Robert E. MacLeod

“Rob has a gift for reading people – he connects with everyone involved and builds that into forward progress.”

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Rob is a "guidance counselor" for private company business owners and can most often be found leading Bigelow client engagements to find the best next owner at the right time for the right reasons.  Early in his career while working at large firms, he had the privilege to help several founders and families sell their businesses.  He found his calling where his corporate finance experience could bring the most value to the type of clients he most admired.  Technical expertise with a focus on the personal.

Rob's technical foundation was gleaned from a decade of learning the ropes of corporate finance and investment banking in Los Angeles and New York.  He previously held positions in the investment banking divisions of Merrill Lynch, Smith  Barney, Sutro & Company and Koffler & Company.  He worked on a broad range of corporate transactions that exceed $5 billion in transaction value.


Rob believes that weaving together unrelated drivers and characteristics garnered from an unusually wide range of industries and client situations experienced  unlocks creative strategies that prove consistently beneficial to Bigelow clients. He is keenly interested in the multi-dimensional nature of preparing clients and management teams for a successful transaction.

Rob received his Master of Business Administration, with honors, from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA where he was a Student Investment Fund Fellow, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Middlebury College.

Rob lives in Rye, New Hampshire with his wife Kathleen and three children. He is an avid outdoorsman and can be found outside in all seasons enjoying cycling, tennis, golf, skiing and salt water fly fishing.  He and his wife are significant supporters of not-for-profit social service organizations, and he recently served as Treasurer and Member of the Board of Trustees of New Hampshire Public Radio.

Rob is FINRA licensed Series 7, 24, 28, 63, 79, 99.

Character Strengths

  • Industry, diligence, and perseverance
  • Humor and playfulness
  • Capacity to love and be loved
  • Forgiveness and mercy
  • Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness