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 business brokerage 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.

Mark Heyman, 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 lead 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.

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.

Maury Bernstein, Business Development Associate

Maury Bernstein

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

Prior to joining BCA, Maury worked on the M&A team at Recall Corporation doing business development to drive their growth endeavors. She initiated and maintained relationships with a diverse range of potential acquisition targets in the information management field.

She began her business career as an intern at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, working with a team of financial advisors to grow their practice through new relationships within niche markets. But it was while working as a sales consultant at Dell computers, in Nashville, TN that Maury discovered her own passion for building authentic business relationships and observed how these could lead to sales transactions and growth.

Maury is an Alumna of Indiana University with a BA in journalism with business and religion minors. She has studied abroad in Jerusalem, Israel and recently received her Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Maury is active in philanthropic activities and enjoys spending time reading as well as running marathons.

Peter Stefanovits, Seniro 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.

Jeff Kamin, Senior Advisor, Early Stage

Jeff Kamin

In his current advisory role, Jeff works with BCA to assist business owners with strategic planning advice and consultation work as well as to assist with early stage funding engagements.

He has over 20 years of experience in strategy analysis and development of strategic plans for a range of industries and company sizes. From his time managing a $100 million internal Venture Capital fund at BellSouth to developing forecasts and plans for finance and insurance industry clients he has unique insights that help in understanding and providing justifiable forecasts for new and emerging industries and businesses. At QBE and Rollins, he developed financial models and forecasts and was involved in M&A activity and post-merger integrations.  While at BellSouth, he became involved in strategic planning and was responsible for acquisitions ranging from $1 million to $100 million.  At Heller Financial he developed financial and valuation models. In addition, he became an expert in “Big Data” and business analytics. As a consultant with Resources Global, formerly part of Deloitte & Touche, he consulted with companies in many industries that ranged in size from small to multi-national.

Jeff has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from The University of North Carolina.

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 was most recently GM of Strategic Businesses at Change Healthcare, a $1.2 billion company backed by Blackrock that recently 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.

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.