A&J, formerly known
as The Kabot Group, LLC and Attila Holdings, Inc., was founded in 1981 for the
purpose of acquiring a portfolio of established operating companies and to
provide consulting services to a small group of select clients. In 2000,
A&J was formally organized as a Limited Liability Company in the state of
Florida. In 2008 A&J adopted its present name and was reorganized as a C
Corporation in the state of Florida. Founders Gary Kabot and Glenn Asaff, have
proven track records in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, financings,
turnaround management, and strategic consulting. Gary's background is finance
and Glenn's is engineering and manufacturing, however, both obtained their
MBA's from the Harvard Business School. Robin Lively, A&J's newest member,
founded and operated two business consulting firms following her ten year
tenure with Bank of America focused on the specific areas of global financial
services and treasury/cash management.
During the period 1981
through 2007, A&J developed and implemented acquisition programs in several
In addition to acquisition programs for its own
account, A&J has also provided consulting services to both large entities
(with sales of $400 million to in excess of $2 billion) and young, growth
oriented companies. Historically, these services included strategic planning,
industry and competitive analysis, development and implementation of
acquisition programs, cost reduction programs and marketing and sales programs.
- Metal Fabrication and Processing -
Commencing in 1983, A&J, in association with two partners, created a
new private company which, through a series of 12 acquisitions, quickly grew to
a revenue base of $300 million per year. This entity was listed as one of the
400 largest private companies by Forbes Magazine.
- Aluminum Fabrication - In 1988
A&J acquired an upscale manufacturer of aluminum doors and windows from the
Federal Bankruptcy Court and immediately developed and implemented an
aggressive, yet successful, turnaround plan.
- Environmental Industry - In 1994
A&J acquired a small environmental services entity, merged it with a public
vehicle, raised approximately $30 million in financing and then acquired eleven
- Licensed Products Industry - In 2002
A&J acquired a small manufacturer of licensed products selling products
licensed by the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and approximately 150 major
colleges. Distribution included major retailers (Wal-Mart and numerous others),
stadiums directly (exclusive relationship with the NFL and Major League
Baseball), and various distributors throughout the nation.
- Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication and
Machining Industries - In 2006, A&J acquired a precision sheet
metal fabrication entity. During the first year of operations a major cost
reduction program was developed and successfully implemented which reduced
annual costs by in excess of $1 million. Approximately one year following this
acquisition, a precision machining company was acquired and A&J integrated
the two entities under one roof. A second cost reduction program was then
developed (projected savings of approximately $700,000 per year).