Our Story

Founded in 1999, Washington Partners and its professionals specialize in providing intermediary services for lower-middle market business owners who are contemplating exit or growth strategy opportunities. Our experienced mergers and acquisition specialists provide insight and strategies as to the right time to sell and whether or not the company is ready to sell.

We offer various services including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuations, and transaction consulting.  Our client base includes public and private companies, investor groups, and management buyout groups throughout the world.

Our Team

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GEORGE C. CHACONAS

GEORGE C. CHACONAS

SENIOR MANAGING PARTNER

As a respected entrepreneur, businessman and dealmaker, prior to founding Washington Partners, Mr. Chaconas has owned and operated a variety of businesses. Since founding Washington Partners, Mr. Chaconas in 2012 also joined Performance Brokerage Services as head of the Eastern Automotive Division and National Harley-Davidson & Power Sports Division. Mr. Chaconas has also worked with National Business Brokers and Equitable Business & Financial Services. Mr. Chaconas began his career as an intermediary with Professional Business Brokers, Inc., brokering small to mid-size privately held businesses. Mr. Chaconas attended the University of Miami and received a BA in Finance from the University of South Florida. Mr. Chaconas is a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and earned his designation as a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), Mergers & Acquisitions Master Intermediary (M&AMI) and a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), and M&A Source. Mr. Chaconas is a licensed real estate broker in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Additionally, Mr. Chaconas is a Licensed Health, Life & Variable Annuity Insurance Agent with the Florida Department of Insurance.

JUAN C. PARDO

JUAN C. PARDO

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to joining Washington Partners, Mr. Pardo was Channel Marketing Manager for Lenox Industrial Tools a division of Newell Rubbermaid (NASDAQ: NWL). Mr. Pardo managed $20 million in product mix for LENOX within Home Center accounts (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, Amazon.com). Prior to LENOX, Mr. Pardo served as District Sales Manager for Newell Rubbermaid, responsible for $40 million with the Home Depot account in New England and Puerto Rico. Mr. Pardo began his career as a Sales Representative for The Home Depot Division of Newell Rubbermaid, calling on over 20 Home Depot locations throughout Ft. Lauderdale, Miami & Key West, FL. Mr. Pardo received a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida. Mr. Pardo is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). Mr. Pardo is a Licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate.

PETER R. SCHMEDT

PETER R. SCHMEDT

SENIOR MANAGING PARTNER

Mr. Schmedt has been a senior mergers and acquisition and corporate finance dealmaker for over 16 years, and has closed over 100 transactions valued at over $1.1 billion. Mr. Schmedt formerly worked for Quality Distribution (NASDAQ: QLTY), the largest chemical transportation company in the U.S., as its acquisitions director and was involved in the entire process of identifying, analyzing, negotiating and closing target acquisitions. Prior to Quality, Mr. Schmedt served as M&A Director for Brooke Franchise Corp in Kansas City, a top-50 independent insurance agency; Managing Director for J.W. Parker and Company, a lower-middle market M&A services firm in Tampa, also serving as its interim CFO; an Associate Director for Geneva Capital Markets working on business valuations and M&A services; Senior Business Consultant for Tunstall Consulting, a Florida-based regional business consulting firm gaining experience in capital raising and IPOs; and began his career with KPMG in Tampa, as Senior Auditor and Consultant. During his career Mr. Schmedt has developed significant expertise in the PEO/Staffing/HR, real estate, distribution, transportation, insurance, technology and retail industries. Mr. Schmedt recieved a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of South Florida and is a licensed real estate broker, Certified Valuation Analyst and CPA.

STEVEN D. HYDEN

STEVEN D. HYDEN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Mr. Hyden is a highly respected business valuation expert and mergers and acquisitions advisor. Before joining Washington Partners, Mr. Hyden served as Vice President – Chief Operating Officer of The Financial Valuation Group, Tampa, Florida. During that period, he also was President of Hyden Capital, Inc., a firm that provided mergers and acquisitions and business brokerage services. Prior to joining The Financial Valuation Group, Mr. Hyden served as Vice President, Business Brokerage and Valuation Services for Merrill Lynch. Before that, he worked for the Kemper Group of insurance companies. He began his career with the CPA firm Ernst and Young. Mr. Hyden earned a BS in marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA in Accounting from Pace University, New York, New York. Mr. Hyden is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Florida, has the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation conferred by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is a Florida licensed real estate broker. Mr. Hyden is author and/or co-author of numerous books and articles and is an experienced developer and instructor of business valuation courses for organizations such as the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the SEC Institute. Mr. Hyden has earned the CM&AA designation of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors and member of ACG.

OLIA CHACONAS

OLIA CHACONAS

VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Olia Chaconas joined Washington Partners in 2014, to enhance relationship-building with potential business owners and coordinate Washington Partners business development activities, and actively encourage business operators to initiate relationships with the firm. Prior to joining Washington Partners, she worked as a Marketing Manger and Inventory Control specialist for Darphin Cosmetics, where she was responsible for a variety of customer relation functions. Olia also owned and operated Market House, a Russian retail operating responsible for buying and importing makeup and women clothing from Italy to Russia. Olia graduated from Moscow State University, where she earned a BS in Tourism and Hospitality.

JENNIFER MALCOLM

JENNIFER MALCOLM

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Mrs. Malcolm joined Washington Partners as Executive Assistant in January 2013. Prior to joining Washington Partners, Mrs. Malcolm provided accounting, administrative and support services as an independent contractor under a Department of Veteran’s Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation contract, Critical Incident Stress Management services to a Fortune 50 company, and prepared expert witness testimony for workers’ compensation cases for multiple Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies. Her background prior to this included Accounting Supervisor of credit, collections, accounts receivables and accounts payable for a container shipping company. Jennifer founded Bella Rose Consulting, Inc. in 2009. She recieved a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

KYLE A. CONSER

KYLE A. CONSER

INTERN

Mr. Conser is a highly motivated and dynamic leader with notable success developing business relationships, maximizing efficiencies, and building effective teams. Mr. Conser is acquiring his Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a double minor in Economics and Psychology at the University of South Florida. Prior to Washington Partners, he represented Northwestern Mutual as a Certified Financial Representative (CFR) where he specialized in client relations.

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