Buying and Selling Your Automotive Business with Tom Marx

Tom Marx is the President and founder of Marx Group Advisors (MGA), a mergers and acquisition specialist focused on providing M&A services to the Automotive and Heavy Duty aftermarkets.

Marx Group Advisors was formed in early 2007 with the mission of providing full service M&A support for middle-market enterprises. As boomers age and often do not have a succession plan in place, and as the economy drives consolidation and acquisition-for-growth trends, Tom saw the growing need and opportunity to provide consulting services as well as bringing buyers and sellers together.

Tom represents sellers and buyers of companies and provides consulting services that enable company’s to improve their balance sheet before beginning the M&A process, as well as post M&A integration. TMG also represents private equity firms when financing is a part of the transaction.

Tom also brings a depth of marketing and business knowledge from 25 years experience in the Aftermarket, as well as from many other industries, including motorsports, technology, telecommunications, broadcast, real estate, financial services, and resort property management. His comprehensive experience in lead generation, direct mail, public relations and almost every discipline of marketing and advertising has enabled him to support his clients with highly strategic marketing planning and the implementation of marketing programs that create breakthrough results for their businesses.

He continues to be President and CEO of The Marx Group, a full-service marketing communications company that provides Business Development, Marketing Strategy and Marketing Communications services to the Automotive and Heavy Duty Aftermarket.

The Marx Group ( is headquartered in San Rafael, CA, and has offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Marx Group Advisors ( is headquartered in San Rafael, CA, and has offices in Boston, MA.

Tom co-authored Marketing Sucks! (And Sales, Too!) The book is designed to mold the culture of an enterprise toward improved internal and external communications, resulting in more efficient and effective collaboration between Sales, Marketing, Executive and other teams, while improving their internal and external communications.

Tom is a native of California. At the age of 17, he started his first business in Southern California, selling racing components by mail order, which lead to owning a Porsche repair and racing business. Tom was a professional racing driver in SCCA, IMSA and FIA for many years. He is a graduate from the School of Journalism at Cal State University at Northridge and relocated his business to the San Francisco Bay Area in October of 1997, where he currently resides. He is an avid sportsperson, active in snow skiing, hiking, camping and golf.

Tom is an active member SEMA, AAIA and APRA. He is past vice chair of the AAIA Marketing Communications and Member Relations Committee and is past president of the Automotive Communications Council. He also serves on several other Boards of Directors. He writes a monthly eNewsletter, Catalyst, which provides M&A, marketing and business management insights and tips, and also writes a monthly article for APRA’s print and online newspaper, called Global Connections.