August 21st Seminar: How and When to Exit Your Business for Maximum Value

Are you considering retirement or exiting ownership and wondering if you’re going about it the best way? Will your business sell for maximum value? Please join us for an exclusive, limited-seating breakfast seminar in Roseville on Tuesday August 21, 2018 for business owners contemplating their exit. Learn the ins and outs of successful exit strategies and how to maximize value when you sell. This free, educational seminar is sponsored by Exit Strategies Group and Exchange Bank, a local community bank serving northern California since 1890.

You’ve spent years creating value in your business and you deserve to make a full-value exit on your terms and time frame. You’ve heard about hugely successful deals and horror stories of deals gone wrong. But what separates them? Not just luck.

What is the value of your business today? Is that enough to retire or fund my next endeavor? Is the timing right to maximize value? What are my exit options and how do I select the right option? What should I be doing to prepare for an exit? How far in the future should I plan? What can I do to make my company more attractive to buyers? How can I position it to attract strategic buyers? How do I present my financials properly? How do I avoid financing a sale? How do I get more value for all my years of hard work and ensure a successful sale when I’m ready to sell?

If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, this seminar is for you. This fast-paced 2-1/2 hour live session will provide practical answers regarding:

1) How companies are valued and what factors influence the price buyers pay
2) How to prepare yourself and your company for a better sale outcome
3) The current state of the market for business sales
4) Pros and cons of different types of buyers for your company
5) Steps and important tools in an M&A sale process, and mistakes to avoid
6) How experienced professionals level the playing field with sophisticated buyers
7) The criteria banks will use to qualify your business for buyer financing
8) How to maximize proceeds and reduce financial risk in a sale


• Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
• Time: 7:30am – 10:00am (check-in and continental breakfast start at 7:00am)
• Location: Exchange Bank, 1420 Rocky Ridge Dr. Suite 190, Roseville, CA 95661
• Presenters: Senior advisors from Exit Strategies Group and Exchange Bank
RSVP Required:  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE  Or, contact Mike Lyman at 916-476-2611 or We will call you to confirm your reservation. For privacy, we allow only one company per business type. Register early. The seminar is free and seating is limited.

We hope to see you on August 21st. If you cannot attend but would like to be notified of future seminar dates, receive our monthly newsletter, or discuss a business sale or valuation need, please contact Mike Lyman at 916-476-2611 or

About the Sponsors:

Founded in 2002, Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is a full-service Northern California-based merger and acquisition brokerage firm serving $1-50 million revenue company owners.  Exit Strategies also appraises businesses for MBO, buy-sell transactions, ESOP, estate and gift tax, litigation support and other uses.  With 12 seasoned professionals and 4 California offices, Exit Strategies combines the expertise and resources of a large firm with the close senior-level attention of a boutique M&A practice.

Founded in 1890, Exchange Bank consists of 18 branches.  Exchange Bank is an SBA PLP lender with decades of experience.  Dedicated SBA M&A lending professionals committed to outstanding customer service and fast turnaround.


Exit Strategies Advises on Sale of Valley Inventory Services, California’s Leading Inventory Services Provider

Exit Strategies Group acted as exclusive advisor to Valley Inventory Service, Inc. on its recent sale to private investors. Terms of sale will not be disclosed.

Founded in 1972, VIS is the leading regional physical inventory service provider in California. VIS serves supermarkets, retail stores, pharmacies, distribution centers, wineries and manufacturers in the Western U.S. Using state of the art data collection hardware and software, VIS tailors its services to meet the timing and reporting requirements of clients. Valley’s service philosophy is centered around timeliness, accuracy and professionalism. The new owners intend to build on that tradition of quality service and expand into new markets.

“After we interviewed other brokerage firms, our attorney recommended Al Statz at Exit Strategies. We selected Exit Strategies because of the thoughtful advice they gave us before we hired them, the professional way they present businesses, their approach to identifying buyers, and their reputation for providing great service. I am pleased with the ultimate outcome achieved through their rigorous process, extensive knowledge and attentiveness,” said VIS CEO Jeff Link.

Established B2B service companies like VIS with competitive service offerings, proven systems and capable staff, strong reputations and  growth prospects are getting lots of attention from strategic and financial buyers in this market. We are pleased to have been able to advise on this successful business ownership transfer.

Exit Strategies Group is a California-based mergers and acquisitions brokerage and business valuation firm. Founded in 2002, the firm advises sellers and buyers in lower middle-market M&A transactions. Senior advisors at Exit Strategies have over 100 years of combined transaction experience across a variety of industries.

For more information or help completing a business sale, acquisition or merger, contact Al Statz, President, at 707-781-8580,

May 10th Seminar: How to maximize the value of your business upon exit.

Are you starting to think about retirement, but don’t know how best to transition out of your business? Consider attending a free breakfast seminar hosted by Exit Strategies Group and Exchange Bank on how to maximize the value of your business upon exit.

