1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions Expands Footprint in Lumber & Building Materials Sector With Key Appointment of a New Managing Director

John D. Wagner Joins 1stWEST As Managing Director

Evergreen, CO – June 1, 2015: 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC, a leading investment banking and M&A advisory service provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of John D. Wagner as a Managing Director.

“We are delighted and honored to have John join our 1stWEST M&A team and lead our Lumber & Building Materials (LBM) sectors.  John brings a strong background in the LBM and construction industry software sectors, with over 30 years of industry experience.   John has a unique blend of entrepreneurial owner/operator experience with a solid and practical M&A and deal-execution background.   Our clients will be very well served by John’s experience and expertise,” commented Ted Rieple, Managing Partner and Founder, 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions.

“The LBM sector has seen an impressive number of merger and acquisition transactions as the housing industry continues its recovery, and John will use his extensive contacts to raise awareness of 1stWEST M&A for LBM buyers and sellers,” Rieple added.

Mr. Wagner has been involved with numerous successful private fund raising events and M&A efforts in his career.  Mr. Wagner served as director of corporate communications and investor relations for BuildNet, where he helped roll up 12 home building software companies; he co-authored the private placement memorandums and an S1 that raised $147 million for BuildNet from Credit Suisse First Boston, Robertson Stephens, GE Capital, SSB, and other investment banks.  Recently, Mr. Wagner engaged in the successful sale of a multi-national software company and efforts to fund the resurrection of baseball manufacturing in Haiti.  Today, Mr. Wagner’s special focus is on lumber dealers, building material distributors, building product manufacturers, and technology providers for the construction industry.

Mr. Wagner is an adjunct instructor in the Business School and the School of Architecture + Art at Norwich University, where he teaches architecture and entrepreneurialism.  He is the author of 13 books and 2,000+ articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NPR, LA Times, and other leading outlets. He holds a BA from St. Michael’s College (Vermont) and an MFA from the University of Alabama.

About 1stWest Mergers & Acquisitions

1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions is full service international investment banking and advisory firm that is focused on the underserved lower middle-market of companies with sales of $10 to $100 million.  The firm has built a unique business solutions platform of assisting owners and shareholders in selling their company, acquiring another business or raising growth capital.  With Managing Directors in the US, Europe, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.   1stWEST M&A is uniquely positioned to serve its clients around the globe.

Contact: For more information about 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC, please visit our website at www.1stwestma.com. To contact John directly, please call (866) 489-6604, or email him at[email protected].