AM&AA, Bureau van Dijk and Merrill DataSite named Two Honorees for M&A Middle Market "Thought Leader Award"

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AM&AA together with Bureau van Dijk and Merrill DataSite named Andrew Greenberg, CEO of GF Data Resources and Peter Worrell, Founder of Bigelow LLC, as Winners of the 2013 Middle Market “Thought Leader Award”

The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (AM&AA), the leading association and credentialing body for middle market M&A professionals in partnership with Bureau van Dijk and Merrill DataSite, named Andrew Greenberg, CEO of GF Data Resources, and Peter Worrell, Founder of Bigelow LLC, as winners of the fifth annual middle market “Thought Leader of the Year Award.”

The Middle Market Thought Leader Award honors individuals who have made a meaningful contribution to middle market M&A through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence. This award recognizes those in the M&A community who create and advocate ideas that add value to the industry.

Through his work at GF Data Resource, Mr. Greenberg, is certainly one of those people. He has made an enormous impact on the industry by bringing accurate data to the lower middle market, which is not an easy task considering how little data actually gets disclosed at the lower end of the market. He has taken a large pool of data collected from private equity sponsors and synthesized it into reports and commentaries that are unique and insightful.

Peter Worrell was also named a Thought Leader of the Year. Mr. Worrell was honored for his book, “Enterprise Value: How the Best Owner-Managers Build Their Fortune, Capture Their Company's Gains, and Create Their Legacy.” Worrell’s book really helps entrepreneurs/owners to successfully navigate toward building lasting value in their businesses, which is critical today. Peter’s book had a unique perspective, focusing on both the psychology and financials of the deal, which are not things most people take into account together, but what made his work so compelling.

AM&AA together with Bureau van Dijk and Merrill DataSite congratulate the 2013 winners and applaud them for a job well done.

The award was presented at the 2014 AM&AA Winter Conference, Dynamic Dealmaking: New Rules, New Strategies, New Opportunities. The event attracted 475 attendees and featured three full days of education from industry experts on issues related to the current M&A climate and deal making In addition, the conference included an enhanced and extended, day-long Transaction Exchange, including pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings and AM&AA's famous Deal Bash networking event: Two hours of networking tabled by screened middle market Intermediaries/Investment Bankers, all bearing deals and transaction opportunities.    

About the AM&AA
The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (AM&AA) is the premiere International Organization serving the educational and resource needs of the middle market M&A profession. Formed in 1998 to bring together CPAs, attorneys and other experienced corporate financial advisors, AM&AA’s 900+ professional services firms – including some of the most highly recognized leaders in the industry—draw upon their combined transactional expertise to better serve the needs of their middle market clients worldwide. AM&AA members represent sellers and buyers of businesses ranging from $5 to $500 million in transaction value. Their services are seller representation, buyer representation, due diligence, accounting, financing, business valuation, tax planning, legal, strategic advisory, and many other transaction services. Visit AM&AA at

About Bureau van Dijk
Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world's leading providers of business intelligence and company information. BvD is best known for its range of company information products that combine multiple high-quality data sources with flexible software. Products include Orbis, Amadeus, Bankscope and Osiris and the global M&A database, Zephyr. BvD's areas of expertise include extensive coverage of private companies, M&A deals and comprehensive company hierarchies.

About Merrill DataSite
Merrill DataSite provides a secure virtual workspace service that optimizes collaboration and information management across enterprises. Merrill DataSite utilizes proprietary, award-winning technology whereby content is captured and indexed into a logical online, central repository that is 100% searchable and is operated within a highly secure environment allowing multiple parties real-time access to confidential information. As the leading virtual workspace in M&A, Merrill DataSite integrates proprietary technology, a highly-secure ISO-certified operating environment and dedicated project support to address clients’ information needs.

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