Our Story

Since 1985 Beacon Equity Advisors has represented hundreds of business owners in the sale of their Manufacturing, Distribution, or Service Companies, which owners have built, nurtured, and grown over a working lifetime.

Our Approach

Our four-prong philosophy towards the sale of your business


Focus: The Four Deal Rule

You are trusting us with one of your most valuable assets and we take this seriously. Every Beacon advisor leads no more than four deals at one time. This ensures intense client focus, allowing the advisor to devote 40 hours a month to your business.


Story: Learn your Business

If we are going to be given the responsibility to tell your story to others, then we need to know it in great detail ourselves first. We will learn your business, customers, products, team and numbers to be able to effectively tell your compelling story.


Research: Find the best buyers

We look into who is buying and selling in your industry – competitors, private equity, synergistic, so we can proactively reach out to them. Better buyers bring better value.


Process: When, Where & How

We know our marketplace. We know entrepreneurial buyers, private equity firms, and corporate buyers. We know who to talk to, how much to say, and when to say it. We’ve crafted these skills over three decades of representing business owners and maximizing value.

Meet The Team


Direct Line:

David Humphrey CPA, CVA

President & CEO

David A. Humphrey, CPA, CVA brings over a quarter-century of experience as a deal maker, business owner, accountant (CPA), and business appraiser (CVA) to the firm’s clients. David has successfully completed numerous multi-million dollar transactions with entrepreneurs, private equity and publicly traded corporations, including one transaction which touched five continents.

In addition to Beacon, David was a partner in Star Engineering, a leading manufacturer of populated circuit boards and wire harnesses for the high tech, military, and medical industry manufacturers.

David believes by telling better stories, owners receive better offers for their business.  Business owners know their business inside and out and why their business has substantial value.  Beacon helps the owner tell their story and convey this value to buyers, their advisors, and bankers.

David created the highly successful Pothole Analysis™ program at Beacon, a customized review of 43 aspects of a business an owner can address in the years leading up to an exit to enhance value. David is the author of the book Think Like a Buyer, a collection of deal stories, tips and advice on preparing a business for sale.

Jay Galasso, CM&AA®, BSEE


Jay Galasso, CM&AA®, BSEE, brings to Beacon’s clients more than twenty years of executive and technical experience with industrial, scientific, and software businesses. While in industry, Jay was intimately involved in both sides of M&A transactions leading acquisition teams as both the buyer party and the seller in deals ranging from $20M to $200M.

Jay was a founding partner in a consulting company focused on growing private equity owned technology and manufacturing companies. He also helped several private companies double revenues to prepare for sale.

Jay joined Beacon to bring this experience to similar business owners, understanding the technology and thus how to tell their story and find the right buyer for their businesses.

Jay holds a BS EE degree in Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and did graduate studies at the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. He is a CM&AA (Certified M&A Advisor), a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), IERG (International Executive Resources Group), BPMA (Boston Product Management Association), and ENET (Boston Entrepreneurs Network).