The old African proverb “It Takes a Village” illustrates the impact of a team approach to succession planning. Collaboration and different expert opinions is critical to ensure the possible, probable and potential issues impacting your goals are addressed.

Our succession planners provide expertise in the areas of Succession Matrix, which includes but are not limited to Organizational psychology, Strategic Planning, Estate Planning, Family Governance, Family Therapy. Planning for the future is a complex endeavor, we leverage the expertise of advisors working with your or bringing in Attorneys, CPAs, Bankers, Wealth Managers and Operational Experts, to name a few, to address the complexities of capital intensive privately held organizations.

The following highlights our strong network of qualified valued relationships and critical expertise for facilitating succession strategies.  Succession planning is complex as it involves complex people, feelings and events outside ones control. Many suffer from the “I don’t know what I don’t know” environment leaving their dreams vulnerable. One could let the learning go to a very deep place inside, because you may not be completely aware of how important it is yet.

How Can Franchisees and Dealers Retain or Increase Their Sales?

2021-05-17T16:13:31-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Burning Questions, Multi-Unit Franchising, Video|

Unknowns and uncertainty can have a direct negative impact on culture. Emotions stir internally, therefore a store manager has to reset the thermostat to a “we will thrive” setting. How you react matters when coming out of a pandemic, crisis, or any other situation in which your employees may be [...]

How Can I Protect Our Multiples & Value During Difficult Times?

2021-05-10T10:05:13-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Burning Questions, Multi-Unit Franchising, Video|

Protecting the value of your business is what succession planning is all about. When going through, as well as, once on the other side of difficult times, take another look at your business with a fresh set of eyes.  Consider looking at your business from a buyer's perspective.  It is [...]

What Should I Do Now to Operationally Protect My Business From the Unknown?

2021-05-10T09:48:47-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Automotive, Burning Questions, Video|

The unknown is unpredictable and unavoidable. However, you can protect your business from an operational perspective in some very simple ways. One of the most critical components revolves around communication. Clear, open, and consistent communications with clients, customers, and employees help to keep rumors and uncertainties to a minimum while [...]

How Do I Safeguard Business Continuity if I, as the Operator or Key Leader, Gets Sick?

2021-05-24T08:31:33-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Burning Questions, Multi-Unit Franchising, Video|

It should not take a pandemic to showcase the importance of planning. Prior to the pandemic, many business owners had not considered the creation of a contingency plan, however, it is top of mind for many now. One way to ensure you have protected the operational and financial continuity of [...]

Episode 1: Why is the CFO Important to Succession Planning?

2021-04-15T08:29:26-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Succession Blog, Succession Podcast, The CFO and Their Role in Succession Planning|

CFO's are critical in the business AND in the succession planning process. Their job is to understand the finances and vulnerabilities related to cash flow, turnover, and any external influences impacting the business. CFO's generally have a close relationship with the owner and understand the owner's goals, vision, and concerns. [...]

Episode 2: What Opportunities Are Available to CFOs in Succession Planning

2021-04-14T17:14:16-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Succession Podcast, The CFO and Their Role in Succession Planning|

CFO's have often completed training in the technical aspects of succession planning and have a diversity of business experience. In this episode of the "CFO and Their Role in Succession Planning," Brian Brueggeman, a Senior Manager, Ed Reinhard a Partner with Crowe and The Rawls Group's very own succession planner, [...]

Episode 3: What Are Challenges CFOs Face in Succession Planning

2021-05-03T08:27:58-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Succession Podcast, The CFO and Their Role in Succession Planning|

A CFO is in a unique position within the business. They are privy to both sides of the "organizational coin." They are generally close with the CEO/Owner, understanding the owner's goals, concerns, and vision. As CFO's interact with management, they also have a beat on operational and talent nuances the [...]

Episode 4: Why is it important for a CFO to expand their succession planning knowledge?

2021-04-14T17:31:15-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Succession Podcast, The CFO and Their Role in Succession Planning|

30 years ago, we didn't know what an LLC was and General Partnerships were popular. Now, General Partnerships are mostly extinct. The body of knowledge in succession planning is continuing to expand. Constant changes are exactly why CFOs must stay engaged in expanding their succession planning knowledge. In this episode of [...]

Episode 5: How Can a CFO Impact Succession Planning

2021-04-14T17:48:20-05:00By |Advisor Collaboration, Succession Podcast, The CFO and Their Role in Succession Planning|

CFO's have a vested interest in the business's continued success, also known as "Succession Planning."  In this episode of the "CFO and Their Role in Succession Planning" discussion series our very own succession planner Loyd Rawls and Brian Brueggeman, a Senior Advisor, and Ed Reinhard a Partner with Crowe, discuss how [...]

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