Mr. Rao has several decades of business management experience from managing large organizations to owning and operating his own companies. His experience in M & A began when he acquired his first company from then employer Air France. He takes an active role in selecting the target companies to acquire and is involved in the entire acquisition process. He then serves on boards of the acquired entities and provides oversight of portfolio companies until exit from the investment. He works closely with his investor partners who include high net-worth individuals, fund-to-fund managers, family offices, partner equity funds, mezzanine lenders, and other financial institutions.
Founder & Chairman
Doug has been a member of the Meridian team since the founding of the firm. As the lead Financial Analyst, he has over twelve years experience assisting private equity groups evaluate, close, and manage targeted acquisitions.
David started his career in finance and served in positions of steadily increasing responsibility and accomplishment with Hewlett-Packard including Cost Accountant/Cost Analyst, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance Operations Manager/SAP Implementation Manager and Director of Finance and Business Services. He also served as CEO, CFO and as President of well-known companies such as ITT Cannon in the Switches division, Flextronix (Multek), Coactive Technologies based in Hong Kong and most recently as CEO of Nelson-Miller and Nagai Mining in China.
Dan most recently served as Director at PwC in Los Angeles. He served as Member of PwC’s national Payroll Transformation Practice. Having earned his CPA license, he started his career with PwC as an auditor. He then left to join Public Storage, Inc. where he served as the VP of Operations Reporting and Accounting.
Advisory Board Member & Strategic Advisor (Aerospace & Manufacturing)
As Chairman and CEO (retired) of Hi-Shear Technology Corporation, Hi-Shear Technology is a leader in developing and manufacturing key advanced products sold worldwide and utilized in space exploration, satellites, launch vehicles, missile systems, aircraft, tactical weapons and underwater ordnance disposal. Hi-Shear’s superior performance has been recognized by Aviation & Space Technology magazine as the #2 Top Performing Company worldwide in the industry.
Advisory Board Member, Operational Advisor (Business Services)
Mr. Baerwaldt has extensive experience in acquiring businesses in logistics, distribution, transportation and local delivery industries and has successfully executed a number of consolidations. In 1980, Mr. Baerwaldt founded National Exprezz, a local delivery service of lost luggage for airlines operating out of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.