Generational Associates Named Emerging Leaders by The M&A Advisor

By Generational Group


Generational Group, a leading investment banking firm for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce that two of its M&A professionals, Brennon Dunbar and Emil Nirkis, have been named as 2024 Emerging Leaders in the financial services industry by The M&A Advisor.

The M&A Advisor, a globally renowned organization known for recognizing and showcasing leading M&A, financing, and turnaround professionals, established this awards program to honor excellence and foster mentorship and professional development among emerging leaders in the corporate finance and dealmaking industries.

Brennon Dunbar, Vice President in the Central US region, works with clients in managing the marketing of their business, facilitating the due diligence process, and assisting with negotiating successful transactions that maximize the value of their business and meets their goals.

Emil Nirkis serves as a Vice President in the Southeast US region, based in Generational’s  office in Atlanta, Georgia. In his leadership role, he guides and supports a team of M&A advisors with client positioning strategy, financial preparation, marketing, and due diligence management.

The M&A Advisor will host the 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 Gala is a feature of the 2024 Leadership in Dealmaking Summit.

Ryan Binkley, President and CEO of Generational stated, “I congratulate both Brennon and Emil on being recognized by The M&A Advisor. They personify our Company’s Core Values and consistently demonstrate leadership that impacts the organization and our clients. I look forward to their continued growth as individuals and professionals.”

“The world of dealmaking is always changing, and over the past 15 years, The M&A Advisor has recognized the brilliance of over fifteen hundred professionals—experts who set the bar high in their fields. The Emerging Leaders Award recipients, who have the spirit of innovation and ambition, are ready to shape the future of our industry. By creating a network of business visionaries, philanthropists, educators, and personal growth mentors, we are building a vibrant ‘leadership community.’ Our mission is clear: to give these rising stars the tools and motivation to not only succeed in their careers but also to make a positive difference in the lives of others, thus sparking a wave of transformation,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor.

For a complete list of the 2024 Emerging Leaders Award Winners click here.

About Generational

Headquartered in Dallas, Generational is one of the leading M&A advisory firms in North America.

With more than 350 professionals located throughout 17 offices in North America, the companies help business owners release the wealth of their business by providing growth consulting, merger, acquisition, and wealth management services. Their six-step approach features strategic and tactical growth consulting, exit planning education, business valuation, value enhancement strategies, M&A transactional services, and wealth management.

The M&A Advisor named the company Investment Banking Firm of the Year three years in a row, Valuation Firm of the Year in 2020, and North American Investment Bank of the Year in 2022 as well as Consulting Firm of the Year. For more information, visit