the market is that private equity groups are paying a higher valuation, and they’re competing very strongly… There’s more capital than there are good deals,” Donner said. The full story is featured in the




Equipping Entrepreneurs With the Tools to Thrive

The Birmingham News, August 31, 2012

Helping experienced and budding entrepreneurs grow is at the core of Founders’ mission. In late August, the firm began development of a video series that will feature business leaders providing insights about building or selling a business. The series is expected to launch in early 2013 and will be available on the firm’s website. “We are invested in educating entrepreneurs during the entire life-cycle of a business and to providing owners with resources that share real-world examples to help them succeed and grow,” said Zane Tarence, managing director, Founders Investment Banking. Full story, featured in The Birmingham




Birmingham Business Alliance Selects Founders’ as Finalist for Small Business of the Year Award

The Birmingham News, September 20, 2012

Nearly 100 companies were nominated for the 2012 Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) Small Business Awards.   Founders Investment Banking was among the nominees and selected as a Finalist in the Small Business of the Year (1 – 50 employees) category. The winners were announced at the BBA’s annual awards celebration on September 20. “We are honored to be recognized alongside many of Birmingham’s strongest businesses and to share their strong spirit of entrepreneurship,” said Duane Donner, managing partner, Founders Investment Banking. Full story featured in The Birmingham News: