Bryan Berent is Managing Partner and co-founder of Blue River. Mr. Berent brings over 20 years of expertise to small to mid-size business clients. He has deep experience in analyzing the financial, operational and investment components of businesses. He has assisted clients in numerous industries including retail, service, banking, healthcare, distribution, construction, automotive and has significant experience in manufacturing and information technology. An expert in securing and negotiating ownership transfers for small to mid-size businesses, Mr. Berent also is well known for assisting clients in developing innovative and executable strategies to accelerate the growth and value of their organizations.
Prior to embarking into the mergers and acquisitions arena, Mr. Berent held executive positions with IBM where he had global responsibility for identifying and developing global alliances and strategic solutions for IBM’s Mid-Market Services Unit. He has built and led numerous consulting businesses within IBM. Prior to IBM, Mr. Berent led the Detroit Area Management Consulting Practice of Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Berent holds an MBA, with honors, in Corporate Finance and Corporate Strategy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Accounting and Statistics also from the University of Michigan. He has also earned the prestigious Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) designation from the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) and the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). Mr. Berent is an active member of AM&AA and ACG and numerous other professional organizations.
Mr. Berent holds the following registrations with Tobin & Company Investment Banking Group LLC: Investment Adviser (Series 66); Investment Banking Representative (Series 79); General Securities Representative (Series 7) General Securities Principal (Series 24) and Private Securities Offerings Representative (series 82).