Recent years have seen a considerable uptick in merger and acquisition activity in the Pro AV industry. While the large transactions tend to dominate the news cycles, small and medium size businesses continue to participate in the action. Being the target of acquisitions, or by acquiring talent and customers in the aftermath of an acquisition, small and medium Pro AV businesses will undoubtedly benefit from the ongoing consolidation. Conversely however, it is not uncommon for industry consolidation to lead to unintended casualties. Market participants that don’t enhance their capabilities, increase managed services revenue or anticipate disruptive change will likely find themselves on the outside looking in.Ari Fuchs, Managing Director at The DAK Group, is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, and heads up the ProAV Practice.
He has over 15 years of corporate finance experience and has advised both private and publicly-held clients on more than 75 M&A, financing and restructuring transactions totaling in excess of $1.5 billion in aggregate value.
He has deep and extensive experience in the ProAV industry, having represented manufacturers, distributors and systems integrators.
As AVIXA’s Economic Analyst, Peter Hansen’s job is to understand how the professional AV industry interacts with the wider economy.
Peter relishes the challenge of this task, to which he brings a data-focused skillset and a passion for critical analysis.
He joined AVIXA from the Federal Reserve Board, where he researched decision making and household wealth.
Peter studied Economics at the College of William and Mary and has been published in RealClearMarkets, Finance and Economics Discussion Series, and The Atlantic.
A Virginia native, he coaches local youth sports and volunteers as a Master Naturalist.
He encourages anyone interested in market trends to reach out and start a conversation about the future of AV.