June 27, 2014 – Cleveland, Ohio – Skoda Minotti, a national CPA, financial and business advisory firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, announced today that Mike Trabert, CPA, CVA, CMAP, CEPA, partner with Skoda Minotti, recently earned the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) designation.

The internationally-recognized CM&AA designation serves to maintain the highest standard of professional excellence for middle market corporate financial advisory and transaction services, and to provide a benchmark for professional achievement within that overall body of knowledge. The designation is awarded by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors along with their academic partners Pepperdine University and DePaul University.

CM&AA professionals are accredited experts in one or more professional fields (i.e. CPA, accountant, lawyer, corporate finance, valuation expert, CFA, or MBA) and understand the overall investment banking process for selling and buying middle-market companies (revenues typically ranging from $5 million to $500 million).

Trabert has worked extensively with clients ranging from start-up entities to multi-national organizations with over $1.5 billion in annual sales. He has been with the firm for 18 years and leads the Transaction Advisory Services group which provides a comprehensive counsel of financial guidance, including buyer and seller due diligence, tax structuring, valuation and financial analysis, identifying potential buyers, and other transaction-related services.

“We’re excited to bring additional depth and specialized knowledge to our clients and companies who are in the midst of or considering a sale, merger or acquisition. The unique strength of our entire M&A department demonstrates the firm’s commitment to helping companies build and grow their business,” said Trabert.

Trabert, who is recognized in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kent State University (Ohio). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, the Middle Market Investment Banking Association, the Exit Planning Institute, the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors and the Association for Corporate Growth.

In addition to the M&A specialty area, Skoda Minotti provides CPA services and financial services, professional staffing, risk advisory, strategic marketing and technology solutions. The firm also has offices in Akron and Westlake, Ohio and Tampa, Florida. To learn more about Skoda Minotti and the family of services, visit online at www.skodaminotti.com or call 440-449-6800.


About Skoda Minotti
Skoda Minotti is a business advisory firm with a history of guiding clients’ economic and professional success. Clients include privately-held businesses, public companies, individuals, partnerships and corporations. Along with its renowned accounting, financial and tax services, Skoda Minotti offers a unique complement of advisory services including information technology, strategic marketing, professional staffing, wealth management, risk advisory services, and valuation and litigation advisory specialties to further advance the growth and success of its clients. Skoda Minotti, named a Top 100 Accounting Firm in the country, is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, with offices in Cleveland, Akron, and Westlake, Ohio and Tampa, Florida, and is an independent member of BDO Alliance USA. Learn more at www.skodaminotti.com.

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