Introducing Brian Eick, Calder’s Newest Mergers and Acquisition Advisor!
Calder Capital, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Eick to its team as a new M&A Advisor.
Originally from Iowa, Brian has spent most of his adult life living in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Brian brings 35+ years of experience in structured finance/commercial lending, M&A, and executive management with him. Throughout his 25-year lending career, he focused on new business development including originating, structuring, and closing senior and subordinated debt financings within the media and communications sector. Over the last decade, Brian has held an executive management position at Concourse Team Express in sporting goods retail and B2B, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations and led expansion via strategic acquisitions including multiple debt and equity capital raises.
Brian was originally introduced to Calder Capital back in March of 2019 through the Sell-Side team’s prospecting efforts. He shared that he was very impressed by Calder’s business model and the company culture. Following 10+ years in the private sector, he was interested in returning to a transaction-oriented role and began a conversation with Calder’s Managing Partner, Max Friar. When asked what he looks forward to most at Calder, Brian commented, “Having been on both the financing and ownership sides of the table, I am excited to assist business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in achieving their goals”.
Throughout his career, Brian has emulated the Latin proverb “audentes fortuna iuvat,” which translates to “fortune favors the bold.” He understands that bold moves and innovative ideas can lead to substantial rewards, but requires focus, planning, and commitment to ensure success.
During his time away from the office, Brian can be found spending time outside. He enjoys golfing, biking, and exploring the city. A self-proclaimed foodie, he loves experimenting with new dishes at home and seeking out hidden gems in “off-the-beaten-path” restaurants.
“We are thrilled that Brian has decided to join the Calder Team. One of our 2023 goals is to enhance our presence in the greater Chicago area and Brian’s connections and extensive industry experience will go a long way towards achieving that goal,” shared Calder’s Managing Partner, Max Friar. “He will join Advisors Shane Kissack and Jake McDonald in making a strong push towards client acquisition in Illinois. We are excited!”
At Calder Capital, Brian will be responsible for assisting clients in qualifying and vetting potential buyers, conducting due diligence, structuring deals, and navigating the intricate landscape of M&A transactions throughout the Chicago area.
We’re pleased to welcome Brian to our growing team! If you’re interested in learning more about Brian or his professional background, we encourage you to connect with him on LinkedIn.