Peter Kubasek

founder and ceo

Peter Kubasek is Founder and a Managing Partner of ArkMalibu. Peter has been closely involved in more than 500 merger and acquisition projects ranging from $2 million to over $1 billion in sales representing billions in transactional value.

As Managing Director of Salomon Smith Barney based in New York, Rene held various corporate finance roles including co-head of global metals & mining practice, head of steel practice and head of paper & forest products practice. He was also a Principal in Corporate Finance at Morgan Stanley based in New York.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Rene has been married to Karen since 1984 and they have two adult children. Rene enjoys reading, travel, hockey, golf and is a PCA driving instructor.

About ArkMalibu

We’re not
like other banks

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— we don’t have conflicted business relationships with buyers, leaving our senior advisors and principals unhindered and unyielding in their pursuit of your goals. From the first meeting to dry ink, we are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and surpassing industry valuation benchmarks during one of life’s most prodigious events.

Selling a company requires both psychological intelligence and financial rigor, and that is ArkMalibu. We’re a steady ship in stormy seas—here to guide you through uncharted territory with experience, integrity, and confidentiality at every step.

about arkmalibu

We’re not like other banks

— we don’t have conflicted business relationships with buyers, leaving our senior advisors and principals unhindered and unyielding in their pursuit of your goals. From the first meeting to dry ink, we are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and surpassing industry valuation benchmarks during one of life’s most prodigious events.

Selling a company requires both psychological intelligence and financial rigor, and that is ArkMalibu. We’re a steady ship in stormy seas—here to guide you through uncharted territory with experience, integrity, and confidentiality at every step.

leadership

Rene Robichaud

chairman and partner

Rene is Chairman and Partner at ArkMalibu. He has helped hundreds of companies think strategically and become more successful. Rene has been president and CEO of two public companies for a total of 10 years. Most recently, he served as the president and CEO of Layne Christensen (a NASDAQ company). Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of NS Group (NYSE), which he helped grow from a $150 million enterprise to a $1.5 billion company. As an investment banker for 15 years, he has worked on capital raising and strategic transactions involving many industrial and natural resource companies around the world.

As Managing Director of Salomon Smith Barney based in New York, Rene held various corporate finance roles including co-head of global metals & mining practice, head of steel practice and head of paper & forest products practice. He was also a Principal in Corporate Finance at Morgan Stanley based in New York.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Rene has been married to Karen since 1984 and they have two adult children. Rene enjoys reading, travel, hockey, golf and is a PCA driving instructor.

Peter Kubasek

founder and ceo

Peter Kubasek is Founder and a Managing Partner of ArkMalibu. Peter has been closely involved in more than 500 merger and acquisition projects ranging from $2 million to over $1 billion in sales representing billions in transactional value.

Peter brings a vast background of knowledge and understanding to every engagement in which he is involved. His success stems from his ability to identify the core needs of his clients, developing creative solutions and applying sound analytical and negotiating skills to each engagement. He has advised clients on preparing for exit, valuations, divestitures and financing options in a variety of areas including 3D printing, technology, services firms, communications, manufacturing, consumer package goods and distribution.

After earning an MBA from Pepperdine University, Peter began his career at Andersen Consulting in Los Angeles, moving quickly into Corporate Development roles at Nestlé USA and The Loewen Group. Peter obtained his undergraduate business degree Magna Cum Laude from John Brown University.

Peter is a member of the national Young Presidents’ Organization, the Cincinnati Association for Corporate Growth and the Business Growth Alliance Affiliate Board. He is the former President of the Cincinnati ACG. He has also served with the boards of several local charitable organizations and has volunteered in a variety of service endeavors. Peter and his wife Maryam have been married more than 30 years and have two sons, Hudson and Luke. They live in Loveland, Ohio. Having grown up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Peter has a great love for the game of hockey and has coached his sons and other local youth.

our team

Jim Ellerhorst

SENIOR ADVISOR

Jim retired from Deloitte after more than 37 years of firm-wide leadership and client service work where he was an advisor to public company CEOs, CFOs and board members.

