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JOHN O’DORE, Co-Founder
John has been a trusted advisor working with business owners and shareholders of privately held businesses for more than 25 years with leading investment banking firms such as Seattle-based Meridian Capital and global investment banking firms Credit Suisse First Boston, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. He has developed a successful track record by helping owners work through complex business transitions, recapitalization and company sale transactions. John has closed more than 100 company sale, recapitalization, financing and M&A transactions across multiple industries ranging from branded consumer to food and beverage, manufacturing, aerospace, business services and more.
For 20+ years, John lived and worked across Asia in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. During his time abroad he picked up two Chinese dialects as well as global insight which enables him to bring both local and global perspective to transactions today.
In 2010 John returned to his native Seattle and continued his work in investment banking with Seattle-based Meridian Capital. In 2017 he co-founded Chinook Capital Advisors with Ed Kirk.
A graduate of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business, John currently serves as a board member for the Albers Alumni Association as well as the Association for Corporate Growth, Seattle Chapter. He and his wife, Candy, have three grown children and a grandchild. When he’s not helping his clients, John often dreams of his next fishing and crabbing boat or helps cheer on the Mariners to the next World Series.
ED KIRK, Co-Founder
Ed has a diverse background which includes nearly 20 years’ experience in various aspects of mergers and acquisitions. This, combined with personal experience in engineering, operations, finance, project management, business development and real estate means Ed has a wealth of practical experience working with businesses of all types and sizes. He is passionate about educating owners concerning the process of transitioning out of their business so they can move on to the next phase in their lives.
Ed began his professional career as a project engineer in the oil and gas industry with ConocoPhillips where he provided project management and engineering support for the Natural Gas Division throughout the United States, Canada and South America. He eventually moved on to become a business development manager, participating in numerous acquisitions and divestitures with a combined value of over $400 million. Ed has worked closely with many top Wall Street M&A firms.
For the past decade Ed has assisted business owners throughout the Northwest in planning for and executing the sale of their companies, specializing in representing privately held businesses across a broad range of industries. His passion for working with privately held businesses was born when he helped start a company in Houston that developed internet-based character education programs for high school students.
Ed spent four years after college serving in Germany as a combat engineer for the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. He has a bachelor’s of science in engineering as well as an MBA and is a certified valuation analyst with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).
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