Exit Strategies Insights

Industry insights, knowledge base and announcements for business owners and professional advisors


Why do real estate bubbles hurt more than other bubbles?

I came across an article in the First Tuesday Journal, posted by Jeffery Marino, May 30, 2014, that I thought would be worth sharing. The author quotes two thinkers on the economics of bubble-and-bust episodes; Atif Mian, Economics Professor at Princeton and Amir Sufi, Finance Professor at the University of Chicago. This blog title’s question is best illustrated by the comparison between the burst of the tech bubble of 2000 and the real estate bubble of …

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Exit Strategies Represents Mentzer Electronics in Acquisition by Innovative Circuits

Burlingame, California — Mentzer Electronics, Inc., a respected and long-established electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company located in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been acquired by Innovative Circuits. Exit Strategies Group, Inc. introduced the parties and served as exclusive financial advisor to the seller in the transaction. Terms of the transaction are confidential. Menzter Electronics was founded in the Bay Area in 1965 by Ed and Betty Mentzer. The Company’s electronics manufacturing services include surface mount …

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Upcoming Event on Valuation of Ag and Food Businesses

Al Statz of Exit Strategies Group will be a panelist for the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Northern California workshop —Working with a Going Concern: Valuation Issues Related to Ag-Food Processing Facilities, on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Fairfield, California. A Message From Al: My passion is helping baby boomer business owners exit right and retire well. My background as a valuation and M&A professional, business owner and corporate development executive allows me to bring a wealth of knowledge …

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For Historic Mountain Lodge, It’s Not the End of the Rainbow

The historic Rainbow Lodge in Soda Springs, California, which was in receivership and non-operational for almost a year, has been acquired. This 33-room lodge on the Sierra’s western slope near Hwy 80 was originally built as a stagecoach stop in the 1800’s. In the 1990’s, the owner of the nearby Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort bought it with the intention of providing lodging for skiers. The building is currently undergoing substantial renovations and the business is expected to re-open …

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Sales of Small Businesses on the Upswing

According to a recent Inc. Magazine article, “Let’s Make a Deal”, sales of small businesses in Q3-2013 jumped 42% from the same quarter in 2012. Inc. quotes Curtis Krocker, group manager of BizBuySell.com, “After four years of depressed selling and buying activity, the markets are coming back.” Why? Motivated sellers and available financing. Many older baby boomer business owners are ready to sell their business and retire. Having held off selling during and immediately after …

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Upcoming Event: A Fast-Paced Overview of Business Valuation for Attorneys

On January 29, 2014, Al Statz of Exit Strategies will be speaking to the Sonoma County Bar Association in Santa Rosa, California. The workshop, titled “A Fast-Paced Overview of Business Valuation for Attorneys”, will rapidly cover a wide range of valuation topics that will help attorney’s spot important issues and use business valuations more effectively in their practices. The comments will address valuations in estate, gift and tax, shareholder disputes, CC§2000 cases, marital dissolution, and of course …

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Roy Martinez Adds CVA Business Valuation Credential

Last month our colleague J. Roy Martinez completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) to earn the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) credential. The CVA credential is granted only to qualified individuals with considerable training and experience in the field of business valuation. CVA recipients must meet rigorous standards of professionalism, expertise, objectivity and integrity in the field of business valuation and related consulting disciplines. Congratulations Roy! At Exit Strategies, we …

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Al Statz Earns Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation (ASA) Credential

September 30, 2013 (Reston, VA) – The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) is pleased to announce the accreditation of Petaluma, California based Al Statz. Mr. Statz has completed the Society’s appraisal designation program, which is the industry’s most vigorous and difficult designation to achieve. Al’s accomplishment has earned him the right to bear the “ASA” credentials as a mark of his success. He joins less than 5,000 fellow experts around the world who have earned …

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Exit Strategies Opens Sacramento Valley Office

After 12 years serving Northern California business owners, Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is planting its flag in the Sacramento Valley. Seasoned professionals Jim Leonhard and Bob Altieri will open the firm’s new Roseville office on October 1st. This new location is an important step for us in serving a growing number of Sacramento area M&A clients, as more baby boomer business owners seek retirement after the recent recession. It will also play a key role …

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Jim Leonhard Earns CVA Valuation Credential

Today I want to congratulate our associate Jim Leonhard, CVA, MBA, for recently completing the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) to earn the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) credential.  The CVA credential is granted to qualified individuals with considerable experience in the field of business valuation. The CVA designation is an indication to the business, professional, and legal communities that recipients have met rigorous standards of professionalism, expertise, objectivity, and …

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