Knowledgeable… Experienced… Respectable… Confidential

These are traits our team at George and Company share, among many others. We are committed to providing quality merger and acquisition services to help your business achieve its goals.


Learn more about our amazing team below, put a face to a voice if you’ve never met us in person, and view our résumés for a better look at the experience we bring to the table.

Christopher R. George

President & CEO

Chris is a Certified Business Opportunity Appraiser, former president of the Association of New England Business Brokers, and current President & CEO of George & Company. Chris has been engaged in the appraisal, sale and financing of small to mid-sized businesses since 1971 and has owned 16 businesses himself. He has personally aided buyers and sellers in thousands of appraisals and sales, both on Main Street and in the M&A arena around the world.

Philip H. Dotten

General Manager & COO

Phil joined George & Company in May of 2015.  Before joining G&C, Phil owned his own multi-store retail business for 24 years.  Prior to that, he had a long career in executive management.  Phil has a broad knowledge in all aspects of running businesses including Top-level General Management, sales management, marketing, personnel management, administrative and financial functions.  His areas of expertise include retailing, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, trucking/fleet management and agriculture.  Over his career he has been involved directly with the sale, purchase or start-up of 15 businesses ranging from $350,000 to over $20 million.  Phil is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to the team of intermediaries covering valuations, consulting and business brokerage services to Main Street and Middle Market businesses.  Phil is also responsible for the day to day administrative functions of the company.

Jeffrey M. Lefebvre


Jeffrey is a veteran of hundreds of successful business sales.  Jeff has earned and maintained the distinguished ‘Certified Business Intermediary’ designation issued by the International Business Brokers Association for over 17 years, and was awarded ‘Lifetime – CBI’ status in 2018.  He is the Vice President of George and Company and has been associated with the company since 1986. His experience encompasses all business sectors, across manufacturing, distribution, services, and professional practices.  Jeff started and operated a renewable energy contracting company from 1979 through 1985.  As a stipend Graduate Student at the University of Connecticut he studied socio-economic issues relating to technology and social change.  He has a keen interest in working with diverse Entrepreneurs seeking a path forward through recapitalization, divestiture or acquisition.

Ronald J. Kirwood

Ronald is a graduate of Harvard Business School and has been a Managing Director with George and Company since the 1990s. As a past owner of several businesses and with a background in middle-market mergers and acquisitions, he is highly qualified to represent sellers and buyers alike.  Ron is also the Senior Appraiser of our Valuation Department.

Douglas Pendleton

Douglas works tirelessly to help business owners grow through acquisition and exit their businesses for their maximum values. Working alongside Beyond Brokerage and M&A services, Doug assists business owners with comprehensive business valuations and exit strategies that add equity and value to their firms.

Lori Jacobson

Lori Jacobson has been a valuable addition to the staff over the last decade. Lori’s diverse background in sales and marketing assures our clients of receiving top notch sales and negotiating skills. Ms. Jacobson is also an accomplished business appraiser and real estate salesperson in MA.

Tim Cavan

Tim Cavan comes to George and Company after many years with Business World in Auburn, MA. His experience includes transactions both in main street business brokerage and mergers & acquisitions. He also has extensive experience in Professional Group Practice Management as an Administrator, Corporate Officer, and Management Consultant. Tim utilizes his experience to guide his clients through the complex process of selling their businesses.

Marianna T. Osipenko

Marianna returns to George and company after receiving her MBA from Babson University’s School of Management. She has proven over the years to deliver the top level results buyers and sellers alike have come to expect from George & Company’s business sales, M&A advisors and expert appraisers. Marianna is the managing director of our Boston office.

Craig Miller

Craig joined the George & Company staff to better provide professional services to clients and customers in the Western Part of Massachusetts and the state of Connecticut as managing director of our Springfield office. He has extensive experience in corporate America providing M&A advice and now stands ready to service all aspects of your main street business valuation and brokerage needs.

