The Midwest Team

Experience isn’t costly...It’s Priceless

The Midwest Group team is comprised of experienced, professional individuals.  We are proud of both the length and breadth of our collective experience.

Joe Bartosek, CPA, MSA    Joe has 30+ years experience in the business sales and acquisitions industry beginning in the merger and acquisition department of a Big Eight accounting firm.  He has started, bought, owned, operated, and sold many businesses over his career.  His incomparable ability to distill information and help parties find common ground has allowed him to participate in 100s of transactions throughout his career, including angel investing, recapitalizations, LBOs, private equity, and franchise development.  Joe’s business ownership, accounting, operations, and business brokerage experience make him a valued participant in any transaction.  Joe is the founding partner of Midwest Group.

Michael Rockouski  Mike has over 25 years of wide ranging business experience.  He has founded, bought, managed, and sold several businesses throughout his career and has ownership and management experience in a multitude of industries including Manufacturing, Business Services, Consumer Services, Event Production, and Retail.  Mike extends his practical experience with educational proficiencies in Economics and Strategic Planning enabling him to do practical and effective SWOT analyses and deploy private equity best practices in his work. This broad-based experience, as well as excellent analytic and interpersonal skills has uniquely aided Mike as a business intermediary.  Mike is a partner of Midwest Group.

John Radgowski  With over 25 years experience as an intermediary, John has coordinated the sale and/or acquisition of a broad variety of privately held businesses.  Receiving national recognition for his achievements and excellent service, John has successfully completed hundreds of transactions providing maximum value for his clients, while consistently exceeding their expectations.  He was previously an Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for a national retail chain with annual sales over $700 Million.  John is also an experienced evaluator proficient at completing affordable opinions of value for all business sectors.

Terry Flanagan    Terry has over 30 years business experience, both on the business side of the health care industry as well as owning his own business valuation firm.  As an accredited valuation expert Terry has an in-depth understanding of the operations and what drives value for many industry segments.  His valuation experience includes valuing professional practices, closely held businesses, and businesses in the lower middle market category for SBA lending, exit strategies, buy/sell agreements, estate tax planning, gift tax, and marital dissolution reasons.  Additionally, owning his own firm allows Terry to truly know and understand the everyday real concerns, choices, and considerations every owner faces.

Don Copeland    Don has over 30 years in the commercial real estate business.  He has handled countless business sales, and works out of the Coldwell Banker Commercial office in Northbrook.  Don has consistently ranked as one of the top producing agents, and has helped a wide array of clients buy, sell, or locate businesses.  Don’s professional banking background, coupled with extraordinary people skills gives him the valued ability to understand the financial side of a business, and effectively communicate that to his clients.

Chris Clark, Director of Facilities & Real Estate    Chris has a 20 year professional background in facilities maintenance, customer service, real estate sales and investment, property management, and information technology.  A graduate with honors from Roosevelt University, he has run his own business and worked for small companies as well as large, international corporations.  Chris’ knowledge, experience, and entrepreneurial spirit bring a unique perspective to companies he is working with.

Robert Kubiak, CPA, Affiliate    Bob has over 40 years of experience that includes Big 8 public accounting as well as key financial executive positions with both public and privately held corporations.  This includes IPOs, acquisitions, divestitures, turnarounds and workouts.  A high honors grad from Loyola University and the University of Michigan Executive Program, Bob has a unique ability to quickly boil down complex matters and develop common sense solutions.  Bob also has a long history of real estate investing and providing advisory services to real estate buyers and sellers.  This makes him an invaluable component of our Marina/RV Park development team.

Darin Zaruba, Affilitate  Darin is a business executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in business development, venture capital, marketing, and sales.  Darin’s passion and niche is unique housing and vacation solutions utilizing factory-built  technology, and development of their corresponding communities.  Darin is a leader in the factory-built and smaller-living movement. Through his award winning companies “EcoCabins”, the internationally successful “Tiny House Jamboree”, and marketing company “WordUp,” Darin has been involved in multiple projects nationwide including community acquisition, design, development and management.

Les Veil, Affiliate    Les is a proven professional that has spent his career developing and maintaining relationships with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial businesses.  As a principal with Next Level Business Advisors Les brings his extensive background in finance, operations, and brokerage to each engagement, offering his clients a well-rounded, objective viewpoint.  A professional vitae that includes a Vice Presidency with a major national bank, and operational success as the COO of a successful IT/Marketing firm allows Les great perspective and the ability to hone in on what is truly important in the effort to assist his clients in monetizing their hard work and investment.

