At the age of 26, after starting my career in the military and then briefly in management consulting, I was given the reigns of a small document management company by an owner willing to take a chance on me. The lessons learned were many, but the thrill of running a business was life changing. What a gift, to be able to build a great team, drive company strategy and then lead its implementation, and experience the thrill of landing my first big account. I wasn’t fully prepared, and there was so much that I needed to learn, but I knew this was the path for me.
In the years following, I earned my MBA from Carnegie Mellon and then embarked on a successful multi-venture career of buying, starting, and building small to mid-sized businesses. As an Industrial Engineer with experience leading teams in the U.S. Army and on manufacturing shop floors, small-to-mid sized industrial and manufacturing businesses were a natural fit. So I stuck with what I knew, bet on myself, and now I’m proud to be part of a group I highly respect: business owners.
Today, I’m looking to give back in two ways: 1) to help the next generation of small business leaders prepare to become Acquisition Entrepreneurs by educating them about the process and directing them toward opportunities that are aligned with their personal goals, values, and competencies; and 2) to help business owners transition their companies to an ideal, hand-picked successor who can carry on their legacies, while also enabling them take control of the selling process so they can feel good about moving on to life’s next adventure.
With my unique experience and lessons learned as a veteran on both sides, as an Acquisition Entrepreneur and as a business owner who’s been through the emotions and stressful process of selling what I’ve labored so hard to build, I can bring a balanced perspective that can be most helpful in creating tailored solutions that fairly serve all parties involved.
So, if you are looking to follow your passion and succeed in owning and operating a small to mid-sized business or turning your business over to a prepared entrepreneur that you select who will build upon your legacy, let me help. I’d be honored to be a mentor as you discover your success.