Posted May 4, 2020

GulfStar Group Awarded Technology & Business Services Deal of the Year by ACG Houston

Business Services,
Software & Tech-Enabled Services
Transaction Type
Mergers & Acquisitions
Baytown, Texas

HOUSTON, May 4, 2020 — The Association for Corporate Growth (“ACG”) Houston proudly announced GulfStar Group (“GulfStar”) as the winner at the Third Annual Deal of the Year Awards via an online video ceremony posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The Majority Recapitalization of John M. Floyd & Associates (“JMFA”) by Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company (“HKW”), led by Managing Directors Kent Kahle and Colt Luedde, won Technology & Business Services Deal of the Year.

“We are truly honored to have this business services deal recognized by ACG Houston and our industry peers,” said Kahle. “We would like to congratulate the dedicated and talented teams of JMFA and HKW as well as acknowledge the legal firms involved in this transaction (Foley Gardere LLP and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP) and the accounting firms (Grant Thornton LLP and RSM US LLP) for their considerable efforts.”

GulfStar was also nominated as a finalist in four additional categories: Consumer Products & Services (The Acquisition of Amtel by Amtel Partners, an Investment Vehicle Sponsored by Houston-Based Priest Equities); Industrial, Power & Infrastructure (The Acquisition of Volta by W-Industries); Oil & Gas <$500MM (The Acquisition of W&W Energy Services by Petrofac); and Cross-Border Transactions (The Acquisition of W&W Energy Services by Petrofac).

ACG Houston’s event celebrated Houston’s booming middle market deal community, honoring the deals and dealmakers who drive middle market growth and their success in generating job growth, capital formation and the advancement of meaningful business relationships in the Houston community. The finalists were reviewed and ranked by an independent panel of esteemed judges and top business leaders, including Carin Barth, Co-Founder and President of LB Capital Inc.; Eric Bruce, Senior Managing Consultant, Briggs & Veselka Co.; Rocky Dewbre, Former CEO of Empire Petroleum Partners; Kenneth Guidry, Past President and Retired Director of PKF Texas; Michelle Suarez, Partner at Holland & Knight; Walter Ulrich, President & CEO of Medical Bridges; and Kelly Williams, Director at Milestone Capital.

To view a list of ACG Houston’s Third Annual Deal of the Year Award winners, please click here.

About ACG Houston
Founded in 1954, ACG is a global organization with 59 chapters and over 14,500 members. Doing business is at the heart of the ACG membership experience. Chapters in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia bring dealmakers together to help them achieve their business and professional goals. To learn more or become a member visit:

About GulfStar Group
GulfStar is a leading middle market investment bank headquartered in Houston. GulfStar specializes in providing merger and acquisition advisory services, institutional private placements of equity and debt, and general corporate finance advisory services to companies with revenues or enterprise values generally ranging from $25 million to $350 million. Since its formation in 1990, GulfStar has completed more than 700 transactions in 35 states and 16 foreign countries across a variety of industries.

GulfStar Group
700 Louisiana Street
Suite 3800
Houston, Texas 77002


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