Founders Advisors


Our Integrity. Our Experience. Your Success.


Our Firm

Founders is a merger, acquisition & strategic advisory firm serving middle-market companies. Founders’ focus is on oil and gas, industrials, software, industrial technology, internet, digital media, and healthcare companies located nationwide, as well as companies based in the Southeast across a variety of industries. Founders’ skilled professionals, proven expertise and process-based solutions help companies access growth capital, make acquisitions, and/or prepare for and execute liquidity events to achieve specific financial goals.

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Our History

Founders  was established in 2003 by Managing Partner Duane Donner. Duane started the firm with vision, values and a couple of dedicated employees. Zane Tarence served on the Founders Advisory Board for two years and then joined Duane and the team in 2007. Founders is now a team of over a dozen professionals serving clients all over the country and across a broad range of industries. Yet, all of Founders’ growth and achievements are a product of its founding principle, the Golden Rule Plus: treat people as you’d want to be treated and beyond.

Our Values

ORDER: Keep proper focus, and do the right things at the right time.
SERVICE: Go the extra mile for our clients, co-workers and community.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Define, communicate and own key results.
TRUTH: Seek the truth, speak the truth and advocate the truth.
GROWTH: Reflection, evaluation and planned improvement.