Our Team of M&A Advisors
Domenic Rinaldi, CBI, Managing Director
Domenic Rinaldi is the President and Managing Partner of Sun Acquisitions. He was awarded the professional designation of Certified Business Intermediary form the International Business Brokers Association and is considered an expert in the field of business brokerage. He is a seasoned executive who brings over 24 years of proven experience in merger/acquisition, sales, service, marketing and operations to the business brokerage arena.
Domenic’s career began at Sprint Corp, where he spent 13 years in sales and operations. As VP of their Hospitality Division he led a national organization to $250 million in annual revenue. His experience as Chief Operating Officer of an e-commerce travel company offered the opportunity to grow a Silicon Valley startup into an international solutions provider. Additionally, Domenic’s small business experience running a New York City technology company gave him first hand knowledge of the challenges facing business owners. It was at this privately held company he learned the business of raising venture capital and driving a small company to profitability, which ultimately resulted in an acquisition.
Domenic is recognized by colleagues and associates as a leader with determination and integrity. He has helped countless business owners develop, execute and maximize their exit strategies. Personally, he has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and started a citywide program serving under-privileged school children.
Jim Cohen, CBI, Director
As a business owner and entrepreneur for over twenty-five years, Jim has bought, sold and operated small to midsized businesses of his own and fully understands the passion and needs of individuals contemplating the sale of their businesses.
Using this wealth of business ownership and transaction experience, Jim helps owners by managing the entire business sale lifecycle while maintaining confidentiality and developing & executing marketing strategies that will maximize the seller’s return on investment. Jim’s vast experience in negotiating and closing transactions while managing coordination with other professional advisors such as attorneys, accountants, financial planners and bankers, helps to ensure the seller’s risks and tax consequences are minimized.
Jim is a proud member of the International Business Brokers Association and holds the Certified Business Intermediary® (CBI®) designation. This designation sets the industry standard within the intermediary community, and provides assurance of professionalism to clients and other key advisors. The requirements to achieve such a coveted designation better prepares those who hold it and offers confidence to others that the skills necessary to achieve success in the marketplace are present. Obtaining the CBI designation speaks volumes about an individual’s knowledge and expertise.
The CBI is awarded to IBBA members who have satisfied the educational requirements and conform to the ethical standards of the association.
Jordan Whitehurst, Director of Corporate Development
Jordan is the Director of Corporate Development at Sun Acquisitions and is responsible for all marketing, business development, branding and internal operations. Jordan joined Sun Acquisitions in 2010 and is considered an expert in the field having earned an M&A certification and been involved in the acquisition and sale of businesses across all industry sectors.
Jordan has a passion for business strategy, finance, and sales and marketing. He is also involved in the local business community, leveraging his deep M&A experience, by volunteering his time and talents. He has helped many companies understand their value and was appointed as an advisor to Hifikids which is a technology start-up in Chicago focused on the e-learning industry. He has advised the company on its design, buying, IT systems, sales and marketing operations.
Prior to joining Sun Acquisitions, Jordan earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida. He maintains an active lifestyle which includes competitive tennis, marathons, skiing, and a particular passion for reading.
Kathleen Kelly, Director of Marketing
Kathleen joined our firm in 2008 and currently manages all aspects of marketing. Her specialty is helping is helping our clients, both buy-side and sell-side, understand the marketplace and how they can achieve the acquisition or divestiture goals. Kathleen is an expert at the market research required to determine the probability of a successful engagement and developing the tactics and strategies to help our clients realize their goals.
Kathleen has over twenty five year of business experience ranging from small business ownership, large corporate assignments, mergers and acquisitions and international markets all in various functional disciplines.
Kathleen began her career as a researcher at Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive recruiting firm. There she worked identifying target companies and individuals from a variety of industries and functional specialties for client assignments. One of her areas of expertise was identifying industry expertise executives to step in and manage firms acquired by venture capital portfolios. She left that firm to study business and work in Barcelona for a year. Upon her return, she joined the Richmark Group, a firm that specializes in business-to-business marketing and channel management consulting. All assignments were custom studies using in-depth qualitative and quantitative interviews with industry members. Client’s ranged from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups to M&A firms needing additional resources in due diligence. A short list of industries studied includes: satellite phones, land mobile radio, plumbing tools, international freight forwarding, trucks, commercial printing, computer servers, food flavorings, materials handling equipment, and security and alarm systems. Kathleen was the international specialist at the firm where she managed in-country assignments in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Jordan. As Project Manager, she managed internal teams and sub-contractors both in the U.S. and abroad.
Kathleen also took some time to start and grow her own retail business. The business quickly grew to one of the largest in Chicago as well as receiving attention from national magazines, citations in books and magazines as one of the best in the industry. Her vast corporate experience combined with her successful small business ownership allow her to bring a unique perspective to all of our client engagements.
Joseph Farinella, Senior Advisor
Joseph brings more than three decades of hands-on entrepreneurial experience to the Sun Acquisitions team. He specializes in selling, reorganizing and realigning businesses for continued growth and profitability. Joseph has also advised and negotiated a number of licensing agreements and formal contracts on behalf of his clients better positioning them for growth.
Joseph started, developed and ran his own business over an 18-year span, negotiating a successful exit in 2000. He understands the mindset, needs and concerns of the entrepreneur. Since then Joseph has worked as a Business Broker and Consultant focusing on building top line revenues and operational efficiencies for a number of companies primarily in the consumer products sector.
Joseph’s degree in Marketing combined with his business experience puts him in a unique place to envision the needs of his clients and then bring that to life in a number of ways – from forecasting to financing, branding to operations, Joseph has many years of experience guiding his clients through the transition process. He has worked on both the Buy side and Sell side of the transition process and has consistently produced successful results.