M&AMI, CBB, President
Steve Wain is the founder and President of Calder Associates and brings more than 30 years of practical business experience to the company.
Steve leads Calder with a passion for assisting business owners and buyers through a life changing event with professionalism and integrity. As a business owner himself, Steve understands first-hand the complexities of ownership, the financial and legal hurdles particular to a business owner, and the difficulties and uncertainties a buyer faces when trying to make an acquisition decision. Under Steve’s direction, the company has continually grown as both business owners and buyers appreciate the unique dedication Calder Associates is known for.
Steve’s previous business experience includes working for companies such as EDS, Deloitte & Touche, and Sharp Electronics. His experience in both start-up’s and business sales has allowed him to sell two of his own companies to publicly listed organizations. Steve is also experienced in working with private equity and venture capital firms, and has raised over $20 million in venture funding.
Steve is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and Certified Business Broker (CBB). He has also achieved the Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI) designation, a certification held by less than 100 people worldwide, and issued only to M&A intermediaries and advisors who have reached high levels of success and distinction.
Steve is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA).
The IBBA is professional organization for Intermediaries and Business Brokers that operates throughout the USA, Canada, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. The IBBA provides high level education, legislative support, and professional certification to more than 1000 active members and other professionals including accountants, lawyers and bankers. Additionally, Steve is a past member of the Board of Directors of The M&A Source, a leading middle-market M&A professional association, as well as other private organizations. Steve is a Fellow of both the IBBA and M&A Source, and 2010 Chairman’s Award Winner.
With experience in a wide range of business disciplines, Steve has spoken at numerous professional conferences including the IBBA, BBN National Conferences and Comdex.
Steve also holds certifications in information technology as a CDP, and CSP and has held leadership positions in industry groups such as BISAC (Book and Publishing industry). Additionally, he is a licensed real estate Broker in New Jersey and a private pilot.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York, and currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, and enjoys sports (he still plays hockey), and time with his three grown children and their spouses, grandchildren, as well as other members of his family and friends.