May 18, 2021 – Blue River is thrilled to announce that Darrell Arne joined our group in 2021 as Managing Director, bringing a broad range of financial skills and deal making experience. Throughout his career, Darrell focused his attention on educating both business owners and their trusted advisors. Darrell has authored over 40 articles on various M&A topics and has developed and delivered nearly 200 presentations nationwide surrounding topics dealing with the purchase and sale of businesses (including business valuation, transition planning, M&A tax strategies, maximizing business value). He applies his knowledge and experience by helping Blue River’s business owner clients in the transition from being entrepreneurs, to the next desired stage in their lives.

Darrell obtained his accounting degree from Southern Illinois University. As a licensed CPA for over 40 years, he’s serviced the privately held business owner in a wide variety of industries providing tax, accounting, and consulting services. For a time, he held the FINRA Series 79 and 63 Licenses, and is currently a Real Estate Qualifying Broker in the State of New Mexico. Seeking to expand his knowledge of what makes businesses valuable, he became an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation with the American Society of Appraisers, appraising businesses in several industries for 25 years.  He came to realize his passion was as a transaction intermediary, and joined the Alliance of M&A Advisors in becoming a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor.

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It is a high honor to welcome Darrell to our team. He is a long-time friend and personal mentor. His private transaction insights have been forged by many years of experience as a dealmaker, business appraiser, industry instructor, and CPA. Darrell will lead sell-side engagements for Blue River. His heartfelt desire is to help owners fully understand the selling process so they can make wise decisions on one of the most important transactions in their lifetimes. Reach out to Darrell, and you will discover what I know – he is one of the kindest, smartest, and most authentic people you will ever meet.

Bill Loftis

Managing Partner

Blue River is demonstrating that it is one of the most dynamic Investment Banking firms in the Country. I’m honored to become a member of a Team of professional thought leaders, devoted to making a difference in business owner’s lives as they transition the ownership of their privately owned companies.

Darrell Arne

Managing Director

About Blue River

Blue River Financial Group is a middle market merger and acquisition advisory firm headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It assists corporations, private equity groups and individuals in the sale and acquisition of businesses, and has completed assignments in multiple business segments. With over 17 years of experience spanning across 28 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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