Co-Founders: François M. de Visscher and James C. Bly, Jr.

The eighteen member board consists of an Executive Member of each Affiliate Firm and plays a crucial role in determining the direction of BGA, ensuring that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past, present and future members.

James C. Bly, Jr.

James C. Bly, Jr. was the co-founder of BGA in 2004 and served as its Co-Chairman and CEO until 2017. He remains an owner, but has now retired from active involvement on the board or management of BGA. He has been given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus for his vision and dedication to BGA and its commitment to the important role that family controlled businesses play in our economy. Mr. Bly was also a founder of HWSC, a multi-disciplinary professional services firm started in 1982. For 35 years, HWSC specialized in providing Family Enterprise Business Services to Business Owning Families and Family Offices, which own upper middle market companies or complex portfolios of operating businesses or operating assets. Most of HWSC's clients were second through seventh generation family-controlled business enterprises.
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François M. de Visscher

François M. de Visscher is President of de Visscher & Co. (www.devisscher.com) in Greenwich, CT. A native of Belgium, Mr. de Visscher has been an active advisor to business owning families for over twenty years, mostly in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In 1990, he founded de Visscher & Co., one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. Over the last 18 years, he and his team have advised over 300 family companies and family offices worldwide on issues of liquidity of shareholders or capital needs of their business. Prior to opening his own firm he was a partner at Smith Barney, where he founded and ran Wall Street’s first Family Business Group. In 1998, Mr. de Visscher founded “Family Capital Growth Partners”, a private equity fund focused on making equity investments in family-owned and closely held companies. In 2004, he co-founded the Business Growth Alliance (www.bgallc.net), an alliance of middle-market advisory firms based in Pittsburgh, PA, Greenwich, CT and Washington D.C. and he continues to serve as a Member of BGA’s Affiliate Advisory Board.
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Ken Acer

Ken Acer founded Global Launch, LLC to help hi-tech companies achieve accelerated sales growth. He provides companies with marketing resources, for either a fresh perspective on an existing market or a different direction for new opportunities. A Cornell chemical engineer, Ken's first jobs were in technical sales and marketing positions. After getting his MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon, he joined MSA's international operations team. Ken started his international career as P&L manager of Africa and the Middle East companies as well as distributor manager for US exports to Europe and Russia. He later became Director of International Marketing and created a team of 55 marketers from zero, developing the people, tools, and processes to create a professional marketing team.
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John Asher

John Asher is Chairman and CEO of ASHER, Inc. Mr. Asher assists clients on improving revenue growth and profitability. He is a nationally recognized expert on strategic marketing planning and sales/marketing process improvement. Since 1997, Mr. Asher has worked with the owners and chief executive officers of more than 400 middle market companies, which under his guidance have improved their marketing planning and sales results. In addition, he has trained more than 12,000 people to be more productive salespeople, and has facilitated strategic planning and strategic marketing offsites for more than 90 organizations.
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G. Michael Beduze

Michael Beduze is the founder and managing partner of Da Vinci Global Consulting, LLC. He has a diverse professional background serving as an investment specialist for a New York Stock Exchange firm, CEO to a number of companies (including his own family business), and in leadership for a number of professional organizations.
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Reese Bourgeois

Reese Bourgeois is President & Managing Director of Flow Consulting, a consortium of experienced consultants with proven expertise in helping organizations make dramatic improvement in their leadership and business processes. The focus of Flow Consulting is to accelerate business solutions using Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma concepts, ultimately linking these into a strategic focus for rapid, measurable results for impacting business growth.
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J. Keith Dunbar, Ed.D

J. Keith Dunbar, Ed.D established PotentiousT to enhance clients' long-term profitability and growth by providing a unique, holistic view of leadership capabilities within companies. Leveraging his groundbreaking research that quantified the link between leadership and positive financial performance in mergers & acquisitions (M&As), he created a series of M&A Leadership Success ProfilesTM. By comparing clients' leadership pictures to these success profiles, he enables better informed decisions in M&As and major change events to effectively take advantage of leadership strengths and address challenges. These insights inform the delivery of targeted and tailored leadership and organizational development solutions at the necessary depth and breadth.
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Ben du Pont

Ben du Pont is co-founder and President of yet2.com, a global marketplace for technology. Founded in 1999, yet2.com creates mutually beneficial partnerships between companies leveraging new technology and patents. yet2.com was one the world’s first open innovation platforms. About a quarter of the Fortune 500 directly engages yet2.com and most of the Fortune 500 are engaged in deal discussions through yet2.com, ranging from new drug-delivery technologies to new heavy-oil recovery technologies.
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Carl D. Herbein

Carl D. Herbein, CPA developed an interest in dairy very young as he grew up and worked on his parents’ dairy farm. Since founding the firm in 1972, Carl has served as Partner‐in‐charge of services for Herbein’s dairy clients. He has visited and provided services to more than 150 dairy processing facilities of all types and sizes.
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Joe Krolczyk

Joe Krolczyk is Founder & Executive Managing Director of Tartan Advisors, a consulting firm that helps leverage technology and enhance analytic capabilities to attain profitable growth and achieve competitive advantage. Tartan Advisors offers a strategic framework and systematic approach to engage employees and help organizations realize change and deliver value. Our team includes former "Big Four" consulting professionals and accomplished industry executives who have considerable experience guiding clients and employing technology to achieve sustainable improvements.
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Peter Kubasek

Peter Kubasek is the founder and CEO of ArkMalibu, a financial solutions provider based in Blue Ash, Ohio. Peter has been closely involved in more than 500 merger and acquisition projects ranging from $2M to over $400M in sales representing billions in transactional value. He brings a vast background of knowledge and understanding to every engagement in which he is involved. His success stems from his ability to identify the core needs of his clients, developing creative solutions and applying sound analytical and negotiating skills to each engagement. He has advised clients on strategy, valuations, acquisitions, divestitures and financing options in a variety of areas including telecommunications, manufacturing, consumer package goods, software and distribution.
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Dr. Jason Lye

Dr. Jason Lye is President and Chief Technical Officer of Lyco Works Incorporated. Lyco Works is a collaborative innovation organization that helps clients create market-changing products founded in patented technologies used by adjacent industries. Lyco Works shows their clients what is possible, and where to source the components for a product or service that can gain control of their marketplace.
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Paul Marcela

Paul Marcela is President & Managing Director of Governance Partners Group, LLC (“GPG”), a corporate governance services firm that specializes in providing external Corporate Secretary and related corporate governance services to companies and other organizations that seek to outsource all or a portion of their Office of the Corporate Secretary operations. GPG provides services in the categories of Board and Committee support, executive and financial management interface, legal entity governance management and corporate governance program and process development and enhancement. Its client profile includes stand-alone corporations, private equity portfolio companies, venture capital and emerging growth companies, subsidiaries of large corporations, colleges and universities and health care institutions. GPG’s focuses on providing governance services to small to mid-cap public companies, private companies and not-for-profit organizations that have a need for good corporate governance but may not have sufficient internal resources to practice good governance in a robust manner.
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Thom McLeod

Thom McLeod is Founder and Managing Director at Tenzing Consulting a sourcing, supply chain, and operations firm specializing in high-ROI, results-based programs that drive accelerated improvements in performance for mid-sized to Fortune 100 companies. The Tenzing team of over twenty professionals and numerous alliance partners serves clients globally across many industries from manufacturing to services. Tenzing Consulting is particularly active in the large private equity sector working with firms such as Kohlberg Kravitz Roberts and Clayton Dublier and Rice.
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Kurt Moosmann

Dr. Kurt Moosmann (*1966) is an acknowledged advisor to business owning families, family offices and private clients with global asset holdings. Before recently establishing his own Advisory firm Moosmann Capital Advisors Ltd. he had co-founded and successfully assumed the role as Chairman of Dara Capital, a Swiss Multi-Family Office providing Investment and Wealth Advisory services.
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Barry Rosen

Barry Rosen has launched successful sales and marketing integration programs at business-to-business enterprises for over 20 years. In 1993 he founded The Rosen Group, an Ohio-based company that provided hands-on marketing consulting to companies in healthcare, technology, insurance and other high-ticket, complex sales industries. In this capacity he created and honed the use of a variety of sales cycle communication strategies, presaging the convergence of communication and technology that has led to The Pursuit Group and its proprietary Sales Cycle Optimization program. Barry also co-founded a category-leading healthcare technology company and a successful regional advertising agency that grew to one of the top 500 agencies in the United States. His experience includes a relationship with Peppers and Rogers Group, the internationally-renowned consulting firm that spirited the transformation of business from mass- to one-to-one marketing.
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Phil Seefried

Phil Seefried co-founded HEADWATERS | MB, the investment banking business unit aligned with HEADWATERS | SC, in September 2001 with the thought of marrying world class financial and capital market skills with the fanatical pursuit of great client service experiences. He has led Headwaters MB ever since.
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Adam Vane

Adam Vane is currently Managing Partner of Paragon Global Consulting, a boutique consulting practice specializing in organizational assessment, customized training and executive coaching sessions for C-Suite and emerging leaders in areas of leadership, executive presence, teambuilding and conflict management.
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Mark Wines

Mark Wines has been in the financial healthcare industry for twenty-one years. His sound business advice, financial expertise, and understanding of operational process are sought by physicians in need of strategic planning with a profitability focus. Before forming 4C, Mr. Wines was president of the Business Services Division (BSD) of abeo Management Corporation, the largest billing and practice management company for anesthesiology and ambulatory surgery centers in the country. Under Mr. Wines leadership, the BSD grew to over fifty professionals including CPA’s, full-charge bookkeepers, MBA’s, practice managers, contracting specialists, lawyers, compensation system programmers and industry consultants. Mr. Wines uses his expertise to consult with physicians on a full range of accounting, financial, and strategic issues including P&L management, receivable and payable controls, payroll and tax compliance, benefit administration, best practice billing reviews, operational efficiency analyses, mergers and acquisitions, and hospital and payer contracting.
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