You’ve probably seen Pretty Woman, Wall Street, or Working Girl and think you have an idea of how mergers and acquisitions work: a big scary company comes to buy a small company and sell it for scrap. David Braun, founder and CEO of Capstone, is here to tell you that is so outside the realm of reality “you could actually call it science fiction.” He joins us on Edgewise to bust some more myths about how mergers and acquisitions work from both sides of the table. David Braun is the founder and CEO of Capstone, which he established in 1995. He created the company to meet the unique demands of mid-market companies and their corporate growth initiatives. David is also the author of Successful Acquisitions: A Proven Plan for Strategic Growth (AMACOM 2013). Successful Acquisitions is based on first-hand experience in steering dozens of transactions to completion. Rich in real-world examples, this book delivers a practical plan of action based on proven results. David has over 20 years’ experience formulating growth strategies in a wide range of manufacturing and service industries. A dynamic speaker, over the past fifteen years David has lectured to over 20,000 top-level business executives on the subject of M&A and successful external growth. As an M&A expert, David is regularly featured in the media including Financial Times, Fox Business News, CBS MoneyWatch and CNN Money. He has authored and delivered numerous presentations for the American Management Association (AMA), National Center for Continuing Education (NCCE) and Vistage International. In addition, he has addressed a wide range of trade organizations such as the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), National Tooling and Machining Association, the Illinois CPA Society, the Photo Chemical Machining Institute and the Envelope Manufacturers Association.