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“I built a great company, now what do I do with it? What are my options?””

It’s taken years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. You’ve succeeded and built a profitable business.  But today you’re wondering, “I don’t know what to do. How can I maximize the value of my business?”  CKS Advisors was created to answer these questions. We know that every business faces an eventual transition and that uncertainty happens with all business owners at some point. Making the right or wrong decisions can greatly affect the value of the business, and they will have a tremendous effect on your future.

Unlike other investment banking firms, we are not simply interested in the immediate transaction. Our consulting practice enables us to focus on helping you determine your best options.  So whether your transition is months or years away, it is never too early to start maximizing the value of your business.



Business Value Creation

Utilizing our experience as former business owners and as consultants working with hundreds of businesses in just about every industry, we have developed Value Creation processes and practices that are designed to help growing businesses successfully reach their growth and value objectives.
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Turnarounds/Work Outs

CKS has a unique set of experiences and extensive business backgrounds that allow a quick and complete understanding of distressed situations. Working with company management, owners, guarantors and other company professionals, we work rapidly to develop focused financial objectives and create reality based alternatives for evaluation.
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Securities & Transactions

Mergers & Acqusitions

The professionals of CKS have worked all sides of the mergers and acquisitions table: as buyer, as seller and in advising both buyer and seller. We understand what private equity groups (PEGs) seek and the value of private middle market companies. We know what is achievable and what is not and we work hard to get the best deal for our clients.
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Corporate Finance

In a challenging economic environment with capital not easily obtainable, the need is all the more pronounced to have an experienced advisor to navigate the capital markets to obtain the right form(s) of capital and from the right sources. CKS helps its clients raise all forms of capital—bank financing, mezzanine debt, preferred stock and common stock for a variety of purposes.
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Project Finance

The Project Finance Group focuses exclusively on obtaining debt and equity funding (development period and long-term project capital) for infrastructure, real estate and other project developers in the United States that are seeking a non- or limited-recourse structure with a minimum project size of $20 million and no upper limit.
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Meet the Team

Dennis J. Cornelius
Dennis J. CorneliusManaging Partner
With 40 years of professional experience, Dennis Cornelius provides financial advisory services to clients on both sell‐side and buy‐side engagements in various industries.
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Dave Gonzales
Dave GonzalesManaging Partner
Dave Gonzales is a Senior Financial Executive and Business Owner with more than 35 years’ experience in business finance, management, asset management and business turn‐arounds.
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Joel Strom
Joel StromManaging Partner
Joel Strom brings nearly 40 years of business management and consulting experience experiences ranging from mid‐sized entrepreneurial companies to Fortune 500 corporations.
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Elizabeth Evans
Elizabeth EvansManaging Partner
Elizabeth is an accomplished professional with more than 25 years of experience in business development, investment banking and private equity investing.  She has spent a significant amount of her career on the buy-side of investment banking with some of the top private equity groups in the country.
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