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Don van der Zwaag

After beginning his career as a consultant with BDO, an international accounting and consulting company, Don spent the majority of his career in various roles with an international packaging company. His last role was as President of their Mexican operations. Don also served in a Non-Profit leadership role for several years. For the last decade, he has been a strategic planning consultant assisting owners throughout America in improving their profitability and value. If and when the timing is right, he will also assist them in selling their business or helping them find another business to purchase.



Don offers Exit Planning, Value Enhancement Services and Transition Assistance to business owners through the Vantage Group www.vantagegroupinc.com


Don offers Merger and Acquisition Services to the marketplace through www.ruaassociates.com


To contact Don directly, please email him at don@skywayassociates.com , connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/donvanderzwaag ,or call him at 616-610-9705.


M&A Transaction Industry Experience

Stamping Die Manufacturing

Medical Devices & Accessories

Tool & Die Manufacturing

Medical Displays & Training Devices

Design & Engineering Services

Theater & Auditorium Seating

Civil Engineering Services

Material Handling Systems

Retained Executive Search

Non-profit leadership transition planning

Technical Engineering Staffing

Industrial Parts Packaging



Professional Expertise

Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Services (Buy & Sell Side)

Transition Planning for family owned and operated businesses

Buyer representation in securing ownership of business

Highly experienced in transactions of less than $20M

Managing expectations & negotiating with highly emotional owners



Professional Credentials


Elite Business Advisors Earn Prestigious CEPA Designation


Don van der Zwaag receives CEPA Designation and Joins International Community of

Business Advisors as part of the Exit Planning Institute



June 1, 2015



Cleveland, Ohio – The Exit Planning Institute (EPI) is proud to announce that Don van der Zwaag recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation after completing the Institute’s intensive CEPA five day executive style MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Don joins an elite group of business advisors who have received this designation and are a part of the international community of the Exit Planning Institute. The CEPA program is the most widely accepted and endorsed program in the world.


The Certified Exit Planning advisor program was specifically designed for business advisors who work closely with owners of privately held companies. Using an executive MBA style format, the program is designed around a central case study and uses a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies and individual exercises to introduce participants to the concepts and to reinforce skills. The program is taught by the Exit Planning Institute’s dedicated faculty made up of thirteen different instructors from the around the world who are sought after subject matter experts and authors.  


To receive the CEPA designation, Don completed a rigorous five day program that involved approximately 100 hours of pre-course study, 33 hours of class room instruction and successful complete of a 3.5 hour proctored examination.




The “Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor” (CM&AA) designation serves to maintain the highest recognized standards of professional excellence for middle market corporate financial advisory and transaction services, and to provide a benchmark for professional achievement within that overall body of knowledge.



Certified Value Builder:

Advises clients to understand the value of their business along with the areas they need to reinforce in order to increase their valuation.




MBA in Operations Research from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor

BS in Business Administration & Economics from the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan