October 5, 2021 – Blue River welcomes three more additions to the team in Q3 of 2021. Rich Phillips, Jeff Welch and Will Morrison have joined our M&A Advisory and Research teams, further supporting the organization’s continuous growth.

Rich Phillips joined Blue River as Director, bringing a multi-faceted operations executive background with a record of successfully expanding start-up, turnaround situations and high growth IT and SaaS companies. Prior to joining Blue River, Mr. Phillips was the Chief Operating Officer for PatientNOW. Rich led teams in sales, marketing, customer experience, research and development (R&D), and administration that resulted in 40% YoY revenue growth and increased EBITDA 25% for three consecutive years, fostering conditions for successful sale in 2020 at 7X forecasted revenue.

Connect with Rich on LinkedIn or reach out @ rphillips@goblueriver.com.

Jeff Welch joined the group as Manager, bringing a wide range of experience from his time in the tech industry, personal business startups, as well as five years of Arizona state and county law enforcement. Jeff’s experience in multiple industries helps him build strong, quality relationships with business owners. Trust, integrity, and transparency have been the keys to his success in previous fields, qualities that align perfectly with Blue River’s foundations. He earned double Master’s degrees in Cyber Security & Software Engineering from the University of Advancing Technology.

Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn or reach out @ jwelch@goblueriver.com.

Will Morrison supports Blue River’s research team as an Analyst. Will got his AA at Sinclair Community College in Dayton Ohio. He studied for his undergraduate at Wright State University and New York’s Columbia University. Will recently completed a full stack immersive with Portland’s PDX Code Guild to deepen his experience with Python, Html, CSS, and JavaScript in use of the Django web framework. The majority of Will’s business experience comes from more than a decade overseeing residential construction projects, specializing in custom renovations and insurance restorations.

Connect with Will on LinkedIn or reach out @ wmorrison@goblueriver.com.

With the significant growth that Blue River is experiencing it is critical that we are able to add deep talent to our team that both fit in well from a cultural standpoint and also are able to ramp up quickly in a dynamic environment. Rich, Jeff and Will have both demonstrated that to be true and we are extremely happy that they have decided to join the growing Blue River Team.

Bryan Berent

Managing Partner

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 19 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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