Taking the BEST Exit and Succession Planning to a New Level for You
BEST invests in current and future business owner clients with the addition of a CEPA Designation
BEST keeps getting better – BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group is proud to announce that Chris Cimaglio, a Managing Partner, recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation after completing the Exit Planning Institute’s (EPI) intensive executive MBA-style program.
For the last four years, BEST has become very involved in the succession and exit planning process to better prepare their clients for the eventual leadership transition of their business. It was a natural extension of their Executive Search services as many owners came to BEST looking for successors and to lower their company’s dependence on them and assist with leadership and family succession. Other engagements arose from BEST’s HR Advisory services. After training and partnering with the ExitMap® and BizEquity®, this has become a growing part of BEST’s clients’ needs. After publishing several articles on the topic and speaking at major industry events, Chris decided to complete the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) Program through the Exit Planning Institute (EPI) to serve these growing needs better. If you aren’t familiar, the CEPA Program is the most widely accepted and endorsed exit planning program in the world, focused on cross-functional consulting and value acceleration. As a CEPA, Chris belongs to a multi-disciplinary network of high caliber, collaborative advisors in our area and across the globe.
According to Chris, “This is personal for me, and I am passionate about it. I grew up in a family business and have worked with hundreds of them throughout my career. I have seen succession and exit plans work well, and others fail miserably. As a CEPA, we can now apply tested methods and approaches to change the outcome for these owners. We can do it together, collaboratively, and offer a more holistic program that helps business owners maximize the value of their business and personal financial plans to the next level and be prepared for what adventure comes next after they exit their company.”
There is one indisputable fact – 100% of owners eventually will exit their business. It could be through family succession, sale, liquidation, closure, death, or any number of reasons – many of which are outside the owner’s control. According to an EPI report, over 75% of business owners who have sold their business profoundly regret it within a year after the sale. 50% of exits will be involuntary, and 40% of business owners lack even a basic business continuity plan should something happen to the owner (death, disability, divorce, or illness).
BEST Human Capital and Advisory Group is committed to helping their business-owning clients succeed in their business and personal lives. They see clients working hard in their companies and too many owners delaying their own personal happiness and financial savings. Many do not have family interested in the business, which brings the question of succession planning when there is no succession? Many owners arrive at the end of their career and find out the business is not positioned nor ready to successfully transfer to a new owner. These owners missed the opportunity to grow transferable value. On the flip side, BEST has also experienced working with owners who try to handle the business transition by themselves, which usually leaves money on the table and leads to regret.
We know in our hearts that it doesn’t have to be that way.
The single largest transaction and transition of your life deserve special attention.
Are you planning to exit and sell your business? Business Exit planning is quickly becoming a buzzword in the legal and financial communities. Your professional advisors position themselves to provide tax, risk management, wealth management, and contract preparation services. BEST Exit Plan Advisor has been trained to manage your team of tax, legal, business, and financial planners to navigate your exit strategy. Click here for our Special Section on Exit Planning for more details and a video on how to get started.
There is one indisputable fact – 100% of owners will eventually exit their business. The Assessment is a multiple-choice questionnaire that does not ask for confidential or financial information. Nevertheless, it is a critical first step in starting the discussion and planning process. Click here for FAQs and more information concerning our free, no-obligation exit planning assessment.