Co-Founders: François M. de Visscher and James C. Bly, Jr.

The twelve member board consists of an Executive Member of each Affiliate Firm and plays a crucial role in determining the direction of BGA, ensuring that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past, present and future members.

James C. Bly, Jr.

James C. Bly, Jr. was the co-founder of BGA in 2004 and served as its Co-Chairman and CEO until 2017. He remains an owner, but has now retired from active involvement on the board or management of BGA. He has been given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus for his vision and dedication to BGA and its commitment to the important role that family controlled businesses play in our economy. Mr. Bly was also a founder of HWSC, a multi-disciplinary professional services firm started in 1982. For 35 years, HWSC specialized in providing Family Enterprise Business Services to Business Owning Families and Family Offices, which own upper middle market companies or complex portfolios of operating businesses or operating assets. Most of HWSC's clients were second through seventh generation family-controlled business enterprises.
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François M. de Visscher

François François M. de Visscher, a native of Belgium, has been an active advisor to business owning families for over 30 years, mostly in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Mr. de Visscher is a Co-Founder and Principal of FODIS, and serves as its Executive Chairman and Chief Marketing Officer. He has Partnered with James Bly since the founding of Business Growth Alliance (BGA) in 2003. In 1990, he founded de Visscher & Co., one of the world's most renowned independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. Over the last 20 years, he and his team have advised over 300 family companies and family offices worldwide on issues of liquidity of shareholders, capital needs of their business in direct investments.
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Ken Acer

Ken Acer founded Global Launch, LLC to help hi-tech companies achieve accelerated sales growth. He provides companies with marketing resources, for either a fresh perspective on an existing market or a different direction for new opportunities. A Cornell chemical engineer, Ken's first jobs were in technical sales and marketing positions. After getting his MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon, he joined MSA's international operations team. Ken started his international career as P&L manager of Africa and the Middle East companies as well as distributor manager for US exports to Europe and Russia. He later became Director of International Marketing and created a team of 55 marketers from zero, developing the people, tools, and processes to create a professional marketing team.
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John Asher

John Asher is Chairman and CEO of ASHER, Inc. Mr. Asher assists clients on improving revenue growth and profitability. He is a nationally recognized expert on strategic marketing planning and sales/marketing process improvement. Since 1997, Mr. Asher has worked with the owners and chief executive officers of more than 400 middle market companies, which under his guidance have improved their marketing planning and sales results. In addition, he has trained more than 12,000 people to be more productive salespeople, and has facilitated strategic planning and strategic marketing offsites for more than 90 organizations.
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Reese Bourgeois

Reese Bourgeois is President & Managing Director of Flow Consulting, a consortium of experienced consultants with proven expertise in helping organizations make dramatic improvement in their leadership and business processes. The focus of Flow Consulting is to accelerate business solutions using Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma concepts, ultimately linking these into a strategic focus for rapid, measurable results for impacting business growth.
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Ben du Pont

Ben du Pont is co-founder and President of yet2.com, a global marketplace for technology. Founded in 1999, yet2.com creates mutually beneficial partnerships between companies leveraging new technology and patents. yet2.com was one the world’s first open innovation platforms. About a quarter of the Fortune 500 directly engages yet2.com and most of the Fortune 500 are engaged in deal discussions through yet2.com, ranging from new drug-delivery technologies to new heavy-oil recovery technologies.
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Peter Kubasek

Peter Kubasek is the founder and CEO of ArkMalibu, a financial solutions provider based in Blue Ash, Ohio. Peter has been closely involved in more than 500 merger and acquisition projects ranging from $2M to over $400M in sales representing billions in transactional value. He brings a vast background of knowledge and understanding to every engagement in which he is involved. His success stems from his ability to identify the core needs of his clients, developing creative solutions and applying sound analytical and negotiating skills to each engagement. He has advised clients on strategy, valuations, acquisitions, divestitures and financing options in a variety of areas including telecommunications, manufacturing, consumer package goods, software and distribution.
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Dr. Jason Lye

Dr. Jason Lye is President and Chief Technical Officer of Lyco Works Incorporated. Lyco Works is a collaborative innovation organization that helps clients create market-changing products founded in patented technologies used by adjacent industries. Lyco Works shows their clients what is possible, and where to source the components for a product or service that can gain control of their marketplace.
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Paul Marcela

Paul Marcela is President & Managing Director of Governance Partners Group, LLC (“GPG”), a corporate governance services firm that specializes in providing external Corporate Secretary and related corporate governance services to companies and other organizations that seek to outsource all or a portion of their Office of the Corporate Secretary operations. GPG provides services in the categories of Board and Committee support, executive and financial management interface, legal entity governance management and corporate governance program and process development and enhancement. Its client profile includes stand-alone corporations, private equity portfolio companies, venture capital and emerging growth companies, subsidiaries of large corporations, colleges and universities and health care institutions. GPG’s focuses on providing governance services to small to mid-cap public companies, private companies and not-for-profit organizations that have a need for good corporate governance but may not have sufficient internal resources to practice good governance in a robust manner.
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Thom McLeod

Thom McLeod is Founder and Managing Director at Tenzing Consulting a sourcing, supply chain, and operations firm specializing in high-ROI, results-based programs that drive accelerated improvements in performance for mid-sized to Fortune 100 companies. The Tenzing team of over twenty professionals and numerous alliance partners serves clients globally across many industries from manufacturing to services. Tenzing Consulting is particularly active in the large private equity sector working with firms such as Kohlberg Kravitz Roberts and Clayton Dublier and Rice.
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Kurt Moosmann

Dr. Kurt Moosmann (*1966) is an acknowledged advisor to business owning families, family offices and private clients with global asset holdings. Before recently establishing his own Advisory firm Moosmann Advisors he had co-founded and successfully assumed the role as Chairman of Dara Capital, a Swiss Multi-Family Office providing Investment and Wealth Advisory services.
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Barry Rosen

Barry Rosen has launched successful sales and marketing integration programs at business-to-business enterprises for over 20 years. In 1993 he founded The Rosen Group, an Ohio-based company that provided hands-on marketing consulting to companies in healthcare, technology, insurance and other high-ticket, complex sales industries. In this capacity he created and honed the use of a variety of sales cycle communication strategies, presaging the convergence of communication and technology that has led to The Pursuit Group and its proprietary Sales Cycle Optimization program. Barry also co-founded a category-leading healthcare technology company and a successful regional advertising agency that grew to one of the top 500 agencies in the United States. His experience includes a relationship with Peppers and Rogers Group, the internationally-renowned consulting firm that spirited the transformation of business from mass- to one-to-one marketing.
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Phil Seefried

Phil Seefried has over 30 years of experience across most major financial markets: M&A, bank lending, high yield, structured finance, private equity, and financial advisory work. Seefried co-founded Headwaters MB in September 2001 with the thought of marrying world-class financial and capital market skills with the fanatical pursuit of great client service experiences. He led Headwaters as its CEO until the merger with Capstone in late 2017.
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