Ann Hanna

MBA, CPA
Managing Director & Founder
P: 414.465.5537

Expertise

  • Business Growth & Value Planning
  • Executing Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business Leadership

Ann has a proven track record leading successful merger and acquisition projects for middle-market companies. Her distinctive background includes more than 30 years of C-level management experience, including involvement in multiple corporate start-ups.

As Managing Director and Co-founder of Taureau Group, Ann was instrumental in guiding the firm’s intentional evolution. From its roots within a regional CPA firm, she reinvented the M&A practice to create a true boutique investment banking practice. Today, the firm is a fully independent investment banking firm with a relentless drive to realize the best outcomes for clients on a global basis.

Ann is a licensed investment banker and real estate broker with extensive operational experience as owner of several successful businesses. Her background also includes corporate work for General Motors and Shell Oil.

Accomplishments

  • More than 100 presentations to local and state-wide organizations, including the Wisconsin Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association, Manufacturing Matters conference, BizTimes M&A Forum, Vistage, ESOP Association and CEO roundtables.

Education

  • California State University, MBA, Finance/Corporate Taxation
  • University of Colorado, BS, Accounting/Finance
  • Certified Public Accountant, California and Wisconsin
  • Licensed Registered Representative (FINRA Series 63 and 79)
  • Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, AM&AA
  • Wisconsin Real Estate Broker, Licensed

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Past President and Board Member
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Exit Planning Institute, Wisconsin Chapter, Former Founding Member
  • Wisconsin Early Stage Fund, Former Advisor
  • Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs Greater Milwaukee, Former Founding Member

Community Organizations

  • Penrod Inc., Independent Board Member
  • Historical Third Ward Association, Board Member
  • BizStarts Milwaukee, Former Board Chair, Board Member, Bootcamp Instructor and Venture Track Advisor
  • Alverno College MBA Program, Speaker & Panelist
  • Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Former Finance Committee
  • AB Credit Union, Former Board Chair and Board Member

Awards

  • 2022 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A
  • 2011 Enterprising Women of the Year Award – Enterprising Women Magazine

 

THE ART OF DEALMAKING: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANN HANNA
Ann discusses the challenges of working with multi-generational families and how to bridge the differences. Watch the interview>>

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What our clients say

Taureau Group got me through some very difficult times during the acquisition of our company, and I will never forget their friendship. - Peggy Lescrenier, (Former) President, Gammex, Inc.
I don’t spend much time doing references or give a lot of referrals, but have been delighted to do both for Taureau Group. Corey Vanderpoel and his team were great to work with. Smart, experienced, and good people to boot. They worked with us on the quantitative and qualitative aspects of our transaction to mindfully refine our goals and strategy. They then facilitated a very intentional process which yielded a successful outcome. Hard to ask for more with such an important matter that is one part business and one part emotion. - Alex Lawton, CEO, The C.A. Lawton Co.
I want to thank you again for all the hard work and support and effort your team put into making this deal happen. I know it was quite a challenge, but I believe the outcome couldn’t have been any better. Taureau Group’s professionalism, thoroughness and insight were very valuable in achieving the successful outcome we did. I look forward to staying in touch, and I invite the opportunity to work together in the future. - John Topetzes, (Former) Owner, Sanborn Tube Sales of Wisconsin, Inc.
It was a pleasure working on our project with Ann Hanna and Mike Schroeder of Taureau Group. It was truly a very professional experience. - Guy Bradshaw, Founder, Chairman, CEO, Bradshaw Medical, Inc.
I cannot thank you and the rest of the team enough for all your work to make such a great match. When we decided to launch early last year, I never expected to find such a good buyer at such a great price. You were able to find a company that understood where we were in our rebuilding process and recognized the potential value. Your team provided unbelievable support throughout the entire process. - Kim Nichols, (Former) CEO, Racine Metal-Fab, Ltd.
I trusted Taureau Group with the sale of my business and was pleased with the structured process meeting my objectives to maximize value and keep the business in the community. They approached hundreds of prospective buyers in a manner that created a lot of interest yet with full confidentiality. Although this was a business transaction, I appreciated the human approach their team had as they worked closely with me and my family throughout the process and relentlessly negotiated for our benefit. - Rick Blaha, Pak-Rite, Ltd.
Choosing Taureau Group to help me find an investment partner was the best decision I could have made...I’m grateful to have found the perfect team, giving my company and me the perfect solution. - Steve Mirecki, President, Color Craft Graphic Arts
With their dedication to the project and timely, organized communication, it was easy to partner with Taureau Group and we’d happily refer them to anyone looking for acquisition help. - Lisa Reardon, President, CEO and Chairman , OwnersEdge, Inc.
Working with their M&A team, was not only effective but pleasant and informative. I realized how important their extreme detail, responsiveness and warm personalities were, which I believe was the recipe needed in making this all come together. - Steve Mirecki, President, Color Craft Graphic Arts
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you once again for playing an integral part in the success of this transaction. I was thoroughly impressed from day one with your level of professionalism and the detail provided by the team at Taureau throughout the M&A process. It was a true pleasure working with you and I look forward to the potential opportunity of doing so again in the future. - Matthew Doran, President & CEO, Anstadt Communications