Walker Deibel


Walker Deibel

Founder, M&A Advisor

Company: BUY THEN BUILD/ Acquisition Lab

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.