Markets We Value

In a business advisor search, executives may ask about a company’s industry or expertise.  Implicit in this question is the assumption that those with deep expertise offer better critical thinking than generalists.  While it may seem counterintuitive, people with concentrated subject matter expertise may not be the best analysts.

Highly focused experts tend to rapidly formulate conclusions and spend the rest of the project looking for confirmation and advocating their viewpoints.  AVM philosophically considers itself to be a generalist.  As a generalist, analysts are more likely to provide common sense opinions and recommendations – which are more apt to be accurate and implemented.  Generalists have to rediscover elements of the problem, thereby avoiding a particular arrogance which can cause silly mistakes.  As Abraham Maslow said, “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

Experience and tool set are also important to getting a good result.   Simply putting a handful of numbers that you don’t understand into a software program doesn’t necessarily get you where you want to go.  AVM employs financial analysts with real world business experience because proven business executives have the framework to best analyze enterprise value.  Each AVM analyst has worked in industry with P&L responsibility, venture capital or mergers & acquisition experience.   Our analyst experience includes:


  • Start-ups
  • Emerging Growth Companies
  • Small Business
  • Going Concerns up to $100 million

Industry Type

  • Distribution
  • General Contracting
  • Internet
  • Joint Venture (China)
  • Manufacturing
  • Service Franchise
  • Software
  • Professional Services
  • Rental


  • Aerospace
  • Beverage, Wine
  • Capital Goods
  • Computer Networking
  • Electro-Mechanical Devices
  • Engineering
  • Event Services
  • Financial Services
  • Food
  • Internet Security
  • Law
  • Marketing Communications
  • Military
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Scientific Research
  • Vitamin
Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.
John Naisbitt


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