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The ACG Team

Our M&A proven process has guided clients through hundreds of successful, multifaceted M&A transactions, much in part to our Proven Process started in 1999 when the company was founded by its Principal, Kathryn Scarmato. We tap into our extensive network of *transactional attorneys (*an M&A transactional attorney is a must for success at the outset - not your personal attorney), CPA's and wealth management advisors to assist in your next adventure and/or retirement. Please contact us for additional resources.

Kathryn T. Scarmato,
Principal & Managing Director, BS, AS, Mediator

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Kathryn Scarmato photoKathryn Scarmato is a results-oriented professional with over 27 years of experience in arranging mergers, acquisitions and financings for well-established businesses and its real estate. Ms. Scarmato’s experience includes successful transactions in manufacturing, wholesale/distribution, construction, hospitality and business-to-business service sectors. She has frequently provided ancillary consulting services to M&A clients, including valuations, strategic and financial planning and implementation and organizational restructuring. She has served clients in bankruptcy, and has qualified as an expert witness. Ms. Scarmato is the founder of Ascend Capital Group (ACG), a boutique M&A/business brokerage firm specializing in the valuation and sale of privately held businesses with up to $20M in value. [More...]


Darren Mize,
ASA, Accredited Sr. Appraiser

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photo of Darren MizeMr. Mize has more than 10 years of business valuation experience, specializing in valuations for small to mid-market merger & acquisition candidates. He currently serves as a Partner and Manager at GCF Valuation, a full service business valuation firm located in Tampa, Florida. Gulf Coast has been an affiliate of ACG and works exclusively with business intermediary clients involved with buy/sell transactions of privately-held businesses. Mr. Mize holds a BA degree in Performance Management from The Florida State University. Darren also holds the ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser) Designation in Business Valuation from the American Society of Appraisers.

William T. Barron,
Broker of Record for ACG BRE#00353737
Retired Lt. Commander for the Navy



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