Equity Partners International, Inc.

Key Individuals & Background:

  • Gordon Embs ∑ Managing Partner
  • Alex Penn
  • Mark Smock

    Gordon Embs

    Managing Partner

    Gordon has over twenty years of Organization Valuation and Return On Investment experience as a Corporate Executive and Global Accounts Manager. He has broad knowledge of the financial and legal challenges of international M&A business. While working for the companies Verizon, MCIWorldcom, and Bellsouth, Gordon consistently brought large, complex business acquisition and restructuring projects to their successful conclusion.

    Gordon has managed international acquisition teams for General Motors, Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, Delta Airlines, Lear, Volkswagen, and AT&T. Nationally, he has managed teams for Southern Company Power, Nations Bank, and Coca Cola.

    Gordon received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Computer Science and Business Administration. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been recognized by Who's Who for his achievements.

    Alex Penn


    Alex received his MBA in finance from Harvard Business School. He has worked in finance for Ford Motor Company (Headquarters) and Credit Lyonnais Bank in France and New York. Alex was President and part-owner of a medium sized manufacturing company, Adtech, Inc., in Jackson, Michigan. In 1987 he sold his interest in Adtech, Inc. and founded AP International, Inc., a Merger and Acquisition firm, which initially also handled Executive Searches.

    Alex has represented many investment funds and corporations as they have executed their growth strategy, by completing acquisitions valued at up to $100 Million+. He represented Ford Motor Company in Ford's acquisition of a minority interest in a plastic molding company in Ohio for Ford/ Visteonís Climate Control Division. Alex also assisted in the purchase of Aetna Industries by Citicorp Venture Capital (New York), in cooperation with Morgan Stanley's Automotive Investment Banking Group in Chicago.

    In addition to his MBA degree from Harvard Business School, Alex holds a BA degree from Georgia State University. His professional affiliations include the Harvard Business School Club of Michigan and is a Licensed Investment Advisor.

    Mark Smock

    Market Development

    Mark Smock is currently very active in the business mergers and acquisition industry as an associate of EQUITY PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL, INC. Mark has over 20 years in the M&A industry as a multi- M&A service provider from his Scottsdale, Arizona location.

    Over Markís 30+ years of business successes he has lead multiple operating divisions of large, privately held, manufacturing companies, attained executive level marketing and sales leadership roles with FORTUNE 500 firms, and owned, developed and sold two manufacturing companies. Mark has a proven and earned understanding of business operations, profitability metrics and associated valuation techniques.

    Mark has an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Marketing and a BBA in Finance from the University of Cincinnati with honors. Lastly, Mr. Smock is a nationally published author of 10ís of business related articles focused on M&A processes, Sales Techniques and Marketing Strategy development.

    Equity Partners International, Inc.
    5887 Schafin Drive, Suite 200
    Weidman, Michigan 48893
    Main (989) 944-5979 ∑ FAX (989) 644-3414