Chip Emerson

Chip joined George & Company in the fall of 2014 bringing 36 years of executive leadership for prestigious global manufacturing companies as well as owning and selling two businesses. Chip has extensive financial management of revenues ranging from $3M-$150M, and has managed multiple strategic mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of machining and injection molding businesses. As a Managing Director of George & Company, Chip will provide our clients with expert business valuations and appraisals, and assist M&A and Main Street sellers and buyers navigate through the sale and purchase of their businesses.

Ray Shaw

For more than 35 years Ray has worked with companies in the Eastern and Midwest regions of the United States. He has extensive experience in the areas of business management, marketing, strategic planning and new product introduction. Ray has owned and operated his own Advertising and Marketing agency and held several Sales Management positions.


Ray’s specialties include helping start-up companies across various business disciplines to reach maximum market penetration and profitability in a minimum amount of time. His major strengths include in-depth market research, profitable sales increases, turnaround strategies, individual and group sales, marketing training, and motivational programs. Ray has worked with companies such as Timberland Outlet Stores, Domino’s Pizza, Radio Shack & Yashica. He has also worked with a number of Lumberyards, restaurants, shoe outlets, automobile dealers, agricultural firms and multiple location retail accounts. Ray has produced & presented market research studies that focused on the positions of both the client & the competition in their respective markets and retains a broad scope of knowledge and expertise in the successful operation of Main Street Businesses.

Ronald Ekstrom

Ron joins George & Co after serving the last 13 years as Senior Managing Director at Sunbelt Mergers & Acquisitions in Woburn, MA. Ron's experience ranges from general mainstreet companies to middle market mergers & acquisitions completing deals with various private equity groups, public companies and strategic buyers. Ron's past experiences have ranged from business ownership, publisher, general manager and holding various roles at media groups such as The Tribune Group, Media News Group and Gannet.

Myles McAlpine

Myles joined the George & Company team after graduating from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to expand on his already present knowledge of middle market business. He is a serial entrepreneur who has owned, invested, and consulted with businesses throughout the country. Having started his first venture when he was 16, Myles is motivated to share his passion and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship while making each deal a positive experience for the parties involved. 

Jesse Ritz

Jesse joins George and Company with over 36 years of experience running his own plumbing, heating and industrial supply business. For the past 7 years he has worked as a licensed real estate agent in the greater Worcester County area. He has an MBA from The Carroll School of Management at Boston College and is poised to valuate as well help his customers buy and sell businesses. 

Kristofer Soderlund

Kristofer is a recent graduate of Elon University. Through his studies in finance, accounting, and economics, he has received significant training in business valuation, financial modeling, asset pricing, market research, strategic planning, and business policy. Kristofer believes that at the core of business valuation is the ability to understand how a company cultivates ideas and successfully executes those ideas. In his role at George & Company, Kristofer will provide his clients with a highly-focused approach to deal advisory, helping to make the sale and purchase of their business as efficient and effortless as possible.

Manuela Gauthier

Manuela Gauthier guides her clients by bringing her own experience of owning five companies to the table. Her career started out in the dental field in her native country of Germany, where she worked in dental specialty offices. 

After taking over a failing dental practice in 2004, she focused on the expansion of the business by creating new revenue streams through targeted marketing, strategic financial planning and the introduction of new product lines. 

She credits her success to fostering the talent and collaboration within her dental team through sales training, systems improvement and building lasting relationships within the community. The small, $300,000 practice grew into a high-end, multiple location operation producing over $3 mil in revenue and a staff of 25.  

Manuela can’t extract your wisdom teeth, but she can get you top dollar for your dental practice and will help you design a transition strategy for your expansion, transition or exit planning.  

She can capably lead you through the selling or buying process of any Main Street Business and provide expert advice on the valuation of your existing business or practice. 

“My goal is to provide solutions for my clients that provide the foundation for mutual long-term success.”

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