The Skyline Advisors team brings a breadth of financial and operational experience and expertise to ensure a successful transaction for our clients. Our strategic relationship provides deep industry expertise in a variety of industries, as well as the flexibility to quickly scale and adapt to a variety of project types, sizes and industries.
JOHN GUSTAFSON, CFA - PRESIDENT
John has nearly 30 years of venture capital, private equity, operating and investment banking experience. He brings experience from all sides of the "deal table", having served as a venture capital and private equity investor, operating company CEO, privately backed company board member, and investment banker. John was named to M&A Advisor’s 2014 national “40 Under 40” list in the Dealmaker category.
John is a graduate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Accounting and the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University (MBA). A chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder, he is also active in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). John has his series 62, 63, and 79 securities licenses and is a licensed real estate professional in Nebraska.
MICHAEL A. PECHETTE - REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Michael Pechette is a corporate finance executive with over 30 years of financial advisory and executive operating experience. Prior to Skyline Advisors, he was with Falcon Advisors, LLC, a boutique financial advisory firm specializing in lower middle market merger and acquisition transactions. Michael is also an investor in and serves as the CFO of RP Industries, Inc. of Delta, OH, a holding company whose operating companies manufacture metal parts and products for a wide variety of global OEMs.
Michael has a B.S. in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University. He is on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries organization and RP Industries, Inc. He is also a member of The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors.
ELIJAH BENINATO - RESEARCH ANALYST
Elijah is currently a Sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in finance and accounting. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Elijah spent considerable time working for an oil field services company that specialized in outfitting vehicles with the required equipment. Before Skyline Advisors, Elijah was employed by Sower Investment Partners as a private equity intern, receiving valuable hands-on experience. In his free time, Elijah enjoys hunting, working on his truck, weightlifting, and golfing with friends.
Priscilla Suarez - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Priscilla assists in managing all operational and back-office functions for the firm. Her experience includes serving as an executive assistant, project manager, and business operations manager. She takes great satisfaction in anticipating needs and offering effective answers to problems as a solution-oriented professional. She enjoys spending time with her two boys in her free time.
mariano azurduy - Research analyst
Mariano is a junior at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln double-majoring in Finance and Economics. Before Skyline Advisors, the native of Bolivia focused on gaining valuable work experience through Westlake Securities as a remote equity research intern. Mariano is involved with various clubs on campus including the Wall Street Scholars of Nebraska which helped him prepare for investment banking. In his spare time, Mariano enjoys weightlifting, biking, and spending time with friends.
Skyline Advisors leverages an advisory board to provide in-depth knowledge in targeted industries. Advisors include private equity fund managers, executives of middle market operating companies, and chief financial officers with experience in the food, agriculture, manufacturing, trucking, and technology sectors.
The strategic relationships developed by Skyline Advisors enable the firm to provide best-of-class, professional services and deep industry and functional expertise, while keeping the firm nimble and the services personal.
Principals of Skyline Advisors are registered representatives of M&A Securities Group, Inc. (“MAS”), which is a separate entity from Skyline Advisors. Services involving securities are offered through MAS. Engagements with Skyline Advisors seamlessly incorporate the ability to offer securities services through MAS where applicable.
MAS is a broker-dealer dedicated to partnership with independent, experienced middle market investment bankers. Their team understands the M&A process and is committed to ensuring the integrity of securities transactions.
Some transactions may involve the sale, purchase, or exchange of commercial real estate. In order to facilitate these transactions seamlessly, principals of Skyline Advisors are commercial real estate agents licensed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate ("BHHS"). Services involving real estate brokerage are offered through BHHS.