McCombie Group guides middle-market businesses through transformations and transitions, capitalizing on opportunities, adding value, and preserving cultures and traditions. We offer professional advisory services, along with access to family office investment capital, depending on our clients’ goals and objectives. We align our interests with our clients, and respect their values, culture and heritage.

Who We Serve

McCombie Group offers Fortune 500-level advisory services to middle-market businesses, typically between $20 and $400 million of revenues.

Our Industry Experience:

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    Maintenance & Repair
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    Food & Beverage
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    Consumer Products

What We Do

We assist owners in successfully growing, transforming and transitioning their businesses:

In every engagement, we serve as collaborative partners with our clients, respecting their values, culture and traditions.

Who We Are

We are an integrated team of operators and advisors with decades of collective experience in finding solutions for business challenges. McCombie Group brings that expertise, along with a true entrepreneurial perspective, in building successful long-term partnerships with business owners. We are also backed by a collection of influential families, who share similar experiences and values with our client partners.

Guiding Principles:

  • Providing objective advice – offering unbiased guidance and delivering the “difficult truths”
  • Aligning economic interests – investing our time, resources, and capital into our partners’ success
  • Adding value – developing and executing effective strategies to sustainably strengthen our partners’ businesses
  • Creating legacies – customizing solutions to accommodate the unique needs of middle market businesses and to respect owners’ accomplishments and personal goals

Leadership Team

David W. McCombie III

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

As a consultant and advisor with an extensive financial and legal background, David McCombie helps owners of mid-market businesses develop successful strategies to meet their goals.  He has deep relationships with private equity funds and family offices, building mutually beneficial financial partnerships. 

Known for his visionary thinking on financial topics involving private equity and family offices, David has been a featured speaker at various investment conferences and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. He is also a contributing author of The Complete Direct Investing Handbook: A Guide for Family Offices, Qualified Purchasers, and Accredited Investors, published by Wiley.

Prior to founding McCombie Group in 2010, David was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company management, specializing in corporate strategy across a variety of industries.  Prior to joining McKinsey, he briefly worked as an associate at Citigroup Global Banking in New York.

David graduated from Harvard Law School where he focused on corporate law and negotiation strategy, and also did extensive coursework in corporate finance at the Harvard Business School. He also graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Miami with a degree in economics/finance. David is a licensed Florida attorney.

Jay S. Lipsey


Jay Lipsey has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate finance, real estate, and strategic consulting across a variety of industries.  He started his career in the debt capital markets group of National City Bank (now part of PNC), where he syndicated bank loans on behalf of borrowers in the manufacturing, food and beverage, and aviation sectors. 

Jay was an asset manager at D.B. Zwirn, a $4 billion hedge fund focused on private equity sponsored transactions, and co-led the finance department of Cargo Ventures, a nationwide real estate developer of logistics facilities, and served as an asset manager at Rialto Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of Lennar, the largest homebuilder in the United States.

Active in numerous community and charitable organizations, Jay is co-founder of the James Madison Institute Young Leaders Council, and leads its South-Florida chapter. While in New York, he co-launched the B’nai Brith Real Estate Young Development Group and was instrumental in the establishment of the New York Private Equity Network’s real estate division. Both the Memphis Jewish Federation and the University of Pennsylvania Health System have recognized Jay for distinguished community service. Jay graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ramiro A. Ortiz

Senior Advisor

Ramiro A. Ortiz assists the firm’s South Florida business development efforts.  Ramiro has nearly 50 years of leadership, operations, and sales experience, serving as a senior executive in various South Florida institutions, including as president of BankUnited and SunTrust Bank.  

Ramiro is dedicated to the community, and has served as chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the United Way of Miami Dade County, and as an elected member of the Orange Bowl Committee, among numerous other civic roles. Ramiro is a graduate of the School of Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin.







Fernando J. Valverde

Senior Advisor

Dr. Valverde is a physician, entrepreneur, and executive who has founded, operated, and managed numerous health care companies.  He was the Regional President for Humana in Florida, where he was responsible for the oversight of over 400,000 Medicare Advantage and Medicaid members, with revenues of over $5 Billion dollars.