  1. This 1-1/2 hour seminar will answer the following questions:
  2. What are the value drivers that determine how much my company is worth?
  3. What can I do to prepare my company for sale? What should I not do?
  4. What are the steps in the sales process?
  5. What is the current state of the business sales market?
  6. What criteria does a bank use to qualify my business for a bank loan?
  7. How do I maximize the proceeds from the sale of my business?

The Details

May 10th, 2018 7:30 am to 9:00 am in Santa Rosa. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Space is limited.  For your privacy, only one company per industry will be allowed to attend. To reserve a spot, RSVP to Adam Wiskind, or call (707) 781-8744.

About the Sponsors

Exchange Bank was the #1 Community Bank SBA Lender in Sonoma County in 2017, and is a Preferred SBA Lender and a Top Ranked SBA Lender in the San Francisco District/Greater Bay Area.

Exit Strategies Group is a full-service mergers and acquisition brokerage firm serving private companies with $1-50 million in revenue. Exit Strategies also offers expert business valuation services for many reasons including exit planning, buy-sell agreements and litigation opinions.

If you are unable to attend but would like information on maximizing the value of your business, please contact Adam.

2018 Sonoma County Backroad Challenge Cycling Event/Fundraiser

Like you, ESGI’s advisors are invested in the communities in which they live and work. Exit Strategies is proud to once again sponsor the annual Sonoma County Backroad Challenge, a one-day cycling event full of spectacular scenery, fun and excitement where riders of all levels from across the United States converge to raise funds for worthy humanitarian projects, both local and international.

The annual Sonoma County Backroad Challenge is a fundraising project of the The Petaluma Sunrise Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise.

If you are a cyclist and enjoy supported century, metric century, and half-metric century rides, the 2018 Sonoma County Backroad Challenge is one of the most scenic and enjoyable rides you will find anywhere.

Please come join us on Saturday May 19, 2018. CLICK HERE for details, to register for the ride, or simply to make a donation.

We welcome our clients, future clients, professional advisor colleagues and referral partners to help us give back by participating in our sponsored charitable events and we try to do the same for them. If you have any questions about the Backroad Challenge or Rotary, you can reach Al Statz at 707-781-8580.

Exit Strategies Advises RST in Strategic Sale to Subsite Electronics

Exit Strategies Group, Inc. (ESGI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, robotic inspection equipment manufacturer RS Technical Services, Inc. (RST), by Subsite Electronics, a Charles Machine Works company. Exit Strategies served as exclusive M&A advisor to RST.

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Since 1984, R.S. Technical Services, Inc. ( has been a leader in the design and manufacture of robotic video inspection equipment used to monitor and repair municipal water and wastewater collection and conveyance systems, mainly pipelines too small to allow man entry. Its systems are designed around a unique technology that incorporates all power and control functions into a single conductor, making its equipment more reliable and safer to use than competing solutions. RST has facilities in Kentucky and California.

Subsite Electronics (, a Charles Machine Works company, manufacturers utility locators and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) guidance systems. The RST acquisition adds proven remote video inspection capabilities to Subsite’s line of underground awareness solutions. Employee-owned Charles Machine Works, founded in 1902 in Perry, Oklahoma, has several brands and divisions, and is perhaps best known for its Ditch Witch brand of HDD and trenching equipment. For more information visit

Al Statz, President of Exit Strategies, who led the transaction, stated “We are proud to have represented the owners of RST in this successful sale to Subsite. Our team identified, profiled and had preliminary talks with over 100 target buyers, both strategic and private equity, and qualified 6 finalists. Subsite was selected not only on economic terms, but also because they demonstrated a strong culture of customer care, innovation, integrity and commitment to employees that was important our clients.”

For advice and representation in the valuation, sale, merger or acquisition of your company, contact Al Statz at 707-781-8580 for a free confidential consultation. Financial terms of the RST-Subsite transaction will not be disclosed.

About Exit Strategies

Exit Strategies Group, Inc. (ESGI) is a California-based M&A brokerage and business valuation firm focused on producing exceptional exits for closely-held and family owned lower middle-market companies. ESGI brings M&A experience, process management and close attention to detail to help companies sell, merge, recapitalize and acquire businesses successfully. Our advisors have sold companies in a variety of industries including sophisticated technology design, manufacturing, distribution and value-added services.

Exit Strategies helps ProtoFab Expand its Prototyping Capabilities in the Northern California Machining Services Market

Exit Strategies recently advised on the merger of two closely-held Northern California precision machining companies.

Founded in 1996 by Grant Kerr, GMAN Precision LLC is a full-service precision machine shop specializing in complex machined parts and services for R&D, prototyping, and preliminary production work. Its markets include aerospace & defense, biotech, electronics, energy, food processing equipment, medical device, and others. ProtoFab, Inc., based in Petaluma, California, is an ISO9001:2008 certified Northern California manufacturer of precision-machined components for low and high volume production. Major industries served by Protofab are medical, automotive, commercial and test and measurement.

