GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., today announced that its founder and managing director, Martin Stein, has been named Private Equity Professional of the Year at the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. Additionally, the firm was named a finalist in nine other categories, including National Private Equity Firm of the Year, making Blackford one of the most highly recognized PE firms in the country. "I am extremely honored to be presented with this award by The M&A Advisor. While it is great to be recognized as the Private Equity Professional of the Year, private equity is a team sport, and none of this would have been possible without my incredible team. In addition to this award and impressive results at our portfolio companies, our team at Blackford was a finalist in nine other categories—due to our strong work ethic. According to Pitchbook data, Blackford was one of the top 10 most active firms in the country for the number of transactions within the Great Lakes Region. We are proud to be creating significant value for our limited partners as well as building the legacies for the founders of the companies in which we invest. These honors encourage us to continue the success we've had as we look to spur economic growth and job creation in the communities and industries that we serve throughout Michigan and the U.S."