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January 29, 1998
Thank you for a job well done. You and your group helped Bejed work its way through a really tough situation.
Reconciling all the facets of a corporate buy out is always a challenge. The decisions on how and how much are never easy to make. With your help, we were able to get it through the transition in a minimum amount of time and with far less emotional problems then I anticipated.
As a result of your involvement, Bejed is doing very well now. We have a lot of work ahead refacing of our business, but it is obvious that the future is going to be profitable and long lasting for Bejed.
If a future need arises for the kind of services that you and The Piper Group offer, you can be assured that we will call.
Sincerely, John Dannenmann – President Bejed, Inc.
August 12, 2000
To Whom It May Concern:
We want to express our appreciation for the contribution that Rick Piper made to the closing of our recent purchase of Deluxe Ice Cream Company, a family-owned ice cream manufacturing company in Salem, Oregon.
The transaction was structured as an asset purchase, and so required various consents and transfers of permits and contract rights. Rick was creative and tireless in obtaining these items in a timely manner.
The various family shareholders of the company did not always agree. Rick did a marvelous job in helping the family work together, resolve issues and respond to the needs of the transaction in a timely manner.
The capital structure of the purchase was complicated. Rick did a good job educating the sellers about the issues that were unique to our structure and helping them understand and accept some difficult to understand components of our structure.
In sum, Rick's effectiveness was critical to making our transaction happen. When you work hard to make a transaction occur, you need the help of people who are practical and persistent and who thereby make things happen. Rick is such a person. We recommend him highly.
Very truly yours,
OUTLOOK FOODS CORPORATION
December 15, 2000
On behalf of the shareholders, the management team, and the ATA employees I would like to thank you and Mark Van Heuvel for the successful international M & A work that resulted in ATA Incorporated, being acquired by Telelogic AB of Sweden. The acquisition enables ATA now to be a member of the world-leading supplier of solutions for real-time software development, configuration management, and requirements management. We firmly believe the acquisition will be extremely beneficial to both parties.
Your assistance throughout the entire M & A process including securing outstanding legal counsel, securing the initial letter of intent, along with spearheading participation in ongoing negotiations was instrumental in making this transaction happen. Your dedicated effort, the attention to detail, ability to work with the various stakeholders throughout the process, and your expert advice was very much appreciated.
In addition, I would like to thank you for opening up the doors for future beneficial relationships with other leading software companies for potential licensing and partnering relationships. We are very confident these relationships will provide further benefits to our company.
I hope to have the opportunity to work with the both of you again. I would be very pleased to be a reference at any point in time.
Alexander J. Polack President
February 12, 2001
I thought I would take a minute to compliment you on the experience I had in buying the Warne Manufacturing Company.
Being a new buyer is bad enough but sorting through hundreds of businesses is maddening. I must say that the Piper Group had the best documentation bar none. I cannot over emphasize how well that helped not only with sorting out the best business but was very useful with the banks, assessors and the SBA. It saved an immense amount of time.
Don, I appreciate the help from you particularly in some of the difficult areas of "disagreement" between buyer and seller. Great work. You made the going easy and complete.
I am sure that in the future whether I sell, buy or merge, Piper will be the first broker I call.
With best regards,
Charles F. Lake
Sixty days have passed since we closed on the acquisition of Tasty Bake, Inc. and I have finally found a moment to say "Thank You" for your outstanding effort and assistance in bringing this transaction to closure. It was a long seven months but because of your style, persistence and pursuit of excellence, it was a positive and pleasant experience. As a first time buyer your guidance and counsel was extremely important, without it, the transaction would not have been completed.
I recognize that as a seller for the former owners, you had certain obligations. I was very impressed with your open and honest disclosure regarding the companies value, assets, and condition. It was also apparent that you have a mastery and understanding of human emotions and your counsel at these times made the deal a reality.
Your availability at all hours, any day of the week seemed above and beyond any commitment I have ever seen from a sales person and I have trained over 600. I also appreciated the research and understanding that you had for the companies potential. This helped me take all the abstracts that exist in acquiring a company and having a real understanding of the challenges it faced as well as the potential.
Again I thank you and look forward to working with you in the future on other acquisitions.
Peter R. Johnson President / CEO