Get to know Duane:
Duane Donner, Founder and CEO of Founders Advisors, is an accomplished entrepreneur and business advisor with comprehensive industry experience and knowledge. As founder and managing partner, Duane leads a team of skilled merger and acquisition advisors and financial analysts across several practice groups.
Career Background / Career Experience
Duane began his career as a project engineer for Global Industries, an industry-leading oil and gas offshore construction company. During his tenure at Global, the company made several strategic acquisitions and completed a successful IPO. Duane’s exposure to the tremendous growth and success that Global Industries realized through M&A and its ultimate IPO, encouraged him to pursue entrepreneurism and ultimately a career as an M&A Advisor. In 1995 after completing his MBA, Duane successfully started a branded food manufacturing and distribution company that he expanded through a subsequent strategic acquisition and eventually sold. This experience provided him first-hand experience with the intricate details involved in owning, growing, acquiring and preparing a business for a liquidity event. After selling his company, Duane partnered with a large regional CPA firm to launch a mergers and acquisition practice group from the ground up. His experiences eventually led him to the opportunity to start Founders in 2003 and focus on M&A advisory by using a comprehensive, relationship-driven approach, defined as the Founders Way.
Duane received his Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and his M.B.A. from the University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business. He holds his Series 79 and 63 securities licenses.
Duane also served in the Army Reserves for six years and ended his military service as a 1st Lt. Infantry officer in a Mechanized Infantry Brigade. During his military tenure, he attended Army Basic Training, Inf. Basic Course, Officer Candidate School, Inf. Officer Basic Course and Bradley’s Commanders Course.
Currently, Duane is a member of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors and the Association for Corporate Growth, and he serves on the boards of several operating companies including: Gulf Coast Sand and Gravel, Integrity Industries, Louisiana Marine Operators, Lakehomes.com, , Atchafalaya Measurement, Inc., and Spartan Energy LLC,
Duane serves on several community-based civic and ministry boards including The Rotary Club of Birmingham and Highlands College, and Bridge2Rwanda. He also serves on the Young Life Outdoor Advisory Team for Tudor Farms and is actively involved with Church of the Highlands and Cornerstone Christian Schools.
Duane is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys wing shooting and coastal fishing. He and his wife, Amy live in Birmingham. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.