Whether you are an existing client, prospect, or part of Cook M&A’s ever-growing professional network we are confident you’ll see value in getting to know our strategic partners. We have close relationships with a variety of outstanding companies who are leaders in their industry. If you see value in learning more feel free to reach out directly or contact us and we’d be happy to facilitate an introduction.

Our mission is to create an environment where professionals can apply teamwork, self-preservation, decision-making, and varying levels of mental and physical stress outside the scope of their normal working environments. These training experiences are designed to bring an elevated sense of awareness to enhance both professional and personal well-being.


  • “Team Before Self” Approach
  • Effective Communication
  • Team Problem Solving


  • Mission & Strategic Planning
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Creative Problem Solving


  • Confidence Building
  • Increase Self-Awareness
  • Mental Fortitude


Retired SEAL Master Chief, MLB Performance Coach
Phone: 619-838-4698
Email: Brian.Alazzawiegmail.com

Our teams of designers, developers, data scientists, and product leaders work with you to design and build digital products that you own.

Our mission is to create meaningful jobs for millions of diverse people, by teaching them how to build human-centered products engineered for AI.

We design, build, operate, and maintain software products for sophisticated enterprise customers and fast-growing tech startups. We employ global teams of Data Scientists, Front-End and Back-End Engineers, and UX/UI Designers in the US, Canada, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East to provide an affordable solution and quick resource availability.

Our team has been building AI software with great UX for 20 years. We have both the academic and practical experience required to manage expectations and focus on the important parts of building machine learning engines successfully. We deploy nimble teams of 3-7 people to quickly build tools, deploy features and improve functionality. Most importantly, our employees have worked together in the past and operate as full-stack, end-to-end teams.

All the IP we create is your property. We leverage well-documented, high quality, free and open source software from tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. Bespoke software is less expensive, gives you full control over features, and provides better integration and scale.


Janis Kukainis

Primary-source market intelligence.

Investors/acquirers often struggle to understand the story/narrative of the niches where they invest. Most investors/acquirers want deep insights into the customer, competitor, and market dynamics at work in the spaces where they invest, but they don’t know where to find them. The traditional approaches (e.g., high-volume surveys, off-the-shelf studies, etc.) are usually too general to provide actionable insights into targeted niches.

Cook M&A has partnered with a boutique firm of senior people who gather original insights directly from key industry players: customers, competitors, suppliers, and others. Insightful intelligence optimizes clients’ decision-making by replacing guesswork with a concrete understanding of the marketplace. Their team consists of senior people who average nearly 20 years of experience in primary research. They serve corporate clients and private equity firms.

Primary applications for this work are acquisition due diligence, strategic positioning, tactical decision making, customer satisfaction, and business development. They seek to differentiate their work on the basis of:

  • Insightfulness: The art of gathering meaningful intelligence directly from industry participants;
  • Experience: >1,000 completed engagements across the entire firm;
  • Clarity: Synthesizing the intelligence to drive actionable conclusions.
  • Smoothness: Diplomatically navigating engagements that involve key market participants.
  • Ideal Clients: Private equity firms and corporate clients who focus on fundamentals. They value substance, nuance, and detail in making informed decisions.”


Available upon request

Lex Specialty Group specializes in being insurance partners to private equity companies and family office groups in the middle market.

Our team is comprised of insurance experts, attorneys, and finance professionals so we are able to take a holistic approach with every deal we take on. Lex’s high-end, boutique approach is why our clients continue to come back to us over and over again.

A few things our valued clients receive (Click here for 1-page PDF overview):

  • 24/7 concierge service to ensure your team receives the best pricing and terms.
  • Comprehensive review of your insurance policies at no cost.
  • Identify potential litigation issues.
  • No additional fee so your firm receives the most cost effective solution possible.

If you’re doing a deal and want peace of mind knowing your firm is covered properly and paying the correct premium, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lex Specialty Group. We would be honored to serve you and your team.


Kevin Stanley
Vice President
(574) 298-2111 (Direct)
161 N. Clark, Ste 2925
Chicago, IL. 60601
Website: www.lexspecialty.com