The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the Emerging Leaders Awards on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created this event to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders. Luis Vinals was chosen from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.
“The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals who had reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community. With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom, and Europe in 2016, the 2018 US award winners join a truly global network of outstanding young professionals,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor.
On Friday, September 14th, 2018 The M&A Advisor will host a black tie Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to introduce the Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements. The Awards Gala is a feature of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Summit – an exclusive event pairing current and past Emerging Leaders winners together with their peers and industry stalwarts.
Luis Vinals is a Transaction Director at Benchmark International. He leads a team of analysts to help achieve Benchmark International’s clients’ goals of growing or exiting their businesses. Luis has experience in many different industries including, importing/exporting, specialty manufacturing, business services, etc. Luis’s experience in international trade and banking provides a unique perspective to the various transactions that he leads.
He knows firsthand what mid-market business owners go through when facing the international market and ever changing financial environment. Beyond leading a team of analysts, his primary role throughout the sales process is to guide business owners in the right direction, whether they are looking to fully exit or find a partner to grow their businesses. Luis grew up in an entrepreneur family in the border towns of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, Texas. Having the chance to help entrepreneurs achieve their goal of retirement or accelerated growth is his daily motivator. Given his family ties to the lower middle-market, his daily mission hits close to home.
“I am beyond honored and thankful to the team of extremely talented professionals at Benchmark International for having nominated me for this award," Vinals stated. "Winning this award is not only a personal win but a win for the entire team as this could not have been achieved without a collective effort and support. I am excited for upcoming opportunities that allow us to continue providing the superior service and knowledge to our clients.”
Kendall Stafford, Managing Director of Benchmark International's Austin, TX office expressed her thoughts on Vinals's award win. "Luis Vinals has been an asset to our Austin team," she said. "He has led many successful deals during his tenure and has grown into our top negotiator. This honor is well deserved.”
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