Exitplace helps profitable companies exit when they're ready, and sell shares to employees along the way

Your shoes are our shoes

Our team left investment banking to become entrepreneurs and business owners.  We’ve founded companies, run them, merged them, sold them, and had successes and failures alike. You won’t find a qualified team more empathetic to the ups-and-downs of business ownership. We get it.

Our backstory

Alex and Michael acquired 8 companies from retiring owners, seeing firsthand 

how broken the market is for buying and selling a small-to-mid size business. 

Kevin was employee #4 at General Assembly, a tech education startup 

and later a software engineer at a global digital product consultancy. 

Jane led the NYC industrials group at Dresdner Kleinwort,

advising large industrial companies on M&A transactions.

We started Exitplace in 2018 with a mission 

to help make it easier to buy and sell SMBs.

What we do

Competitive Sale Process

We get the best offer for your company through an investment banking style service for companies with $1-5M of operating profit

Principles matter. 

We act, hire, review and fire around a set of 6 core values

Trust comes first

Take initiative

Act thoughtfully

Show empathy

Make things better

Be dependable

Michael Brown, Co-Founder and CEO

Michael's current focus is building Teamshares, our employee stock program, and overall leadership of the company. He Co-Founded Exitplace with Alex and Kevin in 2018 to help make it easier to exit a small to mid-size business.

In 2013 he founded The Coles Bay Group to buy small businesses from retiring owners. He was President of All Type Electric from 2013 to 2016, where he researched and designed an employee share program which became the blueprint for Teamshares. In total, Alex and Michael acquired 8 electrical contractors, merging them into a company with 80 employees in 4 cities.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 2013, Michael spent 7 years in finance.  At Perella Weinberg Partners, Michael worked with Cofounders Alex and Kevin on various large transactions including the financial restructuring and sale of Hostess Brands (Twinkies and Wonderbread) and Hawker Beechcraft (a private aircraft manufacturer).

At Morgan Stanley, Michael worked both in the industrial investment banking group for publicly traded conglomerates like United Technologies and in the aerospace/defense research group.  He started career his career at Bank of America in the media group where he cut his teeth on leveraged buyouts including Sam Zell’s notorious acquisition of Tribune.

Originally from Canada, Michael immigrated to California in 2000 with his family and studied economics at UCLA before moving to New York. He loves cooking, skiing and getting on a plane to just about anywhere in the world.

Jane Marlowe, Chief Transaction Officer

Jane joined Exitplace in Fall 2018 as our head of transactions, eager to bring more professional transaction advice to smaller companies. She focuses on developing long-term relationships with small to medium companies, advising them on preparing for an ownership transition, and helping them sell for the best price when they are ready.

Jane has over 20 years of merger and acquisition transaction experience and was head of the North American Industrials Strategic Advisory sector team at Dresdner Kleinwort. There Jane was responsible for relationship management and leading domestic and international transactions for multinational industrial corporations such as Honeywell, Terex, and Danaher.

Previously Jane worked in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch, where she was part of the divestitures team, and in consulting at Touche Ross (a predecessor to Deloitte).

Jane has an MBA in finance from NYU Stern and a BA from Tufts.

Jane is a serious cook, grows esoteric chili peppers in her North Fork garden, and volunteers providing college access support for first generation students and their parents.

Alex Eu, Co-Founder

Alex Cofounded Exitplace with Kevin and Michael in January 2018 to help make it easier to exit a small to mid-size business. His current focus is leading sale transactions for Exitplace clients.

Alex also has a day job as the President of an electrical contractor on the West Coast, and so he brings the vantage point of and empathy for business owners.

Alex is a founding investor and partner in The Coles Bay Group, which acquired 8 electrical contractors, merging them into a company with 80 employees in 4 cities.

Prior to Coles Bay, Alex analyzed private equity and venture investments for The Chernin Group, a media investment company founded by the former President of News Corp.

Before Chernin, Alex worked at Perella Weinberg Partners on a number of mergers and financial restructurings, including a two-year process to sell Hostess Brands (maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread).

Alex is such a died-in-the-wool entrepreneur he even started and managed a soccer talent agency in India while working 80 hours a week as an investment banking analyst.

Alex’s family are a mix of Alaskan homesteaders and family business owners in Singapore. Making things is in his blood.

Alex graduated from Indiana University before starting his finance career. He tries to get back to Alaska to fish whenever he can and is a budding sommelier.

Kevin Shiiba, Co-Founder

Kevin's current focus is building Teamshares, our employee stock program.  Kevin cofounded Exitplace with Alex and Michael in January 2018 to help make it easier to exit a small to mid-size business.

Previously, Kevin worked as a Senior Product Engineer at Reaktor, an international software product consultancy, which helps large companies develop and launch new software products.

Kevin was employee number four at General Assembly, a global software education company which was recently acquired. Kevin was GA’s first product manager, launched and grew several new products.

Kevin started his career as an investment banking analyst at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he worked with Michael and Alex in the advisory group on mergers, acquisitions and financial restructurings.

Kevin grew up in Northern California and made his way to the East Coast via Georgetown. Kevin shakes a serious cocktail and takes full advantage of the performing arts in NYC.

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