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Bill Bucher

Business Merger & Acquisition (M&A)

Bill is an operations-focused financial executive and provides merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory services for clients nationally.  In 2022, he founded Coastline Health Partners, LLC, a boutique management advisory firm specializing in healthcare M&A and executive-level CFO support services.  As a corporate executive and consultant, Mr. Bucher has been involved in over 25 M&A transactions with combined revenues exceeding $3 billion.  

During his 30 plus year professional career, he has served as CFO for 7 companies and has worked extensively with private equity firms.  Additionally, Mr. Bucher has served as the COO for a large national health care organization.  Through the years, he has gained expertise in developing complex, high-growth companies.  He has experience with organizations in all stages of the business life cycle, including start up, expansion, maturity, decline, turnaround, and bankruptcy dissolution.  In addition to his roles as CFO/COO, he has 8 years of health care consulting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a practice leader, Ernst & Young as a consulting manager, and as an equity partner with Tatum, a CFO services firm.

Immediately prior to founding Coastline Health Partners, he was Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategic Operations with Avant Healthcare Professionals, a leading international nurse staffing company providing international nurses to hundreds of health care systems across the US.  As a member of the executive team, Mr. Bucher supported the operational teams in executing a high-growth business strategy and directly managed a team of over 30 finance and accounting staff and business analysts.  In a 2-year period, the company more than doubled its revenue to over $200M annually.

Prior to Avant, Mr. Bucher was the CFO of Kroger Specialty Pharmacy (KSP), a large national specialty pharmacy, infusion, and pharmacy benefit management company headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida. He started with KSP’s legacy company, Axium Health Care Pharmacy in early 2008 as EVP & CFO.  After a 5-year period of growing organically at 40% annually, he and his executive team were successful in merging the private equity backed company with The Kroger Company at the end of 2012.  In addition to the CFO role, Mr. Bucher also served as the company’s COO from 2010 to 2013.  During his tenure, annual revenue grew from less than $50 million to nearly $3 billion and the number of employees expanded from 80 to over 1,100.  

Mr. Bucher earned his MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Old Dominion University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from the University of Wyoming.  He served on the Board of Directors as President and Past President of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Orlando Chapter and on the Board of the Orlando Economic Partnership.  In addition to being licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (active Virginia license) he is also a Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor (AM&AA).  He is a former Certified Management Accountant (Institute of Management Accountants) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants).  

Bill has been married for 37 years and has 2 grown daughters.  While he has resided in other coastal communities along the Pacific, Gulf Coast, and Atlantic, he has chosen New Smyrna Beach as his permanent home.

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