Dirk Dreux is a member of the advisory team at Narva & Company. His expertise in corporate finance, strategic analysis of markets, and his understanding of the inter-personal dimensions of family controlled enterprises has made him a leading specialist in advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, financings and recapitalizations as well as ownership transfers and other value-enhancing activities for which he is uniquely qualified to advise.
In addition to his advisory work with the Narva team, Dirk is Principal of Dreux Consulting LLC, a business consultancy he founded in 1998 to address the unique needs of business owners. Prior to Dreux Consulting, he was President of State Street Bank and Trust Company of Connecticut, N.A. and National Director of Private Business Advisory Services for the United States Trust Company of New York. Mr. Dreux's professional involvement with family-owned businesses began in 1987 when he was a Vice President in the Family Business Group in the Investment Banking Division of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. During the 1970’s Mr. Dreux spent eight years with Hartford National Bank in their Classified Loan and Branch Administration Departments.
Mr. Dreux has been on the Advisory Boards of thirteen family businesses. He also continues to foster his long-standing commitment to entrepreneurial education lecturing at numerous university and industry programs. Mr. Dreux spent four years as the Associate Director and Lecturer-in-Residence of the University of Connecticut’s Family Business Program and was intimately involved in the installation of eight university-based, family business programs around the country. Dirk is also one of the leading published authors in the field of family controlled enterprises and lectures frequently on the subjects of business succession, governance and boards of advisors, financial and organizational development and strategic marketing. Most recently, he co-authored a book for the American Bar Association on succession planning for family-owned businesses which is presently in its third printing.
Mr. Dreux lives with his wife and two daughters in Greenwich, Connecticut. Both he and his wife grew up in agribusinesses started by their grandfathers.