Hart Marx Advisors

Driving Smarter Mergers & Acquisitions

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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

Chris Bovis

Managing 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]

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]

Tim Wheeler

Partner

Tim Wheeler brings over 32 years of automotive aftermarket, OE and performance vehicle experience and relationships to the Hart Marx Advisors team.Throughout his career, he has created sales and […read more]

Devin Hart

Executive Vice President of Finance

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]

John Nodson

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]

Denise Rondoni

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

LEADING EMISSIONS AND AFTERMARKET EXHAUST MANUFACTURING COMPANY FOR SALE

The Company is a leading manufacturer of replacement automotive emissions products and aftermarket performance exhaust systems. The company is a pioneer in “direct fit” exhaust products and produces all products from their corporate headquarters in the Southwest.

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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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HEAVY-DUTY BRAKE PARTS MANUFACTURER WITH STRONG EARNINGS

The Company is a well-established and recognized manufacturer of brake components for trucks, trailers, buses, and off-highway equipment. Based in North America, the Company offers direct factory-to-customer shipments and has multiple efficient third-party nationwide distribution warehouses to maintain low operating costs and high levels of customer service.

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  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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INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURER OF PERFORMANCE ENGINEERED SUSPENSION SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS

Project GT350 is a US based industry leader of premium engineered suspension kits for muscle cars, collector cars, custom cars, and trucks through early 2000s. The company offers the broadest range of suspension solutions for popular performance aftermarket car models starting from the 1940’s.

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 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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  AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTERS AND SHOPS

Our client is looking to acquire automotive service businesses in the Great Lakes area.  They are looking for both single locations and chains, preferably with no brand affiliation or vehicle type specialty.  Our client prefers companies with broad service capabilities but will investigate a specialist shop if the location or size is correct.

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  TRUCK, JEEP, OFFROAD, AND POWERSPORTS AFTERMARKET ACCESSORIES COMPANIES WANTED

Our client is a strategic buyer looking for acquisitions in the light duty truck, Jeep and UTV markets. The ideal acquisition company would design, manufacture, and distribute products in the truck bed accessories, bumpers, suspension, work truck, Overland, Powersports and Outdoor Enthusiast categories.

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  MOBILE ELECTRONICS OR PERFORMANCE/SPECIALTY AUTO PARTS DISTRIBUTOR WANTED

Our client is looking for local, regional or national distributors of automotive, light truck, and mobile electronics parts. Any location or territory will be considered and any level of sales or earnings. Our client is prepared for a short analysis and quick close.

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  HEAVY DUTY TRUCK PARTS AND/OR SERVICE BUSINESSES WANTED

Our client is looking for regional or national parts retailers with or without service bays in the heavy-duty/commercial vehicle truck and trailer markets, primarily Classes 6-8. Multiple market segments will be considered from agriculture, construction, waste management, energy, freight and shipping, intermodal, food and beverage, leasing, long- and short-haul, mining, transit and school bus, and work trucks.

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news

NEWS

BOOK TODAY: SEMA and AAPEX Meetings

Hart Marx Advisors will be attending the 2021 SEMA and AAPEX events in Las Vegas this November. Book your confidential meeting today.

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High Bar Brands Acquires Viking Sales, Inc

High Bar Brands, the parent company of Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing, is adding to its portfolio of brands by acquiring Viking Sales, Inc of Brighton, Michigan.

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RESOURCES

Heavy Lifting: Heavy Duty and Commercial Vehicle Insights

Heavy Lifting is our newest insight column, focusing on the heavy duty and commercial vehicle markets. Learn how the latest heavy duty industry trends are impacting M&A activity from industry leader, insider, and HMA’s VP of Heavy Duty Mark Iasiello.

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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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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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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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