MEET THE TEAM

Walker Deibel

Founder, M&A Advisor

Walker is a serial acquisition entrepreneur, bestselling author, and M&A advisor. He acquired seven companies over ten years and co-founded several startups. His bestselling book, Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game, released to critical acclaim including being recognized by Forbes as “one of the top 7 books all entrepreneurs must read,” and is currently being used in many universities.

His book, and educational company of the same name, share his experiences and frameworks to help entrepreneurs learn why buying an existing company is often a better route for entrepreneurs, and how to do it. The new flagship program, the Acquisition Lab, offers buy-side M&A services for first time financial buyers in a do-it-with-you service, providing information, coaching, tools, and community.

Walker works as a M&A broker for online businesses with Quiet Light Brokerage, where he works virtually with a group of nine other entrepreneurs to assist online companies in a transaction. His first full year Walker closed more in transactional value than any first-year broker in the history of the firm. He is a Certified M&A Advisor, former SEC licensed stockbroker, and recipient of the Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year, awarded by the private market Alliance of M&A Advisors.

Walker is currently the owner of the premiere aluminum railing manufacturer in Missouri and a portfolio of online-based businesses. Historically, he has owned and operated in many industries, including manufacturing, fulfillment, software, education, and eCommerce. He has produced almost a dozen films and has had premieres at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, and Toronto International Film Festival. Most recently was nominated for an Emmy for a documentary he produced.

He holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis where he received the Declaration of Accomplishment in Entrepreneurship from the Skandalaris Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

He lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and their three children.

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Chelsea Wood

Managing Director, M&A Advisor

Chelsea manages Lab operations and is the day-to-day contact for all things Acquisition Lab. She is also a Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor as well as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist focused on maximizing organizational success through human capital. For nearly 15 years, Chelsea has partnered with leadership to identify and address their business challenges around operational performance, strategy, business development and human capital.

Aside from consulting, she also managed new growth initiatives for a multi-state integrated health-delivery system that grew the business from $3.1B to $6.1B through mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic partnerships. She holds a Green Belt, Six Sigma Certification and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School. She resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Jeff Evenson

Acquisition Entrepreneur Advisor

Jeff has owned multiple businesses since 2008 and successfully launched, or purchased and scaled several multi-million-dollar companies. He has also experienced virtually every good and bad element of business, including start up, rapid expansion, purchase, sale, and franchise, having learned many valuable business lessons along the way. 

His professional background began in the US Army, followed by over 25 years of experience owning or working in companies with annual sales revenue from $500K to over $10B as an owner, operator, manager, analyst and all of the above. He is still actively investing and buying companies with an aim to scale them up and retain them.

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Shakil Prasla

Acquisition Entrepreneur Advisor

Shakil is an entrepreneur and investor with over a dozen acquisitions across multiple eCommerce industries including prescription eyewear, metal promotional products, fitness gear, fashion accessories, custom apparel, and print media. 

He manages a team responsible for acquisitions, digital marketing, web development, product sourcing, operations, and financial analysis. Shakil was born in Austin and holds a BBA from University of Texas in Austin and an MBA from the Acton school of Business.


Charles Mullenger

Acquisition Entrepreneur Advisor

Charles is a former Captain in the United States Army, where he served in combat units from 2010-2015. He has also held positions in Management Consulting, Manufacturing, and Private Equity. With a passion for doing work that makes the world better for others, he saw the acquisition of his first company as the opportunity to apply entrepreneurial pursuits and business as a force for good.


Charles earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He resides in St. Louis with his wife and three daughters.

Karen Heise

Buyer Branding Advisor

Karen owns Double Rainbow Coaching where she helps individuals to define and create/craft their unique value proposition. Her expertise in writing and storytelling comes from a successful career in recruiting, human resources, coaching, and leading a team within a top-ranked business school. She has developed and taught courses related to career development and marketing. She is a seasoned career strategist with a unique ability to craft compelling, relevant content based on an individual’s strengths and the target audience.

John Conger

Executive Advisor

John works exclusively with CEOs and business leaders to maximize their human capital to ensure optimal top and bottom-line growth. The Culture Index Program assists clients in creating effective human capital strategies, then accurately selecting, placing, and managing their people to drive results. 

Prior to Culture Index he gained extensive experience in leadership roles guiding strategy, building winning teams, client relationship management, and executing revenue growth in challenging and highly competitive industries.

Stephen Speer

SBA Lending Advisor

Stephen is the Founder and CEO of eCommerce Lending, Inc. His lending career spans over 28 years. His company, eCommerce Lending Inc, has funded over $300 million in online business acquisition loans, making it the #1 source for online business acquisition financing and the exclusive recommended lender for nearly all the top online business brokerage firms in the country. 

Stephen lives in Florida with his wife of 26 years and their 4 older children. He is an avid fan of Formula 1.