bruce black

Bruce Black

Managing Director

bruceblack@ibgfoxfin.com
480.327.6619

Profile:

Bruce is a Managing Director with IBG/Fox & Fin and uses his three decades of lower middle market entrepreneurial experience to help business owners successfully exit. He has dedicated his ‘second career' to assisting business owners in the important work of selling the companies they have built.

Bruce has broad experience in building high performance companies as founder, leader, entrepreneur, strategist and CEO. In addition, Bruce has proven skills in selling businesses, buying and integrating companies, as well as strategic planning, team building, change management, operational execution and developing highly sticky customer relationships. Bruce's passion today is leveraging many years of C-level experience to help lower middle market business owners achieve the best return possible on what has often been a lifetime of work.

Experience:

Bruce was the former co-founder and CEO of a national middle market management services business that grew in 22 years to $600 million, both organically and through targeted acquisitions. His team then successfully sold it to a strategic global competitor. Among his other accomplishments, Bruce founded an international alliance organization and as its Chairman, grew it to 54 countries, established and grew a consumer facing call center travel products company, co-founded the predecessor company of what later became the public company Successories, was CEO of an early stage SaaS technology business and lead diverse teams designing and launching real estate development projects.

Bruce has employed hundreds of people, built purposeful organizations and teams, defined the vision for massive business model change and created competitively differentiated business models that drove higher returns for all stakeholders. Bruce knows first-hand the numerous challenges every business owner faces in growing and guiding a business to a successful exit. He has spent the last six years dedicated to helping business owners achieve the right financial and organizational results in the sale or recapitalization of their businesses.

Education and Awards:

B.S.- Double Major Political Science & Sociology, Iowa State University
Graduate work at Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Certified M& A Advisor
Arizona Licensed Business Intermediary
Holds a FINRA series 79 and series 63 registration under Still Point Capital
Member, M&A Source
Member, Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA)
Inaugural Member of University of Illinois at Chicago Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame
Member, YPO-WPO for 24 years and still active in two Forums in Chicago & Phoenix