The team at Dunn Rush & Co. consists of seasoned professionals who know what they’re doing, and do it extremely well.
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Kevin Dunn co-founded Dunn Rush & Co. in 2009. Mr. Dunn focuses on business development, client relationships, deal execution and firm strategy. He has extensive merger and acquisition experience across a number of industries, including technology, healthcare, consumer products and general manufacturing. Previously he served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. division of Canaccord Adams, Inc., an international investment banking firm. He also served as the division’s President and CEO overseeing its establishment and expansion. Prior to Canaccord Adams, Mr. Dunn was President and CEO and Head of Investment Banking at Adams Harkness & Hill, an independent, employee-owned investment banking and asset management firm. He joined Adams Harkness in 2002 from SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he headed the Boston office as Co-Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Prior to SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Mr. Dunn spent 15 years at Tucker Anthony Incorporated as Senior Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets.
Mr. Dunn currently serves on the boards of Massachusetts High Technology Council, Inc.; Adams Harkness Asset Management; Family Business Association; and The Hamilton Trust.
Mr. Dunn received his M.B.A from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and his A.B. in Government from Harvard College. He is a Registered Investment Banking and Securities Representative (Series 7, 63, 79, 99) and a Series 24 Registered Securities Principal.
Greg Rush is a co-founder of Dunn Rush & Co., and is responsible for business development, transaction execution and firm operations. Mr. Rush has deep experience with various types of transactions across a range of industries, including consumer, industrial, manufacturing, media, retail, business services, technology, communications and defense. Prior to Dunn Rush & Co., he served as Managing Director for Citi Capital Strategies, Citigroup’s middle market investment banking platform, where he established a Boston office in 2007. Previously Mr. Rush spent more than eight years in investment banking with Tucker Anthony Incorporated and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of corporate finance assignments for both publicly traded and privately held middle-market companies. His experience includes advising on merger and acquisition transactions, public offerings, fairness opinions, and private placements of equity and debt.
Previously, Mr. Rush also was the Chief Operating Officer of Community Newspaper Company, a cluster of more than 100 newspapers and specialty publications in the Boston region that was owned by his family’s business, Herald Media, Inc. Community Newspaper Company was acquired by newly-formed GateHouse Media, Inc., where he continued to serve as Chief Operating Officer of GateHouse Media New England through a period of rapid growth that included numerous acquisitions and the Company’s Initial Public Offering. While at Community Newspaper Company and GateHouse, Mr. Rush was responsible for driving revenue, controlling costs, and identifying and implementing growth strategies such as acquisitions and new product launches.
Mr. Rush has served on a number of non-profit and industry association boards. Mr. Rush received a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College and is a Registered Investment Banking and Securities Representative, Compliance Officer and Operations Professional (Series 7, 14, 63, 79, 99) and a Series 24 Investment Banking and General Securities Principal.
John Coughlin joined Dunn Rush & Co. in 2017 and is a Managing Director in the Healthcare industry. Mr. Coughlin’s specific area of expertise is in the areas of Medical Devices and Instrumentation. Prior to Dunn Rush, he served as President and CEO of Advanced Instruments, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of laboratory desktop instruments and related consumables, from 2001 and 2016. Advanced Instruments was sold to Windjammer Capital Investors in 2016, and Mr. Coughlin remains on the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Advanced Instruments, Mr. Coughlin served for five years as President, CEO and Director of Benthos Inc., a manufacturer of oceanographic instrumentation and marine sensors. Before Benthos, he served as President of Dynisco Instruments, a provider of melt pressure transducers, temperature sensors and polytest instruments for plastics extrusion. John’s prior experience includes various positions in engineering, marketing and sales, and general management in the process control and instrumentation industries.
John has a B.S. degree in Physics from Georgetown University and an M.S. degree in Physics from Northeastern University. In 2001 he was awarded U.S. Patent Number 6237418.
