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In this 1 minute highlight, Mark Dorman, President & Founder of Dorman Legacy Advisors, shares his tips for you to consider as you begin to plan for your Exit.
Mark: Be prepared to spend some time. You build a business and maybe it's 15-30 years. I was with a gentleman this morning over breakfast, he goes, "Well, how long is this gonna take?" I said, "Well, you built a company that does 20 million in revenue, you think we can find 30 hours over the next 52 weeks to actually focus on how you are going to transfer it to your kids?" And, you know, when you play it back to them in that fashion, he's like, "Yeah, I think that would make some sense." So, you have to be able to commit the time.
The other tips would be, make sure you're working with people who know what they're doing. They have a process. They don't have to have the answers to all the technical questions, we work collaboratively with all sorts of professionals, transaction attorneys, corporate attorneys, CPAs, etc. So, no one has the monopoly on good ideas, but we have to have a great process that can focus on the needs of the owner. And then, secondly, in every closely held company, there's such a reliance on a small group of key employees. If you're not intending to have that company transfer to that key employee group, you really need to focus on building incentive plans and retention strategies to keep them with the company.
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