Previously, he was the former Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.  Prior to that, he sat on the board and was the CEO of a NYSE physician management company.

Dr. Valverde performed his Internal Medicine residency at The New York Hospital- Cornell Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Catolica.  





John J. Chung

Senior Advisor

John Chung is an experienced investment banker with more than 35 years of experience throughout Latin America.  He successfully helped distressed clients restructure and sell through a variety of devaluation and political crises across the region.  John’s experience spans a wide range of industries including: industrials, oil & gas, utilities, media & telecom, food & beverage, and financial institutions.  He previously was a Managing Director at Citigroup where he led its Investment Banking efforts for Central America & the Caribbean and prior to that was the Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Salomon Brothers in Latin America. John received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Davidson College.






Carlos Alayon

Vice President

Carlos Alayon has over 15 years of experience in private equity, mergers & acquisitions, financial analysis, and accounting.

Carlos previously held a dual senior financial reporting and accounting role at CalAtlantic Title, Inc, a subsidiary of Lennar Corporation. Carlos was a critical leader in various M&A transactions, where he was responsible for assessing and integrating financial processes and reporting.

Prior to CalAtlantic Title, Carlos was a Senior Associate at EIH Capital Partners, a private investment firm that focused on the acquisition of corporate divestitures. Carlos was responsible for leading the deal origination efforts and M&A process in North America and Europe. Along with managing relationships with Fortune 500 executives and investment bankers, he held an important role in organizing and training the firm’s business development team and instrumental in both buy-side and sell-side transactions.

Carlos received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University.

Robert T. Regan


Robert was previously an investment banker and brings over 20 years of experience building and leading teams across diverse government and commercial industries with an emphasis on strategy, operations, and finance. 

Rob served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed an accomplished career leading and managing complex national security programs and projects for the United States Department of Defense. He earned his M.B.A. from the George Mason University School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Virginia Tech.







Executive Advisors

Digno Caballero

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Digno Caballero has over 30 years of experience as a senior operations executive, with a specialization in supply chain management.  His skills make him an invaluable asset to the firm’s management consulting efforts, where he manages, teaches, and drives energetic and ambitious teams to achieve optimal results.

Digno spent most of his career at Bacardi, managing crucial areas of the company’s footprint in the United States.  After Bacardi’s merger with Martini & Rossi, he became head of the Operations and Supply Chain Management Division for the U.S. and the Americas, tasked with addressing the increasing supply-chain complexity.  Digno is a Six-Sigma Black Belt and has an MBA from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Florida International University.

Lawrence Walmsley


Lawrence is an expert in strategy and operations across all stages of the business lifecycle, from initial start-up to Fortune 500.  He was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and has subsequently shifted his efforts to advising middle market businesses on strategic and operational topics.  Before McKinsey, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.  

An entrepreneur himself, Lawrence is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Culture Biosystems, an advanced cultivation platform that enables large-scale production of algae for use in animal feed.  He has a wealth of experience recruiting, managing, and retaining highly skilled technical teams. Lawrence has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

David F. Spigelman

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. David Spigelman has a broad background in strategy consulting, wealth management, and capital markets.  For the last 17 years, David has been a lecturer in economics, finance and business at the University of Miami.  Prior to that, he held senior roles at Morgan Stanley, the Federal Reserve, and First Chicago Corp. (now part of JP Morgan Chase).

David graduated magna cum laude with distinction in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He has master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, where he was a Stanford Fellow.

H. Baird Lobree


An expert in implementing and optimizing information technology systems and automating operations, Baird Lobree has advised more than 500 businesses over a career spanning more than 30 years. 

Currently, president of Lobree & Company, Baird was the founder and CEO of Auxis, Inc. an information technology consulting and outsourcing firm.  Prior to that, he held various senior consulting and accounting roles at CapGemini, Accenture, and Arthur Anderson. Baird graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and also studied business and information systems at Tulane University.