MEET THE TEAM
The team at Kerrigan Advisors is one of the most well-regarded in the industry. Collectively, our transaction experience in auto retail, investment banking, and private equity exceeds $2 billion. Our team includes recognized industry experts in auto dealership buy/sells, real estate, and valuation. We are often quoted in several leading industry publications, including Automotive News, and asked to speak at leading industry conferences, including National Auto Dealers Association (NADA), JD Power Automotive Summit, American International Auto Dealers Association (AIADA), National Association of Minority Auto Dealers (NAMAD), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC), as well as state associations, manufacturer and bank meetings. Our team focuses exclusively on serving a select number of dealership sellers. We are committed to providing the highest-level of client service from the beginning to the successful close of a dealership sale (see our clients’ testimonials) In our view, dealerships are far too valuable to be sold any other way. We look forward to having a confidential conversation with you regarding your strategic plans for your business.
Founder & Managing Director
Erin Kerrigan is Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors, which she founded in 2014. Kerrigan Advisors is the leading sell-side advisor to auto dealers in the US. Since 2015, the firm has sold over 43 dealerships, including three of the top 100 dealership groups, representing nearly $1 billion in client sales proceeds. In addition to sell-side advisory services, Kerrigan Advisors raises capital for its clients who are seeking a financial partner or looking to sell a minority stake in their businesses.
Prior to founding Kerrigan Advisors, Ms. Kerrigan headed Presidio Automotive. Prior to Presidio, she was a Senior Vice President at AutoStar, a subsidiary of iStar Financial (NYSE: SFI), where she led transaction origination. Early in her career, she was dealer operator of her family’s dealership, which she sold in 2006. She began her post-graduate career as an investment banker for Piper Jaffray.
Ms. Kerrigan is a recognized industry expert on dealership buy/sells, valuation, real estate and private equity, and is a frequent speaker at leading auto retail events and conferences held by JD Power, NADA (#1 speaker in 2012), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC), Canadian Auto Dealers Association, and DrivingSales’ President’s Club. She has also been a key note speaker for events hosted by American Honda Motor Company, Audi of America, Bank of America, US Trust, Texas Automobile Dealer Association, Ohio Automobile Dealer Association, Colorado Automobile Dealer Association, and SunTrust Bank and has also led webinars for NADA and Automotive News. Ms. Kerrigan is the lead author of The Blue Sky Report, the industry’s leading buy/sell report.
Ms. Kerrigan earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management. She resides in Newport Beach, California with her husband and partner, Ryan Kerrigan, and their three children. Ms. Kerrigan is active in the National Charity League and Northwestern University’s Council of 100, a board of female executives who mentor students and recent graduates.
Ryan Kerrigan is Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors, where he oversees capital raising, international transactions and private equity/family office investor relations in addition to US buy-sell transaction work. He leads the firm’s capital advisory business, working with dealers to maximize value when they raise capital for their businesses. His business experience includes transaction work, executive leadership, private equity investing and management consulting. Prior to joining Kerrigan Advisors, he served in CEO roles in the construction, engineering and environmental sectors through Kerrigan Industries, his family’s private equity company. Mr. Kerrigan also served as Managing Director at Serent Capital, a $250M private equity fund investing in middle market companies. Prior, he served as General Manager of the family’s auto dealership. Mr. Kerrigan began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies, organizational issues, pricing and business valuation.
Mr. Kerrigan has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a Masters degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance, where he serves on the Advisory Board of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute. Mr. Kerrigan lives in Newport Beach with his wife and partner, Erin Kerrigan, and their three children. He is active in Young President’s Organization and the YPO Automotive Network.
Marie Brashears is an Associate at Kerrigan Advisors, where she manages the transaction marketing and due diligence processes on behalf of the firm’s clients, as well as the Buyer/Investor Database. Prior to joining Kerrigan Advisors, Marie oversaw operations, marketing and financial analysis for Renovate Property Services, a construction management company owned by Kerrigan Industries. Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California Irvine, where she was a NCAA Division 1 Student Athlete in Track & Field, holding Dean’s List and Big West Conference academic honors.
Accounting & Transaction Closing Advisor
Farris Hamilton is a consultant for Kerrigan Advisors supporting our dealership clients with the dealership sale and close process. She has led dealership accounting, including buy/sell support, for the past 30 years. Early in her career, she served as Office Manager, Controller and General Manager of a dealership and has a complete understanding of dealership accounting and operations for every department. For the past 18 years, she has been the Director and Vice President of Dealership Accounting for Hendrick Automotive Group, one of the largest privately held automotive groups in the country with over $8.5 billion in annual revenue for over 100 dealerships. She was responsible for establishing and managing the department for the corporate office and for managing accounting offices for all dealerships. She established and managed the dealership buy/sell process for the group, closing on more than 125 buy/sell transactions. Farris attended Newberry College and the University of South Carolina and gained a degree in Accounting.
Andrew Layland oversees financial analysis and operations at Kerrigan Advisors. Previously, Andrew was Director of Acquisitions for Kerrigan Industries, a closely held private equity company. In his eight years working for Kerrigan entities, Andrew has held numerous roles and overseen operations at portfolio companies including TL Fabrications and Renovate Property Services. Andrew has extensive experience sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities as well as hands-on extensive operational expertise. Andrew graduated with a business degree from California State University Fullerton.
Chief Financial Officer
Eric Wright is Chief Financial Officer at Kerrigan Advisors, where he manages the internal finance, accounting, and administrative aspects of the firm. Eric also serves as Controller for Alta Environmental, an environmental engineering & consulting firm owned by Kerrigan Capital, where he leads finance, accounting, and administration. Prior, Eric served as Financial Analyst for Toyota Financial Services. Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and graduated cum laude.