Brian Traugott Announced as Recipient of the 14th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

July 27, 2023

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The M&A Advisor announced Brian Traugott, Executive Vice President of the Dave Cantin Group, as one of the recipients of the 14th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. 

 The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition and presentation of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created this recognition awards program to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging leaders of corporate finance and dealmaking industries.

Brian Traugott has been chosen from a pool of prominent nominees for his notable accomplishments in business and in service to the community.  Evaluation and selection of the nominees was completed by an independent judging panel.

“The Emerging Leaders Awards were born as the ‘40 Under 40 Awards’ in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals who have reached a significant level of success and made notable contributions to their industry and community.  With the challenges undertaken over the past three years, especially with the pandemic and with challenging economic uncertainty, our selected honorees are at the top of their game.  The 2023 award recipients join a truly remarkable, global network of outstanding young professionals,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor.

I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award alongside all of the talented M&A individuals selected as 2023 Emerging Leaders,” said Traugott. “I want to thank the M&A Advisor for my inclusion among the best in the industry, and also importantly; I know I am only as strong as the world-class team around me, and I am fortunate to work with the best each and every day at the Dave Cantin Group. It means so much to me to be recognized for my contributions towards DCG’s tremendous growth and success, as we are truly only just getting started.” 

About Dave Cantin Group

The Dave Cantin Group (DCG) is a leading financial advisory company serving North American dealers across a broad cross-section of dealership-related services. It caters to specific financial, transactional, and advisory needs of its clients on the buy and sell side of the M&A process. Through its media division, DCG produces the #1 downloaded automotive podcast, Dealer News Today. The company’s nonprofit partner, DCG Giving, funds child and adolescent cancer research and treatment in communities nationwide through its support of the Children’s Oncology Group. 

 The M&A Advisor will host a black-tie Awards Gala in New York City to introduce the Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements. The Emerging Leaders Awards Galas is a feature of the 2023 Leadership in Dealmaking Summit on September 19-20, 2023. This exclusive event will pair current and past Emerging Leaders winners together with their peers and industry stalwarts. Recipients will have a choice of attending and accepting their Award.

For a complete list of the 2023 Emerging Leaders Award Winners Click Here.


Now in its 25th year, The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions, establishing the industry’s leading media outlet. Today, the firm is recognized as the world’s premier leadership organization for mergers & acquisition, restructuring and corporate finance professionals.

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The M&A Advisor