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Director of Merger & Acquisition Advisory Services:
Our Managing Principal and Director of Merger & Acquisition Advisory Services is Timothy M. Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn is a graduate of Georgetown University. His career began in the Commercial Banking Industry during the 1980’s and early 1990’s. He later worked for a Southeastern U.S. based investment group, as its Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for several startups in a wide array of industries, real estate development and leasing activities, several spin-off and divestiture transactional assignments and domestic and international franchising activities. Prior to forming Acuity, he started and managed the Mergers & Acquisitions Division of a successful Washington, DC area consulting firm, which specialized in serving the Architectural/Construction/Engineering Industries, Federal Government Contracting Community and the Private Sector Information Technology/Telecommunications Industries. Mr. Vaughn is Managing Director of our Washington, DC Regional/Headquarters Office.

Director of Business Valuation Services:
Our Director of Business Valuation Services is Paul F. Sipe, CPA, ABV. Mr. Sipe holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from NC State University, an MBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a licensed CPA. Additionally, he holds the ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Mr. Sipe began his career in the early 1990’s in the commercial banking industry, specializing in commercial lending.  He later joined a North Carolina based operating company as its Chief Financial Officer in charge of strategic acquisitions. For the past ten years, he has operated an independent CPA practice specializing in tax, advisory services, and valuations.  He currently manages Acuity's Business Valuation Practice and is the Managing Director of Acuity's Research Triangle Park, NC Regional Office.

Director of Management Consulting Services:
Our Director of Management Consulting Services is Thomas S. Coughlin, P.E.  Mr. Coughlin has extensive research and teaching experience in Engineering garnered while pursuing degrees at Loyola College, Yale, MIT, and the University of Pittsburgh.  His years of consulting experience encompass all aspects of managing/leading full service engineering and construction companies.  Most recently, Mr. Coughlin served as the President, CEO, Director and ESOP Trustee of McFarland-Johnson, Inc., a 150 person, multi-state, full service consulting engineering company that bought itself back from its previous UK owners via a fully-leveraged 100% ESOP. That company achieved its current size via a number of acquisitions, as well as divesting non-profitable offices/operations.   Previously, he worked for E.D’Appolonia Consulting Engineers (Pittsburgh, PA) and Stone & Webster Engineering Corp. (Cherry Hill, NJ), in steadily increasing positions of responsibility.  He is Past President of the Consulting Engineers Council of NY State, as well as having been the Past Chairman of the Broome County (Binghamton, NY) Chamber of Commerce, and been a member of several local economic development initiatives/groups.  He has also served on the Advisory Committees of Broome Community College’s Civil Engineering Technology program, as well as for Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Excellus/Lifetime Healthcare Inc.  Excellus is the primary Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurer in Upstate NY.  Mr. Coughlin is Managing Director of our Pennsylvania Office.

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