The DAK Group Announces Promotions

Empowering Growth, Elevating Talent

Rochelle Park, NJ – The DAK Group, voted New Jersey’s #1 Investment Bank specializing in middle-market mergers and acquisitions worldwide, is pleased to announce several promotions. Alan J. Scharfstein , CEO of The DAK Group states “DAK has attracted the finest group of M&A professionals in the middle-market. We are proud to recognize their high level of performance and achievement. Congratulations to Andrew Mabey, Marvin Ma, Alexander Slawinski, Mark LaVilla, Jesse Del Buono and Korin Jeter for their meaningful contributions to our firm”

Andrew Mabey has been promoted to Director. He  joined the firm in 2023 as a Vice President and has made significant impact with several clients advising them on the best strategies to use in order to generate the maximum value, as they move to closing transactions later this year.

Marvin Ma has been promoted to Senior Associate. His most recent team assignment was the sale of New Jersey based The Atlantic Club, to Genesis Health Clubs – the largest privately owned health club provider in the country. Prior to joining DAK in 2022, he was an Analyst at Alnitak Capital Partners.

Alexander Slawinski and Mark LaVilla have both been promoted to Associates.

Alex Slawinski joined DAK in 2021 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. His recent closed transaction was Machinery Services Corp. & Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc sold as a platform company to Hidden Harbor Capital Partners.

Mark LaVilla has been with DAK since 2022, and recently assisted in the sale of a privately held company in the Workplace Technology space. Prior to joining DAK, he was an Analyst for a renewable energy startup.

Jesse Del Buono has been promoted to Senior Analyst. He joined The DAK Group in 2022 as an Analyst and was formerly at Barclays. Jesse was recently involved with the sale of Environmental Systems Corporation (ESC), a building automation integrator.

Korin Jeter has been promoted to Marketing & Banking Specialist. Korin joined DAK in 2021 as a Marketing Coordinator. With this promotion she will enhance her marketing role and provide support coverage to the banking team.

About DAK

The DAK Group is a leading investment bank serving mid-market privately held businesses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business sales, strategic leadership advisory, valuations, and fairness opinions. Since 1984, The DAK Group has executed hundreds of transactions across a wide range of industries. The DAK Value Accelerator is the propriety process that allows clients to maximize the value of their business. The DAK Group is headquartered in Rochelle Park, NJ.

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