Marcus Hantla is a Senior Associate for Gilbert & Pardue Business Advisors (GaP), specializing in sell side mergers and acquisitions as well as business succession strategies. He has successfully built and sold two multimillion dollar companies and has an exceptional record of achievements in establishing rapidly-successful, scalable businesses in challenging industries and competitive markets.
Prior to GaP, Mr. Hantla served as the President and CEO of Deftech|AV, a custom integrator for high-end home theater and automation services. Deftech|AV achieved both a lifetime award for sales as well as several consecutive annual awards for outstanding growth and sales. In addition to this, Marcus has personally been recognized and awarded for surpassing revenue goals in the technology, education, healthcare/medical, and construction industries. He accomplished this by aligning technology with client needs ranging from information gathering and assessment through strategy development, implementation, training, and support to ensure a comprehensive customer experience.
Mr. Hantla previously served as partner and COO of Tap Electrical and Controls, which had 75 employees and subcontractors working throughout New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. He is an influential and enthusiastic leader driven by creating teams that deliver operational excellence, exceed expectations, and cultivate positive customer service through comprehensive product knowledge, communication, and relationship management.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hantla was hired as a Director of Information Technology and was then quickly promoted to oversee both internal and external data services work for Watson Electrical Construction company, based out of Wilson, NC. The data services division covered Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Marcus increased revenue 58% and profit margin 24% during his 3-year tenure by using effective sales cycle management, customer relationship building, and leadership.
Marcus earned a BBA from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS, where he was a scholarship athlete in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He specialized in the Steeplechase, an event he qualified to run at nationals. He was selected to carry the Olympic torch and was a 12–time varsity Letterman in high school (lettering in three sports per year for all four years). In his free time, Marcus enjoys competitive swimming as a member of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation where he currently holds three state records and qualified to swim nationally at the 2019 Virginia Commonwealth Games. He is an active member of Grace Bible Church where his family stays active in early childhood, youth, and married adult ministries.