John P. Murphy, ASA, MCBA, CVA

As President, John coordinates the firm’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), merger and acquisition, and ownership transition activities.

John is instrumental in providing valuation and financial advisory services in connection with the implementation of ESOPs. He also represents buyers and sellers of middle market companies, and has negotiated and structured complex recapitalizations, leveraged and management buyouts, corporate acquisitions, and family business transfers, to include the placement of senior and subordinated debt.

John conducts valuations in connection with business succession, ESOPs, estate and gift tax matters, marital dissolutions, purchase price allocations, goodwill impairment studies, and mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

John teaches courses for business owners, attorneys and accountants on business valuation and business succession issues and is a frequent panelist at seminars sponsored by the ESOP Association. Before joining Atlantic Management Company in 1989, John was affiliated with McLaughlin Research Corporation. Prior to that, he was a military intelligence analyst with the United States Air Force Electronic Security Command and served in the United States, Japan, and Greece.


Brady T. Finney

Brady coordinates the firm’s valuation activities. He specializes in the financial analysis of closely held companies and the industries with which they are allied. His analyses generate a multi-dimensional financial profile and provide an insight into the economic environment in which the companies operate. Brady has participated in a variety of valuation engagements including those conducted for ownership transition, stock options, corporate planning, and ESOPs.

Brady has been a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) certified by NACVA. He has over 20 years of experience in operations, financial strategy, technology, consulting, and marketing.

Prior to joining Atlantic Management Company, Brady managed the budget and analysis process for a $10 billion retail office supply chain. Later he became the Director of Operations for the New Orleans Technology Council where he consulted with over 200 technology companies on their marketing strategies, strategic plans, and product delivery processes. Brady served as interim controller for a $40 million publicly held manufacturing company, and raised over $8.5 million in both angel and venture capital funding for a technology startup.


Sandra S. Smith, CPA, CGMA, CVA

Sandra specializes in financial analysis and uses valuation research to provide valuations by assessing corporate risk, evaluating industry trends, and analyzing budgets and cash flows. She works primarily with closely held companies across a diverse array of industries, including manufacturing, professional services, retail, and high technology. 

Prior to joining Atlantic Management Company, Sandra spent 15 years in public accounting, focusing almost exclusively on commercial enterprises, where she worked with clients on matters including financial reporting, understanding and implementing changes in accounting guidance, assessing and strengthening internal controls, and succession planning.

Sandra also assists companies and business owners with the intricacies of ESOP transactions and related accounting, in which she works with management to understand the post-transaction impacts to financial statements, debt covenants, and forecasts, as well as to provide ongoing financial consulting for existing ESOPs.

Sandra is a frequent author and presenter on topics including synthetic equity and deferred compensation, correcting retirement plan errors, ESOPs, business valuations, and updates to US GAAP.


Jade Palermo

Jade specializes in the financial analysis of closely held companies through analyzing accounting data and determining economic, statistical and financial risks. Her analyses focus on trends affecting clients’ specific industries as well as how new regulations, policies, and political and economic trends may affect investments.

Since joining Atlantic Management Company in 2011, Jade has participated in a variety of valuation engagements including those conducted for ownership transition, stock options, estate tax and gifting, corporate planning, and ESOP transactions and annual reporting. Jade has presented at national conferences on various valuation topics for both the National Center for Employee Ownership and the Vermont Employee Ownership Center.

Jade is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) Candidate having passed the CVA exam issued by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).


Cory Melnick, CVA

Cory’s financial analyses examine financial data, macroeconomic and microeconomic conditions, and company-specific risk to help business owners make decisions. He also works with business owners to position and market their companies for sale, working closely with them from planning through execution.

Prior to joining Atlantic Management Company, Cory worked as a fund accountant at the top ranked hedge fund administration firm in the country where he was instrumental in the onboarding and implementation of new funds.

Cory also participated in the university honors program at the University of New Hampshire, where he was awarded third place for his senior thesis paper. As part of the university honors program, Cory also acted as a business consultant for a local business and conducted financial research alongside his university’s professors.

Since joining Atlantic Management Company, Cory has performed a variety of business valuation engagements, spanning virtually all industries from manufacturing to high-tech disciplines. Cory has also assisted business owners in their ownership transition from consulting on management buyouts to sell-side advising for a third-party sale.