2016 National Dealmaker of the Year

Brent Earles


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As Cerner Corporation’s first marketing director, Brent was instrumental in launching a number of software products to support the electronic medical record, including Pharmacy, Radiology, Nursing, Decision Support, Surgery and Pathology systems. His support of sales growth included involvement with Boston Children’s Hospital, Dartmouth Mary-Hitchcock Hospital, and The Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

When Brent led brand development for Sprint Corporation’s $5B business division, he pioneered e-commerce strategies for the company, including the launch of the original His involvement in sponsorships of the NFL and U.S. Ski Team were reflected in major national brand advertising campaigns for the company. He also worked on the brand strategy team that launched GlobalOne, an international telecommunications joint venture between France Télécom,Deutsche Telekom and Sprint Corporation.

As the Vice President of Strategy & Client Services for an Omnicom-owned company, Brent worked with a number of well-known brands, including: 3M, Motorola, Allstate, Unilever, Sirius Satellite Radio, Sprint, and P&G. Brent operated a private strategy and consulting practice for eight years, working on such brands as Pennzoil, AT&T Wireless, H&R Block,NEC America and Niemen Marcus. In his role as strategic advisor, Brent has been involved in a number of M&A activities.

In addition to undergraduate studies at Missouri University and a B.A. in Theology from Calvary Seminary, Brent also has completed post-graduate studies in programs by Northwestern University and SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Key Achievements

National Award for Healthcare Deal of the Year

National Award for Private Equity Growth Deal of the Year

  • Experienced M&A advisor with transaction values cumulative TEV over $1.5 billion

  • Over 20 years of experience as strategic counsel to business owners, CXOs, and Boards of Directors

  • Broad industry experience including healthcare, telecommunications, software, financial services, business services, consumer products, companion pet, media & advertising, hospitality and retail

Brent is a published author and ghostwriter of 15 books and over 100 articles, including H&R Block’s “Just Plain Smart” book series with Random House Reference on tax planning and financial planning. Cumulatively, Brent has over one million books in print.