Orlando Succession Planning2021-10-14T14:25:44-05:00
Headquartered in Orlando, FL and serve clients across the country

1700 W. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
407.578.4455 (T)
407.578.4480 (F)

Meet Our Entire Team
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Family-Business-Succession-PlannerLoyd H. Rawls

Founder and Chairman

Succession Advisor

lhrawls@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Articles by Loyd

Loyd H. Rawls is one of the nation’s leading family business succession planning experts. Since 1973, Loyd and his partners have provided business succession services for the owners and key executives of closely held, capital intensive, privately held businesses throughout the country. Loyd has continued to enhance his practice, by confirming theories regarding the critical factors that impact business succession and the role key managers play in a succession initiative. In 2000, Loyd developed the concept of an analytical tool to help business planning professionals evaluate Succession Success™ positioning with their clients, and subsequently co-founded the International Succession Planning Association®.

A native of Fayetteville, NC, Loyd is a graduate of North Carolina State University. After serving 4 years as an officer in the United States Air Force, Loyd moved to Orlando and began a career as a financial planner. In 1973, Loyd founded The Rawls Company, known today as The Rawls Group, a business succession firm. Loyd has achieved designations of Certified Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and earned his Master of Science in Financial Services from the American College.

Loyd is a requested speaker by local, state and national organizations, and an avid writer, publishing five succession-focused books: Seeking Succession; How to Continue the Family Business Legacy, The Succession Bridge; Key Manager Alternatives for Family Owned Businesses, Your Golden Goose, The Family Business Council, and Estate of Mine. Loyd’s columns are frequently featured in Family Business Magazine, BottomLine Business, DEALER Magazine, Expert Business Source online blog and RV News.

david-ciambella-the-rawls-group-family-business-succession-plannerDavid Ciambella

President and CEO

Succession Advisor

djciambella@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Articles by David

David works with closely held business owners, family members and executive management teams to address a myriad of family business succession planning issues. A Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), David specializes in solving complex problems and addressing challenging family dynamics issues that are inherent in family owned businesses. David is a co-founder of the International Succession Planning Association®, an organization dedicated to providing professionals, business owners and strategic partners access to a network of expertise, educational tools and resources to enhance business longevity and value.

A native of Philadelphia, David graduated from Rollins College in 1991 with a B.A. in Psychology. David enjoys spending time with his wife, children and friends at the beach, supporting his children in their various sporting activities, fishing and playing an occasional round of golf.

David’s expertise with privately held and family owned businesses is also shared throughout various industries. He is a frequent speaker and presenter for national organizations and contributes articles in publications that span industries including professional services, automotive and other franchise concepts.

Champ Rawls Headshot 2016 239x239Champ Rawls

Partner

Succession Advisor

champ@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Articles by Champ

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®, and one of our top family business succession planning experts.

Dan.Iosue_239x239v2.pngDan Iosue

Partner

Succession Advisor

daniosue@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Articles by Dan

As a succession planner, Dan Iosue, CFP® leverages his more than a decade of experience in corporate leadership and financial planning working with clients to help them achieve their long-term business goals. Dan works with business owners and key executives to overcome challenges that impact business success, keeping them focused on sustainability and growth.

Dan grew up in Florida, and then attended Macalester College in Minnesota, where he played both football and baseball. Dan serves as a board member for the Crealde School of Art and is a Founder’s Club member of CrossFit Winter Park. In Dan’s spare time he also enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, photography, and working on his motorcycles.

Jéan Venant

Associate

Succession Advisor

jean@rawlsgroup.com407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Articles by Jéan

Jéan Venant has a passion for helping business owners achieve their goals of building lifelong sustainability and building their legacy.  He works with clients ensuring their dreams are realized and that their hard work thrives and lives through future generations of the business. Jéan understands the importance of relationships. His background provides expert insight into what business owners go through, and the unique circumstances impacting their lives behind the curtain of business.

Having worked as a manufacturer representative to retail automobile dealers Jéan developed extensive expertise in strategic planning and enhancing business performance.  As a business owner, he appreciates the challenges involved in ownership first-hand. He understands the importance of hiring right and developing talent to support the organizational culture, the impact to the local community and building and achieving business goals. He also has a unique understanding of the influence of the owner’s leadership style and how it impacts business structure, management productivity and family dynamics.

