ACG Boston Appoints 3 New Members to the Board of Directors


BOSTON–(Company WIRE)–ACG Boston, the Boston Chapter of the Association for Corporate Development (ACG) announced that the ACG Boston board has elected 3 new members to its Board of Directors, additional strengthening the chapter’s leadership in supporting significant strategic initiatives for the organization. The new board members are: Thaddeus “Todj” Gozdeck, Managing Director, Grant Thornton Danielle Lussier, Company Improvement Officer, KeyBank Company Capital and Daniela Messina, Director of Company Improvement and Investor Relations, Avante Capital Partners.

ACG Boston serves more than 500 Boston members who are straight involved in M&ampA transactions – like private equity investors, intermediaries, corporate improvement pros, household offices, lenders and service providers – and is devoted to assisting middle-marketplace M&ampA pros construct and sustain trusted and productive relationships via membership and occasion possibilities.

“ACG Boston is committed to supporting the New England dealmaking neighborhood, and by continuing to add talented and skilled representatives from our core deal producing constituencies, we will guarantee that ACG Boston offers applications and events that are responsive to the altering requirements of our members,” mentioned David Clark, President, ACG Boston. “The backgrounds and individual experiences of our new board members in transactional solutions, lending, household offices and women’s initiatives will enable them to have an quick effect and enable shape the path of our organization. We are really fortunate to have such a powerful board of impressive people and dealmakers.”

Background – ACG Boston’s New Board Members

Thaddeus “Todj” Gozdeck

Managing Director

Grant Thornton

Todj leads the New England Transaction Service practice for Grant Thornton and is primarily based in Boston. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Todj was at a Huge 4 accounting firm in each San Francisco and Boston exactly where he led and managed dozens of M&ampA transactions in a wide variety of industries.

With 20 years as a economic and advisory skilled, he has encounter assisting each economic sponsors and strategic purchasers and sellers in complicated cross-border merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions.

Todj has led assignments involving target organizations across the Americas, Asia and EMEA like leveraged buyouts, development acquisitions, strategic mergers and complicated carve-out transactions. Todj’s transaction encounter involves major get-side and sell-side due diligence projects focused on economic excellent of earnings analyses (QofE), tax, IT and human capital difficulties impacting the transaction.

Todj lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Todj enjoys reading, attending his sons’ higher college games and volunteering with Sudbury for Wounded Warriors.

Todj holds a BS from the University of Connecticut. Go Huskies!

Danielle Lussier

Company Improvement Officer

KeyBank Company Capital

Danielle is a Company Improvement Officer for KeyBank Company Capital, accountable for sourcing new industrial lending facilities ranging from $5MM-$40MM in commitment size. At the time KeyBank acquired Very first Niagara Bank, Danielle was Very first Vice President, Sr. Portfolio Manager accountable for managing portfolio relationships proactively identifying and responding to the ongoing requirements of her borrowers. Prior to joining Very first Niagara, Danielle was a Vice President, Portfolio Manager with Salus Capital Partners, accountable for managing a diverse portfolio of asset-primarily based loans. Danielle also previously served as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Credit Analyst, and Assistant Vice President, Senior Treasury Analyst, at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, accountable for supporting the borrowers’ money management requirements. She has also worked as a Senior Treasury Analyst and as Supervisor of Banking Relations at the Workplace of the Massachusetts State Treasury.

Danielle is a board member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) of New England, the TMA’s Network of Ladies (TMA NOW) committee co-chair, board member and Treasurer of the International Women’s Insolvency Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and the co-chair of the Association of Corporate Growth’s (ACG) Ladies in Leadership Committee. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. each from Simmons College.

Daniela Messina

Director of Company Improvement and Investor Relations

Avante Capital Partners

An achieved lawyer and professional communications and small business improvement executive, Messina started her profession in investor relations for a higher-tech PR agency and a worldwide provider of analytical instruments and solutions. Daniela has completed impactful and transformational perform in each the private and public sector.

She served as a Deputy Basic Counsel for the Massachusetts Workplace of Customer Affairs and Company Regulation. For almost a decade, she served as Director of Company Improvement for Nixon Peabody’s private equity and household workplace practice exactly where she led a quantity of strategic initiatives like the launch of a Ladies in Private Equity work in Boston and NYC, as effectively as expanded visibility in the household workplace business. In addition, Messina oversaw the improvement of the firm’s deal sourcing referral system.

In addition to her corporate, legal and political encounter, Messina held leadership roles and has been active with the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Higher Boston Chamber of Commerce like their Women’s Network Advisory Board and Executive Leadership Institute, Bentley College Executive Club and The Boston Club, a single of the biggest organizations for girls executive and skilled leaders in the Northeast. She has served as a member of the Massachusetts Regional Competitiveness Council for the Northeast Area and was appointed by Massachusetts Governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick to the Salem State University Board of Trustees.

Messina has volunteered for quite a few non-income like mentoring girls and minority law students via Suffolk University Law School’s Alumni Mentoring System and pro bono legal solutions via the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Foundation, Household Law Project.

Daniela has been recognized for her neighborhood service and outstanding leadership efforts like Smaller Company Nominee for the North of Boston Businesswomen of the Year Award and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus prestigious Wonder Lady Awardee.

Messina graduated from Bentley College and received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law College. She is a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar.

Upcoming ACG Boston Events

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About ACG Boston

ACG Boston ( is a single of 57 nearby chapters about the globe that kind the international ACG organization, which focuses on corporate development, corporate improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. With more than 540 members, ACG Boston provides 35+ events per year geared towards this audience, like the annual DealFest and DealSource Pick, speaker series aimed at highlighting hot subjects in the deal atmosphere, events for girls and young and mid-level pros, and a lot more.


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