Mercedes Hendricks joined Kerrigan Advisors in 2017 as a Vice President. Mercedes brings fifteen years of public accounting experience to the firm. At Kerrigan Advisors, Mercedes advises the firm’s sell-side clients as they prepare for the sale. In this capacity, she applies her accounting expertise to accurately adjust client financials to better reflect business’ earnings and identify opportunities for profit improvement. In addition to her sell-side client work, Mercedes spearheads Kerrigan Advisors’ Consulting Services, which include open point applications, transactional due diligence, litigation support and pre/post-closing transaction accounting.
Prior to Kerrigan Advisors, Mercedes provided public accounting expertise in the areas of assurance and consulting for more than 150 dealerships across the country. She spent nine years with Crowe Horwath in their dealership services group. There she managed large projects ranging from traditional audit and review engagements to non-traditional consulting engagements, such as due diligence services in mergers and acquisitions, consolidations, reviews of internal controls and tests of compliance. She was a mentor and supervisor for teams and individuals from across the nation, and is considered a key thought leader in the automotive accounting services space.
Mercedes is a California Certified Public Accountant, and an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPA’s. Mercedes is an honors graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
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. Ryan 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. Ryan 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.
In addition to transaction work, Ryan is frequently called upon to speak at multiple leading auto retail conferences and events, including AIADA, NADA, NAMAD, Automotive Leadership Roundtable, American Financial Services Association, Wells Fargo Dealer Services, AutoCPA, and numerous Auto Dealer Association meetings. He also writes a monthly column on the auto retail buy/sell market, which is featured in Dealer Magazine.
Ryan 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. Ryan lives in Newport Beach with his wife and business partner, Erin Kerrigan, and their three children. He is active in Young President’s Organization and the YPO Automotive Network.
Erin Kerrigan is Founder and Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors, a leading sell-side advisor and thought partner to auto dealers in the US. Kerrigan Advisors is the leading sell-side advisor and thought partner to auto dealers in the US. In the last five years, the firm has sold 89 dealerships, including five of the Top 100 Dealership Groups, representing over $1.7 billion in client sales proceeds – more than any other firm in the industry. In addition to sell-side advisory services, Kerrigan Advisors raises capital for its clients who are seeking a financial partner and provides consulting services to dealers looking to increase the value of their business.
Prior to founding Kerrigan Advisors, Erin 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.
Erin 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, the New Car Dealers of Utah, US Trust, Pennsylvania Auto Dealers Association, 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. Erin is the author of The Blue Sky Report®, the industry’s leading buy/sell report.
Erin 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. Erin is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, the Foundation Board for the Orange County School of the Arts, the Bishop’s Investment Committee for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and Northwestern University’s Council of 100, a board of female executives who mentor students and recent graduates.