Time flies when you’re having fun selling and appraising businesses.
2017 marks our 15th anniversary. I founded the firm in January 2002, in the wake of 9/11, coming off a 15-year management career in the industrial automation technology industry. Relying on my corporate merger and acquisition experience, financial training, and a passion for strategic deal-making; the founding was a classic case of spotting an under-served market and filling the needs in a better way.
In the early years, we were primarily a business brokerage; helping private business owners evaluate their options, sell right and retire well. We grew slowly and steadily until 2008 when the great depression pummeled the M&A brokerage industry and we added business valuation services for non-M&A uses (tax filings, buy-sell transactions, management buyouts, dispute resolution, etc.). In 2010 we incorporated as Exit Strategies Group, Inc. (ESGI), and the following year we opened an office in Roseville. We opened in Orange County in 2014 and in San Jose in 2016.
Today ESGI is fortunate to have a team of 12 accomplished professionals, including 6 accredited business appraisers, committed to providing the very best M&A brokerage, business valuation and exit planning services to owners of $1-50 million revenue companies throughout California and beyond.
We thank those entrepreneurs and professional advisors who put their faith in us in those early days, and the hundreds who have relied on us since. Without you, ESGI would have nothing to celebrate. We find it extremely gratifying to help clients achieve successful business sales, mergers, acquisitions, estate plans, corporate restructurings, buy-sell agreements, management buyouts, buy-ins, stock ownership plans, and retirements.
Please join us in celebrating 15 years of service! And join us as we continue to serve, grow, adapt and have fun in the years ahead.
Al Statz, Founder & President, Exit Strategies Group, Inc.