1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl Craig as a Managing Director.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 Carl Craig brings over 20 years of business experience from the analytical instrument, laboratory and medical device industries. Carl is uniquely qualified to lead our team in the science and medical device sectors.

Dr. Craig most recently served as President of Environmental Resource Associates (ERA) where he was responsible for leading this post-acquisition $15 million privately held company to become a $60 million division of Water Technologies (NYSE:WAT). ERA is one of the leading providers of Certified Reference Materials (CRM’s) and Proficiency Testing (PT) products to thousands of laboratories around the globe and across multiple industries. Prior to that he founded a life science company that was successfully transitioned to a wholly owned subsidiary of ERA. Carl’s experience also includes serving at the executive level in Quality Assurance as well as Sales and Marketing functions.

Vision and realization of that vision are key success factors for Carl. He has managed acquisitions from both the buy side and sell side and understands the critical nature of linking great scientific and product knowledge into a clear vision to optimize client outcomes. Carl has a strong international background with operating experience in over 80 countries around the globe.

Dr. Craig received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara and served a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California Berkley.

“We are delighted and honored to have Carl join our 1stWEST M&A team and lead our scientific and medical device sectors. Carl brings a strong scientific background, 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 Carl’s experience and expertise,” commented Ted Rieple, Partner and Co-Founder, 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 and Argentina, 1stWEST M&A is uniquely positioned to serve its clients around the globe.

For more information about 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC, please visit our website at www.1stwestma.com. To contact Carl Craig, please call (303) 810-9095 or email at [email protected]