Detailed Bio of Brian Deveaux

Having worked in and around manufacturing businesses for a significant part of his early career, Brian is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig in when the job requires it.  An attorney in a large law firm in North Carolina commented that “You guys get in the weeds more than any of the M&A firms I have worked with.” Working “in the weeds” creates a high level of trust between Brian and our clients—it is this level of trust that causes our clients to rely on Brian’s advice when it comes time to make difficult decisions.

Prior to forming Leaders, Brian was Chief Operating Officer of Seabrook International, a manufacturer of surgical instruments for companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific.  His first career was with Bath Iron Works Corporation (a subsidiary of General Dynamics that builds surface combatants for the US Navy), where he completed a rigorous two-year management training program and then assumed increasing levels of management responsibility in production planning and inventory control. In 1996, Brian left the shipyard to team up with Matt Caras and begin his career in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Brian graduated from Bowdoin College with majors in Economics and Math, and is a certified instructor in Project Management.  A widely published author on topics related to M&A, Brian is sought out as a speaker by national trade associations and other groups across the county. 

Brian is passionate about improving the lives of adults who struggle with low literacy. His passion was inspired by an uncle who has spent his entire career helping adults and families in New York City improve their reading skills. It also led him to become a volunteer tutor, board member, and board President of several adult literacy programs.  Brian is currently a Trustee of the Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation, an organization focused on breaking the cycle of generational poverty by helping disadvantaged youth to develop individual character, self-confidence, and the life skills essential to becoming independent, contributing citizens.  He is also a former board member of the United Way of York County, where he chaired a committee on Strengthening Families in the community.

Brian grew up in the Boston suburb of Arlington, Massachusetts (other than a four-year stint in England when he was a toddler).  He and his wife Kelli live outside Portland, Maine with their three school-aged children.