March 28, 2024 – Blue River Financial Group announced today that Evan Haigh, Vice President, has been recognized by ACG Detroit as 2023 Rising Star of the Year. The 9th Annual M&A All Star Awards Ceremony will take place on May 6th, 2024, at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI.

Founded in 1954, ACG is a global organization with 59 chapters. ACG’s 14,500 members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. The Detroit chapter was established in 1984 and currently has over 400 members.

“In the face of constant economic hurdles like steep interest rates and persistent inflation, Detroit dealmakers have been challenged to think more strategically and creatively than ever. Year after year, the M&A community has continued to exhibit their strength and adaptability. All nominees this year persevered through setbacks and stimulated consistent business development in Detroit,” said Danielle Bass, president of ACG Detroit.

The selection process involved in-depth evaluation of each nomination. Interviewers were assigned to vet and collect information about each nominee, and a panel of industry peer judges met to review candidates and select winners.

Bryan Berent, Blue River’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner, said, “Evan consistently demonstrates initiative, intelligence and leadership in his role at Blue River. He is a key contributor to the growth of Blue River’s capabilities and employees. We are excited and proud of Evan in this recognition but not surprised.”

“It is nice to see others acknowledge what we already knew – Evan is an exceptional young man of character, talent, and drive. His routinely excellent efforts on behalf of clients and team members have helped Blue River become a better company. I speak for everyone at Blue River by saying Evan is deserving of the award, and we are extremely proud of him,” stated William Loftis, Blue River’s other Co-Founder and Managing Partner.

Evan Haigh, Vice President, joined Blue River over five years ago. He is a NACVA Certified Valuation Analyst, responsible for Blue River’s valuation division and leading sell-side engagements. Evan has been recognized as a 2021, 30 Under Thirty Honoree by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). In 2023, Evan earned the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) designation from the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA).

“Winning this award is a humbling experience and an honor, especially knowing some of the past recipients. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity provided by Blue River and the outstanding support I have received from my colleagues, which has enabled me to achieve this honor. It is an exciting milestone that I am eager to leverage as a steppingstone to future successes of and with Blue River,”  said Evan.


About Blue River

Blue River Financial Group is a middle market merger and acquisition advisory firm. We assist corporations, private equity groups and individuals in the sale and acquisition of businesses and have completed assignments in multiple business segments. With over 20 years of experience spanning across 50 global industries, Blue River provides a suite of services to middle market clients including corporate development, private equity support, valuations, and transaction consulting, placing a premium on relationship-centered transaction counsel and client focus.

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