Mark brings over 20 years in manufacturing and distribution management, sales, marketing, operations, and engineering leadership experience to assist in value growth and M&A deal engineering. Mr. O’Brien has lead turnaround management engagements working directly with family business owners defining vision & strategic direction, developing & implementing business and transition plans to achieve owner goals. Mr. O’Brien grew his family manufacturing operation to over $20M, yielding a successful strategic merger with a $500M international firm. Mr. O’Brien also led the turnaround of a $30M unprofitable Industrial Supply division through organic and acquisition growth tripling revenue and achieving record EBITDA.
Mr. O’Brien volunteers as a business mentor & consultant through SBA Score Chicago and promotes American Manufacturing as Chairman of the board of Society of Manufacturing Engineers – SME Chicago Chapter. Mr. O’Brien also holds a patent for a specialty tool used in aerospace composite machining. He is a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor and member of (AM&AA) Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors.