Safeguard Business Systems, Inc. (PPAI 189671, D1), an affiliate of the Deluxe Corporation (PPAI 187418, D12), was named the winner of the 18th annual M&A Advisor Awards’ Strategic Corporation of the Year. M&A Advisor is an organization that offers insights and intelligence on merger and acquisition activities. This is the second consecutive year that Safeguard has won this award. In addition, R. Scott Sutton, Safeguard vice president and leader of the Business Acquisitions and Mergers (BAM) team, was named Corporate Development Professional of the Year.

“These recognitions are major milestones for Safeguard, particularly when you examine the caliber of the other companies and individuals named as finalists along with us,” says Sutton. “As excited as we are to receive this recognition, we know that all successes are team endeavors. Without incredible leadership, dedicated employees and passionate distributors and customers, success is not possible. These awards are team awards—to include all the stakeholders that work each day to provide industry-leading solutions to customers. We’re honored that the hard work and dedication of so many has been recognized by the leading organization in the M&A space.”

Safeguard’s BAM team completed more than 225 strategic transactions since 2008 and has been honored with M&A Advisor awards in 2017 and 2018, a bronze Stevie American Business Award as the Best Support Team in 2017 and Dealmaker of the Year awards in 2018 and 2014 by Franchise Times magazine.

“Safeguard has taken a strategic approach to new growth within the industry, and our BAM team’s exemplary support provides end-to-end solutions and opportunities for distributors that continues to set Safeguard apart,” says Safeguard President J.J. Sorrenti.