Hart Marx Advisors

Driving Smarter Mergers & Acquisitions

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about

ABOUT

WE ARE

We are a team of specialists with decades of experience handling mergers and acquisitions exclusively in the automotive and heavy-duty trucking industries.

WE DO

We are matchmakers, connecting buyers and sellers of automotive businesses. We craft succession plans for business owners. We are well-connected in our with relationships with manufacturers, distributors, repair shops and private equity firms. We manage mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

WE DELIVER

Our team of automotive experts is an unparalleled resource. We maximize sellers’ value propositions. We help prospective buyers expand. We focus on buying and selling so that you can focus on running your business.

 

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OUR SERVICES

Our team has years of automotive, aftermarket, and heavy duty trucking experience and relationships.

 

SELLERS

Optimizing value as you sell your business requires far more than simply finding a buyer.

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BUYERS

Acquisitions are driving the growth strategies of many enterprises.

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ADVISORY SERVICES

We provide a full range of advisory services to buyers and sellers, equity investors and lenders active in the transportation industry.
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team

LEADERSHIP

Devin Hart

Managing Partner 

Devin Hart has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. He brings a wealth of M&A expertise to the firm. Devin previously served as president and CEO of CADNA Rubber Company, […read more]

Tom Marx, MAAP

Senior Partner

Tom Marx has over 15 years of experience delivering mergers and acquisitions services and a 30 plus year network of relationships in the Automotive and Heavy Duty Aftermarkets. He has experience with most product […read more]

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Chris Bovis

Partner

Chris Bovis brings over 20 years of performance, racing and automotive aftermarket industry experience to Hart Marx Advisors focusing on client development and marketing. […read more]

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John Nodson

Vice President, Research 

John Nodson provides hands-on experience integrating major acquisitions and new businesses, and working with joint venture […read more]

 

Advisory Board

Each member of our Advisory Board is a well-known industry expert with a career based in the Aftermarket, either running or holding executive-level positions in top companies. Several have also served as industry leaders with trade associations and other Aftermarket organizations.

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David Barbeau

Vice President

David Barbeau has led the global aftermarket business for two premier Tier 1 automotive manufacturers […read more]

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Chip Carlson

Vice President

As President of the marketing and business development company Cima International LLC, Chip […read more]

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Jon Dehne

Vice President

Jon Dehne currently provides consulting services focused on business development opportunities […read more]

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Roger Homer

Vice President, Strategic Markets and International

A native of London, England has lived and worked in Europe and North America for major global automotive and industrial manufacturers.
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Howard Kesten

Vice President

For 23 years, Howard Kesten has been the Owner/President of APA Search, an executive search firm […read more]

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Lou Merz

Vice President

Lou Merz started in the 1960s at Precision Automotive Components Company (PACCO). When Borg Warner […read more]

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Rick Rollins

Vice President

Since 1970, Rick Rollins has worked in multiple entities of the automotive aftermarket industry. His career began […read more]

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Denise Rondini

Vice President

Denise Rondini is President of Rondini Communications, a company specializing in researching […read more]

 

current-opportunities

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

BUSINESSES WANTED

Our clients are looking to sell the following companies

 

Our clients are looking to acquire the following types of companies

   AUTOMOTIVE PARTS DISTRIBUTOR

Northern California distributor of import and domestic car parts. Effective mix of commercial and retail sales with highly visible store front/retail space and ample parking and loading docks. Located in desirable geographic area. Loyal customer following with strong brand recognition.
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  MINORITY OWNERSHIP INVESTOR

We have a client interested in making a minority ownership investment in the aftermarket. They are looking for targets with a strong management team and a vision to triple sales in five years if they have the backing of a significant and dedicated investor for organic and inorganic growth.

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  CUSTOM CAR PARTS SUPPLIER

Fast growing supplier with diverse offering of hot rod and muscle car parts. Outstanding overseas supplier relationships, good brand recognition and exceptionally high margins. Dealer and e-commerce sales. West Coast location with Asia-based supply chain and U.S. engineering team.
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  CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER

Respected U.S. based manufacturer of primarily packaged and bulk automotive, heavy duty, marine and industrial chemical products sold through an extensive global distribution network. Looking for small-to-mid size acquisitions to expand current product portfolio or add needed manufacturing/blending facilities. Excellent reputation for building acquired enterprises.

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  SOLD – DRIVELINE MANUFACTURER

Midwest-based manufacturer of driveshafts and components, primarily for on and off-highway, industrial, mining, energy and agriculture vehicles and equipment. In-house design and engineering. Customers are small-to-mid-size OEM’s and their suppliers. Highly automated with extremely proficient team and efficient production.

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 DISTRIBUTION & LIGHT MANUFACTURING

Looking for traditional distributors with diverse specialty and limited hard parts offering or suppliers/importers of chemicals or repair, service and shop supply products. Strong distribution network strategically located throughout North America provides ideal platform for complementary products and entry into new categories.

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  SOLD – EXHAUST SYSTEMS MANUFACTURER

Designer and manufacturer of branded and private label OE replacement catalytic converters, exhaust systems and components; plus performance exhaust systems and headers. Domestic and import cars/light trucks. Southwest location in major market, with efficient R&D and factory.

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news

NEWS

HMA in Motorsports

Hart Marx Advisors is more than just the automotive experts, we are active participants. Learn about HMA’s involvement in the 2020 SCCA National Road Racing Championship.

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AASA Virtual Vision Conference

Normally, this week we would be boarding planes and traveling to Chicago for the AASA Vision Conference, the automotive aftermarket industry’s largest forward-looking conference to connect with our industry colleagues. Unfortunately this year is different.

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Hart Marx Advisors Attending AASA Vision Conference

HMA will be attending the annual AASA Vision Conference (changed to a virtual conference) on March 25 and 26.  This conference addresses the emerging trends, technology, and opportunities facing the automotive aftermarket.  

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RESOURCES

Responses & Resources: Planning Your Way Forward

How can you best manage the current situation and plan for the future? Learn about the three most common actions that HMA is being asked about in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.

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Understanding Multiples

What is a Multiple anyway?  It’s so common of a term that most people don’t step back and ask the fundamental questions, specifically what’s a Multiple and how is it determined?

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Essential Industry: Trucking

On March 18, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration eased restrictions on truck drivers, allowing them to work longer hours if they are carrying certain critical items.  Find out just how vital the trucking industry is with these amazing statistics.

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The Advantage

Our archives of The Advantage, Hart Marx Advisor’s e-newsletter, has a range of articles on topics related to buying, selling or financing a business. Topical, easy to read and informative, these newsletters are designed to help your company navigate transactions with intelligent mergers and acquisitions strategy. To subscribe to The Advantage please send us your email.

The New HMA Advantage is Out!

The latest issue of the HMA Advantage newsletter is out, containing insights into the current M&A and automotive markets. Did you get your copy?

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5 Tips For Selling Your Business

Selling an aftermarket business can be a complicated and time consuming process. There are some things you can do to make it easier and faster. There is no magic formula that ensures you’ll be able to quickly sell your aftermarket company. However, here are a few insider tips that can expedite the process and help you get the best deal possible:

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involvement

INVOLVEMENT

We go beyond mergers and acquisitions. We live and breathe the aftermarket, sharing our expertise to make the industry stronger. Our connections with key influencers and associations give us exclusive access to important industry news and events. Hart Marx Advisors staff members passionately serve on Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Automotive Communications Council (ACC) and Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA).

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