Our People

Matt Coyne 2Matt Coyne, President, Author

Matt is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Financial Management Program at General Electric. His corporate experience includes financial management positions at GE Medical Systems, GE Appliances, Fisher Scientific, and Precision Castparts.

He was General Manager of the AETC Precision Casting Facility in Leeds, England. This $55M business manufactured complex castings from nickel-based superalloys for aerospace and industrial power generation markets worldwide.
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He is a frequent speaker on merger and acquisition topics pertaining to privately held business transactions and has facilitated over 100 privately held business transactions since leaving the corporate world.

Matt is the author of Straight Talk from the Front Lines: Dispelling the myths and providing clear guidance about selling your business.

Matt’s unique background and experience are particularly well suited to manufacturing, distribution, and professional service companies seeking a strategic or financial buyer.

Matt, his wife, Lisa, and their seven children live in Chester County, PA.

James-1-webJames Keane, Operations Manager

James is the lead financial analyst at Brandywine. He coordinates research, valuation resources, Brandywine’s secure¬†data room, due diligence, and our strategic sales professionals. James oversees all phases of our process from the initial business evaluation, through due diligence coordination, to the completed transaction.

James received an M.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Business Administration from the School of Business at Villanova University.

James, his wife, Laura, and their chocolate lab live in Delaware County, PA.


Frank Michel, Founder, CEPA

Frank is a co-founder of Brandywine M&A. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. He holds the designation of Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) from the Exit Planning Institute and Certified Family Business Advisor through the Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute.

Frank previously owned and operated a software reseller serving mid-sized companies and government agencies, and a Real Estate development firm. He is a member of the Exit Planning Institute, XPX Philadelphia, and the Galliard Family Business Institute.

Frank is the founder of Exit Decisions, an advisory focused on helping owners make crucial decisions regarding future ownership of their companies. He conducts regular continuing education seminars for professional advisers who serve privately held companies.


Peter-1-webPeter Verdi, Senior Associate

Peter is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds an MBA from Arizona State University.

Beginning his career with the Financial Management Program at General Electric, Pete spent the past twenty years in various financial leadership positions at GE Lighting, GE Plastics, GE Industrial Systems, GE Water & Process Technologies, AmerisourceBergen, and Bimbo Bakeries USA.

His 20+ years of M&A experience in general management, production, operations, manufacturing, marketing, and M&A make him a valued resource to Brandywine clients.

Pete, his wife, Lesli, and their two children live in Penn Valley, PA.