The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (AM&AA), the leading association and credentialing body for middle market M&A professionals, in partnership with BKD and Merrill DataSite, named Dr. J. Keith Dunbar as winner of the sixth annual middle market Thought Leader of the Year Award.

The AM&AA instituted the Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the middle market M&A profession through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence. It recognizes those in the M&A community that create and advocate ideas that add value to the industry, thereby adding value to the AM&AA’s education and credentialing programs, such as the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) credential.

If the middle market were a country, its GDP would rank it as the fourth-largest economy in the world, just behind Japan’s. Comprised of over 300,000 companies with sales between $5 million and $500 million, the middle market provides a third of all private sector GDP and jobs, making it the true engine of American economic development and growth.

Yet, the marketplace has primarily focused its attention and resources on businesses at either end of the spectrum: very small, “mom and pop” style businesses or big, multi-billion dollar businesses. While it is such a vital part of our economy, the middle market is often largely ignored and under-served by the popular media, educators, and lawmakers.

Honoring Middle Market Leaders 
Seeing a lack of recognition for leaders in this overlooked sector, The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (The Alliance), the leading professional association for the middle market, launched the Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the middle market through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence.

Overview
Founded in 2009, this premier award recognizes those in the Private Middle Market Financial community who create and advocate new ideas that add value to the marketplace. Furthermore these contributions add to the body of knowledge serving as a solid foundation for The Alliance’s education and credentialing programs. To date, ten leading professionals have earned the prestigious Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award. 

2015 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Sponsor

Previous Awards Winners

2013 Winners
Andrew T. Greenberg, CEO of GF Data Resources
Peter R. Worrell, Founder of Bigelow LLC

2012 Winner
Theodore Koenig, President and CEO of Monroe Capital

2011 Winners:
Rob Slee, Robertson & Foley
Dr. John Paglia, Pepperdine University

2010 Joint Winners:
Chris Mellen, Delphi Valuation Advisors, Inc and Frank Evans, of Evans and Associates

2009 Joint Winners:
Dr. Art Laffer and co-authors William J. Hass and Shepherd G. Pryor IV