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Succession Resource Group is a boutique succession consulting firm based in the Pacific Northwest, serving clients across the country. SRG was founded by David Grau Jr., MBA in 2012 after nearly a decade of helping advisors with valuation and succession planning. SRG's team of experts leverage their industry expertise, combined with best-in-class resources, to help advisors, agents, and accountants manage the equity in their businesses...

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8 min read

Succession Planning 101: Steps and Processes

By David Grau Jr. on Jul 13, 2021 2:05:03 PM

All businesses, regardless of type and size, have an organizational structure that determines how the company is managed on a daily basis. While they may have all the right advisors in place for the current state of the business, it is important for organizations to make sure they have a plan in place to keep the business thriving long-term, regardless of who is at the helm. Succession planning, as both a concept and a strategy, establishes a framework for identifying and developing next-gen talent to replace the founder when she/he exits the business.

Topics: Succession Resource SRG Succession Planning Succession
10 min read

Selling a Book of Business for Financial Advisors

By David Grau Jr. on Jun 29, 2021 11:08:20 AM

There are multiple reasons to believe that the number of mergers and acquisitions in the wealth management space will be high in the next five to ten years. To start with, over 50% of active financial advisors are over age fifty. Many of them will be looking for an exit strategy. Combine that with the fact that very few advisors have a succession plan and the increased deal volume year-over-year recently and it is reasonable to expect more consolidation short and long-term.

Topics: Seller Building Value/Business Valuation building value
6 min read

Three Traditional Approaches to Valuation Methods

By David Grau Jr. on Jun 17, 2021 4:01:52 PM

There are a wide variety of methods and approaches that can be used when determining the value of a financial services business. There are three valuation methods that are commonly considered. In many instances, one of these valuation methods may suffice, but depending upon the circumstances, it can be beneficial to use a combination of these valuation methods to achieve a detailed and accurate representation of the firm’s fair market value.

Topics: Valuation
5 min read

The Complete Guide to Understanding M&A Valuation Process

By Kristen Grau on Jun 9, 2021 2:24:41 PM

Over the next 10 years, 4.5 million businesses with over $10 trillion in value will transition into new hands via mergers and acquisitions. A major source of this shift is the retirement of baby boomers - 10,000 of whom turn 65 every single day. It is therefore more important than ever that business owners keep a pulse on their valuation, and to value their businesses annually. This can help business owners identify weaknesses in their business, make better financial decisions, and provide them with an opportunity to implement informed strategies for improvement moving forward (among other benefits). Not only will valuations help business owners run their business better in the short term, understanding the value of their firm will help them be prepared to sell the business and understand what it is worth when the time comes.

5 min read

M&A Support: What, When, How, and Why

By David Pan on May 18, 2021 2:53:00 PM

Mergers and acquisitions are team activities. Surgeons don’t go into the operating room without nurses and anesthesiologists. Business owners shouldn’t enter into an agreement to sell or merge their business without M&A support.

Topics: Blog mergers & acquisitions
5 min read

6 Major Cost Considerations to Sell Your Business

By Kristen Grau on Nov 23, 2020 4:55:06 PM

Selling your business is not only a difficult decision to make, but it can often be a costly one if not done correctly and objectively. And while the particular path you choose for your exit will inevitably vary, it is important to understand who will help you in that process, in what capacity, and what responsibilities you have as an owner. If you are thinking of selling your business or planning to sell in the future, here are the costs you should consider.

Topics: Blog
12 min read

Mergers and Acquisitions 101: M&A for Financial Advisors

By David Grau Jr. on Nov 18, 2020 2:50:09 PM

What Exactly Is M&A?

The term "mergers and acquisitions" (M&A) broadly refers to the process of one company combining with another; however, the method and legality of how these terms are processed are slightly different.

Topics: Acquisition Blog
3 min read

Five Myths in Succession Planning

By David Grau Jr. on Jul 30, 2020 8:00:54 AM

As most business owners will attest to, starting and running a business involves a combination of conviction/passion, perseverance, stress and personal sacrifice. Owners invest a significant amount of themselves and capital into running these businesses, and as a result, most have a substantial portion of their net worth tied up in their business. The vast majority of owners/founders we've worked with here at Succession Resource Group have communicated that their business is not just a valuable asset, but their most valuable asset. So, why do so few owners have an answer for their key stakeholders about when they will retire from their business and who will succeed them? Because the common myths of succession planning give them a sense that they can or should be dealing with this topic tomorrow (in the proverbial sense). Here are the most common myths that our clients come to us with that hold owners back from effectively tackling this important topic:

Topics: Contingency Planning & Death/Disability Planni Blog
5 min read

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Kristen Grau on Jun 9, 2020 10:37:25 AM

The market for advisor practices was set to be a record year in 2020 based on closing 2019 out on a high note, with valuations and deal terms as good as they have ever been. Fast forward three months and COVID-19 has eroded all these gains and left many advisors reeling and re-evaluating. As an advisor thinking of phasing out over the next few months or years, you are probably thinking, “Great, now what?”

Topics: M&A Seller sellers selling Buying & Selling prepare for sale Succession Planning mergers & acquisitions
2 min read

Add Succession Resource Group as a safe sender - Get the mail you want

By David Pan on Apr 6, 2020 11:24:20 AM

Ensure that you receive your Succession Resource Group (SRG) emails and subscriptions by adding the SRG domain to your list of safe senders and/or contacts.

Topics: Blog

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