Gary Cooper

Managing Partner


832-680-0014; Ext 1

With more than 35 years in public accounting, Gary’s expertise includes tax compliance, litigation support and business acquisitions including price, asset allocation, working capital analysis and tax ramifications. His SEC reporting experience includes initial public registrations, debt and equity filings, and compliance filings.

Gary received a BBA from Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his CPA designation in 1979 and is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA); Certified Merger and Acquisition Professional (CMAP); and Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA). 


Al Danto

Managing Partner


832-680-0014; Ext 2

Al has over 30 years of experience with startup and entrepreneurial companies as well as expertise in the acquisition, valuation and divestiture of business interests.

He has served as lead representative on a wide range of business acquisitions and valuation engagements. He has proven experience working with lenders, private equity groups and individual purchasers.

Al has also served on a variety of boards, including the alumni board of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and the Entrepreneurs Organization. He is a member of NACVA (National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts).


Casey Bright

Casey Bright served as a Senior Financial analyst at The Danto Group, and is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Mr. Bright specializes in small business valuations by conducting market, company and industry research, as well as cash flow and other financial analysis work.

Since joining the Company, he has supported numerous past and ongoing M&A transactions in all aspects of the process. He has successfully completed numerous valuation reports and consulting engagements during his time at the Company.

In 2011, Casey earned his degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University with a minor in business.


Andrew Sheils

Andrew joined Exit Advisors in 2018 and focuses on valuation, transactional due diligence, and business development. 

He has 7+ years of banking experience and served as an AVP at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, specializing in debt, derivative, and commodity markets.

Prior to Exit Advisors, Andrew interned with a Houston-based venture capital group where he worked closely with entrepreneurs and start-ups. 

Andrew received his B.S. in Financial Management with a Minor in Accounting from Clemson University. He also has an M.B.A. from Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.


John Maneri



832-680-0014; Ext 5

John has over 37 years of experience in construction management and large commercial and industrial energy efficient lighting. John’s entrepreneurial spirit eventually led him to found an industrial lighting startup firm, Maneri~Agraz Enterprises, in 2007. His attention to detail, process, and negotiation, traits acquired early in his career from employers David Weekley Homes, Marriott, and Honeywell, laid the foundation that allowed him to successfully exit his business in 2017.

John has implemented processes, systems and procedures over the years that significantly contributed to high productivity and efficiency within his organizations, and ultimately a successful business exit.

John graduated in 1979 from Holy Cross College with a degree in economics.