Doug Brodman

SENIOR ADVISOR

Doug Brodman is a Senior Advisor at ArkMalibu. An executive with Miller Brewing Company and SABMiller for 17 years, Doug Brodman is known for growing businesses facing stalled growth or in mature markets, and for delivering company-leading profits, driving top-line growth, and implementing insight-based decision-making.

Nathan Estruth

SENIOR ADVISOR

Nathan Estruth is a Senior Advisor and Board Member at ArkMalibu. He is an experienced Fortune 20 global executive and board member skilled in innovation, strategy, and culture & talent development.

Josh Cunningham

VICE PRESIDENT

Josh Cunningham is a Vice President at ArkMalibu with a focus on managing sell-side transactions. He has many years of M&A experience serving private clients across multiple industries, including aerospace and defense, healthcare, industrials, energy, real estate, and technology. Josh has more than $26 billion of transaction experience.

Colin Johnson

VICE PRESIDENT

Colin Johnson is a Vice President at ArkMalibu focusing on managing ArkMalibu clients’ sell side transactions. Colin’s ability to diagnose and address his clients’ strategic challenges while leveraging his technical financial acumen and M&A experience, make him a valuable partner to lean on throughout the M&A transaction process.

Matt Jensen

VICE PRESIDENT

Matt Jensen is a Vice President at ArkMalibu with a focus on business development. Matt’s relational approach and diverse M&A, finance, and operations expertise help guide prospective clients through an understanding of their investment merits and the path to achieve maximum value for their company.

Chris Robichaud

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Chris Robichaud is a Senior Associate at ArkMalibu who utilizes his mix of finance, entrepreneurship and consulting experience to aid clients in navigating the sell-side M&A transaction process. He is a trusted team member through the entire deal lifecycle, helping entrepreneurs to capture their company’s true value by modeling future financial results, quantifying synergies, managing potential acquirers, and examining the impact of key transaction terms.

Tyler West

ASSOCIATE

Tyler West is an Associate at ArkMalibu where his unique blend of capital markets, financial modeling, and data science experience allow him to assist ArkMalibu’s senior bankers and clients during all stages of the M&A transaction process.

Joel Kretz

ASSOCIATE

Joel Kretz is an Associate at ArkMalibu where he actively participates in clients’ M&A transactions. In his role, Joel builds financial models, contributes to go-to-market strategies & materials, interacts with corporate development & private equity professionals, and is responsible for a segment of the team’s deal pipeline which requires gaining an understanding of various industries quickly.

Kayleigh Nauracy

ANALYST

Kayleigh Nauracy is an Analyst at ArkMalibu and is responsible for bringing organization and support to the everyday activities of the team. She ensures everyone is equipped with the necessary tools to move forward and enjoys serving the team in a variety of diverse ways. She is passionate about building strong relationships as well as processes and strategies that leave a lasting impact, and these focuses have allowed her to succeed in leadership and management roles in her career.

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ArkMalibu Subject Matter Experts

Patina Solutions


Patina Solutions partners with ArkMalibu to accelerate success, delivering executive experience on demand in all industries and for all functions. Patina connects ArkMalibu with industry veterans with 25+ years of operational experience who deliver specialized expertise targeted to our clients’ unique needs and circumstances. The Patina model is highly flexible, collaborative and consultative, enabling ArkMalibu to get results utilizing resources specific to our individual clients.


Brian Russell, Seth Morgan, Chris Faulkner

Advisory Board

Thomas Dewey, Rick Maier, Bill Krul, Nathan Estruth

Awards

Awards

  • 2018 Association of Corporate Growth’s (ACG) DealMaker of the Year
  • 2016 Deal Maker Finalist
  • 2010 Deal Maker of the Year Award
  • 2006 Better Business Bureau Torch Award
  • myDEAL voted YPO’s Most Innovative Network Program
  • YPO FY17-18 Learning Global Award Winner
  • YPO Deal Network Excellence
  • YPO Committee Member
  • YPO Gold Cincinnati Chair
  • YPO International Award winner

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