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Dan Smith

President at Capstone Financial Group


A nationally recognized expert in the automotive industry, Dan Smith is the founder and CEO of Capstone Financial Group, a specialized investment banking firm that has focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising for automotive-related companies since 1989. Capstone has worked with more than 200 automotive clients and has been involved in several of the industry’s more prolific consolidations, refinancings and turnarounds. These clients include private equity firms with industry holdings, as well as public and private companies that are OEM and aftermarket suppliers located throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

With extensive hands-on experience as an entrepreneur and investment banker, Dan has owned, operated, built and sold several substantial enterprises, including an $80 million travel organization with eight subsidiaries in seven states. His companies were ranked for two consecutive years in the INC. 500 list of America’s fastest growing privately held companies. He sold these companies in 1987 and founded Capstone in 1988.

Dan received a B.A. degree in Economics (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Davidson College and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Duke University.

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