Jéan holds a degree in Organizational Management and lives in Orlando, FL. Having a heart for community service, Jéan has volunteered for Orange County Public Schools; he is also an avid musician and a happy husband and father.

family-business-succession-planningRussell Phillips

Associate

Succession Advisor

russphillips@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Articles by Russ

A member of The Rawls Group since 1995, Russ’ primary focus is working with business owners, key managers and family members on the varying relational issues that impact the business legacy and their pivotal relationships. In addition to his work with The Rawls Group, Russ has been privately practicing counseling since 1988 and currently supervises counselors in a masters training program at Reformed Theological Seminary. Russ holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of West Florida and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Amy Rawls

Director of Operations and Client Services

arawls@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Articles by Amy

Amy is the Director of Operations and Client Servicing for The Rawls Group. With over sixteen years’ experience overseeing operations, compliance, finance and client servicing, Amy has evolved and adapted to meet the growing needs of TRG and our loyal clients.

Amy has a Master’s in Business Administration from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University. Amy spends her spare time volunteering within her community, getting lost in a good book, working in her yard, and spending time with her family, friends and dogs. Go ‘Noles!

dan-thill-the-rawls-group-family-business-succession-plannerDaniel Thill

Director of Research & Plan Design

danthill@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Dan has been a member of The Rawls Group since 1990 and is the Director of Research & Plan Design. Dan offers extensive knowledge and support to our planning team, with a specific focus in the areas of  financial planning analysis and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.

Prior to his work with The Rawls Group, Dan was an account executive with a major Wall Street brokerage firm. Dan earned an A.S. in Business from New York State University at Delhi and a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.

family-business-succession-planningDenise Ware

Plan Design Specialist

denise@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Denise provides insight, support and direction for clients’ technical issues as they relate to the Succession Matrix®. With over 20 years’ experience, Denise combines her passion for helping clients and her knowledge of estate planning techniques to better serve our clients’ needs. She analyzes the technical aspects of planning and translates them into manageable, easy-to-understand formats.

Denise is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa. She enjoys spending time with her extensive family, and she embraces the quiet solitude of gardening for introspection and rejuvenation. Denise has a zest for travel to different countries, which extends to her participation in several mission trips with her church.

Michelle Goodnough

Account Services

mgoodnough@rawlsgroup.com

407.578.4455

Orlando, FL

Michelle oversees The Rawls Group’s insurance and account servicing department. With over thirteen years’ experience, Michelle provides direct product, underwriting and account support for clients, and is an integral member of our support team.

Michelle has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and is an avid college football fan. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. You can find Michelle on the soccer fields with her kids, swimming and working out, or at the pool or beach.

Resources

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Your Golden Goose: Keep or Sell?

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Dealers are seeing record profits in spite of a global pandemic and limited inventories.  This has many dealers wondering if they should be building the portfolio by buying more stores or taking advantage of the market and selling to get top dollar, and others are wondering what will happen if they just stay in [...]

How do I protect my business if I, as the owner gets the virus or one or more of my key people?

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Business contingency planning is essential for ongoing business success. For business continuity, the key leadership must put processes and structure in place that if they are not around, or if something unexpected happens, the business still survives. Unfortunately, if this is not in place, the business value can be dramatically [...]

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As we continue to navigate the pandemic, it is important to recognize that your employees have been on a roller coaster of emotions for a long period of time. You may already be doing it, but providing support to your people is critical to help them navigate stress and even [...]

Succession Planning for the Meat Business

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Jéan Venant shares insight on how to navigate the succession planning process and how to prepare the new owners for leadership positions.The webinar covers:Handling the financial aspects of a succession planMaintaining fairness when a business is transferred to multiple siblingsPreparing the next generation for new responsibilitiesSuccessfully preparing for retirementClick the following link to listen to [...]

Episode 1: Landing the Rockstar Whose Worth More than “The Offer

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Recruiting and retaining the best talent for your organization does not necessarily revolve around the compensation package itself. Employers need to be strategic and innovative in building packages that motivate the candidate to consider the offer. Considering things outside of the salary and bonus norm and communicating is critical. In [...]

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