As part of our long-term succession planning, I am moving into a Chairman role to allow me to exit day-to-day operations and focus on client service, building our market presence, and continuing to mentor our people. Over my career as a “sell-side” advisor, I’ve learned that a great succession plan involves starting early and building an outstanding next generation team.
I’m pleased to announce that Ken Tarry was chosen by his peers to take on the role of Managing Partner. Ken is co-founder of our practice in British Columbia and a highly-respected authority in the transaction community. He has advised clients on a wide range of transactions over the past 20 years in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, and brings strong leadership that will guide our next chapter of growth. I’ve worked with Ken over most of those 20 years and look forward to supporting him in his new role.
I’m equally pleased to announce that Jordan Martel, leader of our Corporate Valuations and Financial Opinions practice based in Calgary, has been admitted to the partnership. Prior to joining Sequeira Partners in 2016, Jordan was with the valuation group of Houlihan Lokey in Dallas, as well as a big four accounting firm in Calgary. He is one of the few Western Canadian professionals with both the American ASA and Canadian CBV designations.
When Mark McRae and I founded Sequeira Partners in 2010 we were a team of two. Today, our leadership team includes five partners and specialists across three offices. Our strength comes from our people and our diversity. The Sequeira team has a wide variety of educational and industry expertise. I’m also proud to say we are ahead of the curve in gender diversity with two women in senior partnership roles. Our specialization in energy services and industrial transactions continues, along with our focus on sell-side M&A, valuations and corporate carve-outs.
We’re delighted with how these changes are helping us serve our expanding client base and grow our reputation. We’re now among the largest independent advisors in Western Canada, having completed 43 transactions valued at over $2 billion since our founding in 2010.
We see today’s strong deal market continuing into 2019. There’s a robust pipeline of deals, supported by an abundance of available capital. We look forward to working with you soon and thank you for all your continued support.