Skip to Main Content

MarshBerry is proud to announce that Valerie DeMell, Executive Vice President, was named one of Insurance Business America’s 2016 Elite Women.

“Val is a tireless champion of not only MarshBerry, but also our clients,” stated John Wepler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “Her leadership in our merger and acquisition division has contributed to our significant growth in this space and she led our organization through the process for us to become an SEC and FINRA registered broker-dealer.  However, it’s Val’s role as a mentor and role model to the entire organization that truly makes an impact every day.  She simply makes MarshBerry better.”

In 2004, Valerie was promoted to Executive Vice President overseeing the firm’s consulting and merger & acquisition services. During her tenure, she has become extremely knowledgeable in areas such as fair market valuations, ownership perpetuation planning, financial management consulting and merger and acquisition services*. Valerie is a vital resource in the preparation of return on investment analysis, contract and deal negotiation and due diligence.  She currently maintains the Series 62, 79, 24, 99 and 63 FINRA Registrations through MarshBerry Capital, Inc., MarshBerry’s affiliated broker-dealer.

Business Insurance started the Women to Watch awards program in 2006 to recognize women leaders doing outstanding work in the insurance sector and risk and benefits management. Business Insurance readers were invited to nominate candidates for Women to Watch, and a panel of Business Insurance editors selected the honorees based on those nominations.  Honorees were selected based on four criteria: Recent professional accomplishments, expertise, leadership and future career prospects.

MarshBerry Latest

Do You Have a Lazy Balance Sheet?

For the fourth year in a row, private equity (PE) outperformed other private market asset classes, based on global funds raised in 2000-2017. Some executives may see higher levels of debt on the balance sheet as risky or a potential negative. However, a firm could benefit from more leverage, as debt can multiply returns on investment and offer tax advantages.