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Benchmark International's Kendall Stafford And Amy Alonso Named 2023's Top 25 Women In M&A

Posted on March 28, 2023 By

We proudly announce that Opus Connect has named two of Benchmark International's esteemed team members to 2023's Top 25 Women in M&A. Amy Alonso, Senior Transaction Director, and Kendall Stafford, Managing Partner, have both been awarded the outstanding honor.

The Top 25 Women in M&A list recognizes the achievements of the most accomplished women who have made significant contributions to the world of M&A through their expertise, creativity, and determination. These women have navigated the competitive M&A landscape with finesse and precision, from leading successful acquisitions and divestitures to advising on complex deals. 

As Senior Transaction Director, Amy Alonso works closely with our clients daily, partnering with them as we move through their company sales process. She has more than a decade of experience in retail management and a strong knowledge of M&A transactions. As a result, she can negotiate with veteran professional acquirers to create the most value for our clients while fostering cooperation with our client's attorneys and accountants. 

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As Managing Partner, Kendall Stafford has led some of the industry's most extensive and complicated deals. Her day-to-day responsibilities include the careful oversight of our Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Great Plains, and Northwestern territories. In addition, she is accountable for our client experiences, brand recognition, team development, and deal production. She is also a member of our Major Transaction Team and works closely with our teams focusing on transactions with $100M+ in transaction value.

Per Opus Connect, Amy and Kendall's achievements testify to the importance of diversity and inclusion in the business world. In addition, they continue to inspire and empower the next generation of female M&A professionals.

Opus Connect is an organization that facilitates long-lasting relationships between high-caliber M&A professionals, increasing deal-making opportunities in the lower and middle markets. Membership is by invitation only, and all prospects are individually vetted and approved by the Opus Connect Selection Committee. Once admitted to their network, members get unparalleled access to top-tier professionals through structured activities to form meaningful and long-lasting connections throughout the U.S. 

Congratulations to both Amy and Kendall from the entire Benchmark family!


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Benchmark International is a global M&A firm that provides business owners with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. Benchmark International has handled over $9.4 billion in transaction value across various industries from offices across the world. With decades of M&A experience, Benchmark International’s transaction teams have assisted business owners with achieving their objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses. The firm has also been named the Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor and the Global M&A Network as well as the #1 Sell-side Exclusive M&A Advisor in the World by Pitchbook’s Global League Tables.



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