Meridian Capital - A Leading Middle Market M&A Advisory Firm.
Strong M&A activity, vendor consolidation among retailers and consumers’ continued demand for innovative products make it an opportune time for shareholders and executives to review strategic and transaction alternatives. We are currently receiving interest from European firms looking to make U.S. acquisitions. For these firms, an acquisition will provide proprietary distribution and a U.S. management team in place.
Through our industry experience and knowledge in branded consumer products and retail, Meridian's Consumer Team has the capability to successfully lead a transaction. With particular strength in housewares and juvenile products, Meridian's dedicated team is among the most experienced in the industry. Our professionals have an unmatched combination of operating, board level, and transaction experience. We have deep relationships with both industry participants and private equity firms.
Actively engaged in multiple consumer product assignments, Meridian’s professionals have unique insight into the strategic opportunities available to industry participants in today’s environment. Meridian welcomes the opportunity to discuss industry trends and your potential options.
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Chuck Wilke, a founding principal, has more than 20 years experience in CEO-level operating positions. Prior to founding Meridian Capital in 1995, he was president and CEO of the Raleigh USA Bicycle Company where he was responsible for the major restructuring of the business.
Previously, Chuck was president and CEO of Gerry Baby Products Company. Under his direction the company expanded annual sales from $1 million to $100 million. During his tenure he led a management buyout of the company, four acquisitions, and the eventual sale of Gerry Baby Products to Huffy Corporation. He is currently a member of the boards of Pacific Market International, Axis Crane, Brock International, Balfour Senior Housing and Brenthaven.
Chuck is a graduate of the University of Redlands and has an MBA degree from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.