At Provectus, we believe advising clients through complex strategic transactions takes more than just good financial transaction skills.  It takes knowledge and experience that only comes from knowing the client's world, from having walked in their shoes. The Principals of our firm came up through the ranks to lead diverse companies in multiple industries. We have experienced first-hand the organizational limitations that hinder complex strategic business transactions. It is with that depth and breadth of experience that we fill the role of a trusted, proven, and skilled advisor when clients are contemplating an aggressive business move.


Our Principals



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Hal Galvin – Minneapolis, MN


Since launching Provectus in 1998, Hal has driven and closed many business acquisitions and has taken on many interim general management engagements. These have included running a division of MTS Systems (mechanical testing); and CEO roles with Cybeq Systems (semiconductor robotics), Cycle Software Services (software encryption), and Alumiplate, Inc (electroplating). 


Hal’s executive management leadership in diverse industries provides him with a deep pool of experience from which he can draw when addressing a client’s business challenges and opportunities.


Hal has a BS in Electrical Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he attended as a Bush Leadership Fellow.




John Ricketson – Boston, MA


John is an executive with strong operations and transaction experience. Prior to joining Provectus, John was CEO of Dejavu Technologies, a cyber-security software startup. John led the company from the initial research and development phase, through its entry into an emerging marketplace, and completed a successful sale to a strategic buyer. 


With more than 20 years as a business development and M&A advisor, John has directly managed over 40 transactions. He was a founding partner for BRC and Axia, with a special focus on industrial technology markets and strategic buyers, and managed many international transactions.


John has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.