Kevin is Founder and Managing Partner of SISPE Capital Management. He is also Founder and Managing Partner for The DVS Group, a national, independent intermediary firm that specializes in assisting executives, companies & investors acquire private companies in corporate transitions and expansion. Kevin’s expertise is in guiding complicated transactions for The DVS Group. He leads the former C-suite level executive buyers through their acquisition processes, as well as dealing with transactions involving private equity.
Kevin is an expert in Entrepreneurship and Business Acquisition subject matter. He has guided well over 100 transactions to a successful close in the 10+ years since founding The DVS Group. Kevin is an active member and presenter in Vistage, a world-wide organization of successful CEOs, executives and business owners participating in private peer advisory groups. He has taught multiple classes for professional associations such as the International Business Brokers Association, Business Enterprise Institute and the Kansas CPA Society. Kevin also conducts Exit Planning Workshops throughout the country for business owners through regional banks and wealth advisor groups.
Kevin is a classic serial entrepreneur who invented and holds the patent on the Firefly Safety Lighter – a device that safely ignites fireworks without using flames or fuel. As an inventor, Kevin has experience in development, overseas manufacturing, raising private capital, licensing and marketing.
A University of Missouri graduate with a degree in Food Science, Kevin has worked at RJ Reynolds, M&M Mars as a food scientist and as a private wealth advisor at Merrill Lynch, AXA Advisors, BMA and Berthel Fisher.
Ben is a Managing Partner of SISPE Capital Management. He also serves as a Member and Managing Partner of the DVS Group, a national, independent intermediary firm that specializes in assisting executives, companies & investors acquire private companies in corporate transitions and expansion. At the DVS group, he is deeply involved in the process of qualifying opportunities, managing client expectations and supporting business development efforts. He is responsible for the data, forms and other tools required to effectively serve DVS’s clients.
Ben has developed processes and strategies for working with private equity, corporate and executive (i.e. individual) buy-side clients as well as small/lower middle market businesses attempting to sell or recapitalize. Over the course of dozens of successful engagements, he has become an expert in SBA 7a financing. He actively seeks lenders across the country who are active in small business lending to ensure that clients receive the greatest breadth of opportunity when they approach the debt markets.
Ben earned a BA in Latin American Studies from Yale. He is active in the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and the Yale Day of Service planning committee for the Kansas City alumni chapter.
Nathan Mauck, PhD. is an Advisor to SISPE Capital Management. He is also Assistant Professor of Finance at the Henry W. Bloch school of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His present research interest is affinity-based capital investment, and he has also done research on sovereign wealth funds, M&A, behavioral finance, international and corporate finance. He has presented at more than 20 academic seminars and conferences worldwide and published 16 articles. He teaches courses in financial modelling, valuation, and international finance at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has won several awards for his teaching.
Nathan, originally from Hoxie, Kansas, earned his bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University and his PhD in Finance from Florida State University.