Our combined experience of 20 plus years of investment banking, 20 plus years of management consulting, and 20 plus years of strategic advising and planning expertise, gives us a unique perspective to think like a buyer, not an owner. This is the foundation for our unbiased, objective analysis and the ability to anticipate problems and opportunities you may not see. We have successfully guided hundreds of private businesses through the daunting and complex processes of maximizing their Market Value, preparing for a sale or capital raise, and accelerating the growth of their business with or without a transaction in mind.
John K. Murphy, affectionately known as Murph, has spent his career working with private business owners to successfully achieve their growth stories acting in a consulting and advisory board-type role. After 20 years as an investment banker, Murph started JKMA in 2004 and put his “We think like a buyer, not an owner” philosophy to work. Murph’s straightforward, yet patient hands-on approach provides clients with the trustworthy partner they need to meet their strategic, growth, liquidity, succession, Market Value, risk tolerance and shareholder transition objectives.
Murph has also been active angel investor for the last 15 years, giving him broader insights to apply with his consulting clients.
Whether it’s at the poker table or navigating turbulent waters, Murph’s poker face gives nothing away. He is a dedicated Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Baaaadgerrss fan who graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Finance and Marketing, and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Ivan Hernandez' background includes nearly 20 years of marketing with lifestyle brands Red Bull, Muscle Milk/PepsiCo, Quest Bar, and corporate entities Abbott Nutrition, FedEx and AT&T. Directly contributing to two startup exits at $450M and $1B, Ivan has spent the last five years consulting clients across the apparel, beauty, CPG, cannabis, e-commerce, esports, finance, fitness, legal, music, publishing, real estate, SaaS, and subscription spaces in their growth strategies and execution. His earlier career also includes experience in the luxury hospitality, entertainment and legal spaces.
A health nut, Ivan spends his free time exploring new wellness routines and as an ambassador for the American Heart Association. He has a BA in Business Management from Florida International University, an MFA in Communications from the University of Miami, and Continued Studies in Digital Media from Duke University.