About Me

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As a Managing Director of Bigelow LLC, my professional home for over 30 years, I have learned that Entrepreneur Owner-Managers are without a doubt, the most powerful Pro-Social and Pro-Economic Force on the planet, and so I work exclusively with them.

Our scrappy boutique firm behaves as one collaborative team, and I have the fun of working alongside some of the most talented and gritty professionals in any field today.

I have a particular interest in the intersection of psychology and finance and its relevance to building enterprise value in the private transaction market. My efforts go to the practical application of the insights drawn from these disciplines to improve decision making in the owner-manager domain of risk. I strive to share my scar tissue, thoughts, and insights on the art of building and sustaining enterprise value for all stakeholders in private owner-managed organizations.

In 2014, McGraw-Hill published my first book-length work titled: Enterprise Value: How the Best Owner-Managers Build Their Fortune, Capture Their Company’s Gains, and Create Their Legacy. Some recent research articles I have authored or co-authored include: Entrepreneur Strengths Study: Results from a Preliminary Study of the Character Strengths and Grit-S Scales of Seasoned Entrepreneurs; and The Decisions of Entrepreneurs and Their Agents: Revealed Levels of Risk Aversion and Betrayal Aversion.

I earned the Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Michael’s College.  My clients/friends kid me that I am the only M&A advisor in the world with an advanced degree in Positive Psychology.

With my wife, a family practice physician, I live primarily on the East Coast. We are restless cruising sailors and have left a wake from Newfoundland and Labrador to the West Indies, in the South Pacific, Ireland, the sub-Antarctic, New Zealand, and the U.K. so far.

Six Things
You Can Do
Right Now

  • Enterprising business owners will find a wealth of useful advice in If You Want to Earn a Capital Gain Someday: Six Things You Can Do Right Now (2015), a new book from the partners of Bigelow LLC (Pete Worrell, Dave Linton, and Rob MacLeod) that has just been published by Blue Tree.
  • This practical, hands-on book is filled with nuggets of information—and recommendations—from veterans of the private transaction market that any private business owner will be able to put to immediate use.
  • Each chapter concludes with a compilation of thoughtful, focusing questions designed to inspire interested Entrepreneur Owner-Managers (EOMs) to discover their own answers.


  • Published by McGraw-Hill in 2014, this work vividly describes lessons learned from working with the best seasoned successful Entrepreneur Owner-Managers (EOMs) creating sustaining wealth and positive legacy—at the intersection of Finance and Psychology.
  • This work is based on established foundational theory in finance, economics, and positive psychology, coupled with the authors' years of experience working exclusively with hundreds of seasoned, successful EOMs—industry disruptors and game changers.
  • You might enjoy this "video book trailer", (analogous to a movie trailer). It speaks to a number of themes and concepts discussed in the book Enterprise Value. View the trailer here.