The thirteen 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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Francois M. de Visscher

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. François de Visscher is a Co-Founder, Principal and Executive Chairman of FODIS, LP. François and James Bly founded FODIS in 2018 after being partners of the Business Growth Alliance (BGA) since 2003. Mr. de Visscher has a long career of advising business owning families and family offices. 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. For over 25 years the team at de Visscher and Co. advised over 400 family companies and family offices worldwide on issues of liquidity of shareholders, capital needs of their business and 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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Brian Baum

Brian Baum is the Managing Director of Interchange Capital Partners. In this role he oversees strategic initiatives of the company with a specific focus on the Family Business and Entrepreneur client segment. His focus is on helping owners think through, build and execute on a value acceleration and transition strategy for the shareholders. He believes that at its core exit planning combines the plan, concept, effort and process into a clear, simple strategy to build a business that is transferable through strong human, structural, customer, and social capital. The future of each owner, their family, and their business are addressed by exit planning through creating value today.
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Ben du Pont

Ben duPont, is co-founder and managing partner at Chartline Capital Partners, a Venture Capital Fund that has 20 portfolio companies and invests in enterprise technology companies in: Digital Health, Retail Analytics, Telecom Infrastructure, Digital Industrial and Food Supply Chain.
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Bruce Imel

Bruce Imel is the Managing Partner of Flow Consulting, a management consulting firm committed to Transforming Organizations through Performance Improvement. Bruce previously led a multi-national IT & supply chain consulting practice and also ran a global supply chain network. For over 20 years Bruce has worked with clients to create efficient and responsive supply chains through improved strategies, processes, and technology deployments.
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Peter Kubasek

Peter Kubasek is Founder and a Managing Partner of ArkMalibu. Peter has been closely involved in more than 500 merger and acquisition projects ranging from $2 million to over $1 billion in sales representing billions in transactional value. Peter 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 preparing for exit, valuations, divestitures and financing options in a variety of areas including 3D printing, technology, services firms, communications, manufacturing, consumer package goods and distribution.
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Dr. Jason Lye

Lyco Works offers a business perspective on your intellectual property strategy, providing a line of sight from patents and know-how to sustainable revenue growth. Prime mover at Lyco, Dr. Jason Lye is a scientist, an inventor, a seasoned dealmaker, and an advisor for large and small companies alike. He is author of the entrepreneurship book “Prototype to Profits” targeted for publication in 2021, and is also recognized as one of the world’s top patent strategists by IAM Magazine.
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Paul Marcela

Paul Marcela is President & CEO of Governance Partners Group, LLC (“GPG”), a corporate governance services firm that provides 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, Board Meeting Preparation, Subsidiary Management, Governance Service Partner Management and Governance Consulting. Its client profile includes private and small to mid-cap public companies, venture capital, private equity and family office portfolio companies, subsidiaries of parent corporations and not-for-profit corporations that may not have sufficient internal resources to practice corporate 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 companies for over 30 years. In 2003 he founded The Pursuit Group, an innovative content marketing and funnel management firm, to help growth-oriented businesses successfully navigate changing buyer needs and behaviors. The Pursuit Group and Communica merged in 2016 to provide an important new range of services to their clients.
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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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Phil Seefried

Garth Tebay is a practicing Certified Public Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics and Certified in Mergers & Acquisition Analyst with over 46 years of experience. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Value DefinedTM, a business valuation and litigation support firm in Perrysburg, Ohio and an Affiliate Member of Business Growth Alliance, which provides value growth consulting and investment banking services to owners of medium-sized businesses.
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