Erin Kerrigan

Founder & Managing Director

Erin Kerrigan is Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors, which she founded in 2014. Kerrigan Advisors is the leading boutique investment bank serving auto retail, the largest retail industry in the US. Since its founding, Kerrigan Advisors has sold over 270 dealerships representing $8+ billion in client proceeds, including the third largest transaction in the industry’s history – the sale of Jim Koons Automotive Companies in 2023 to Asbury Automotive for $1.5 billion.


Prior to founding Kerrigan Advisors, Erin headed Presidio Automotive, another boutique investment bank dedicated to auto retail based in San Francisco. Prior to Presidio, she was a Senior Vice President at iStar Financial (NYSE: SFI), a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded REIT where she led transaction origination. Early in her career, Erin 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 in Menlo Park, California.

Erin is a recognized industry expert on dealership M&A, valuation, real estate and private equity, and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNBC and Automotive News. In 2018, she was named a Women of Influence by Automotive News. Erin is a recurring speaker at leading auto retail events and conferences held by JD Power, National Auto Dealers Association (NADA), American International Auto Dealers Association (AIADA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC) as well as numerous state dealer associations. She has also been a keynote speaker for events hosted by Toyota Motor North America, American Honda Motor Company, Audi of America, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, US Trust and Truist. Erin is the author of The Blue Sky Report®, the industry’s leading M&A report, which is distributed to 11,000 industry participants in 35 countries and co-authored NADA’s Guide to Buying and Selling Auto Dealerships.

Erin earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management. She resides in Incline Village, Nevada with her husband and partner, Ryan Kerrigan, and their three children, two of whom are currently attending the University of Notre Dame. Erin is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the University of Notre Dame’s Cabinet For Good Campaign and Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council, Northwestern University’s Council of 100 and the board of The League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Erin Kerrigan is Registered Representative of BA Securities, LLC. Member FINRA SIPC.

About Kerrigan Advisors

Kerrigan Advisors is the premier sell-side advisor and thought partner to auto dealers nationwide. The firm advises the industry's leading dealership groups, enhancing value through the lifecycle of growing, operating and, when the time is right, selling their businesses. Kerrigan Advisors has represented some of auto retail's largest transactions and advised more of the largest dealership groups in the US than any other buy/sell firm in the industry. Led by a team of veteran industry experts with backgrounds in investment banking, private equity, accounting, finance and real estate, the firm does not take listings, rather they develop a customized approach for each client to achieve their personal and financial goals. In addition to Kerrigan Advisors' sell-side advisory and capital raising services, the firm also provides a suite of consulting services including growth strategy, market valuation assessments, capital allocation, transactional due diligence, open point proposals, operational improvement and real estate due diligence.

Kerrigan Advisors monitors conditions in the buy/sell market and publishes an in-depth analysis each quarter in The Blue Sky Report®, which includes Kerrigan Advisors' signature blue sky charts, multiples, and analysis for each franchise in the luxury and non-luxury segments. To download a preview of the report, click here. The firm also releases monthly The Kerrigan Index™ composed of the seven publicly traded auto retail companies with operations focused on the US market. The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index is designed to track dealership valuation trends, while also providing key insights into factors influencing auto retail. To access The Kerrigan Index™, click here. To read the 2023 Kerrigan OEM Survey, click here. Kerrigan Advisors also is the co-author of NADA's Guide to Buying and Selling a Dealership.

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