Profile of the Week

Ronald D. Miller, Managing Director, Cleary Gull Inc.

Name: Ronald D. Miller
Title: Managing Director
Company: Cleary Gull Inc.
City of Residence: Bayside, WI
Family: Wife (Susan); and three daughters Laura (13); Sara (11); and Rachel (8).
How does the market look to you? "Even thought the stock market has had a bumpy start in 2008, I expect middle market M&A to remain strong through at least the election."  
What are you working on now? "Our lead pipeline is at record levels. Personally, I am selling four companies and helping two companies raise growth capital."
What was the best deal you’ve been involved in? "The most interesting transaction was probably helping Weyco Group purchase substantially all of Florsheim Shoes. We helped Weyco negotiate the acquisition of the Florsheim business through a Section 363 bankruptcy and helped Weyco raise the $70 million of bank debt necessary to close the transaction. Weyco’s stock has since more than tripled."
What was the funniest or most interesting moment of your career? "After waking up at 3:30 a.m., getting dressed in the dark and driving to Green Bay for an early breakfast, I realized that I was wearing two different dress shoes. I tried to hide that fact from my client, but at lunch, he leaned over to me and said, "Tough morning?"

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