Season 4, Episode 3: Preparing to Sell Your Company - What You Need to Know

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Summary

In this episode Chris Cooper speaks with Eric Zaleski and Michael Rosendahl of PCE Investment Bankers, about what business owners should be thinking about, and doing, to prepare for a business succession. In many cases, business owners see succession planning as something that will take place far off in the future, as something that can wait. Or it seems like an enormously complex issue that gets overwhelming fast. Both Eric and Michael break down the process into two options, inside sale or outside sale and what both entail at a high level. They also cover what you can start doing now to prepare for business succession and provide great insights into how preparation for succession planning in the future can actually help your company's performance in the here and now.

Guest Bios

Erick Zaleski is located in PCE’s Chicago area office, and is a part of PCE’s ESOP Advisory Group. With over 20 years of experience advising middle market clients with liquidity and growth financing initiatives, often involving ESOPs, Eric understands the challenges that business owners face in growing and funding their companies. With tremendous insight into the benefits associated with ESOPs, Eric has the analytical and organizational skills to guide business owners through the most complex ESOP structures. Over the years, Eric has established a proven track record of providing business owners with strategic advice for the implementation and financing of ESOPs to meet their objectives.

Michael Rosendahl

PCE Investment Bankers

Michael Rosendahl leads PCE’s investment banking practice. He has more than two decades of investment banking and corporate development experience, with an impressive track record of guiding high-profile clients on the optimal timing for their transactions. Mike combines critical analysis with a creative approach to ensure that deals are made with his clients’ best interests in mind. He has been published in various industry journals and has gained widespread respect, often presenting at conference

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The Owners at Work Podcast is brought to you with support from our Sponsors. This episode is sponsored by Apple Growth Partners (AGP) is an accounting and business advisory firm with more than 77 years of experience that delivers healthy, sustainable growth. AGP offers a full range of services for privately held businesses, including tax planning and compliance, audit and assurance, business valuation, litigation consulting - with a special focus on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). With more than 100 employees, and office locations in Akron, Canton, and Cleveland. AGP’s professionals provide the expertise your business needs.

About the Podcast

The Owners at Work Podcast is a continuation of the biannual Owners at Work Newsletter which ran for 19 years (1990-2019). We are hoping to continue the same conversations and focus on providing updates on everything employee ownership. We plan to interview practitioners with expertise in different facets of employee ownership, academics doing new and interesting research, and most importantly, individuals who have a personal experience with employee ownership, including current and former employee-owners, mid-level to C suite management, and selling owners.

We Want to talk to YOU!

We want to produce a show that engages with relevant questions and provides practical lessons and information. We want this podcast to include the voices of those who practice employee-ownership each and every day. To that end we want to hear from you! We want to highlight what you are doing, whether you are an employee-owned company, a practitioner, or researcher.

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