Why Founders?

Our Firm:

We are Founders Advisors—a merger, acquisition & strategic advisory firm serving middle-market companies. Our focus spans a variety of industries across the nation, including; oil and gas, industrials, software, industrial technology, internet, digital media, and healthcare. Through our team of experienced professionals, we utilize proven expertise and process-based solutions. We form authentic relationships with our clients to help them access growth capital, make acquisitions, and/or prepare for and execute liquidity events to achieve specific financial goals.


Our History:

With nothing but a clear vision, a strong commitment to values and a few dedicated employees, Duane Donner started Founders in 2003.

Since then, we’ve grown to over two dozen professionals, forming relationships with clients all over the globe and across a broad range of industries. And to think, we did all this by primarily following one simple rule—the Golden one.


Our Values:

Order: Maintain focus on doing things right the first time, every time
Service: Forge strong relationships with clients, peers and within our community
Accountability: Define, communicate and own key results
Truth: Seek the truth, speak the truth and advocate the truth
Growth: Reflection, evaluation and planned improvement

What makes Founders different?

  • Relationship Driven

    While many firms focus solely on the transaction, we are primarily driven by forming relationships with those we serve—authentic connections that begin with us listening to your needs, and then working tirelessly to meet, and exceed, your expectations.

  • Results Oriented

    Unfortunately, the business we’re in is riddled with those who promise much but deliver little. At Founders, we remain focused on our clients’ needs—diligently pursuing them until the deal is done, the goals are met and the results are achieved.

  • Founder Focused

    While it isn’t always the case, our firm is primarily focused on working with company founders. We understand that to them, this is more than just a business decision, it’s an emotional one. That the people working there are more than just employees, they’re partners, colleagues and friends. And that founders want to do more than just sell a business, they want to ensure a lasting legacy.

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