At Joseph Decosimo and Co., Joe Decosimo’s mission was to provide the very highest professional services to maximize the value of a business owner’s life’s work – their own business. In support of Joe’s mission, Tom Decosimo and Paul Cheney formed Decosimo Corporate Finance, LLC, a broker-dealer, member FINRA, SIPC. DCF provides investment banking services, from sell-side advisory and business valuation to debt and equity capital sourcing, to businesses across the Southeast and the nation. Over a 40-year period, DCF has been involved in more than $15 billion in transactions, having served regional Coca-Cola and 7-Up bottlers, five Major League Baseball franchises, and numerous other middle market companies.
DCF became independent in 2015, when Tom, Paul, and Charlie Gerber saw an opportunity to focus solely on investment banking. Retaining offices in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Nashville, this one-of-a-kind firm has closed over $400 million in sell-side transactions since mid-2015 while conducting numerous business valuations and sourcing debt and equity for growing companies.
DCF’s success has attracted like-minded CPA firms across the country, adding to its nationwide footprint. As affiliated registered representatives of DCF, these firms and independent investment bankers have enjoyed similar success adding sell-side advisory to their professional services. DCF offers these firms the required licensure to offer sell-side advisory, in addition to sharing its highly effective sell-side process. DCF has an ever-growing number of affiliates – or rather, active partners – expanding DCF’s ability to serve larger and more diverse companies.
With a disciplined, tried-and-true process in place, DCF boasts a fair share of success stories. On one occasion, the owner of a specialty tooling manufacturing company contacted Tom about selling his business. Tom explains, “The next morning I drove six hours to the caller’s place of business and for the next two years we consulted with the owner until he had doubled his revenue. After completing our sell-side process we sold his company for more than three times what he had originally hoped.”
The culmination of years of hard work, lessons learned, and relationships formed, DCF upholds the legacy that began with Joe Decosimo, Marion Fryar, and Jerry Adams in 1971. With a client-first mentality and trusted reputation, Tom and the DCF team are committed to providing both regional and national businesses with exceptional service and proven results.