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Navigator Associates, founded in 1987, is led by John Verna along with a highly experienced Executive Team including George Sherry: co-founder of the Navigator M&A Services Practice in 1991, Joe Diegel: co-founder of the Navigator Turn-Around Services Practice in 2005,  Billy Marlin: founder of the Navigator Latin American Practice, Chris Marquet and Walt Sarkees.

The members of Navigator’s highly skilled and diverse  team have held executive positions with such recognized firm’s as Kroll Inc., PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Protiviti, Navigant, Pinkertons, Vance International, and various Federal & Local Agencies as well as IBM, other Fortune 500s, other consulting firms and emerging companies.

Our professionals come from backgrounds in investment banking, strategy & management consulting, finance, accounting & auditing, operations, government, law enforcement, intelligence services, law, journalism and industry in the US and from around the world.

The Firm provides its clients with unparalleled global capabilities designed to help assess and execute on strategic opportunities, respond to and resolve crisis as well as mitigate corporate risks.

Navigator Strategic Business Services provides owners and executives with effective investment banking services to drive business ownership transfer, acquisition search and other strategic decision making efforts. 

Within Navigator SBS is our core Sell-Side M&A Investment Banking Service.  Started in 1991, this service navigates executives and business owners through the entire top to bottom process necessary to optimize the value of the business being sold and directly execute effective ownership transfer through rigorous pre-sale preparation, pricing, buyer targeting, negotiations and closing. Navigator SBS concentrates on serving the ownership needs of privately held middle market companies generating between $5-100M in revenues, utilizing a client customized approach to optimize results for business sellers.

Other Navigator SBS Services focus on acquisition targeting, strategic review, business turn-around, strategic decision making intelligence and due diligence services.

Navigator Investigations, Controls & Monitoring Services provides owners, executives and their key legal and operational advisors with world class capabilities for responding to and effectively resolving suspected or actual incidents of material business irregularities as well as evaluating the related business controls breakdowns and developing deterrence strategies along with monitoring the on-going  integrity of the business. 

The Navigator Team has successfully used this innovative, highly effective approach in many crisis situations including:

  • The Orange County, California bankruptcy,  
  • The Purdue Pharma Oxycontin theft & diversion incident,
  • The Enron natural gas trading incident,
  • The U.S. Department of Justice, LAPD abuse scandal monitorship,
  • The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute exam integrity assurance project,
  • And many other non-public incidents.
  • Navigator, its professionals and its affiliates have worked for many of the World’s most recognized companies, law firms, consulting firms as well as local and national governments.




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