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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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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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]

Rick Rollins

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

Rapidly growing auto parts distributor aggressively targeting a defined and underserved customer. Utilizing an unconventional approach to distribution, they provide a compelling value proposition and unmatched service combined with a highly efficient operational model.

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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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  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.

  CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER

Looking for established chemical companies for our client, CRC Industries. CRC’s requirements are branded chemicals with existing distribution in automotive, marine, powersports and industrial markets. Our client has a high interest in environmentally friendly or other low impact chemical technology. Manufacturing and blending capabilities are desired and there is no firm geographic preference.

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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.

 DISTRIBUTION & LIGHT MANUFACTURING

Automotive aftermarket specialty distribution company with light manufacturing is looking for acquisition candidates that manufacture and/or distribute lubes, greases, oils, adhesives and sealants, diesel and gas additives, as well as specialty and limited hard parts for service and repair shops.  Strong distribution network strategically located throughout North America provides ideal platform for complementary products and entry into new categories.

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OTHER BUSINESSES FOR SALE

OTHER BUSINESSES WANTED

  • Auto Parts Distributor, West Coast
  • Auto Parts Distributor, Midwest
  • Exhaust Manufacturer, Southwest
  • Brake Parts Manufacturer, East Coast
  • Auto Parts Specialty Distributor, West Coast
  • Automotive Consumer Products, Midwest
  • Trailer Manufacturer, West Coast

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  • Brake Parts Manufacturer
  • Independent Repair Shops, Nationwide

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BUSINESSES FOR SALE

Our clients are looking to sell the following companies
 

   AUTOMOTIVE PARTS DISTRIBUTOR

Rapidly growing auto parts distributor aggressively targeting a defined and underserved customer. Utilizing an unconventional approach to distribution, they provide a compelling value proposition and unmatched service combined with a highly efficient operational model.

Learn more

 

  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.

 

  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.

 

OTHER BUSINESSES FOR SALE

  • Auto Parts Distributor, West Coast
  • Auto Parts Distributor, Midwest
  • Exhaust Manufacturer, Southwest
  • Brake Parts Manufacturer, East Coast
  • Auto Parts Specialty Distributor, West Coast
  • Automotive Consumer Products, Midwest
  • Trailer Manufacturer, West Coast

Contact Us


 

BUSINESSES WANTED

Our clients are looking to acquire the following types of companies
 

  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.

Learn more

 

  CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER

Looking for established chemical companies for our client, CRC Industries. CRC’s requirements are branded chemicals with existing distribution in automotive, marine, powersports and industrial markets. Our client has a high interest in environmentally friendly or other low impact chemical technology. Manufacturing and blending capabilities are desired and there is no firm geographic preference.

Learn more

 

 DISTRIBUTION & LIGHT MANUFACTURING

Automotive aftermarket specialty distribution company with light manufacturing is looking for acquisition candidates that manufacture and/or distribute lubes, greases, oils, adhesives and sealants, diesel and gas additives, as well as specialty and limited hard parts for service and repair shops.  Strong distribution network strategically located throughout North America provides ideal platform for complementary products and entry into new categories.

Learn more

 

OTHER BUSINESSES WANTED

  • Brake Parts Manufacturer
  • Independent Repair Shops, Nationwide

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news

NEWS

HMA in Motorsports: Behind the Scenes

Read about what it takes to fine tune a race car for a specific race track as we prepare for our National Championship race.

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HMA in Motorsports: Race Report

Read about the ups and downs of the opening race weekend with the season, the first stop along the path towards the 2020 National Championship Runoffs.

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Used Car Prices Rally in Late May

There’s understandable concern over changing consumer habits in the post-COVID 19 environment. Learn more about how wholesale used car values performed in May.

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resources

RESOURCES

M&A Lifecycle Phase 3, Pre-Close Planning

M&A activities can propel companies well ahead of organic goals and can provide significant financial upside, but what do you need to prepare for prior to close to maximize the potential of a transaction?

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Hart Marx Advisors Featured in Heavy Duty Trucking

HMA’s Senior Partner Tom Marx was recently featured in an article about the evolving 2020 M&A markets within the trucking and commercial vehicle industries.  Read our take on the evolving trends and changes. 

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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.

Now Is the Time: The Partner’s Notebook, Tom Marx

Now may be the time to lay the foundation for a successful business sale or acquisition. Read more about this unique window of opportunity.

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THE PARTNER’S NOTEBOOK: CHRIS BOVIS

A shift in the conversation may move the M&A away from market studies and economic rebounds to personal risk assessment.

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What’s in the Latest HMA Advantage Newsletter

Never has it been more apparent that the rate of change is increasing.  Each day delivers new challenges, and new opportunities.  Learn about HMA’s perspective by reading the latest edition of the HMA Advantage. 

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involvement

INVOLVEMENT

We are more than mergers and acquisitions. We live and breathe the aftermarket, sharing our expertise to grow and strengthen the industry. Our extensive relationships with influencers, leaders, and associations give Hart Marx Advisors exclusive access to industry news, events, and trends. Our team is deeply involved in numerous organizations including the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Automotive Communications Council (ACC), Northwood University’s University of the Aftermarket, Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) and AASA’s annual Vision Conference and more.

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