Our Presenters

Karen Baum


Karen is a National Partner in BDO’s Transaction Advisory Services Practice with over 25 years of experience advising clients in complex financial transactions and disputes.  As an accomplished corporate finance professional, she routinely advises senior executives in transaction evaluation and corporate strategy where her experience in commercial litigation is key to helping clients avoid costly post-deal disputes that dilute the upside of a transaction. 

Donna Brighton

M&A Partners

Donna Brighton serves as a Senior Advisor with M&A Partners and is the founder and President of the Brighton Leadership Group. Donna is a business leader that specializes in getting results for her clients through change management.

Tom Byrne


Tom has more than 30 years of management and advisory experience with middle market companies. He has been a senior executive and owner of companies in the manufacturing, distribution, business services, and healthcare industries.

Anthony Enlow


Tony has over 15 years of experience providing financial due diligence and transaction advisory services. He has worked on over 300 transactions ranging in size from $5 million to $40 billion and has assisted buyers and sellers that include private equity, public and private companies focused on transactional quality of earnings, cash flows and working capital. 

Ellen Federman

Willis Towers Watson

Ellen Federman is a member of Willis Towers Watson’s Global M&A Practice and is the M&A lead for the East Division of the U.S.  Ellen focuses on business and HR strategy and complex project management.

Len Gray

Board of M&A Standards

Len Gray currently serves on the Board of M&A Standards. He is a former head of international M&A practice at Mercer, offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital.

Mark Herndon

M&A Partners

Mark Herndon is President of M&A Partners.  He specializes in a broad range of strategic and business effectiveness initiatives and is the co-author of “The Complete Guide To Mergers and Acquisitions".

Jim Jeffries

M&A Leadership Council

Jim Jeffries is Chairman at M&A Leadership Council.  Jim spent twenty-five years leading national and international consulting companies, private equity and M&A.

Kelly Karger

Willis Towers Watson

Kelly Karger is a Senior Retirement Consultant and Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant with Willis Towers Watson based in the Minneapolis office.

Jim McKay

Willis Towers Watson

Jim McKay is a Director in Willis Towers Watson.  He advises clients globally on the financial and human capital issues in mergers, acquisitions, integrations, divestitures and joint ventures. 

Jack Prouty

M&A Leadership Council

Jack Prouty is the President of the M&A Leadership Council, Managing Partner of Prouty, Montgomery + Partners (PM+P) and a subject matter expert in the field of mergers and integrations.

John Sinkus

M&A Partners

John Sinkus leverages his more than 30 years of business systems integration, enterprise architecture, business and project thought leadership and CIO experience.

Stephanie Snyder

M&A Partners

Stephanie Snyder is a Senior Partner at M&A Partners.  Stephanie has more than 18 years' experience delivering value-creating M&A advisory services to clients.

Renee Southard

M&A Partners

Renee Southard has more than 30 years of global executive and M&A experience including senior level positions at Accenture and Keane, Inc. 

Carole Spink

Baker & McKenzie

Carole Spink is a global employment lawyer who advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. She advises clients on domestic and cross-border employment matters, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.

Greg Stowe


Gregory A. Stowe is a director in the Dallas office of BDO Consulting, supporting the Valuation & Business Analytics practice. He has more than 15 years of experience valuing businesses and other business assets. He provides valuations and financial advisory services for acquisitions, divestitures, fairness opinions, pre-transaction and valuation analysis.

Michael Williams


Michael has over 25 years of tax experience in public accounting. He works with many types of clients in areas such as mergers, acquisitions, internal restructurings, troubled companies, and bankruptcies.  He has led tax planning and due diligence in more than 300 domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of industries.

Kristin Trahan Winford


Kristin has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning and implementation. She provides guidance on strategic assessments, implementation and operational excellence that support the growth and alignment of operating strategies and human capital.

Eskander Yavar


Eskander has more than 18 years of professional services experience both domestically and globally. He brings both the technical knowledge associated with complex business processes, and the “high touch” interaction style that improves the flow and timeliness of comprehensive projects.