J Randy Severinsen, Affiliate    Randy is a well-regarded, acclaimed broker with over a decade of very successful business brokerage experience.  Before becoming a principal with Next Level Business Advisors, Randy was a senior broker for a national firm.  Randy handles small and medium size businesses in many industries, and has closed over 80 transactions in the last six years.  He also is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker, enabling him to give expert service to Gas Stations, C-Stores, Strip Malls, as well as single and multi-use buildings.

Dario Del Fiacco, CPA, MBA Affiliate  Dario has more than 27 years of business experience.  His career started in public accounting with a Big Eight accounting firm.  Eventually he entered the corporate world advancing to the executive suite in the Healthcare Manufacturing and Distribution industry, placing him in the lead on many Merger & Acquisition projects.  Dario also is an entrepreneur and small business owner, founding and leading a Real Estate Development and General Contracting firm as well as being a principle in, and President of Midwest Group Accounting and Tax Service, Inc.

Edward (Greg) Hart, Affiliate  Ed has over 40 years experience in business and finance representing investment banking, investment analysis, and publicly traded companies.  He was a Vice President with Lehman Brothers in their capital markets division advising clients with their asset liability management. Prior to that Ed held positions with Cantor Fitzgerald, Institutional Capital Corp, and Goldman Sachs encompassing a multitude of management disciplines including sales & marketing, corporate finance, strategic planning, and corporate communications.  Ed also has corporate governance experience through service on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded company.

Geoff Anderman, Affiliate  Geoff has 10+ years experience in both private equity and managing lower middle market businesses. Geoff's experience includes practicing law at Chicago's premier law firm in the private equity M&A group, as well as direct investment experience with a leading middle market private equity firm also based in Chicago.  Currently, Geoff is CFO/Partner of Infinity Product Group ("IPG"), a leading retail distributor of a variety of soft and hard goods products.  In partnership with IPG's President, Geoff has led IPG to 300% revenue growth over a four year period. The company was named to the 2013 Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

David Preston, Affiliate  David serves are our liaison in our affiliation with  David is a senior commercial executive and independent business consultant with over 40 years of proven success in institutional, partnership, and entrepreneurial environments.  His special skills include international banking, strategic and operational management, and a refined ability to create and build profitable business organizations. David is a licensed real estate broker in multiple states on the east coast of the United States.

Richard Stern, Affiliate  Ricky comes to Midwest Group with over ten years experience in capital markets and small business ownership.  Ricky has a diversified and well honed knowledge base and in his career has bought, managed, and sold income producing real estate, funded and advised an eCommerce business from start-up to over $6 Million in annual revenue, and served as the Managing Member of his proprietary trading and financial services technology firm.  This combination of operational, analytical, and capital markets experience provides immeasurable value to Midwest Group and the clients it serves.

Bernard Deir, MBA, PMP Affiliate    Bernard has 15 years experience building world-class operations, developing high-performance teams and helping clients optimize operations in a variety of industries to maximize returns.  Prior to working as independent consultant, he served as Executive Director for the Midway Airlines’ Terminal Consortium overseeing 225+ employees in 24/7 operations.  Bernard’s expertise includes designing and mobilizing new operations, optimizing maintenance programs, capital improvement and infrastructure planning, contract negotiation, financial planning and feasibility studies, continuous improvement, and corporate governance.  Bernard is a certified PMP, Six-Sigma Black Belt Professional, and accredited LEED Green Associate.

Gerald Koenning, Affiliate    Each business owner confronts the need for an insurance coverage plan that is affordable, comprehensive, and well though out.  In this regard we are pleased to be affiliated with Gerald Koenning.  Jerry has over 40 years experience brokering insurance.  He understands and listens to his clients’ needs and their budget and plans accordingly to protect them with commercial, personal, life, and health insurance products.  Jerry is well regarded in the industry, and has served on many boards including serving as Chairman of the Illinois Chapter for the Professional Insurance Agents Association.

Sara Vannucci, Esq., Affiliate    Sara is an accomplished attorney with over 25 years of successful law practice.  She is a graduate of Loyola Law Schoool in Chicago and has extensive experience in tax planning for businesses, including the creation of LLCs, business trusts, and partnerships to couple with personal trusts.  With the onset of the 2008 recession, her practice astutely became more focused in helping businesses plan around the realities of eroding assets valuations.  She is thoroughly knowledgeable and has created a specialty niche of consulting on the Affordable Care Act for employers.  She currently has offices in Metro Phoenix and Metro Chicago.

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