Since 1991, we have facilitated over 165 business exits for our clients, securing a 94 percent successful transaction closing rate. Our robust buyer network includes affluent individuals, private equity firms, family offices, and strategic investors. Whether you are ready to sell or seeking a specific investment, Compass Advisors will expertly guide you through an optimal transaction.
Our clients include established outdoor recreation and lifestyle consumer brands — as well as reputable companies within the manufacturing, distribution, and service industries —with revenues approaching $100 million. Our network and approach best match distinctive companies with strong performance and exceptional brand value.
We provide our clients with a tailored advisory solution for every aspect of the process. We go the extra mile to be with you the entire way.
We believe an ideal fit is essential to a beneficial advisory relationship with our client, and our client’s fit with prospective buyers/investors is likewise paramount for a successful transaction. Toward that end, we serve a limited number of select clients each year based on industry and size.
We preserve confidentiality to protect our clients’ privacy. Our standard protocol includes secure systems and procedures, with approved contact lists, strict communication policies, and encrypted file transfers.
Continuing his father's legacy, Bryce DeGroot assumed his role as managing director of Compass Advisors in 2005. Passionate about the process, DeGroot deftly guides his clients through optimal exit strategies and growth capital investments with the insight and certitude of a seasoned M&A advisor. Lauded for both his fiscal expertise and shrewd judgment in navigating his clients' goals and objectives, DeGroot has effectively negotiated more than 100 transactions for a range of middle-market companies in the Rocky Mountain region and outdoor recreation industry.
DeGroot earned an MBA from Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in 2013. In addition to his M&A certification, he holds a real estate license in Montana, is a Certified Business Intermediary® (CBI) and a Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI), and served on the board of directors for M&A Source, an international organization of M&A professionals.
Christopher Gregory joined Compass Advisors in 2016 as a senior associate. A natural communicator and trusted project manager, Gregory has a keen eye for detail and the interpersonal awareness intrinsic to expertly handling the nuances of each unique client relationship and negotiation.
Gregory moved to Montana in 1998, and later launched a construction company focused on the purchasing and renovation of century-old properties. He holds a real estate license in Montana and completed the Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (CMAP) program at the Michael J. Coles College of Business, in affiliation with M&A Source, in 2020.
Prior to his M&A career, Gregory graduated from the United States Marine Corps/United States Navy School of Combat Medicine in 2014 and proudly served in the United States Navy until his honorable discharge in 2021.
Upon joining the Compass Advisors team in August of 2022, Lawlor streamlined the transaction process by managing the flow of information, analyzing financials, preparing reports, and completing various tasks to help facilitate efficient, effective operations. He particularly enjoy working closely with the founders to convey to potential buyers the value their experience, integrity, and diligence brings to every transaction they handle.
Lawlor earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the Farmer School of Business (Miami University of Ohio) and worked as a credit analyst at AgileCap, a boutique M&A lender in Park City, Utah, prior to moving to the Gallatin Valley and accepting his current position at Compass.