Presented at the 2023 Fall Leadership Council

The Outstanding Member in Industry Award recognizes members in industry who have made significant contributions, both professional and civic, that reflect the values and ideals to which CPAs in industry should aspire.

This year, The Georgia Society of CPAs is pleased to honor Don Bravaldo as the 2023 Outstanding Member in Industry. Originally from Albany, Georgia, Don is a Cum Laude graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He became a CPA in 1995. Don spent the early part of his career as an auditor with Bennett Thrasher & Co., PC, and Arthur Andersen LLP. He coordinated financial reporting engagements and provided business consulting services to publicly listed and private company clients in various industries, including manufacturing, distribution, construction, business services, technology and health care.

After leaving his career as an auditor, Don joined Hanger Orthopedics and gained experience and interest in mergers and acquisitions. From there, Don expanded his reach and knowledge, which led to Don founding Bravaldo Capital Advisors (BCA) in 2010 to provide boutique mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory services to lower middle market private, closely held, family-run or owner-founder-led businesses, a segment underserved by large national investment banking firms. Over the last 12 years as president, Don has led the BCA team and its clients through over a quarter of a billion dollars of successful transactions across various industries.

Throughout Don's career, he has administered all phases of the mergers and acquisition process, including advising and executing confidential and competitive sale processes, identifying and acquiring acquisition targets, packaging businesses for sale, performing business valuations, extending and negotiating offers, conducting due diligence investigations, and managing the formal transaction closing process.

In March 2023, Don was selected as a Georgia Titan 100 CEO. The Titan 100 program recognizes Georgia's Top 100 CEOs and C-level executives. They are the area's most accomplished business leaders in their industry, using criteria that demonstrate exceptional leadership, vision
and passion.

Don is a sought-after speaker and panelist. He regularly presents to prestigious professional associations and gatherings of attorneys, accountants, wealth managers, investors and corporate leaders. Don is an active member of The Georgia Society of CPAs, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the Birmingham Alternative Investment Group, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the SelectCobb Investor Board, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Private Director's Association, the Virtual Board, and Vistage International.

Don and his wife, Aury, make their home in Atlanta, where they are active church members. Don loves fly fishing, golf and other excuses to spend time outdoors.

As an outstanding CPA and GSCPA member, The Georgia Society of CPAs is honored to present the 2023 Outstanding Member in Industry award to Don Bravaldo.