Ron Williams

Vice President

Professional Overview

Ron has an entrepreneurial mindset with expertise in helping clients establish strategic business priorities as well as execute on investment opportunities using the full breadth of tools to achieve their strategic goals (e.g. M&A, partnerships, licensing and equity investments - $500M+ in Closed Transactions).  He brings over 20 years of experience in corporate development, strategy and operational management.  He has had the benefit of working with both Fortune 500 companies (GE, Coca-Cola and Republic Services) and numerous mid-size and start-up operations.  His secret sauce is that he steps into the shoes of his clients to understand their pain points / inefficiencies and overlooked opportunities to help them map out the appropriate path forward.  He also adds an international frame of reference having conducted business in over 25 different countries.  

Work Experience

BREAKTHROUGH SOLUTIONS, LLC,

Atlanta, GA    

2012 - 2016 / 2018 - 2020

Founder and Managing Director

Breakthrough Solutions provides independent consulting and advisory services to private equity investors, mid-market and start-up companies for strategic initiatives & investments.    

 

REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC,

Atlanta, GA

2016 - 2017

Area Director, Business Development    

Led the M&A, integration and strategic market planning efforts for the Southeast Area Group of Republic Services to drive profitable revenue/ infrastructure additions.  The Southeast Area Group consisted of ~$1.2B in revenue, 20 Business Units and over 30 different segmented markets.  

 

THE COCA-COLA COMPANY,

Atlanta, GA

2007 to 2012

Group Director, Mergers & Acquisitions    

Led the M&A efforts for the Group and Business Units for the continent of Africa. He provided leadership to the African Group/African Business Units to identify, assess and prioritize key opportunities within the geographic regions.  

 

 

THE GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,

Atlanta, GA    

2001 to 2007

Business Development Director,

GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI, 2005 to 2007

Provided thought leadership to Senior Business Unit leaders to develop inorganic growth strategies, assess acquisition targets and execute on inorganic roadmaps. 

Business Development Manager, GE Energy, Atlanta, GA, 2001 to 2005

Conducted business development efforts from initial strategic assessment and target identification through due diligence, deal negotiation and closure.

 

 

Attorney and Summer Associate,

BRYAN CAVE LLP

Provided legal advisory services in the field of corporate securities and mergers & acquisitions.

Select Awards & Recognitions

Admitted to the Bar, Arizona

GE ICON Award Winner

Education

Juris Doctorate (JD), College of Law & Business, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, Arizona

Master of Business Administration (MBA), College of Law & Business, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, Arizona

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME), UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, Florida

 

GE Executive Training, Management Development Course

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