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The pros and cons of ESOPs: Weighing your options

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  When it comes to choosing an ownership transition strategy, owners of closely held businesses have a lot to think about. What options are available? Which of the options are a good fit for the goals of both the owner and the company? Definitive answers to these questions can be elusive. Exit options can include a
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The top 5 ownership transition ‘inflection points’

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  As you know, there are a lot of “moving parts” in the day-to-day management of a business. Between dealing with people, improving profitability, tracking inbound and outbound flows and financial reporting, you may not have much time to think about your company’s ownership mix. Whether there is a single owner or multiple owners, made up
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Business valuation: Knowledge of your company’s future

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  As a business owner, the need to understand the current value of your company is critical to make better informed, strategic business decisions now and into the future. Going through a professional valuation process will help you identify and understand the value drivers influencing your business success so you know what changes you might need
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4 qualities to consider when you hire a financial advisory firm

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  If you’ve ever sold a home, you know how complicated it can be – the seemingly endless paperwork, the frantic attempts to clean the house before a last‐minute showing, the frustrations of negotiation. Selling a business is much more complex – and unlike residential real estate, there is no central resource of businesses that are
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What’s driving the value of your business?

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  Over 90% of all companies in the U.S. are closely held, and many of these are family-owned businesses. Because there is no liquid market for the equity in these businesses, there is some uncertainty when it comes to determining the value of these companies. It's crucial to understand the specific and unique characteristics that drive
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Expand and grow your ESOP

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  Companies with Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) will face challenges that impact their strategic direction. These challenges may include balancing competing claims on capital, determining whether the ESOP ownership position should change, and deciding if the company should undertake strategic acquisitions. These are but a few examples of potential challenges faced by ESOP companies, and
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4 ways to prepare your business for strategic acquisition

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  For the owner of a closely held business, the end of the calendar year is usually a time for strategic planning. One of the most important decisions to be made during this time is how to best grow your business in the new year and beyond. But growth can be a complicated proposition. How quickly
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The synthetic equity club: Retain and reward your key employees

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  Locating, hiring and retaining the best employees is an ongoing and often arduous task for owners of closely held businesses. As a company owner, you might be looking for ways to incentivize and reward your key management to encourage and boost loyalty and morale. Consider a Synthetic Equity Club. With a Synthetic Equity Club you
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What are your ownership transition alternatives?

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  There are several paths you can take when it comes time to transition ownership of your business. How do you determine which one is right for you? For an owner of a closely held business, few questions require as much soul-searching as the issue of whom to transition ownership to when it’s time for you
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Building a strong deal team

Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  Ownership transitions are complicated transactions requiring the skills and knowledge of a wide variety of deal professionals. Like a winning sports team, a successful transaction advisory deal team requires the contribution of individual players at the right time and in the right measure throughout the deal process to successfully execute and close a transaction. A
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Contact Prairie Capital Advisors to learn more about ownership transition alternatives that fit your business and personal goals.

ABOUT KENNETH SERWINSKI: Kenneth Serwinski co-founded Prairie Capital Advisors with Robert Gross in 1996 after the pair of industry veterans recognized a universally under served need for objective financial advisory consultation for closely held businesses. Since then, Mr. Serwinski has dedicated the whole of his vast experience to providing closely held companies with the guidance and expertise needed for some of their most critical business decisions. Today, he continues to grow Prairie Capital Advisors’ reputation as the most widely-respected firm of its kind, designing and implementing customized ownership transition strategies, including private sales, management buyouts (MBOs), Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and more, for businesses nationwide. www.prairiecap.com

Many companies seek out and trust Mr. Serwinski and Prairie Capital Advisors for strategic guidance for their once-in-a-lifetime business decisions. Whether they require expertise in ownership transition, valuation, capital management or beyond, Mr. Serwinski begins each client relationship not with a pre-fabricated solution, but with the question of, “What are you trying to achieve?” He and his team then develop the most appropriate solutions to deliver the best outcomes for their clients.

As a lifelong educator and respected industry expert, Mr. Serwinski is widely published in a variety of formats and is a frequent speaker around the nation on subjects including valuation, ESOPs and ownership transition planning. Whether across the table from clients or publicly at workshops and seminars, he strives to ensure business owners have the complete, accurate information they need for confident decision making. Mr. Serwinski sits on the board of directors of three businesses– a design manufacturing firm, a healthcare solutions provider and a billion dollar bank. He also is the former Chair of the Advisory Committee on Finance for the ESOP Association in Washington, D.C.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to forming Prairie Capital Advisors, Mr. Serwinski was a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch Business Advisory Services, where he initiated its succession planning strategy, was responsible for the management of Merrill Lynch’s middle market business development staff and headed the ESOP Advisory Group. In this executive role, he coordinated all mergers and acquisitions (M&A), ESOP and valuation assignments on a nationwide basis. This included managing the professional staff, giving presentations to prospective clients, preparing key proposals and closing large-scale engagements. Additionally, Mr. Serwinski was involved in the valuation of both public and private companies in a wide variety of industries. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he held various corporate and commercial finance positions for ABN LaSalle National Bank, Chemical Bank and Societe Generale, a French bank.

EDUCATION

Mr. Serwinski received his Master of Business Administration Degree in International Business from DePaul University in Chicago. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in commerce, with a concentration in Finance, from DePaul University. Mr. Serwinski has hosted and attended numerous technical seminars emphasizing topics such as employee stock ownership plans, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, accounting for acquisitions and leveraged buyout transactions.

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