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We understand what motivates people. We know why you buy and sell, what drives you and what you want in order to move a deal forward.

We have developed this intuition because we know the market. We do our homework. We read everything, talk to everyone, imagine the possibilities and create situations. We identify matches when other companies cannot. It is this innate quality that sets us apart. We know what companies on both sides of the transaction want, and we figure out how to get it done for you. With our deep financial expertise, we analyze your company inside and out, becoming intimately knowledgeable about how it works. From production, management, marketing, culture and leadership to the numbers, plain and simple, we understand all facets of your enterprise. This knowledge base fuels our ability to see opportunities that our competition cannot. We have a sixth sense that comes from our conscientious attention to every detail.

Then, we structure the deal, negotiate, determine financing arrangements, make the purchase agreement and complete the transaction.

There is an art and an instinct to buying and selling businesses. We back up our natural talent with tough analysis, due diligence, focus on detail and persistence.

We are looking forward to working with you.

Recent Nominations & Awards

Harriman Named Dealmaker of the Year by Dallas Magazine


Jeff Bounds writes in the May-June 2015 edition of D CEO MAGAZINE:

“The Plains America formula is simple: Focusing on industries that larger banks ignore, and helping clients grow their businesses.The approach has enabled Harriman to build a thriving sell-side shop whose 2014 work included helping make happen the acquisition of Dallas-based The CounterSource by Houston’s Royal Baths.

'We regularly knock out 80-plus hour weeks, so we have been busy the last four years in a row,' Harriman says. 'We are blessed to be starting out 2015 even busier.'”

To read the entire article in the May-June 2015 edition of D CEO Magazine go to: http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-ceo/2015/may-june/mergers-acquisitions-dallas-dealmakers-of-the-year

Harriman Announced as Finalist at 2015 M&A Awards in Texas

February 18, 2015 – Hillary Lau of D Magazine released the names of the Finalists for the 2015 D CEO Merger & Acquisition Awards in Dallas, Texas, of which Susan Harriman was named:

“2014 was a busy year for Dallas-Fort Worth companies, and many area investment banking firms were up to their elbows in paperwork completing mergers and acquisitions on behalf of local clients. We spent Tuesday morning with a panel of esteemed judges selecting this year’s D CEO M&A Awards finalists, which are listed below.”

“Winners in this year’s awards program will be announced at a private awards event in early May, and all finalist companies and dealmakers will be profiled in the May/June 2015 issue of D CEO. Stay tuned for more details!”

To read more go to: http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/2015/02/18/finalists-announced-d-ceos-2015-ma-awards/

Harriman Finalist in 2014 Outstanding Women in Business Awards

On June 20, 2014, Boots Gifford, Print Editor/Lead Designer of the Denver Business Journal posted the following regarding the 2014 Outstanding Women in Business, of which Susan Harriman, founder of Plains America Capital Partners, was named as a finalist:

“Each year, the Denver Business Journal recognizes metro Denver’s most influential women with the Outstanding Women In Business awards. This year, nearly 140 women again will vie for the honors.”

“Twelve women will be honored for their accomplishments in the categories of architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; health care; large business owner; law; Mile High Leaders; real estate; small business owner; technology and telecommunications; and lifetime achievement.”

“Nominees in each category were judged on innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments and community leadership from the information provided on the nomination form.”

To read the entire article, go to http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2014/06/20/denver-s-2014-outstanding-women-in-business.html?page=all


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    "For five years Susie called on me about coming up to sell my business. She didn't bug me like a lot of the people who have called on me over the years and frankly, most of them never got through to me but for some reason Susie always did. One day I told her to drive on up to Garden City and be at my plant the next morning at 8am. Sure enough she was right on time and so I decided to give this persistent little gal a shot but warned her that if even one person found out I was thinking about selling any potential deal was over. Sure enough, Susie sold my business so confidentially that not even my son knew we had sold, and on top of that about a month into our LOI a portion of our plant had a static electric spark and burned to the ground in two hours. I told Susie just to forget it, but she told me to let her do her job and had the buyer here within two days, with their President and his team, and got back on track and our business closed right on schedule with no surprises. I was so pleased with Susie I gave her two more companies to sell for me and she did an equally great job on both of those, too!"
    Cecil O’Brate / founder Palmer Tank & Mfg, Palmer Holdings
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    "I worked with the Plains America Capital team when my wife became ill and I decided I needed to retire to spend what remaining time she had with no stress from work. Plains America Capital sold my business at a valuation more than I expected and we had a clean closing, and I was able to buy a nice ranch and enjoy my time with my bride. Unfortunately, she passed on about a year after the sale and I have never once regretted hanging up my hat when it was time to pass my business on and using that time to cherish each day with my wife. I should mention I was one of the few businesses sold during the 2009 credit collapse and Plains America not only sold me but exceeded my valuation expectations. I would highly recommend anyone considering retiring to hire the Plains America Capital investment bankers."
    Gaylon Birdwell / founder Birdwell Automation
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    "Our controlling shareholder brought in Plains America Capital without consulting with my CFO and me, and on top of that right before Christmas. Our Plains America Capital banker asked me to take a deep breath and to have some trust, because it was important that we were placed with the right company that my employees and management would remain not just secure but thrive. I could not have asked for a better match and a seamless, drama-free and frankly very quick transition to what has proved to be a better match than I could have dreamed possible."
    James Hafen / President Centershift Software
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    "I hired Plains America Capital after wasting $65,000 on two business broker "experts" who wasted months of my time, not to mention my hard earned money. Within four weeks of meeting our Plains America investment banker, I had four offers at twice the valuation I had asked for."
    Michael Cannonie / founder Cornerstone Automation

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