Ed Pendergast has been a Managing Director of Dunn Rush & Co. since 2009. Mr. Pendergast works across a number of industries helping owner-managers increase their company’s value. He has done this throughout his career as an investment banker, CPA, corporate financial consultant, business valuator, CEO, Director, arbitrator and mediator, and a faculty member for the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Board Advisory Services. Mr. Pendergast has been an advocate for emerging businesses with a special emphasis on working with closely held and family businesses.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Pendergast has served as President of Pendergast & Company, a Corporate Financial Consulting firm which has advised a wide variety of companies on corporate financial strategies. Prior to that, he was a founding partner in a regional accounting firm, National Director of Planning for a national accounting firm and CEO of yet another regional accounting firm.
Mr. Pendergast has been President of the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s, the Smaller Business Association of New England and the New England Chapter of NACD. He was Vice Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Pendergast serves and has served on numerous public, private and non profit boards. For two companies, as Chairman, he became interim CEO to bridge the gap left by departing CEO’s.
Mr. Pendergast is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management Program and holds an MS in Taxation and a BS in Accounting from Bentley University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Registered Investment Banking Representative (Series 62, 63, 79).
Matthew W. Pierson, Managing Director
Matt Pierson joined Dunn Rush & Co. upon its formation in 2009 and serves as Managing Director and head of the firm’s Defense & Security efforts. Mr. Pierson brings with him ten years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, focused in the areas of defense, technology and advanced manufacturing. He has a special interest in New Hampshire-based companies and the needs of entrepreneurs who have invested their lives in their business.
Prior to joining Dunn Rush, Mr. Pierson spent twenty years as a senior executive in technology-oriented businesses. He co-founded DTC Communications, growing it to $30 million in revenue before the company was acquired by Cobham for $48 million. He also co-founded JitterGram, which was acquired by the Meltwater Group in 2011.
Mr. Pierson is passionate about both business and philanthropy. He is an active angel investor in the New England region, with investments in a dozen companies. He sits on the Board of Directors of Nanocomp Technologies, the nation’s leading nano-materials company. He has helped to launch numerous technology initiatives, including the TechOut Start-up competition, the NH High Technology Council’s Product of the Year competition, and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire.
Mr. Pierson currently serves on the Board of Trustees of New Hampshire Public Radio and Advantage Kids. He previously served on the boards of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (two years as Chairman) and the New Hampshire High Tech Council (three years as Chairman).
Mr. Pierson has earned numerous honors, including the SBA New Hampshire Exporter of the Year, NH High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year, University of New Hampshire Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year, and NH High Tech Council “Tech Leader” awards.
Mr. Pierson received his B.A. in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management from the University of Rhode Island, and is a Registered Investment Banking Representative (Series 62, 63, 79).
Steve Smith joined Dunn Rush & Co. in 2010, and serves as Managing Director in the area of Technology & Media. Mr. Smith’s specific areas of expertise include internet, enterprise IT, telecommunications, social media and networking. Prior to Dunn Rush he served in a variety of technical and executive positions with internet, software, and information technology companies both in New England and globally.
Mr. Smith most recently was CTO and Chief Scientist for Lavalife, a North American leader in the area of internet, voice, and mobile dating products. In this role he was instrumental in the firm’s sale to a public company, and performed the technology assessments for smaller scale acquisitions in the areas of social networking, mobile gaming, interactive television, and virtual worlds that the firm made or investigated post-acquisition.
Prior to Lavalife, Mr. Smith founded and was Chairman and CEO of Ampersand, Inc., a software development and IT services firm that served the Department of Defense and national intelligence communities. Ampersand, which has changed its name to Fonative, Inc., worked for a variety of prime contractors, including PRC, Sterling Software, Lockheed Martin, BTG, SAIC, Sanders, Sun Federal, TRW, and Titan Aerospace. Mr. Smith continues to act as Chairman and CEO of Fonative, which now develops VoIP software for enterprise call centers.
Mr. Smith is on the board of several non-profit and industry association groups, and is Chair of Technology for the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter.
He graduated with Distinction from Cornell University’s College of Engineering with a B.S. in Computer Science, and is a Registered Investment Banking Representative (Series 62, 63, 79). Mr. Smith currently holds three patents in areas related to voice call processing (U.S. Patent Numbers 9,053,711; 9,679,584; and 10,014,006).
David Thibodeau is a seasoned corporate finance executive within the health and wellness industry with a successful history of entrepreneurship, corporate strategy, international merger and acquisitions and equity capital raising. Mr. Thibodeau joined Dunn Rush & Co. in early 2014 as a Senior Advisor focusing on the Consumer & Healthy Living sector. He is a pioneer in the healthy living industry where he has developed a particular expertise over the last 25 years. For many years, Mr. Thibodeau was head of the Health, Wellness and Lifestyle corporate finance group at Canaccord Genuity (formerly Adams, Harkness and Hill). He served as an advisor on many of the industry’s leading and transformative M&A transactions that have defined the evolution of the emerging wellness industry. Mr. Thibodeau is a frequent speaker at key industry events such as the NBJ Summit, Supply Side East & West, Nutritional Capital Network, BevNet and others.
Mr. Thibodeau began his career in commercial lending at Comerica Bank in Detroit, MI. In 1983 he left banking and over the next several years founded two companies – a rustic style furniture manufacturer and a specialty/natural food company. Mr. Thibodeau sold the last of these business in 1990. He then joined with the founder of Yoplait Yogurt USA to start Boston Bay Management, a corporate development firm focused on strategic and operational expansion of domestic and international companies primarily in the natural and specialty food business. Mr. Thibodeau joined Adams Harkness & Hill in 2000.
In addition to his role at Dunn Rush & Co., Mr. Thibodeau serves as a Managing Director of Wellvest Capital, a private investment and strategic advisory firm focused on the consumer Healthy Living Industry. Over the years he has been an active volunteer and is currently a member of the Board of Overseers for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.
Mr. Thibodeau received his BS in Business Administration and Accounting from Babson College, and is a Registered Investment Banking and Securities Representative (Series 7, 63, 79).
James G. Thomasch, Managing Director
Jim Thomasch joined Dunn Rush & Co. in January 2018 and serves as a Managing Director in the firm’s Medical Technology and Instrumentation practice. Mr. Thomasch has over 25 years of senior executive financial, operating and management consulting experience. He has led and advised medical device and technology companies through all business development stages, including initial and follow-on fund-raising rounds, early-stage research planning, product development, Phase I through Phase III clinical trial designs and implementations, FDA and EMA regulatory approval processes, and domestic and international product launches and post-approval commercialization.
Prior to joining Dunn Rush, he co-founded Inspektor Medical Solutions (“IMS”), a developer of innovative dental imaging technology devices, where he remains active as both a Director and serving in the capacity of President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to co-founding IMS, Mr. Thomasch also previously held senior executive management positions in a number of other Boston-based medical device technology companies, including Clinquest Inc. (a Clinical Research Organization), PLC Medical Systems, the XRE division of Trex Medical Corporation, and Angiographic Devices Corporation.
Mr. Thomasch is also the Founder, Owner and Managing Member of Thomasch Executive Financial Consulting, LLC, a specialty consulting firm that provides temporary/part-time & ”fractional” CFO services to start-ups and small to mid-size operating companies. He also assists owners of companies contemplating the sale of their businesses, with an emphasis on optimally positioning and preparing the company for eventual sale.
Mr. Thomasch received his B.S. in Management with an Accounting Concentration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He has also attended graduate programs at both Babson College and Bentley University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Massachusetts.
Aaron Naisbitt is a Vice President at Dunn Rush & Co. Mr. Naisbitt joined the firm in 2014, and is responsible for transaction execution, business development and firm operations. Mr. Naisbitt has several years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, focused in the areas of sporting goods, outdoor recreation and manufacturing.
Prior to joining Dunn Rush, Mr. Naisbitt spent two years as an origination associate with Kamylon Capital, a private equity firm based in Wellesley, MA that invests in lower middle-market companies across a number of industries. Previously, Mr. Naisbitt spent two years with Putnam Investments as a Pricing Coordinator and Client Service Representative.
Mr. Naisbitt received his B.S. in Business Management with concentrations in Finance and Economics, Cum Laude, from Babson College, and is a Registered Investment Banking Representative (Series 79, 63).