Acquired by

Operationally, adding G-Man’s superb R&D prototyping expertise to Protofab’s world-class production capabilities will deliver even greater value to customers.  The move will give customers single-point machining services for the entire life cycle of their products; from initial R&D, through product launch, production and end-of-life. Culturally the companies share a strong commitment to quality and continuous improvement, and to their clients’ success. This is a smart combination that, combined with disciplined execution of a well thought out integration plan, will accelerate the combined entity’s growth in the Northern California market. Exit Strategies is pleased to have advised on this strategic merger. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

This transaction is another example of Exit Strategies’ M&A experience in the California manufacturing sector. We have appraised, sold and merged numerous contract manufacturers representing a broad swath of manufacturing disciplines and vertical markets. If you own a food, wood products, electronics, machining, fabrication, molding, finishing, or manufacturing services business of any kind, and you are looking to sell, merge or acquire a company, we are interested in hearing from you.

Contact ESGI’s president Al Statz at 707-781-8580 or

Exit Strategies Advises IRR San Francisco-Sacramento on its Sale to BBG

Exit Strategies, a California based mergers and acquisitions (M&A) brokerage and business valuation firm, recently advised the owners of Integra Realty Resources of San Francisco and Sacramento on the sale of their Northern California commercial real estate valuation company to BBG, Inc.

BBG ranks among the largest real estate valuation and assessment firms in the United States. With this acquisition, BBG will have 22 offices across the U.S. and a workforce of 262 employees.

of San Francisco and Sacramento

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Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed.

This sale is another example of Exit Strategies’ M&A brokerage experience and valuation expertise in the business-to-business services sector. Exit Strategies has appraised and brokered hundreds of service businesses including medical, professional, software as a service (SaaS), real estate, maintenance and repair, test and inspection, construction, and many other types of service businesses. If you own a service business of any kind, and are looking to sell, merge or acquire, we would be interested in hearing from you. Al Statz can be reached at 707-781-8580 or

Exit Strategies Grows Up!

ArC15YTime 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.

Exit Strategies Sells Aldetec, Inc. to Private Equity Backed Strategic Buyer

Sacramento, California – Exit Strategies is pleased to announce the acquisition of microwave electronics manufacturer Aldetec, Inc. by U.S. Technologies and Cornerstone Capital Holdings.


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Aldetec, Inc. designs and manufactures integrated microwave assemblies and RF amplifiers for the commercial, military and space flight industry sectors. US Technologies (UST), of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, provides quality electronics design, manufacturing, engineering, testing, repair and refurbishment services, from complete finished units down to the component level. Cornerstone Capital Holdings, which owns UST, is a private investment firm that seeks to acquire niche manufacturing and industrial service companies with enterprise value ranging from $5 to $50 million.

Exit Strategies (ESGI) represented the sellers on an exclusive basis in this transaction. In the course of our sale engagement, we prepared a business valuation, composed the offering memorandum, marketed the company confidentially, negotiated on behalf of our client, managed the sale process and advised the sellers throughout the transaction. Deal terms are of course confidential.

For advice and representation in the valuation, sale, merger or acquisition of a company, feel free to contact Jim Leonhard at 916-800-2716 for a free confidential consultation.

About Exit Strategies

Exit Strategies Group, Inc. is a respected lower middle-market mergers and acquisitions advisory and business valuation firm based in California. ESGI brings M&A experience, proven processes and meticulous attention to detail to help private business owners sell, merge and acquire companies, as well as partner with private equity groups to grow and maximize value in an eventual exit. Our advisors have more than 100 years of combined experience in business merger and acquisition transactions in a variety of industries including sophisticated electronics manufacturing.

E-commerce Business Sold to Strategic Buyer

San Francisco, CA – Exit Strategies is pleased to report the sale of E-commerce company SocksRock LLC to a strategic buyer.


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SocksRock, LLC established in 2008, is an e-commerce business selling customized athletic gear to sports teams and to corporations for identity programs. It has a track record of revenue growth, a website with intuitive product configuration and dynamic imaging capability, and superb customer satisfaction. SZ Ventures is a Texas-based aggregator and operator of e-commerce businesses. Its acquisition of SocksRock added to their athletic merchandise offering and complemented the seasonality of their other business units.

Exit Strategies (ESGI) represented the seller on an exclusive basis. We prepared the offering memorandum, marketed the company confidentially, introduced the parties, negotiated the deal, and advised the seller throughout the transaction.

Exit Strategies provides merger and acquisition brokerage and business valuation services to entrepreneurs and corporate owners across a broad range of industries. With four California offices and ten experienced M&A advisors, we work with companies with revenues in the $1-50 million revenue range. Jordan Zweigoron, ESGI’s Internet Market Leader, specializes in representing providers of Internet services, SaaS software, mobile apps, ecommerce sites and related solutions. Jordan can be reached at or 408-769-4404.