November 06, 2018

DALLAS, TX The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Tuesday, November 6th at the 2018 M&A Advisor Awards Gala to a jubilant, sold-out crowd at the New York Athletic Club, New York, NY. Safeguard Business Systems was named a winner for the Strategic Corporation Firm of the Year.

“Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading M&A transactions, companies and dealmakers. Safeguard Business Systems was chosen from over 600 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize Safeguard and bestow upon them our highest honor for M&A firms and professionals,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder, The M&A Advisor. “Safeguard represents the best of the M&A industry in 2018 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

“While this is the second consecutive year that we’ve received recognition from the M&A Advisors, the Strategic Corporation Firm of the Year is a new milestone for our brand and a true testament to the team that we’ve built here at Safeguard,” said Vice President of Safeguard R. Scott Sutton. “Our team of more than 500 employees supports a network of over 220 Safeguard branded distributors. We are proud of the work that they do to help these entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams of business ownership and this recognition can be attributed to them.”

The Gala is the premier celebration of the year for the industry’s leading M&A Dealmakers and was held in conjunction with the 2018 M&A Advisor Summit “The Future of Finance” that featured over 500 of the industry’s leading M&A professionals participating in exclusive interactive forums led by over 35 M&A, media, academic, and industry stalwarts. In addition to the announcement of the 2018 M&A Advisor Award winners, the 2nd Annual Tom Farrell Memorial Award was presented to Anthony L. Caudle, Chairman and CEO, RedTail Capital Markets; and Jim Murrin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Separation Office, Hewlett Packard Enterprise received the 2018 Leadership Award and was inducted into the M&A Advisor Hall of Fame together with Keith Maib, Senior Managing Director, Mackinac Partners.

To view a list of the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Award winners please CLICK HERE.


For more than 60 years, Safeguard, through its network of distributors, has been providing the products, services and expertise needed by business owners to help their businesses grow. Through innovation, dedication and a commitment to quality and integrity, Safeguard has transformed itself from a small check printing business to a fully diversified business solutions enterprise. To learn more about Safeguard, please visit, or follow us on Twitter at


Since 2008, Safeguard’s award-winning Business Acquisitions and Mergers (BAM) Team has emerged as the most decorated strategic growth team in the industry. With more than 100 years of collective experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business strategy and financial performance assessment, the BAM Team possesses the “know how” needed by Safeguard, its affiliates, distributors and franchisees to complete complex transactions across multiple business channels. The BAM team has completed more than 150 total transactions since its inception, earning accolades at the highest levels. In 2018, the BAM team won a second coveted Dealmaker of the Year award, presented by Franchise Times® Magazine, after first winning the award in 2014.In 2017, the BAM team won an M&A Advisors Deal of the Year award in the Professional Services (B-to-B) category as well as a bronze Stevie® American Business Award as Support Team of the Year. To learn more about the BAM Team, please visit, or follow us on Twitter at


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