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The THOR Group is celebrating its 17th year in business and is a full service merger and acquisition advisory firm providing confidential and professional services to sellers and buyers of small to mid-size companies in the Washington, DC – Baltimore, MD Metroplex, throughout the United States and internationally.

We offer a full-service approach to the OWNERSHIP TRANSFER PROCESS including:  

  • Business valuations 

  • Business preparation and packaging

  • Design and implement custom marketing plan  

  • Exit Planning and Consulting

  • Qualification of buyers

  • Coordination of buyer visits

  • Negotiation of letter of intent

  • Coordination of due diligence, final contract and closing

The THOR Group works as part of a network of over 1500 professional business brokers through our affiliation with the International Business Brokers Association. Working through these powerful networks provides sellers and buyers a significant advantage, versus local or regional brokerage firms, providing maximum exposure to opportunities to complete a transaction.  

Jeffrey H. Hider, a Certified Business Intermediary with over thirty years of diverse business and merger and acquisition experience, takes a very personal approach to working with owners of middle market size businesses.   His business development, management consulting, and sales/marketing expertise serves clients well in developing strategic marketing plans to identify and connect with the best buyers for their businesses. Because Jeff has worked in senior management in small and large companies in several industries he is able to assist business owners across various industries and markets. As Principal of The THOR Group LLC, he provides Exit Strategy consulting, Business Valuations, and M&A services, to clients locally, nationally and internationally.

From “start-ups” to middle market and in Fortune 100 corporations, Jeff has operated successfully in management consulting, technology services consulting, custom software, and the Internet, as well as manufacturing, publishing and printing, niche retail, pharmacies, restaurants, specialty contracting/construction and wholesale distribution industries. Consistently seeing new business approaches, effectively managing the M&A process, structuring and closing business transactions, all while providing high quality service, Jeff is primarily concerned with client satisfaction at the close of the “deal” – and afterwards.

Professional Certifications
CBI - Certified Business Intermediary
CBB - Certified Business Broker
CBC - Certified Business Counselor
BTS – Business Transfer Specialist
FRC – Financial Recasting Consultant
Licensed Maryland Real Estate Sales Agent

John Burley is a highly regarded expert in business consulting, management, mergers and acquisitions, training, and growing both entrepreneurial companies and divisions of large enterprises.

John is the principal consultant at Burley Consulting a national management consulting firm based in Washington DC. His primary areas of expertise include business planning, business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, deal structuring, due diligence, strategic growth planning, market positioning, marketing communications, and training. As a strategic partner with The THOR Group, he provides exit strategy consulting and M&A services, to clients nationwide.

Over the course of his career, John has served as President, Vice President, Director, and Board Member of companies ranging in size from $1 million to $200 million in annual revenues. With over 19 years’ experience in operations, marketing, management, technology, and M&A, John has led numerous growth plans, turn-arounds, corporate acquisitions, small business purchases, and start-ups, as well as led sales and marketing teams, marketing initiatives, project teams, and finance departments.

Mr. Burley is faculty for the American Management Association and is also a published author of articles on various business and professional subjects including business management and finance, mergers and acquisitions, education and training, business planning and valuation. He has been an expert guest on talk shows, and has delivered numerous seminars and trainings on topics including corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, marketing, communications, and training and education. Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine are two of the publications Mr. Burley has been featured in.

As a leader in the church and community, John has also served in roles ranging from volunteer to chairman. He has taught classes and after school programs for 12 years, published the newsletter for multiple schools, served on education enrichment committees, and served as a volunteer at the county and state level. Mr. Burley has also served the community as a coach for more than 20 seasons, volunteers for numerous community outreach projects, and serves on staff at his church. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the State of Maryland, the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, Board of Education, and has contributed to numerous award-winning projects including the Award for State Neighborhood Project of the Year and the Award for Outstanding Local Government Innovation.

The THOR Group is proud to be associated with:

  • Burley Consulting

  • IBBA - International Business Brokers Association (Member)

  • Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) Maryland (Member)

  • Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce (Member)

  • Murphy Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. (Affiliate)

  • NBVS National Business Valuation Services (Affiliate)


About the namesake of The THOR Group:

THOR is the Norse god of thunder. He is a son of Odin and Jord, and one of the most powerful gods. THOR was usually portrayed as a large, powerful man with a red beard and eyes of lighting. Despite his ferocious appearance, he was very popular as the protector of both gods and humans against the forces of evil. He even surpassed his father Odin in popularity because, contrary to Odin, he did not require human sacrifices.

The Norse believed that during a thunderstorm, THOR rode through the heavens on his chariot pulled by the goats Tanngrisni ("gap-tooth") and Tanngnost ("tooth grinder"). Lightning flashed whenever he threw his hammer Mjollnir. Thor wears the belt Megingjard which doubles his already considerable strength.

Donar is his Teutonic equivalent, while the Romans see in him their god Jupiter. Thursday is named after him.


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