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Columbus Business First Reports Launch of Western Reserve Valuation Services

February 3, 2012

Columbus Business First reported on the launch of Western Reserve Valuation Services LLC in an article published February 3, 2012.  The article was titled “Former GBQ executive brings Western Reserve Partners to Columbus.”

The article explains that “a Cleveland-based investment bank made up of former KeyBanc Capital markets executives has hired Columbus accounting veteran Rob Stutz to head an office in the Arena District.  Stutz, who left GBQ Partners LLC in January [2011] … will be managing director.”

The article notes that Western Reserve Partners’ “main business is consulting on capital raising, business sales and restructuring, but has added the valuation practice as demand grows.”

Western Reserve Partners Managing Director Ralph Della Ratta is quoted as saying, “We decided we needed an expert in that area.  Rob is really head and shoulders above the rest.”

The article says that while Mr. Stutz “has extensive experience in valuations … a key difference in this gig is they can lead to Western Reserve [Partners] getting hired to sell the business, which wasn’t a possibility at GBQ because accounting firms must maintain their independence.”

Mr. Stutz is quoted as saying, “People would ask me, ‘Can you help sell our business?’  And with GBQ, we just couldn’t.”

The article explains that “Stutz launched the Columbus office with one other worker – Jason Robertson – who was one of Stutz’s hires at GBQ.”

The complete text of the article can be obtained by contacting Columbus Business First at 614-461-4040.

About Western Reserve Partners LLC
Western Reserve Partners LLC, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is a leading investment banking firm dedicated to providing customized solutions and unparalleled results to the premier companies in the middle market. Clients benefit from our focused approach to financial advisory services, particularly in situations involving mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, financial opinions and financial restructuring. Western Reserve Partners’ managing directors average nearly 30 years of experience and have collectively executed more than 600 transactions during their careers.

We are a member of M&A International, the world’s largest international alliance of investment banking firms, as well as World Services Group, a global consortium of middle market focused law firms and other professional advisors. Western Reserve Partners is a member of FINRA and SIPC.

For more information, visit or call (216) 589-0900.

About Western Reserve Valuation Services LLC
Western Reserve Valuation Services LLC, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a leading provider of valuation services and financial opinions relating to corporate finance transactions, corporate tax planning and compliance, succession planning and wealth preservation, employee stock ownership plans (“ESOPs”), financial reporting and portfolio / fund valuations.  For more information, visit or call (614) 448-3700.

Western Reserve Valuation Services is an affiliate of Western Reserve Partners LLC, a FINRA-member investment banking firm offering financial advisory services relating to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and financial restructuring. For more information on Western Reserve Partners, visit or call (216) 589-0900.

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