Michael Alligood Joins Cogent Team as Operations Analyst

ATLANTA, GA, July 14, 2014 -- Cogent Growth Partners, LLC (Cogent), the buy-side M&A advisory firm specializing in information technology (IT) services industry mergers and acquisitions, announced today that Michael Alligood has joined the firm as its Operations Analyst. 

“Bringing Michael on board is a great win for the Cogent team,” said George Sierchio, Vice President and Senior Partner at Cogent. Mr. Sierchio added “His background as a former managed services provider (MSP) owner, myriad technology certifications, operations experience, attention to detail, people skills and well-rounded knowledge of the IT services industry on the whole renders Michael an intrinsic asset to the company and our clients.”

With a career spanning over 15 years in the technology field, Mr. Alligood has shared in the success of owning/operating two IT service companies in his professional career.  During his tenure in the IT services space, he has also served as a Partner Communications Manager at a prominent industry vendor where he continued to hone his process, procedural and customer services chops and also as the Chief Operations Officer of a Florida MSP. He brings this background to his key role at Cogent in determining pre-transaction client and acquisition candidate operational synergies and opportunities as well as further analyzing candidate business operations during the due diligence process.

“I’m very excited to the join the Cogent team as their Operations Analyst.” said Mr. Alligood, “Cogent enables business owners to efficiently pursue acquisition growth using proven methods along with complete and thorough services that provide exceptional results for all parties involved. Their reputation is widely known and respected in both the IT and M&A verticals making the decision when asked to come on board a very easy one for me.”

Mr. Alligood is a long standing, well-respected member of the IT community helping other service providers better their business during his tenure as an MSP business owner and industry vendor representative. Having both technical expertise as well as a business operations mindset, Mr. Alligood has been an integral part of a number of companies highlighted on Forbes magazine’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies,” Business Week’s “100 Hot Growth Companies,” and Entrepreneur Magazine's “Franchise 500.” In addition to these achievements, Mr. Alligood has attained numerous IT certifications from notable vendors that include Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, and CIW. He resides in Jacksonville, FL with his wife where in his spare time he enjoys reading biographies and business related books as well as keeping up with his interest in photography.


About Cogent

Cogent Growth Partners (www.cogentgrowthpartners.com) is a buy-side merger & acquisition advisory firm that combines IT industry-specific transaction know-how with deep operational expertise, to work exclusively with clients in the IT and Managed Services industry.  Cogent helps create superior companies that deliver exceptional financial results and improved equity value for the owners – all while mitigating many of the risks associated with planning and executing acquisition or exit strategies.

Media Contact: George Sierchio, Cogent Growth Partners, 973-542-4020 george@cogentgrowthpartners.com

Posted on Jul 15, 2014