Brad Mewes

Brad Mewes is a lover of business, finance and corporate strategy. Brad has over a decade of business experience in business management, strategic consulting, equity research and corporate development.

Brad received a Masters in Business Administration with a particular emphasis on finance, investment banking and M&A. He graduated in the top 10% of his class from a top 25 school. He was with an investment bank in Newport Beach working as an equity research associate when he left and went back to the collision industry.

Brad has always enjoyed reading about and studying business. In the collision industry, there are a small percentage of players that have a high level of financial sophistication and the vast majority that do not. He loves to share the information he has garnered over the years and begin a discussion on how to better operate and manage a business. That is when he decided to apply the lessons learned from business school, equity research and consulting to the industry he grew up in. Because of his background, Brad sees things in a very different way than many others in the industry.

Supplement! is designed to be a forum to discuss the role of finance in the industry, to discuss strategy on a large scale, to discuss consolidation, and to discuss running a better business in the face of a sea of changes. The industry is changing rapidly, which means that it will become more difficult for the uninformed to compete and generate profits. As larger, more sophisticated players enter the market, it will become even more important to develop a competitive edge.

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What's Missing in EBITDA? What's Missing in EBITDA? What's Missing in EBITDA? What's Missing in EBITDA?


EBITDA is a common measurement for business value. But is it the right method for your business? What does EBITDA miss when it comes to...

Why Acquisitions Are Good for Business Why Acquisitions Are Good for Business Why Acquisitions Are Good for Business Why Acquisitions Are Good for Business


Acquisitions are good for business! Despite some of the negativity they receive about corporate takeovers and job security, acquisitions...

Buy-Side M&A Strategy Success Buy-Side M&A Strategy Success Buy-Side M&A Strategy Success Buy-Side M&A Strategy Success


While it is important to carefully consider your options when buying a business, sometimes you need to take a risk and purchase something...

Four Simple Ways to Increase Your Business Value Four Simple Ways to Increase Your Business Value Four Simple Ways to Increase Your Business Value Four Simple Ways to Increase Your Business Value


Author and speaker of M&A and business finance, Brad Mewes, discusses four simple ways to increase your business value through organic...

The Four Main Reasons Acquisitions Fail The Four Main Reasons Acquisitions Fail The Four Main Reasons Acquisitions Fail The Four Main Reasons Acquisitions Fail


You've successfully completed an acquisition, but will this business thrive under your care? Here are four main reasons why acquisitions...

Excessive or Expected Costs: What SG&A Can Tell You About Your Business Excessive or Expected Costs: What SG&A Can Tell You About Your Business Excessive or Expected Costs: What SG&A Can Tell You About Your Business Excessive or Expected Costs: What SG&A Can Tell You About Your Business


Expenses are a normal cost of doing business, but how much is too much? Are you overpaying on taxes because you are unsure how to manage...

What Is a Platform Acquisition? What Is a Platform Acquisition? What Is a Platform Acquisition? What Is a Platform Acquisition?


Building your business through acquisition (either as the acquiree or acquirer) is a sound strategy. Use established businesses as a...

The Big Risk: Waiting Versus Selling Your Business Now The Big Risk: Waiting Versus Selling Your Business Now The Big Risk: Waiting Versus Selling Your Business Now The Big Risk: Waiting Versus Selling Your Business Now


Brad Mewes is the founder of Supplement!, a strategic, financial and M&A advisory firm specializing in the collision industry. He gives his...

Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study) Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study) Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study) Acquisition Synergies (An Automotive Aftermarket Case Study)


Consolidation in the entire automotive aftermarket industry will likely continue due to both financial and strategic components. Here's how...

Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Six Critical KPIs That Drive Business Value in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry


Drilling down to the nuts and bolts of financial management analysis offers significant insight on driving business value.

How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit How Industry Consolidation Can Impact a Business Exit


Have you considered the stage of consolidation in your industry and how that might impact your plans for an exit?