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Meet the Team

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Bob Champoux - Managing Partner

"Wisdom begins with the recognition of how little we know:  "(Socrates)

Raised in Seattle, Bob attended the U.S. Naval Academy and became a Naval Aviator.  He earned Masters Degrees in Business and Aeronautical Engineering. He left the Navy to become an executive and owner of a series of manufacturing and technology companies. He founded RC Advisory Services in the 1990’s and has become known as one of the top M&A Advisors in the Pacific NW.

Bob lives in Bellevue and has been married for over 50 years. Bob has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is active in his church, Kiros, and is a committed volunteer to a number of organizations. Bob is a docent at the Museum of Flight. He occasionally hits an errant golf ball.


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Pete McDowell - Partner Emeritus

Pete was a partner in the firm for ten years and recently retired but will continue to assist with lead generation. 


Pete and his wifeAnne were on an extended trip to their condo on Sanibel Island Fl in August 2022 when Hurricane Ian destroyed access to their unit.  The building appears to have minor damage but it will most likely be 1-2 years before repairs to the island's infrastruction are completed.  In the interim, they have purchased a condo in Fountain Valley, AZ, near their son and granddaughter. 436-577-3603

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Ben Morley, Principal

Ben grew up in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.  After graduating from the Air Force Academy, he become a pilot in the Air Force flying primarily transports such as the C-17. His passion for integrity and attention to detail enable him to be a compassionate caretaker of owners of companies as they transition. 206-355-1769

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Don Gerould, Managing Director

Don has extensive experience as a business owner.  He is one of the founders of Cogent Equity, a Newport Beach and Seattle firm that specialized in the development of exit strategies for business owners.  Don has started, purchased, operated, and sold several companies.  Because of his experience, Don knows how to execute a transaction while minimizing the stress on a seller.   425-923-3601

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Don Bielen, MBA, CFP, CM&AA

Don heads up the firm's alliance with Perkins & Co, a Portland-based regional accounting firm.  With over 25 years of M&A experience, his multi-facited business skills, and his reverence for the history of business, make

Don the ultimate "quarterback" for business transition and succession planning..


Rick Maronick, Managing Director

Rick is responsible for our business in the Mid-Mountain states as well as general support for all of our construction-related clients.  A resident of Helena, Montana, and a graduate of the University of Portland school of Civil Engineering, he is a very experienced business owner and consultant.  Earlier in his career, he and his brother operated a successful construction company which they sold to a public entity.  406-459-0567

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