Simon joined Woodbridge International as part of our Business development team. He has since progressed to establish and manage our 1st African office based out of Cape Town, South African. Prior to joining Woodbridge Simon has many years of experience in Hospitality and co-founded a company focused on the production, brand development and export of wine. At Woodbridge, Simon is responsible for operations through Business development and Marketing in North America, Europe & Africa. Simon brings 13 years of marketing experience to Woodbridge and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa and has completed studies in Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship.
Catherine joined Woodbridge in 2005 and handles a range of activities in support of the firm’s dealmaking activities. Her expertise includes conducting telephone marketing campaigns and research related to sell-side and buy-side mandates. Prior to becoming a part of the Woodbridge team, Catherine worked in customer service for PHS Healthnet and earlier in the accounting department for Cartier.
Since 2004, Marni has brought over 20 years of experience as a financial professional overseeing the organization’s research and IT initiatives. The complexities of growing the firm, its strategic and operational solutions and what it takes to get it done leverage her diverse talents. Before joining Woodbridge, she was IT Project Manager for the Marketing/Finance team at Pitney Bowes. Along with a business degree with specialization in Management Information Systems from Western Connecticut State University, Marni brings tremendous experience, leadership, and knowledge to her clients and influences the culture that makes Woodbridge unique.
Prior to joining Woodbridge, Kyle was a Front-end Web Developer at Affinion Group, a global affinity marketing company. Previously, Kyle served as Director of Information Technology at ShowMotion Inc., a specialty builder of entertainment sets and scenery. Kyle is responsible for programming and updating the Woodbridge website and for IT functions related to serving clients. He is completing a BA in Graphic Design at Sacred Heart University.
Lisa’s talent for writing both compelling and accurate sell-side books gives Woodbridge’s clients a distinct advantage over other sellers in presenting their company to prospective buyers. Her professional background includes extensive experience in launching new technology solutions in both consumer and business-to-business markets. She has held senior sales and marketing positions at several IT companies and managed strategic sales and marketing initiatives for Simon & Schuster’s newsletter division. Lisa is the author of two books on online auctions and numerous business articles. She holds a BS in Communications from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree in French from the Sorbonne.
Wooda is a business valuation analyst, business writer and producer of corporate and industrial videos. Since leaving active duty service in the United States Navy, Wooda has focused primarily on business valuations for merger and acquisition purposes but also for estate and tax purposes. He is an Accredited Valuation Analyst through the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Wooda earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a BFA from New York University in film & video production. He is a Persian Gulf War veteran and still holds a commission as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve.
Melissa is a business reporter and analyst with over 15 years of experience covering a wide variety of companies operating in diverse industries. She is a member of Woodbridge’s growing team of accomplished business analysts focused on writing our well-respected offering memorandums for sell-side clients. Melissa holds a BA in Journalism and Corporate Communications from Southern Connecticut State University.
Since 2005, Larry has served as Managing Director for Woodbridge International. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a financial professional advising entrepreneurs, middle-market business owners and corporate executives on strategies to maximize their company’s value. Along with heading up new business development, Larry has worked extensively in several industries including manufacturing, distribution, business services, retail and healthcare. Before joining Woodbridge, he was a commercial lender for JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch. He is a frequent speaker to business groups and law firms on M&A and corporate finance issues. His “Ask Larry” video series continues to educate prospective and existing clients domestically and abroad. A graduate of Manhattanville College with a B.A. in political science and economics, Larry lives in Pleasantville, N.Y. with his wife and two sons.
Don joined Robert Koenig in 1993 and opened the doors of Woodbridge International in New Haven, CT. In addition to growing the M&A firm from scratch, Don has a proven track record of valuing and selling businesses across multiple industries and disciplines. Along with heading up new business development, Don has intimate knowledge of the buyer landscape, ranging from Private Equity Groups to Strategics. His entrepreneurial background, tenacity and deal-making expertise has helped entrepreneurs and middle-market business owners around the globe achieve a better sale price and organizational fit. Clients say Don’s more interested in listening and adding value than trying to sell you something. He’s a graduate of Taylor University with a BS in Business/Systems.
Robert Koenig founded Woodbridge in 1993 after having grown Koenig Corporation, an art supply retail distribution and manufacturing company, from $5 million to $100 million in sales. While president of Koenig Corporation, Robert completed 30 add-on acquisitions and drove organic growth to capture 10% of the U.S. art supply market by the time the company was sold to a strategic buyer.
Since leading Woodbridge International, Robert has continued to push the boundaries of what M&A can do. He has pioneered the use of video marketing into its sell-side process creating highly successful presentations that has benefited clients worldwide. He has developed a unique process that confidentially casts the widest net in the industry. And he’s built a proprietary database of 300,000 strategic companies and 4,500 private equity groups that quickly identifies the greatest number of buyers.
Robert’s innovative, marketing-driven approach to M&A and his time-line driven auction have elevated Woodbridge to a well-respected, sell-side middle market force to be reckoned with around the globe.