“I’ve worked with John Wagner and the firm’s founder, Ted Rieple, at 1stWest Mergers & Acquisitions since 2015, and I’ve worked with John Wagner on other projects since 2007. Here’s what I know: John, Ted, and the team at 1stWest have the skills, experience, and market savvy to help companies optimize their go-to-market value. That’s why they are the LBM market’s most-active broker today. Their strategic and tactical insights come directly from past experiences taking companies to market. During my 30 years covering the LBM industry, I’ve talked with companies who’ve worked through the M&A process…some successfully, some not. There are plenty of stories of deals that fall apart at the 11th hour, often for seemingly insignificant reasons. John and Ted are tenacious, skilled negotiators who manage to anticipate the unexpected—largely because they’ve likely seen it before. Their firm has transacted more than $1 billion in deal values. That’s experience!
If I were selling my company, I’d strongly consider 1stWest as my investment banker for just the reasons above. What truly sets them apart is the tough-to-measure metric of “trust-ability” over the test of time. In my role as the founder of LBM Journal, I’ve interacted with lots of investment bankers like John and Ted, who specialize in the LBM market. But at the end of the day, I’d choose someone I know I can trust. That’s no small thing. And trust is something that John and Ted have earned over and over for many years. Maybe that’s the reason I picked John as the provider of our magazine’s first-ever and only M&A column. Let me know if you’d like to know more about John and Ted.
Executive Editor & Publisher