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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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Getting the Most Value Out of Your Business

By David Grau Jr. on Mar 5, 2020 2:35:19 PM

Developing a succession plan is a great tool to ensure your business continues to grow while you eventually work less and begin to realize the value of your business. But, a key piece of developing a plan for you and your business is having the right successor. For some, this person may be an existing employee or junior partner, but for the majority, the solution is to find a peer to sell the business to. The sale often involves a long-term gradual work-out period providing you with an exit strategy that lets you leave your business on your terms. So, where do you find a succession partner? And how can you do it with paying a hefty commission to a broker? Read on.

Topics: Acquisition Sellers Succession Plan Blog
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How To Tell Employees You Are Selling The Business

By David Grau Jr. on Dec 17, 2019 11:03:59 AM

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Topics: Acquisition Sellers selling Blog
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Selling Your Masterpiece

By David Pan on Nov 14, 2018 8:00:32 AM

As an advisor, at the end of a career, your business is your masterpiece – it’s your Picasso. It’s one of a kind, and in today’s market, you will not have trouble finding someone who wants to take it off your hands and pay you for it.

But, there is a huge difference in getting paid, and getting what your business is worth from the best possible successor for your clients. The majority of advisors will not obtain the best deal, and many may not even be selling to the best successor. There are four key obstacles standing between you and the best deal with the best buyer:

Topics: Sellers selling Blog
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DOL Fiduciary Struck Down – Time to Sell

By David Grau Jr. on Mar 28, 2018 4:08:23 PM

On Thursday, March 15th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit struck down the DOL Fiduciary Rule. It is not known at this time whether this ruling will be appealed, or if it will apply to the entire country or just the states residing inside the 5th Circuit Court’s jurisdiction (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). Nevertheless, the decision will have an impact on the value of advisor practices in 2018 and beyond, due to the expected shift in the supply-demand curves for advisor practices that are for sale.

Topics: Acquisition Sellers Buyers Blog
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9 Tips to Prepare Your Business for Sale

By David Grau Jr. on Mar 2, 2015 12:18:48 PM

Depending on what source you look at, the average age of an advisor in the financial services industry is anywhere from 51-57 years old. While that would typically leave plenty of time until the average age of retirement, the average age of an advisor selling their business is much younger, most often occurring near age 59. This is due in large part to the long-term seller involvement that is ideal in the sale of a professional services business, ranging from as low as 12 months to as long as 5 years. While you may not sell your business, you will leave this industry – planned or unplanned. The better prepared you are for your eventual transition, the happier your clients will be with the process, and the more you are likely to get out of it (financially and emotionally).

Topics: advisor Erik Pahlow Grau Sale Acquisition Building Value/Business Valuation financial advisors Sellers Succession Plan valuation David Grau David Grau Jr Pahlow advisors buyer prepare for sale SRG Blog Succession Resource Group

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