John D. Wagner serves as a Managing Director for 1stWEST MA and leads multiple sectors for the company, with a special focus on technology/software, building materials, and distribution sectors. He 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 logistics & workflow management 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. Today, Mr. Wagner is a widely published M&A expect, event speaker, and columnist, with articles regularly appearing in MJBizDaily’s Investor Intelligence, LBM Journal, Industrial Distribution, and Entrepreneur.com. His most-recent book is M&A Basics For People in a Hurry, now in its 3rd edition. Recently, Mr. Wagner engaged in the successful sale of multiple software, science, and building material distribution companies, including three companies sold to Berkshire Hathaway’s MiTek, where he also serves as a consultant. Mr. Wagner is the author of 2,500+ articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NPR, LA Times, and other leading trade media outlets. He has written and published 19 books in all. Mr. Wagner recently served as adjunct instructor in the Business School and the School of Architecture + Art at Norwich University, where he taught architecture and entrepreneurialism at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
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