Joe Sweeney is a former owner and now a strategic director at Corporate Financial Advisors, LLC, a middle-market investment banking firm which specializes in providing merger and acquisition advisory services, capital sourcing, exit planning, and general corporate advisory services.
Joe has built several businesses by combining his love of business and his passion for sports. He has a wealth of hands-on business experience. Joe has owned and operated four manufacturing companies and has more than three decades of experience in the business and sports worlds.
Prior to acquiring an equity position in Corporate Financial Advisors, he was founder and president of SMG, a sports management firm that specializes in assisting and representing coaches and athletes (including three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre) in securing contracts and marketing deals. Joe was also president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has served on 28 boards of directors. Joe received his BA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Based on the success of his New York Times bestseller, Networking Is a Contact Sport (BenBella), Joe has given hundreds of keynote addresses to a variety of businesses and corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, General Electric, Wells Fargo, CUNA Mutual, Manpower Group, Merrill Lynch, Minnesota Wild NHL team, Morgan Stanley, Travelers Insurance, UBS, the Navy SEALs, and numerous universities. Joe was also the keynote speaker for the GE World Leadership Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
As a result of the feedback Joe received from his talks and training in the corporate world, he has written the book, Moving the Needle (Wiley) released in November, 2014. Moving the Needle is a transformational guide to help individuals and businesses get clear, get free, and get going in their career, business, and life.
Additionally, Joe serves in the capacity of advisor to a number of privately held businesses nationwide, and he is an active private equity investor in several Midwest-based companies. He has used his 30+ years of business experience to become a successful businessman, master networker, worldwide speaker and trainer.