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Robert (Rob) Smithson, an experienced executive and entrepreneur with a background encompassing the aerospace, automotive, restaurant, construction, and manufacturing industries, has joined Corporate Investment, an Austin-based financial advisory firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and business sales.
“I am excited to join Corporate Investment where I can apply my broad 34-year business background the intricacies of how businesses are valued and best marketed,” said Smithson. “Corporate Investment has a storied reputation in the region as merger and acquisition experts, with a team of top-notch business intermediaries. Business sales and mergers and acquisitions in Central Texas are on an upswing, and by joining Corporate Investment I’ll be able to help business owners position themselves for the best possible exit when the time comes to sell,” Smithson added.
Rob has been involved in M&A activities ranging from $10MM to over $1B in his career. He has also played key roles in raising over $150MM in private equity from angel investors, venture capital, and strategic investors, and has advised both companies and investors on numerous investment opportunities.
As an entrepreneur, Rob has built a company from two people and an idea into an industry leader with sales in over 30 countries and strategic relationships with multiple Fortune 500 companies. He has held VP and division CEO positions with publicly traded international companies as well. As a small business owner, Rob started and ultimately sold a restaurant. As an engineer, Rob was recognized as a Fellow of the Global Society of Automotive Engineers, an honor achieved by fewer than 800 of the Society’s members in the past half century.
About Corporate Investment
Corporate Investment, founded in 1984, is a leading merger & acquisition firm based in Austin, Texas, representing companies throughout Texas. Corporate Investment works primarily with the owners of private companies in a variety of industries, and their potential acquisition or merger partners.