Steve Smith joined Dunn Rush & Co. in 2010, and serves as Managing Director in the area of Technology, Software & Data Services. Steve's specific areas of expertise include internet, enterprise IT, telecommunications, social media and networking. Steve is also currently Chairman and CEO of Fonative, a developer of VoIP software for enterprise call centers. He has previously served in a variety of technical and executive positions with internet, software, and information technology companies both in New England and globally.
Steve 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 worked for a variety of prime contractors, including PRC, Sterling Software, Lockheed Martin, BTG, SAIC, Sanders, Sun Federal, TRW, and Titan Aerospace.
Steve is on the board of several nonprofit 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).
Kevin and Greg helped me work through a very complicated series of simultaneous acquisition opportunities. They lined up and negotiated the necessary equity and debt financings, and worked through all the issues to get the best deal closed in tough market conditions. They gave me great advice throughout the process and did whatever it took to help me get it done.
Pat Purcell, President & CEO of Herald Media
Dunn represented, marketed and successfully sold our business. My partner and I interviewed a number of investment bankers prior to the transaction and chose Kevin because of his broad industry experience, professional reputation and ability to get deals done. Kevin and his team learned everything about our business and put together a comprehensive offering memorandum which generated tremendous interest from both private equity and strategic buyers. Kevin conducted an efficient auction of our company and was able to “walk-up” the ultimate sale price substantially. We never second guessed our decision to hire Kevin and I strongly recommend him for consideration for your project.
Rick Thibadeau, CEO and Owner of AW Direct
I was approached by multiple potential buyers and knew I needed help to navigate the process while continuing to run my business. Dunn Rush was instrumental in organizing the data room, managing the bidding, facilitating negotiations, maintaining positive communications, maximizing the sale price and getting it over the goal line. I highly recommend Kevin and Greg.
Bob Keeley, Former Owner and CEO, Diversified Project Management, Inc.