Mary Josephs, Founder and CEO of Verit Advisors® has been named  to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A for the third year in a row. This year the publication selected 36 women who are outstanding dealmakers inside and outside of their firms.

Ms. Josephs has spent her career advising and structuring ownership options for privately held middle-market companies. She takes pride in providing unbiased options to business owners as they navigate the next chapter of their company. Josephs launched a national ESOP Advisory practice for ABN AMRO LaSalle Corporate Finance and led the ESOP Solutions Group for all of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. In 2009, she founded Verit Advisors® to continue providing strategic alternatives to privately held business owners.

Josephs enjoys working with middle-market business owners and is inspired by their stories. She also recognizes the pivotal role they play in the economy. That led her to what’s become a central focus of her life’s work—helping business owners preserve their own legacy by transferring ownership to their employees. Josephs stated, “I am passionate about middle-market businesses. I consider employee- and family-owned businesses to be the fabric of our economy. These essential businesses – about one-in-five firms is family-owned or family-influenced, for example, including roughly 35 percent of the Fortune 500  – provide jobs, careers, and economic vitality to our communities.”

Houston based Hisco, a specialty distribution company serving the electronic assembly, aerospace and defense, medical, electronics, and other industrial markets, named Mary Josephs to their board of directors in October 2018. Hisco was one of the first employee owned companies in the US.

In December 2018, Ms. Josephs was named to the board of directors for Manson Construction based in Seattle.  Manson is a marine construction and dredging company that is employee owned.

Also, in December 2018, Performance Contracting Inc. (PCI) named Mary Josephs to their board of directors. PCI is an employee owned specialty contractor to industrial, commercial and non-residential markets.

Ms. Josephs holds a BA from Marquette University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Ms. Josephs is a member of NASD:  Series 24, 7, and 63.   Ms. Josephs is on the board of Big Shoulders, a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network and an alumnae of Leadership Greater Chicago.