Team Bios

The Bravaldo Capital Advisors Team is a senior deal team with extensive knowledge and insight into the full life cycle of M&A efforts. This depth of skill and expertise across industries, when combined with the client-focused approach, offers our clients unparalleled service during the engagement.

Don Bravaldo, CPA Managing Partner

Don Bravaldo

Don founded Bravaldo Capital Advisors in 2006 to provide full-service investment banking to middle market clients, a segment underserved by larger advisory firms. As managing partner, Don has led BCA through successful transactions across a wide variety of industries.

Prior to founding Bravaldo Capital Advisors, Don led the middle market group at a Southeastern M&A advisory firm and oversaw all North American mergers and acquisition activity for Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., a large, publicly traded, consolidator of orthopedic and prosthetic service businesses. In these roles, Don administered all phases of the mergers and acquisition process, including identifying potential sell side opportunities, packaging businesses for sale, performing business valuations, extending and negotiating offers, conducting due diligence investigations, and managing the formal closing process.

Earlier in his career as an auditor with Bennett Thrasher & Co., P.C. and Arthur Andersen LLP, Don coordinated financial reporting engagements and provided business consulting services to clients throughout the Southeast in industries including construction, service, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Don is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated cum laude with a BS in Accounting from Auburn University. Don is active in his church and enjoys golf, fishing and the outdoors.

For a list of Don’s recent speaking engagements, click here.

Mark Heyman, Senior Vice President

Mark Heyman

Mark Heyman is a seasoned corporate finance professional with over 15 years of experience in investment banking, corporate restructuring, and as a chief financial officer. During his career, Mark has provided merger and acquisition, refinancing/recapitalization, business valuation, and other strategic financial advisory services to middle market companies across a broad range of industries.

Prior to joining BCA, Mark was the CFO for a pre-commercial biotech company, where he made recommendations to the senior management team on acquisitions, capital raises, corporate restructurings, and business valuations. Previously, Mark worked as a corporate finance consultant for a global business advisory firm and as a vice president for a boutique middle market investment banking firm. Early in his career, Mark worked in the audit practice of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP, where he provided attest services for both SEC and non-public clients.

Mark obtained his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Mark is a CPA (inactive) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Chris Leslie, Senior Associate

Chris Leslie

In his current role, Chris is a deal team leader, facilitating both buy side and sell side transactions.

Prior to joining BCA, Chris worked as a consultant with Image Merchandise Consulting and the Oxford Center, where his work included assessing and preparing companies for growth, sales, or acquisitions. He initiated and executed transactions in industries ranging from technology to apparel and healthcare, both locally and internationally.

Prior to returning to school for his MBA, Chris ran a research center for the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, where he frequently consulted with and gave seminars to commercial real estate industry leaders. The systems he put in place during his tenure there led to millions of dollars in additional transactions.

Chris graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and obtained his MBA with top honors from Georgia State. He is president of the Atlanta chapter of the Boston College Alumni Association and a Berklee certified guitarist.

Brady Osborne, Associate

In his current role, Brady leads and facilitates all phases of both buy and sell side mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance advisory.

Prior to joining BCA, Brady was a Junior Analyst at Iron Capital Advisors, an Atlanta headquartered fee-only independent Investment Advisory firm, conducting company valuations and assisting in active management of their $4B portfolio.

Brady began his business career in corporate banking with iBERIABANK, formerly known as Georgia Commerce Bank, where he performed financial analyses and provided strategic capital structure recommendations to private lower middle-market businesses in the industrial, technology, general business service, and healthcare industries.

Brady graduated from Auburn University, earning an International Business degree with concentration in Finance. He earned an MBA from Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Georgia State University. Brady is also proficient in Spanish.  He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, playing various sports, hunting & saltwater fishing, as well as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

Janine McPartland, Office Manager

Janine McPartland

In her current role, Janine McPartland is responsible for providing managerial and administrative functions in support of the company’s operations. Janine oversees the day-to-day activities of the office and provides support to staff.

