Bob St. Germain is a Managing Director & Principal of Corporate Finance Associates who gained his leadership experience from service in the military; from executive level positions in small to Fortune 500 corporations; and from serving as a Principal at another private investment bank where he started its physical security practice. His corporate M&A experience included work on acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures; serving on a JV board of directors; participating on the sell-side management teams in separate $2.2 billion and $470 million mergers; and dealing with the many challenging post-close cultural and integration issues associated with those events.
Since leaving the corporate sector to work in investment banking, he has conducted both buy-side and sell-side engagements. He draws upon his years of corporate development and investment banking experience to facilitate the valuing, buying, selling, and recapitalizing of privately held businesses with $10+ million in annual revenues. He focuses his practice on the manufacturing, distribution, and B2B service sectors.
Bob is a Registered Representative sponsored by Corporate Finance Securities, Inc., a Registered Broker-Dealer, and member FINRA/SIPC, in which he is a Principal and for which he also serves as Chairman & CEO. He holds the Series 24 General Securities Principal, Series 7 General Securities, Series 79 Investment Banking, Series 99 Operations Professional, and Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent licenses. He has taught Strategic Planning at Franklin University in Columbus, OH; and regularly gives public and private presentations on various aspects of the M&A process.
He began his career in the U.S Army. Commissioned upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as an Infantry officer before transferring to Special Forces, he served as a Ranger qualified paratrooper in command and staff positions within the 82nd Airborne Division, VII Corps, and 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in both the U.S. and Europe. He also graduated from numerous Army leadership programs including Command and General Staff College, Infantry Officer Advanced, Infantry Officer Basic, Airborne, Ranger, Jungle Operations, Special Forces, and Jumpmaster. He earned the Master Parachutist Badge and attained the rank of Major before resigning his commission to pursue a civilian career.
After earning his MBA degree at Harvard University, Bob entered the corporate sector and, over a two decades plus career, developed a broad functional background from roles in Finance, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development while at Polaroid Corp., Grumman Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., Holophane Corp., and NSI, Inc. His international experience was gained from responsibilities for business development in Europe, Latin America, and Japan.