ACT Capital Advisors, a corporate finance and acquisitions firm based on Seattle’s Mercer Island, has added South Sound executive Gary Gessel as managing director.

An announcement from the firm said that Gessel will “focus on helping business owners in Pierce County achieve an optimal outcome when they decide to sell their company.”

A Tacoma resident since 1983, Gessel was president and COO of Milgard Windows and Doors for nine years, beginning in 2008. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and CFO at Nalley’s Fine Foods in Tacoma.

“I am looking forward to developing the South Puget Sound market for ACT,” said Gessel. “There are thousands of businesses in this area that can benefit from the M&A guidance that ACT provides. ACT has an excellent deal support process, that when combined with my M&A background, will enable me to deliver a full-service investment banking experience to my clients.”

“It’s great to have a seasoned executive like Gary Gessel on our team,” said Bob Hild, ACT Capital Advisors chairman and managing director. “His business expertise will be central to helping us build ACT’s South Puget Sound M&A practice. Business owners from Tacoma to Olympia will know they are in good hands with Gary when they go to sell their company.”