Janine has over fifteen years’ experience in providing administrative, financial analysis and project management services. She has worked in various industries including real estate, retail merchandising and travel. Prior to joining BCA, Janine worked in project management for a leading sales and marketing services company. Janine has also served on the Board of the Cobb County PTSA and provided numerous volunteer services for the schools her children attend as well as for the organizations her children are involved in.

Janine graduated with a BA from Syracuse University. She is a mother of three children who are heavily involved in sports including travel baseball, lacrosse, wrestling and an ensemble dance program.

Maylis de Pillot, Analyst

In her current role, Maylis utilizes her analytical expertise to perform due diligence and buyer research and assist with development of company presentations and financial models.

Prior to joining BCA, Maylis interned as an analyst at Access Finance, a France-based Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Advisory Firm, conducting both buy and sell side transactions for western-based small and medium companies in France.

Maylis is a native of France and graduated from Neoma Business School (France), earning a master’s degree with a major in Corporate Finance. While at university, Maylis participated in an exchange program at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA).  She enjoys traveling, playing various sports and outdoor activities.

Taylor Mason, Business Development Associate

In his current role, Taylor facilitates the firm’s efforts in sourcing both buy-side and sell-side engagements.

Prior to joining BCA, Taylor was the co-founder of InvestED Benefits, where he managed the financial planning and investor relations activities.  He built and maintained relationships with angel investors and played an active role in the development of the company’s software platform.  Previously, Taylor worked as a consultant with CBIZ, where he provided valuation services for both public and privately held businesses.

Taylor began his professional career as an investment banking analyst with IndustryPro, where he served as the lead analyst on over $50M in completed middle market transactions. He also supported the firm’s business development efforts by building a network of business owners and financial sponsors.

Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a B.B.A in Finance.

Jeanne Pearson, Business Development Associate

In her current role, Jeanne Pearson leads the firm’s efforts in sourcing both buy-side and sell-side engagements.

While working as a marketing representative in the health care industry, Jeanne managed a large territory and developed an underserved territory to a level that created a need for a new satellite office.   She has also served as co-fundraiser for  Studio 4 the Arts dance company as well as volunteered for other school and church positions.  Jeanne received her BS in Business from Florida State University. She is the mother of two children and enjoys cheering for their events, outdoor activities and reading.

Peter Stefanovits, Senior Advisor, International Buyside

Peter Stefanovits

In his current advisory role, Peter works with BCA on complex buyside advisory projects and searches as well as advising BCA with cross border M&A. With over 35 years of experience in private equity, finance and merger and acquisition, Peter has been involved in over 40 transactions for clients ranging from multinational companies to private equity investors.

His deep involvement in supply chain management as well as industrial services, manufacturing and logistics industries provide BCA with a deep vertical expertise and knowledge in these industries. Prior to joining BCA, Peter managed a boutique investment advisory company and advised two long lived funds on their investments and divestitures. Peter also previously worked with Wangner as its international CFO and as Controller of Textron’s Bostich Division in Europe after beginning his career with FMC Corporation.

Peter holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration in St. Gall Switzerland.

George MacConnell, Senior Board Advisor, Operations

George MacConnell

A recognized leader known for strategic vision and business problem solving, George MacConnell brings 45+ years of operational and executive P & L experience across multiple industry segments to any assignment. His career includes generating positive results with large cap public companies, venture backed start-ups and middle market firms.

During 1999 George began assisting early stage companies with unique technologies and novel business models. He was a Director and Executive VP of Business Development for Fibermarket.com, an electronic market for recycled fiber. In 2000 George joined USBuild as CEO. USBuild was a supply chain/turn key solutions provider for large production homebuilders. In both start up companies he led the fundraising, developed and implemented go to market plans as well as general business development. From 2003-2007 George served as President & CEO of Masisa USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Masisa S.A., a Chilean forest products company.

