The question of which Exit Path is the best for any given owner is complex – dependent on financial needs, value driven goals, capabilities of the management team in place, the market and a myriad of other factors. Choosing the ideal path is far more important than deciding which path will yield the highest price! This month, we are going to explore the various Exit Paths, the pros and cons of each, and unpack some of the factors that can sway a decision in one direction or another.
Pat Ennis, President - ENNIS Legacy Partners
With decades of experience in financial services, for-profit and non-profit leadership and management, along with the founding of ELP in 2010, Pat has extensive knowledge and understanding of the many challenges faced by business owners. His knowledge base, experience, and training results in a goals-based, comprehensive approach for business owners’ who are intent on building transferable business value and exiting their business responsibly and successfully.
Technical knowledge is evidenced by the professional certifications of Certified Exit Planner (CExP®), Certified Value Builder, Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy (CAP®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Having pursued much training, along with years of ministry experience, Pat is also particularly proficient in meeting facilitation and the "soft skills" needed for clarifying and establishing owner goals and values, and managing a team of advisors in designing and implementing a plan
Walter Deyhle, Tax Partner - GRF CPAs & Advisors
Walter H. Deyhle, CPA, ABV, CFF, MAFF, CExP™, CEPA is a partner and the director of GRF CPAs & Advisors Tax and Exit Planning consulting division. Mr. Deyhle addresses particularly complex issues with clients concerning investments, and estate and gift taxes with a specific concentration helping business owners transition their business.
Walter holds the CExP™ designation from the Business Enterprise Institute and the Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation from the Exit Planning Institute. He has been involved in the business valuation process for approximately 15 years utilizing his expertise for mergers and acquisitions, liquidations and reorganizations. He has been a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers since 1995 and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts since 1993, and is a former member of the Maryland Association of CPAs Business Valuation/Litigation Support Committee. Walter received the designation of Accredited Business Valuation (ABV) from the AICPA, has an M.S. in Taxation from American University, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.