About Champ Rawls

Being a member of a family business, Champ has unique insight into the difficulties, challenges, and triumphs that our clients face when combining family and business. Champ has been an official member of The Rawls Group since 2012, although it could be said that he became a part of the team in 1984, when he was born into the family business. With a background in finance, and his personal understanding of family dynamics, Champ is technically proficient in the financial planning field and uniquely capable working with closely held businesses. Champ earned his undergraduate degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with a major in Economics. Champ began his career outside of The Rawls Group, working for Capitas Financial, providing consultative financial advice for affluent families. Champ is insurance licensed and is also a Chartered Life Underwriter®.

How a Change Relates to Presidents and Succession Planning

2021-02-18T20:09:51-06:00By |Succession Blog|

A key theme emerged at the recent presidential inauguration, UNITY. At the core of anything successful and fruitful is unity. Unity is also a core foundation of succession planning. Any party not in line with the overall destination will either slow down the process, stop it dead in its tracks or hold everyone hostage to [...]

As a Dealer, What Can I Do to Protect the Value of my Business?

2021-02-19T08:09:54-06:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Automotive, Burning Questions, Video|

Value is a key ingredient when looking at the health and longevity of a dealership. Earnings and performance are critical to the value equation. However, during times of uncertainty, dealers must focus strategically on their operations in people, processes, and procedures. Identifying what you are doing well, where you can [...]

Some Family Want to Stay In The Business, And Some Want to Leave, What Do I Do?

2020-09-25T10:04:06-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Burning Questions, Video|

Not all family members will want to be involved in the family business, it is just the way it goes. Even so, those who are actively employed and those who are not share one thing in common, all have emotions and expectations of how they expect to be compensated. As [...]

What to Consider As Business’ Start to Re-Open?

2020-08-28T08:52:13-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Burning Questions, Leading Your Business Through Transition, Video|

The biggest consideration for business owners as you start to reopen is ensuring the safety for your people, customers and communities. It is your job to ensure you get your people back to work safe, and that your protocols and process are clearly documented and communicated. Matthew Scully with Burr [...]

As Seen in Digital Dealer – Strategic Planning for a Sustainable Future

2020-04-28T10:50:56-05:00By |Succession Blog|

With all the challenges associated with operating a dealership today, surviving and thriving into the future has never been more complicated. Simply, where and how does the dealership of yesterday move to what it can and needs to become to succeed tomorrow? To answer this, you first must look at your foundation: “Who are you?” [...]

As Seen in Multi-Unit Franchisee Report – Being There For Employees And Customers During Covid-19

2021-03-26T10:28:06-05:00By |Succession Blog|

What is happening? Where are we going? When will this end? How much worse can it get? These are challenging and uncertain times, to say the least. In just a few days the economy began to grind to a halt while anxiety and panic left the general public with their mouths wide open. Your [...]

Episode 8: What cash flow considerations should business owners evaluate when deciding sell vs grow?

2020-07-16T19:48:06-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Business Value: How to Determine & Grow Value, Succession Podcast|

Understanding your long-term lifestyle goals is key to evaluating the keep versus sell question. Start with your number and then work back from there. Identifying what you need/want to live the lifestyle you have worked so hard to cultivate will allow you to develop a short term plan based upon [...]

Episode 7 – What are the first steps to begin to transitioning the business?

2020-07-16T19:47:26-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Business Value: How to Determine & Grow Value, Succession Podcast|

Before making any decisions about the future of your business, it is critical to step back and make an assessment of goals and vision. Evaluate if your business is ready, are you ready and how do you want the future to look. Champ Rawls a Partner of The Rawls Group [...]

Episode 6 – When Should Owners Start Planning for Transition?

2020-07-16T19:48:46-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Business Value: How to Determine & Grow Value, Succession Podcast|

You may have heard the saying " you should be plan for your exit when you are starting the business." Where that is very wise, it is very hard to think about the end when you are dealing with the nuances of the beginning. Developing culture, recruiting, supply chain, delivery [...]

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