Our experience provides the difference. Our senior professionals have more than 65 years of collective transaction experience in the beverage industry. In addition to our extensive merger and acquisition experience, we also have significant experience on the capital side of transactions. This allows us to bring unique insight and perspective to our clients.
Mr. McLaren has over 19 years of beverage industry experience focused primarily on capital structure advisory and executing business acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to forming OMAC Beverage Advisors, Sean served as Managing Director at First Beverage Group, where he co-lead the mergers and acquisitions group with John O’Connor. Prior to First Beverage, Sean was a corporate and investment banker in the beverage groups of GE Capital, Bank of America and SunTrust. During his banking career, Sean has underwritten over $2 billion of loans. His capital structuring experience coupled with his banking relationships ensures that OMAC Beverage Advisors’ clients maximize value and mitigate financing risks when executing a transaction.
Mr. O’Connor has over 21 years of beverage industry experience with the majority focused specifically on acquisitions, divestitures and the capital structuring of beverage distribution businesses. Prior to forming OMAC Beverage Advisors, John served as Managing Director at First Beverage Group, where he co-lead the mergers and acquisitions group with Sean McLaren. John also served as Vice President of Wholesaler System Development at Anheuser-Busch, Inc., a group focused on distributor strategy, mergers and acquisitions. He has executed dozens of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures involving beverage distributors, suppliers, brands and importers. Additionally, he managed equity investments in several distributors that collectively generated over $750 million in revenue. John brings vast transaction knowledge and experience to our team, providing a unique perspective to our clients.
BRIAN BLACK, CPA, CVA
Mr. Black is a former Anheuser-Busch InBev executive holding several positions with a focus on wholesaler mergers and acquisitions, route-to-market strategy, internal audit and budgeting performance. Brian has managed valuations and due diligence in numerous large wholesaler acquisitions and divestitures. As a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of accounting/finance experience, primarily in the beer industry, his background and insights provide OMAC Beverage Advisors’ clients the knowledge and capability necessary to ensure a well-executed transaction.
Mr. Lake has over 13 years of beverage industry experience in mergers, acquisitions and financing. Prior to joining OMAC Beverage Advisors, Ryan spent 7 years at First Beverage Group where he was involved in transactions for craft brewers, beer distributors, wine and spirits distributors and non-alcoholic beverages totaling over $2 billion in aggregate transaction value. Ryan also spent over 9 years with GE Capital where he was focused on corporate finance for beverage and franchise restaurant companies. Ryan’s beverage industry experience provides our clients with the diverse perspective necessary to achieve their transaction goals, regardless of the beverage category.
Mr. Cluphf joined OMAC in the Fall of 2016. He previously worked in the Health Economics group at Centene Corporation where he provided support for national contracting initiatives. Dan’s research and analysis skills are extremely valuable throughout the deal origination and execution phase of the transaction.