George is currently a partner with Management Services & Associates. MSA, an advisory firm launched in 2001, focuses on assisting mid market companies. He also serves as an Industry Affiliate with American Infrastructure MLP Fund.

George was educated at Northeastern University, where he majored in Business and Economics. He is a member of the University’s Corporation. He received advanced business training at The University of Michigan in finance, strategy development and implementation. He served on the BOD of John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods for 17 years and also served as a Director at Fibermarket.com, USBuild.com.

As a member of BCA’s advisory board George assists BCA in direct business development efforts with lower middle market companies and closely held family run businesses as well as spearheads readiness evaluations and advisory engagements. George’s deep expertise in distribution, building products and service businesses adds invaluable operational perspective to client engagements.

Paul Carmody, Senior Board Advisor, Technology

Paul Carmody has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in healthcare IT/services, Software-as-a-Service, internet infrastructure, and supply chain/manufacturing industries. He has served as a key executive in five successful exits and one IPO.  He is currently COO of Nicus Software.  He previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at E2open, a provider of cloud-based, on-demand software for supply chains.  Before that Paul was GM of Strategic Businesses at Change Healthcare, a $1.2 billion company backed by Blackrock that merged with McKesson Technology Solutions.

Prior to that experience, Paul was CEO of AchieveIt, a SaaS business that provided a results management and strategic planning software platform to hundreds of businesses across the globe.  He has held senior executive roles at Internap, Cbeyond, Rackspace, and Broadlane.  He began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Paul has a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Bob Thomas, Senior Board Advisor, Operations

Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas retired in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer of EIS, Inc., a subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC NYSE).  Bob joined EIS in 1999 and prior to that was President of the Specialty Chemicals and Products Division – Europe, Middle East and Africa, for Morgan Crucible Plc., a publicly traded British company headquartered in the United Kingdom.  Prior to Morgan Crucible, Bob was with Scott Paper Company and Kimberly Clark Corporation for 23 years in various Senior Executive Leadership positions, including Vice President of the Asia Pacific Business, based in Hong Kong and Vice President of the North American Business, based in Philadelphia.

Bob has forty-four years of experience in business-to-business sales, marketing and executive leadership. He has a record of achievement in business leadership and creating outstanding and sustainable results in public company business units. Bob has extensive experience in M&A and business integration and has been very successful in leading highly effective executive teams. He was recognized over the years for various business excellence awards including being named as the Genuine Parts Company Manager of the Year in 2007.

Bob is a graduate of Western Carolina University and now serves on the school’s Foundation Board as Chair of the Advancement Committee and formerly as First Vice Chair of the Foundation. In 2014, he was selected as the recipient of the Western Carolina University “Professional Achievement” award for that year.  He graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Washington, D.C. in 1972 and served in U.S. Army Military Intelligence from 1970-1973. Bob also studied international marketing at Stanford University in 1987.   Bob and his wife Pam live in Johns Creek, Georgia and have three children as well as three grandchildren.

Scott Murphy, Senior Board Advisor

Scott has over 30 years experience in financial leadership roles in acquisitive companies.  Currently, Scott is a financial consultant and advisor for a carve-out company with his former employer, Birch Communications.  His role for the carve-out is to stand up the company with a comprehensive financial model, working capital, treasury services, insurance, and merchant services while also preparing for an acquisition within 3 months of standing up the entity.  Financing the acquisition requires a Quality of Earnings on the financials of the carve-out and the acquisition target.

Prior to this engagement, Scott was CFO of Birch Communications, a $600 million privately-owned telecommunications and cloud services company, and completed 20 acquisitions during his tenure there. He has also been a financial advisor in the employee benefit space with Defined-Benefit, 401(k), and large group medical plan clients.  Scott also has experience in manufacturing as Corporate Controller with Blue Bird Corporation, CFO of a restaurant company, and rose to hospital controller in healthcare.

Scott earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia. He then completed an Executive MBA at Emory University’s Goizuetta Business School.  He and his wife have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Jeff Cohen, Senior Board Advisor, Operations/Turnarounds

Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen is a highly successful executive with 30+ years as a CEO, senior executive and advisor, in both growth and turnaround environments. His diverse background spans business services, consumer services, financial services, marketing services, and specialty and multi-channel retail. Following a corporate career including Home Depot and GE Capital, Jeff served as a CEO, operating advisor and investor in numerous privately held service businesses over the last 10 years. He currently serves as President of Larson-Juhl, a Berkshire-Hathaway company that has been a premier designer, manufacturer, and distributor of fine custom frames for over a century. Larson-Juhl has 24 facilities in the U.S. and operates in 17 countries.

Jeff has been CEO for companies including National Product Services, 3 Day Blinds and Mobile Media Enterprises, providing effective leadership during challenging market environments. Before taking on his roles as CEO he spent a number of years as a general manager, operator and marketer at world-class companies including GE, American Express and Home Depot.

At Home Depot, Jeff was President of the $3B At-Home Services Division, growing the installation service business 35%/year during his tenure. Previously as Group President, Direct Marketing Businesses, he successfully led two direct supply companies, the proprietary credit business, and the start up of homedepot.com. At GE Capital, he ran Macy’s Credit Services, a $1.2B outsourced credit business with 900 customer service associates. At American Express, Jeff rose through positions of increasing responsibility in the Consumer Card and Merchandising Divisions.

Jeff holds a BS-Commerce from Washington & Lee University, and an MBA from the Marshall School at the University of Southern California. He and his wife Diane have two children, Sara (20) and Joshua (16).

Oliver Dunatov, Board Advisor, Buy Side

Oliver was a Senior Associate at BCA before taking a position at Home Depot’s corporate headquarters in Strategic Business Development and later being promoted to a Finance Manager.

Before his time with BCA, Oliver worked with an Atlanta based investment bank, managing all phases of the mergers and acquisitions process as well as on the fund management side. Oliver has extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions having started his investment banking career as a Corporate Finance Executive at a mid-market investment bank in London, UK. While in London, his expertise centered on mid-market sale mandates, primarily in the Business Services and Industrial sectors.

Prior to his investment banking experience, Oliver worked for a listed organization in London in a business analysis position gaining a good understanding of industry specific issues including customer churn, geographical concentration, competitor analysis and product performances utilizing a number of technical and benchmarking tools.

Oliver obtained his Masters in International Business with Languages from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. While at university, Oliver participated in an exchange program at the ICN Business School in Nancy, France, attaining a Diploma in International Management. He also completed his Corporate Finance Diploma at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). Oliver speaks Italian, French and Spanish.

Oliver is passionate about a variety of sports and keen on international travel. He is an avid reader of the financial press and enjoys a range of music.

Eric Jacobs, Board Advisor, Sell Side

Eric is currently the Director of Finance for Graphic Packaging International. He has over 15 years of financial advisory and public accounting experience with prestigious firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and The North Highland Company. He has analyzed and sourced multi-million dollar investments in small, public and private companies for Roswell Capital Partners, a $100 million debt fund. In this role, he managed due diligence from deal origination through funding, including evaluating business models, industries, and revenue forecasts, performing financial and valuation analyses, interviewing customers, and presenting deal recommendations to the senior partners. He also screened investment opportunities and structured deal terms.

Previously, Eric worked in middle market investment banking where he was involved in M&A, private capital raises, business valuations, and other strategic financial advisory assignments for companies across a range of industries including healthcare, business services, software, defense, and manufacturing. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Eric performed audit and tax work for middle market firms in the Midwest and provided performance improvement consulting services to Fortune 500 companies.

Eric holds a BA in Accounting from Indiana University and a MBA in Finance and Strategy from Georgetown University. Eric enjoys running and traveling as well as studying foreign languages.