Meet Our M&A Advisory Team
In the complex world of mergers and acquisitions, there’s no substitute for experience and creativity. Concord Ventures’ team of expert advisors offer insights, solutions and experience few other firms can match.
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Managing Director and CEO
Salim Dada has been in the mergers and acquisition industry for over 20 years in Washington after previous work in California and Texas. Before founding Concord Ventures in 2001, Mr. Dada worked for five years as an independent associate for a local M&A firm.
Mr. Dada has extensive experience in marketing and re-capitalization of manufacturing, service, and distribution companies. His greatest sales volume has been among aerospace-related machining and fabrication companies.
Over the years, Mr. Dada has been involved in the sale of machining and fabrication facilities, an environmental laboratory, cabinet and countertop manufacturing, computer assembly and distribution, store fixture manufacturing and distribution, legal and IT staffing firms, food processing, cable harnessing, metal finishing, auto body repair, mechanical contractors, janitorial service, printing, sign and display manufacturing, freight forwarding, transportation and trucking services, and numerous other types of companies.
Mr. Dada has studied Accounting and Finance at the City University of Seattle. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Alliance of Mergers & Acquisition Advisors.
Michael Bontatibus has over 25 years of general management experience in an array of manufacturing related businesses. Most recently, he was the President and Owner of Polaris Machining, an aerospace parts manufacturer. The business was successfully sold in 2014 for a 28X ROI. Prior to Polaris, Michael was Chief Executive Officer of Belshaw Brothers Inc, the world’s leading manufacturer of donut manufacturing equipment. He has also held various international product management, product development, and manufacturing management positions in the Electrical Products and Telecommunications Divisions of Raychem Corporation. Michael started his career as a US Navy nuclear engineer, serving as Electrical Division Officer aboard the USS Texas (CGN-39). He has been awarded two U.S. Patents for work with electrical utility products and donut manufacturing equipment.
Michael holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, from Villanova University.
Advisor - Technology
Stephan Schirrecker is Vice President of Marketing at Nexmo and previously led the partner team for Office 365 at Microsoft where he helped scale the SaaS business from $50M to $500M in five years.
Stephan also founded iTango, raising $15M in funding, served as Vice President of Marketing at nCompass, and led product marketing for Novell in Germany.
Stephan started his career at Microsoft Corporation working on the first release of Windows and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Toulouse, France.
Advisor - China
Shirley represents Concord Ventures with possible investors and business sellers in China.
She has over 20 years experience as a senior corporate manager, strategic consultant, and investment adviser in the U.S. and China. In the U.S, she held positions in marketing and management positions for 12 years with Omron healthcare, Whirlpool, and Newell Rubbermaid. She has also worked as a financial advisor in the Chicago office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Ms. Huang earned an M.B.A from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, Arizona State University, Glendale, AZ, and a B.S. in Engineering from Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
Advisor - Energy
Shuja Zaidi is President, CEO, and Founder of the Chem-Energy Corporation. Previous positions include President and CEO at Ship N Oil Corporation, Senior Executive VP at Pilot Petroleum Corporation, and Executive VP at Chem Oil Corporation.
Shuja started Chem-Energy to trade refined petroleum products, bunker fuels, crude oil, coal, and metals in the U.S. and internationally. He has developed power energy projects and crude oil refineries in the Middle and Far East, including feasibility studies and negotiating for financing. Other projects include development of a wind and solar power project in China and management of biodiesel and solar companies there as well
Shuja holds an MS in Chemistry from University of Birmingham, U.K., where he also did postgraduate study in Polymer Science. He has done postgraduate research on Polymers and Plastics Engineering at MIT as well.
Teresa S. Park
Advisor - South Korea
Teresa Park has a range of solid marketing experience with Korean companies in the U.S.
As Senior Marketing Manager, she established and ran the U.S. sales and marketing program for INtRON Biotech for six years. In this position, she supplied biotech products to prominent universities and research institution such as the National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Disease Control, Weill Cornell Medical College, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
As Market Research Analyst and Merchandising Specialist, Teresa established the marketing program for the Biotech Division of Joehyun’s U.S. corporation. The Biotech Division supplies antibodies, research agents and equipment to public and private labs in molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, and food science. Joehyun is also the exclusive Korean distributor for Invista, the world’s leading producer of synthetic fibers and polymers.
Teresa holds a B.A in Clinical Psychology and an M.B.A with Emphasis in Global Marketing from City University of Seattle, Seattle, WA.
Justine Cho analyzes and evaluates the financials of sellers and prospective buyers to advise our principal and potential buyers on financial issues. She conducts extensive research and prepares the financial review section of our marketing packets. She also manages our online data rooms.
Ms. Cho holds an MBA in Finance and Project Management with honors from City University of Seattle and a BS in Commerce in Legal Management from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines.
Claire Yurdin researches, writes, and edits comprehensive marketing packets for our clients and assists in exploring new growth opportunities for Concord Ventures. She also handles email marketing and website updates. She came to Concord Ventures from a legal firm noted for business law. Her background also includes work as a copywriter, journalist, technical writer, researcher, web designer, and small business partner.
She holds a BA in English from New School University, New York, NY.
Larry Yurdin brings a background in business acquisition to his work with Concord Ventures. For three years, he served as an intermediary associate for the Bay Area acquisition firms Vanderhorst and Business Team.
Mr. Yurdin’s 20-year career includes managing and consulting major market radio stations (consultant to all of ABC’s FM stations; General Manager of KPFT, Houston; News Director of KMET, Los Angeles; syndicator of six daily and weekly radio series heard on 300 commercial stations in the US and Canada; director of Radio Talent Bank, Los Angeles, a radio recruitment firm). He owned and operated Groundswell, an events and promotion firm in the Bay Area, and served as entertainment and advertising director for the largest night club in California. He has also worked as a computer network consultant to Microsoft, EDS, Ernst & Young, and others.
Mr. Yurdin holds a B.A. in Social Philosophy from Goddard College and a M.A.T. in Social Sciences from Antioch College.
Stella has been following up with possible clients for Concord Ventures for a year. Her previous experience includes follow-up work for various financial firms. Stella is noted for her professional, thorough, and confidential approach.
She has a BA in Education from University of Mindanao, Philippines, and is working on acquiring her MA.
Database & Research Manager
Omar Dada maintains and organizes our cloud-based database, which contains notes on every contact of any importance to our company, together with relevant documents. He also conducts research in our subscription databases Avention, Pitchbook, and Hoovers’ (formerly Dun & Bradstreet.)
Omar has completed Cisco’s CCNA and CCNP courses and is currently pursuing a BA in Business and Finance.
Investment Banking Intern
Ilene Ong is a senior in Business Administration at the University of Washington, Foster School of Business, studying marketing, information systems, and international business.
She works in digital marketing with the Foster School of Business Career Services Center and has served several internships in market research and analysis with area firms. Ilene is bilingual in English and Mandarin.
She will complete her BA in March 2018.