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Bimonthly Meeting | July 2018

  • Wed, July 18, 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
  • Highland Park Country Club | Highland Park IL


  • Preregistration price is $25. At the door price is $30.

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Bimonthly Membership Meeting

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 7:30 am - 9:15 am
Highland Park Country Club
1201 Park Avenue, Highland Park, IL, 60035 | map
(847) 433-4000

  • Speakers: Barry Goodman
  • Topic: Thought Leader Insights: A discussion with Barry Goodman
  • Doors open at 7:30 A.M. for a buffet breakfast and networking.
  • Presentation Begins at 8:00 A.M., and adjournment will be by 9:15 A.M.
  • To receive MCLE credit, please supply your ARDC number
  • For CFP credit please provide your CFP ID

Overview of Presentation:

Baby Boomers are beginning to reach retirement age. Many of the 10,000-people turning 65 each day own family businesses that are usually their largest asset—and not a liquid one.  In addition, many owners and their families haven’t prepared for what’s next, so their businesses aren’t ready to transition to the next leader. Surveys have found that over 80% of business owners have no transition plan which puts their business, stakeholders and family in great jeopardy.  

Whether business owning families are planning a transition a few years after starting the business or a transition to a 3rd generation, the issues are very similar.  Goodman will address:

  • Challenges facing most family businesses
  • The perils of failing to plan a transition
  • What and who is involved in a successful business transition
  • Why certain companies are worth more than others

    Speaker Bios:

    Barry grew up in a business owning family but chose not to go into the family business.  He became a Certified Public Accountant and owned his own CPA firm for over 15 years.  He then did his own transition to be a partner in a firm that grew to become one of the most successful middle market CPA firms in Chicago.  He gained a reputation for his insights into a business’ strengths and challenges and identifying what could hold it back or push it to the next level. The lessons learned from the business owning families Barry served, enabled him to gain a reputation for recognizing a business’ strengths and challenges and identifying what could hold it back or push it to the next level. Seeing business owners make good and poor business and transition choices, made Barry realize that he had a passion for families-in-business, and decided to focus his expertise and hands-on experience on a disciplined approach and process tailored to families and non-family stakeholders. 

    Barry then decided to focus the expertise he developed and hands-on experienced and formed Birkdale Transition Partners LLC.  In 2017 Birkdale merged to form SVA Value Accelerators, a national consulting firm that solely works with closely held businesses to successfully transition their business, enhance value and achieve desired outcomes.

    To better service his clients, he has invests heavily in education.  In addition to a degree from Northern Illinois University and being a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.  He became a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) in 2010 and Certified Merger Acquisition Advisor (CMAA) in 2014 and most recently earned an Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising bestowed from the Family Firm Institute.  Barry speaks regularly to organizations and business groups on Value Acceleration and Transition-Readiness.  He has written an eBook, several articles and is published in Family Firm Institute Publication the Practitioner.

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