Business broker Mike Kelner awarded elite M&A certification

May 26, 2021

Mike Kelner of VBB Advisors, a leading sell-side business broker and intermediary, has been awarded the designation of Certified Merger and Acquisition Professional (CMAP).

“Acquisitions are becoming increasingly more complex,” Kelner said. “In order to provide the best possible representation for my clients, you have to keep up. I am committed to being the best in our industry.”

The award and certification were issued by the Middle Market Investment Banking Association and is endorsed by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

According to the associations, the CMAP designation is an indication to the professional community that the individual has met the association’s rigorous standards of professionalism, expertise, objectivity and integrity in the M&A field. The designation follows a comprehensive training program and certification exam.

“I felt it was important to distinguish myself from other business brokers in the convenience services industry,” Kelner said. “The CMAP Certification provides tools to help level the playing field when dealing with financial buyers, such as private equity groups. It is critically important to present my clients in the best possible light by doing a detailed financial analysis.”

Kelner adds the CMAP designation to a long list of industry accomplishments, awards and academic and personal achievements. Among them:

  • Over 30 years of industry experience as an owner, operator, investor and intermediary.
  • Built a $40 million regional vending, coffee and foodservice company.
  • Recognized by M&A Advisors as an industry expert.
  • Attended the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business.
  • Dual undergraduate degrees from Indiana University.
  • Married for 34 years with three grown children.

Kelner said that he offers free resources like his “2021 Exit Strategy Planner” because he wants sellers to be as knowledgeable as possible as they consider selling their business.

“Whatever your reasons are to sell your company – the timing, the current frustration, the desire to enjoy life or an interest in rewarding yourself for years of hard work – VBB Advisors can help you realize your goals,” explained Kelner.

“With this new CMAP designation, I am more prepared than ever for what should be a very busy year in the M&A world.”

Mike Kelner of VBB Advisors can be reached at (704) 942-4621 and


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