BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 1, 2016) – Founders Investment Banking today announced it is opening a Dallas office. This new office, the first Founders office outside the Birmingham area, will focus on middle-market companies in Texas and Oklahoma and Industrial Technology companies nationwide. The Dallas office will be led by new hire Eugene “Gene” Bazemore Jr. an investment banker with significant transaction experience, including several years as a senior banker at Houlihan Lokey.
“Founders has served a lot of Texas companies over the years, but this new location and hire demonstrates our commitment to serving middle-market companies in Texas and hiring talented professionals to that end,” said Duane Donner, Managing Partner at Founders.
Gene has over 20 years of experience acting as both a principal and advisor to companies executing mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and debt and equity financings. Gene began his career as a process controls engineer and transitioned into investment banking at UBS in New York, where he specialized in industrial technology areas such as automation, instrumentation, sensors and electronics. Gene developed significant transaction expertise while working for Houlihan Lokey in New York and other organizations such as Cooper Industries in Houston and AZZ Incorporated in Fort Worth.
“We’re excited to have Gene join the Founders team,” said Zane Tarence, Managing Director and a Principal at Founders. “Gene’s industry-rich background really complements our firm’s current industry expertise, and his southern roots (he grew up in the Florida panhandle and graduated from Auburn) make him a natural fit into our unique culture.”
Prior to joining Founders, Gene served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations for Enovation Controls, Inc based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Gene grew up in the Florida panhandle and graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, where he currently serves on the University’s Research Advisory Board. Gene was a Stern Scholar and graduated with an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
About Founders Investment Banking
Founders Investment Banking (Founders) is a merger, acquisition & strategic advisory firm serving middle-market companies. Founders’ focus is on oil and gas, SaaS/software, industrials, internet, digital media and healthcare companies located nationwide, as well as companies based in the Southeast across a variety of industries. Founders’ skilled professionals, proven expertise and process-based solutions help companies access growth capital, make acquisitions, and/or prepare for and execute liquidity events to achieve specific financial goals. In order to provide securities-related services discussed herein, certain principals of Founders are licensed with M&A Securities Group, Inc. or Founders M&A Advisory, LLC, both members FINRA & SiPC. M&A Securities Group and Founders are unaffiliated entities. Founders M&A Advisory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Founders. For more information, visit www.foundersib.com.