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
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.
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.
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.
Doug Brodman is a Senior Advisor at ArkMalibu. A former executive with Miller Brewing Company and SABMiller for 17 years, Doug managed commercial sales, strategy, and marketing efforts for multiple business units across the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He is a talented role model, leader, and mentor, with a reputation for enhancing team effectiveness, developing senior talent, and affecting organizational change.
Nathan Estruth is a Senior Advisor at ArkMalibu. He is an experienced Fortune 20 global executive and board member skilled in innovation, strategy, and culture & talent development. For 27 years at Procter & Gamble, Nathan distinguished himself as a global leader in driving business growth via technology, business model, and organizational innovation.
Josh Cunningham is a Vice President at ArkMalibu with a focus on managing sell side transactions. He has over 10 years of M&A experience serving public and private clients across multiple industries, including aerospace and defense, health care, industrials, energy, real estate, and technology. Josh has more than $25 billion of transaction experience.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
ArkMalibu works alongside business owners who are making significant decisions regarding the future of their businesses. This work includes ownership restructuring, exit strategy development and defining growth capital opportunities. ArkMalibu will help you and your company achieve the goals you set.
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