WHO WE ARE

ArkMalibu is the 2018 recipient of the Association of Corporate Growth’s (ACG) Deal Maker of the Year Award, a 2016 Deal Maker Finalist, and a 2010 Deal Maker of the Year Award Winner. The firm is one of only five businesses to win the Deal Maker Award for a second time, and is also the first advisor to win the award a second time in ACG Cincinnati’s history. ArkMalibu is also one of the only investment banks to win the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau (2006).

Founded in 1990 by Peter Kubasek, the firm has established a strong reputation as a creative and trusted M&A advisor with an ability to deliver value well above market expectations for mergers and acquisitions.

In 2016, Rene Robichaud formalized a partnership with Peter Kubasek to establish ArkMalibu. The ‘Ark’ in ArkMalibu represents ‘the Associates of Robichaud and Kubasek’. The firm continues to add talent to its team and to focus on leading sell-side transactions while providing advisory services for clients.

Your Dedicated Team

Rene Robichaud

CHAIRMAN AND PARTNER

Rene is Chairman and Partner at ArkMalibu. He has helped hundreds of companies think strategically and become more successful — most recently serving as president and CEO of Layne Christensen (NASDAQ). 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.
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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.

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Jim Ellerhorst

Jim Ellerhorst is a Senior Advisor at ArkMalibu. A former Managing Partner at Deloitte, Jim holds over 37 years of experience driving financial performance, brand excellence, diversity and inclusion, and partner development as a business leader and consultant to board members, CEOs, and senior executives.
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Colin Johnson

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.
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Matt Jensen

Matt Jensen is a Vice President at ArkMalibu and is responsible for the day-to-day management of ArkMalibu sell-side transactions. Matt brings to each engagement his passion to fully understand client objectives and help them leverage their competitive advantage. His M&A experience, operations and  process expertise, and tenacious drive to exceed expectations and pursue excellence have produced successful results throughout his diverse finance and operations career. 
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Tyler West

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. In addition to his day-to day responsibilities, Tyler plays a vital role in creating financial models and business valuations, as well as managing and assisting in the preparation of marketing materials and industry and company-specific intelligence.

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Joel Kretz

Joel Kretz is a Senior Analyst 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.

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Kayleigh Nauracy

Kayleigh Nauracy is an Analyst at ArkMalibu who brings organization and support to the everyday activities of the team and utilizes her passion for building strong relationships, processes, and strategy to move projects forward with efficiency and effectiveness. 

 

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Jason Toporoff

Jason Toporoff is an intern at ArkMalibu. Jason is a Senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Jason looks forward to contributing and learning from the talented ArkMalibu team during his internship. In his spare time Jason enjoys playing soccer and traveling.

Ross Poulley

Ross Poulley is an intern at ArkMalibu. Ross is a Senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Finance. Ross looks forward to applying his 3 years of business education to his internship and learning from older team members. In his spare time Ross enjoys going to baseball games.

Max Zheng

Max Zheng is an intern at ArkMalibu. Max is a Junior at Marquette University majoring in Finance and Accounting. Max looks forward to participating and learning about the M&A industry in his internship. In his spare time Max enjoys reading and playing tennis.

Nathan Davis

Nathan Davis is an intern at ArkMalibu. Nathan is a Junior at Wheaton College majoring in Mathematics and Economics. Nathan looks forward to learning from the skilled analysts at ArkMalibu and applying his studies toward real-world examples of financial modeling. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys playing hockey and soccer.

Advisory Board

Thomas Dewey
Thomas Dewey
Rick Maier
Rick Maier
Bill Krul
Bill Krul

Board Emeritus

Dave Herche
Dave Herche
Peter Gomsak
Peter Gomsak
Ron Gushulak
Ron Gushulak
Steve Schrantz
Steve Schrantz
Dan Wertenberg
Dan Wertenberg

ArkMalibu Subject Matter Experts

Seth Morgan
Seth Morgan
Steve Hastings
Steve Hastings
Brian Russell
Brian Russell
Dr. Stephanie Hughes, Ph.D
Dr. Stephanie Hughes, Ph.D
Chris Lucas
Chris Lucas
Maryam Kubasek
Maryam Kubasek
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