GJ businesswoman gets national M&A award 2023

Late in May, Teija Heikkila, CEO of PET|VET M&A, Sales and Advisory in Grand Junction, received national recognition from her colleagues.

M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) Source, the foremost trade association for lower-middle market transaction advisors, announced its award recipients for 2022 deal activity at its Spring Conference and Deal Market, held from May 23 to 24 in Orlando, Florida.

Heikkila received the Platinum Club Award, which is presented to dealmakers who have concluded sell-side or buy-side transactions with a combined enterprise value exceeding $15 million in 2022.

“2022 was a monumental year, not only for us but for the entire industry. Dealmaking is never simple, so I appreciate the recognition, but I would also like to thank my clients for entrusting me with their most valuable asset and my team at PET|VET for their efficiency and support,” said Heikkila.

“The lower-middle market is currently a hub of activity as investors seek alternative investments where they can enter the value creation cycle earlier. This presents numerous opportunities for sellers in the pet care industry in the form of favorable deal structures, unique terms, and rising multiples.

If your pet care business generates more than $2 million in annual revenue, now is a perfect time to evaluate your exit strategy. Several new private equity firms have entered the market, and despite the competition, we are able to secure advantageous structures that generate immediate and long-term wealth that transforms our clients’ lives.

Heikkila has worked in the pet care industry since the 1990s. Before becoming a business broker, M&A intermediary, and consultant, she owned pet resorts. She and her team at PET|VET M&A have completed over 170 transactions totaling $350 million. The company only offers sell-side representation.

Heikkila was also inducted into the DealStats Hall of Fame in 2021 and 2022 due to the total number of effectively closed transactions.

“These individuals and firms represent some of the best professionals in the lower-middle market, and we congratulate them on their success,” said Kylene Golubski, the executive director of M&A Source.

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