Madison Street Capital Earns Industry’s Top Honor

Madison Street Capital has been announced as the winner of the Debt Financing Deal of the Year at the 16th annual M&A Advisor Awards ceremony. The awards ceremony took place at the Metropolitan Club in New York City and Madison Street Capital was honored for the role it played in a transaction including WLR automotive.


M&A Advisors has been putting a spotlight on the top companies and dealmakers with mergers and acquisitions. The award given to Madison Street Capital was bestowed upon them only after beating out 650 competitors.


David Ferguson, President, and co-CEO of M&A Advisor say that it was a pleasure to give the highest honor possible from his organization to Madison Street Capital. Ferguson went on to say that Madison Street Capital is at the top of the food chain in the industry and its stellar performance has caused the company to stand out when compared to many other worthy companies.


The CEO of Madison Street Capital, Charles Botchway, expressed his appreciation at being given the award and congratulated WLR Automotive as well as the Barry Peterson, the Senior Managing Director for Madison Street Capital, on executing such an impressive deal.


Madison Street Capital was also a finalist for two other awards at the ceremony.


The ceremony put on by M&A Advisors is the most esteemed event of its kind for the industry and was held along with the 2017 M&A Advisor Summit and more than 500 industry professionals taking part in a variety of forums.


About Madison Street Capital


Madison Street Capital is committed to the building of strong business entities in communities throughout America and has worked diligently to affect positive change both domestically and globally. The company seeks to achieve this goal by continuing to perform the stellar duties provided to its many satisfied customers as well as through the many philanthropic pursuits in which Madison Street Capital is involved.


The professionals working with Madison Street Capital have demonstrated an unmatched expertise making the company the cream of the crop in regards to investment firms for the middle market. Headquartered in Chicago, the company also maintains offices in both Africa and Asia.


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AIA CEO Robert Ivy’s Role In The Architecture World

Ever since 2011, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has been Robert Ivy. Even before he joined forces with the AIA, however, Robert Ivy had already made a name for himself in the architecture world through his previous work. The publishing industry actually honored a magazine called Architectural Record, of which Robert Ivy was the Editor-in-Chief. In addition to this, Mr. Ivy also had an important role at McGraw-Hill Construction, where he had the responsibilities of Vice President, as well as Editorial Director.

The American Institute of Architects, which has been operating under Robert Ivy’s leadership for most of the past decade, has more than 250 chapters across country, and its strong membership of 90,000 architects and design professionals are all committed to bettering the built environment. This organization is headquartered in Washington.

A large theme throughout his leadership at the AIA has been to use the influential power of the organization to make a difference within the field of modern architecture. Ivy is a strong advocate of raising the general public’s awareness of the relevance and tremendous value that architects and design professionals bring to society. Besides this, Mr. Ivy has also put in a lot or work in the areas of both public outreach and initiatives for education.

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An important topic within the architecture and design industry at the moment is how to prepare the current generation of architects to properly tackle the wide array of 21st century obstacles that architects did not have to consider decades ago. Climate change, public health and sustainability are the most prominent examples of these issues.

Recently, Robert Ivy received Alpha Rho Chi’s Master Architect designation, an incredibly prestigious honor that has never before been bestowed upon a 21st century architect. Only seven other people in history have ever received the Master Architect designation. Among these are I.M. Pei, Richard Buckminster Fuller and Miles van der Rohe.

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Securus Technologies: Developing Better Security Systems

Securus Technologies has been one of the most successful telecommunications companies in North America. The company has been providing the communication needs of more than 3,000 correctional facilities in the United States and Canada. They are also known for developing or improving existing technologies and installing it to correctional facilities which have forged partnership deals with them. One of their most successful developments was the enhanced video calling technology which allows prisoners to contact their loved ones through the use of video calling technology, which is described as one of the fastest on the planet. They also offer voice calls through devices which are manufactured by Securus Technologies, and jail officers constantly monitor these devices through its built-in voice recording device. Securus Technologies is also developing some software for the jail officers, and they are effective in curbing crimes and violence inside the correctional facility. Securus Technologies has been spending more than $600 million each year to protect their inventions and patents, and the amount that they are paying for the protection of their products is worth it because no one has ever tried to copy their devices.


This year, Securus Technologies introduced the wireless containment systems, which will be used by the jail officers to prevent the use of contraband cell phones inside the prison. Contraband cell phones have been a constant headache for jail officers, and they stated that even if they confiscated it multiple times, new contraband phones would make its way inside the prison cells. The problem with contraband cell phones seems not to end, and Securus Technologies decided to up their game by creating a powerful device which works just like a regular cell phone jammer, but with more capabilities. For instance, calls which will be made from outside the prison would not be able to get through the contraband cell phone. Texts and emails would not get through as well. On the other hand, contraband cell phones would not be able to make calls, texts, and emails while the wireless containment system is in effect. Even if the prisoners smuggled thousands of contraband cell phones inside the correctional facility, these devices would end up being useless.



Securus Technologies thanked Robert Johnson for his idea of creating a wireless containment system inside the correctional facility. Robert Johnson was a former jail officer for a North Carolina prison, but after he was attacked by two armed men who forced their way inside his house, he decided to quit being a jail officer for security reasons. He then decided to work as a consultant for Securus Technologies and relayed his grim experience with prisoners who have used their contraband cell phones to instruct his failed murder.



Duda Melzer Investments Companies

Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer, more popularly known as Duda Melzer, founded the digital investment company called E-bricks in 2012 after working in his family’s business, Grupo RBS, for a number of years prior to this endeavor. He started his career in the financial industry in the early part of the millennium when he worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for a company named Delphi and as the General Director of Box Top Media. After working in the U.S. for a while, he joined his family at Grupo, where he spent 2 years as Vice President before becoming the CEO. When he assumed this new position, a public ceremony was held in Porto Alegre to welcome him into the business, and both his relatives and his colleagues were in attendance.

Duda Melzer Founder graduated with a BA degree from Pontifical Catholic University in 1998, and from Harvard University with an MBA in 2002. In 2004, when he joined Grupo, which he has described as being a professional family business that he and his family are very passionate about, he helped grow it into one of the largest multimedia communications companies in Brazil, and because of his accomplishments and years of experience in the corporate world, by 2015, he was honored with an Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as with a Merit in Business award. For more details visit

In order to help aspiring entrepreneurs, Duda Melzer uses his Twitter account to tweet out business advice, which covers topics like how to be a better or more effective communicator, and how to take the necessary steps to own a start-up business. In addition to being in a lead position at Grupo RBS, the caring and compassionate executive is also a philanthropist who runs a foundation that contributes to the protection and human needs of the children of his country.

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