Edward Dawson

Chairman
Edward Dawson

In his almost 40 years at Capital Alliance, Ed Dawson has been internationally hailed as one of the world’s premier negotiators, twice earning the title “Deal Maker of the Year” by M&A International. The author of four books and a contributor to Business Week, Ed brings unmatched negotiating experience to his clients.

Most recently chairman, president and CEO of Capital Alliance, Ed sold the firm to three longtime executives, in a transaction designed to provide a seamless transition to the next generation of leadership and to pave the way for continued firm growth. Ed remains chairman of Capital Alliance.

Prior to Capital Alliance, Ed contributed to the development and growth of several Texas Instruments (TI) business lines, where he helped to design and implement a number of strategic business plans for electronic products over a nine-year career. Previous to TI, Ed worked in marketing for IBM, computer analysis at Continental Illinois Bank, and engineering at Whirlpool.

Ed earned his bachelor of science degree from Carnegie Mellon University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He coordinated many of the firm’s external activities, including its long-term relationship with the 41 member firms of M&A International. Additionally, Ed continues to teach “Power Negotiating in Merger and Acquisition Transactions,” “Deals 101,” and “Deals 301” at the SMU Cox School of Business, where he has received The Business Leadership Center’s Teaching Excellence Award more than 50 times, a school record.

Key Achievements:

Ed has been the lead dealmaker in over thirty multi-million dollar transactions. He has represented and closed transactions for:

  • Modernfold, Inc.: the world’s second-largest manufacturer of moving walls for hotels.
  • Gatan, Inc.: the world’s leading manufacturer of accessory equipment for electron microscopes.
  • Morgan Corporation: the largest U.S. manufacturer of truck bodies.
  • Superior Coaches, Inc.: the largest U.S. manufacturer of funeral coaches.
  • Semco, Inc.: the world’s largest manufacturer of frac tanks for the oil industry.
  • Thompson Companies, Inc.: the acquirer of the second largest U.S. provider of specialized motorist services.
  • Transportation Rentals, Inc.: a rental car provider and Avis franchisee.
  • Acadian Marine, Inc.: a provider of marine services to offshore oil platforms.
  • Numerous other systems integration providers and technology based companies.

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