Rich Jackim is a partner and co-founder of Jackim Woods & Co. Rich is an experienced investment banker, a former Wall Street attorney, and an entrepreneur in the education, training, and certification space.
Rich is an expert in the field of mergers and acquisitions of small, medium, and large companies. During his 25-year investment banking career, Rich has been involved in over 60 mergers or acquisitions with a combined market value of over $1 billion.
Rich began his career as an attorney practicing mergers and acquisitions law in New York with White & Case.
Rich began his investment banking career with Prudential Capital, one of the investment units of The Prudential Insurance Company. While at Prudential, he was part of a team that invested debt and equity in a wide range of middle-market companies in dozens of different industries.
Rich then became President of a nationally recognized middle market mergers & acquisitions firm with 14 offices around the country. After almost seven years growing that company, Rich left to co-found his own M&A firm that was quickly recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Top Investment Banking firms in Chicago.
Rich is also the co-founder of the Exit Planning Institute, the leading provider of education, training, and resources for business advisors committed to the field of exit planning. Rich is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The $10 Trillion Opportunity: Designing Successful Exit Strategies for Middle Market Business Owners. He has been quoted in or written articles for Business Week, The Chicago Tribune, The Counselor, The Business Ledger, Injection Molding Magazine, Bulk Transport, The Indianapolis Business Journal, Transport Topics and other regional and national publications.
Rich is also a co-founder and partner in Jackim Woods & Co.’s sister company, Sports Club Advisors, which focuses exclusively on companies in the sports, fitness, and leisure industries.
Rich earned his B.S. from Colgate University, his J.D. from Cornell Law School, and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Rich, his wife, and two children live just north of Chicago.