The D'Amore-McKim School of Business is excited to invite you to our Executive Session on mergers and acquisitions hosted by Bob McGann. You will be introduced to an esteemed panel of employers in M&A from multiple industries. This dedicated group of business leaders will share their career experience and insider knowledge into the reality of growth and acquisitions.

D'Amore-McKim is committed to helping students thrive in a fast-paced business world. Sessions with executives allow you to interact with compelling individuals and discover critical career opportunities. This session will expose you to the strategy, markets, and industry experience of top-tier professionals. 

Participants in this session will:

  • Discover how acquisitions effect businesses across multiple industries.
  • Learn about mergers & acquisitions from experienced professionals who have worked on both sides.
  • Engage in conversation with business leaders dedicated to the advancement of their industries.


Bob McGann, Director of Real Estate and Acquisitions, Colbea Enterprises | Seasons Corner Market

Bob McGann has been actively involved in mergers and acquisitions as growth vehicles for the past thirty years in corporate Vice President and Director roles for two distinct organizations based in New England.  

This experience is augmented by an MBA degree from Northeastern University that focused on acquisitions and investment analysis as well as leading a research project that compared the amount of resources allocated to R&D before and after a target company was acquired. He also holds a BS degree from Bridgewater State University, as well as affiliations and certifications with various industry and real estate development trade groups.  

Mr. McGann is currently employed in a joint venture 50 percent owned by Shell Oil and leads all growth and development efforts for new fuel sites and acquisitions. His prior role was on behalf of a closely held private organization that grew primarily by the acquisition of multi-site retailers in the petroleum and convenience sectors. The values of these acquisitions ranged between $25 million and $200 million and involved both Stock Sales and Asset Sales that required various valuation techniques. 

Mr. McGann is also an Adjunct Professor in the Boston area teaching graduate-level Real Estate Development courses as a means of single-site development as well as the basis for due diligence in both single-site and multi-site growth initiatives. In addition, he volunteers as a Mentor assisting students and young professionals in defining career paths. Bob resides in Hanover, MA with his wife Nancy and are proud parents of their daughters Amy and Ashley, who reside in Wyoming and Colorado, respectively.  

Overall, his practical and academic experience has made him a well-rounded professional in the world of mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions of assets. 

Stuart Cowart, President, Albert Risk Management Consultants

Stuart Cowart is a Principal Consultant and Co-President at Albert Risk Management Consultants Inc. and has over 40 years of experience in the Risk Management Consulting industry. His expertise involves both commercial and personal risk management and insurance. He provides advisory services to private and publicly held clients in the retail, wholesale, distribution, manufacturing, technology, real estate, research, governmental and nonprofit sectors.  In addition, he leads the firm's Family Office Practice and is a trusted advisor and strategic partner to single-family office clients.   His range of services includes risk management program assessment, risk identification/mitigation, M&A due diligence review, contractual review, insurance review, vendor evaluation, procurement planning, and process management. 

Albert Risk Management Consultants Inc. is among the largest independent risk management and insurance advisory firms in the U.S. providing services to businesses and institutions throughout the world.  See

He offers expertise in single family office, retail, manufacturing, technology, public sector, and real estate.

John LoMedico, Vice President of Business Development, Acacia Communications acquired by Cisco

John LoMedico has 40 years of sales, marketing, business development, and management experience in the Communications Semiconductor industry. He joined Acacia Communications as part of the founding team in 2009 as VP of Global Sales and Business Development. Acacia designs and builds fiber optic transceivers used to build the backbone of the internet. Acacia was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2021 where LoMedico continues in his role in Business Development.

Before joining Acacia, Mr. LoMedico was VP of WW Sales and helped start Chil Semiconductor, a power management semiconductor company from 2006-2009. Prior to Chil, Mr. LoMedico was VP of Marketing for the Transport Product Line at Applied Micro Circuits Corp (AMCC). AMCC made communications chips used in data telecommunications networks. Before joining Cimaron/AMCC, Mr. LoMedico spent 10 years in increasingly senior sales, marketing, and management positions in National Semiconductor's Local Area Network (LAN) Division.

M&A history:

  • 2021: Cisco Systems acquires Acacia Communications
  • 2012: International Rectifier acquired Chil Semiconductor
  • 2003 – 2005: AMCC acquired IBM PRS Switch Fabric, IBM 400 series Power PC, 3Ware and JNI
  • 1999: AMCC acquired Cimaron Communications