Lafayette’s BlackRose Advisors Nominated for Deal Maker of the Year


Winner Announced at Twelfth Annual Association for Corporate Growth Louisiana Awards

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Louisiana Awards announced that BlackRose Advisors has been nominated for its twelfth annual Deal Maker of the Year. ACG Louisiana is the premiere middle-market mergers and acquisitions association in Louisiana.

BlackRose Advisors was nominated by ACG Louisiana Board Member LongueVue Capital (LVC). Founded in 2001, LVC is focused on the lower middle market. LVC is headquartered in New Orleans and maintains offices in Salt Lake City and New York.

This award is presented to the Louisiana business professional that was instrumental in successfully completing a merger, acquisition, divestiture or capital raise in 2018. This individual can be a corporate executive (CFO, CEO, President, business development professional, etc.), a lawyer, accountant, lender, private equity provider, venture capitalist, investment banker or other business, governmental or organizational representative.

BlackRose Advisors Founding Partner Ken Miller shared, “Like my former thoroughbred race horse trainer, Eddie Johnston, once told me about my dynamic filly, Dream of Honor, ‘She can’t win a Stakes Race if she is not in it!’ We are honored and excited to be nominated.” BlackRose Advisors closed five deals in 2018, making it the company’s most profitable year since its creation in 2011.

The Twelfth Annual ACG Louisiana Awards recognizes growth companies, business professionals and noteworthy transactions from across Louisiana. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans. There will be a 6:00 PM reception followed by a seated dinner. It is a ticketed event.

With over 130 deal-making members and 20 plus events per year, ACG Louisiana is the ultimate resource for professional in mergers and acquisitions. Members of ACG have access to a variety of tools to enhance their professional development, knowledge base and networking. ACG members receive a wealth of information and resources at both the global and local levels.

The Third Deal in As Many Months for Lafayette’s BlackRose Advisors

BlackRose Advisors, LLC (BlackRose) announced another successful deal for the year. This latest deal had BlackRose serving the buy side, Versa Integrity Group, LLC, which acquired Maintenance & Turnaround Resources, LLC. The transaction’s full financial terms are undisclosed.

“This is our fifth deal of the year and our third month in a row with a successful deal closing,” shared Ken Miller, founding partner of BlackRose. “Our firm is gaining momentum and building awareness through these deals. This success affirms our recent business expansion and continued pursuance of new deals and connections in our industries of expertise. We enjoy what we do and look forward to providing excellent service to more companies in the future.”

Lafayette’s BlackRose Advisors Closes Two Sales in Two Months

(LAFAYETTE, La.) — BlackRose Advisors, LLC (BlackRose) announced the successful sale of two businesses, BWB Controls, Inc. and J & B Services. BlackRose served on the sell side of the BWB Controls, Inc. transaction and on the buy side of the J & B Services transaction. Both transactions’ full financial terms are undisclosed.

Eddie Laborde from BWB Controls commented, “My experience with BlackRose Advisors was a very coordinated effort to reach a stated goal. There was no hurdle too high for Ken and Stanley and their efforts were relentless.” BlackRose is proud to work with passionate entrepreneurs and investors throughout the process of their merger or acquisition. 

“These two closings represent our third and fourth closed transactions of the year,” says Ken Miller, founding partner of BlackRose. “We have added staff and two additional account executives to expand our bandwidth and footprint.”

BlackRose has hired two experts in their fields, Raul Gonzalez, Jr. of South Texas as Vice President of Business Development and David R Benoit of Louisiana as Senior Energy Consultant. With more staff onboarding planned, 2018 will close as a banner year for BlackRose.

BWB Controls, Inc., established in 1971 is a privately-owned and operated manufacturing facility servicing the oil and gas industry. BWB Controls is a modern facility located in Houma, La. The company specializes in the design and manufacturing of high quality, pneumatically, hydraulically, and electrically operated surface safety components. Its processes include machining, milling, assembly, and testing. The end users of BWB Controls products are primarily involved in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas operations worldwide.

J & B Services, family-owned and operated since 1986, offers safe, quick, and secure shipping services anywhere in the lower forty-eight States. The company is primarily a van carrier transporting locally, regionally or long-distance, with partners in place to assist with flatbed, tanker and hot shot services. 

BlackRose Advisors is a Lafayette-based firm which excels in both buy side and sell side transactions. BlackRose Advisors welcomes the opportunity to discuss client-specific objectives. Founded in 2011, BlackRose Advisors’ core competency is to identify opportunities and close deals. With close to one hundred years of combined experience, BlackRose Advisors works to find the best value and fit for their clients.

BlackRose Advisors Expands Efforts and Reach with Two New Hires

David Benoit as Senior Energy Consultant and Raul Gonzalez as Vice President of Business Development

(Lafayette, La.) - BlackRose Advisors, a boutique mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the employment of David R. Benoit as senior energy consultant and Raul Gonzalez, Jr. as vice president of business development.

BlackRose Advisors specializes in private corporate transactions. BlackRose is building its reputation in the regional mergers and acquisition industry by finding the most value for companies that wish to sell. Additionally, its extensive network allows it to represent buyers looking for strategic acquisitions. The origin of BlackRose Advisors is rooted in the oil and gas industry, but it is rapidly expanding into other sectors including health care, defense, maritime, aerospace, and industrials.

Ken Miller and Stanley Blackstone, founding partners of BlackRose Advisors, say, “We are pleased with these additions as we will be able to broaden our bandwidth in these two important geographical regions.”

David R. Benoit, Senior Energy Consultant, BlackRose Advisors

David R. Benoit, Senior Energy Consultant, BlackRose Advisors


David R. Benoit has worked in energy for 43 years. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in International Marketing and Sales at Stamford Hills University in London, England. Benoit has a wide array of international business experience to offer the BlackRose Advisors team. Benoit has a long track record of success in dynamic sales and marketing in major corporate environments with positions in Acadiana, Texas, Colorado, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia. His successes include identifying and capitalizing new growth opportunities, and product-development. His keen business instincts have led to cross-functional teams to collaborate as a focused unit to achieve aggressive business goals. Miller states that “David will be responsible for new engagements between Houma and Lafayette with his experience in the oil and gas sector."

Raul Gonzalez, Jr., Vice President of Business Development, BlackRose Advisors

Raul Gonzalez, Jr., Vice President of Business Development, BlackRose Advisors


Raul Gonzalez, Jr. has over 10 years of experience in a broad range of roles, particularly in professional management. His leadership across industries includes direct training and supervision, cost tracking, managing business development, field management and collaboration among departments to ensure timely completion of projects. He is even an entrepreneur as operations manager of his own Triple G Construction in Cotulla. With his extensive knowledge of Texas industry and business, Gonzales will undoubtedly prove essential in upcoming and ongoing client relations, deals, and inquiries in the region. Miller says of Gonzalez, “He is a high-energy individual with keen instincts in developing personal relationships with entrepreneurs in the South Texas oil and gas market.”