What led you to a career in the deal-making industry?
I became intrigued with M&A and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know businesses. I love hearing sellers’ stories – their successes, pivotal points and decisions along the way. The concept of a deal initially intrigued me – the stories keep me engaged.
How does diversity add value in the deal-making process?
I believe the best solutions are the result of consideration of diverse set of viewpoints - with a transaction, a diverse team allows for well-rounded problem solving because the varying perspectives promote studying the deal from all sides.
The most memorable deal I worked on....
I was staffed on a $20B merger early in my career. The international team was comprised of 20 professionals of all levels - I was the only female. I learned invaluable lessons - technically and professionally - working alongside this team on a significant deal.
Advice for achieving success in the industry....
Remember clients are people looking for guidance. Treat clients and targets how you would like to be treated - whether that's communicating issues, fees or mistakes. Thoughtful communication and integrity go a long way in client service.
Michelle has more than 16 years of experience assisting both private equity and corporate buyers and sellers with financial and operational due diligence. She has worked on over 300 transactions with both domestic and international clients in a variety of industries, including energy services, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, marketing, advertising, consumer products and services. Additionally, she developed and implemented the TAS service line training at Riveron that is still in place today. Michelle enjoys collaborating with clients, guiding them through the due diligence process and providing advice to help meet their needs. Michelle is actively involved with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, serving on a panel for the grants allocation process. Michelle is a native of Arkansas and has been in the Dallas market for the entirety of her career.
Location: Riveron Consulting, Dallas, Texas, United States.
Education: Masters of Accountancy, University of Arkansas, B.S., in Business Administration from University of Arkansas.