TRANSITION TALK

What Makes a Successful Buyer? [VIDEO]

Posted by FP Transitions on Mar 2, 2018 10:07:41 AM

In 20 years of helping financial practices transition, we have closed over 3,000 successful deals–both on the open market and through privately organized transactions. Each deal is different, but we have been able to identify certain key traits and behaviors that facilitate the most successful acquisitions.

1. Build a strong business foundation

Advisors who take the time to self-assess and build (even if it takes a few years) present as a better candidate to sellers. They have ensured their business has the cash flow and capacity to service an influx of clients. Successful buyers are those willing to put in the work to prepare their business, and take care to make the transition as smooth as possible for the outgoing owner and new clients.

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Topics: Acquisition, Business Growth, Testimonial

Is Your Business Ready for the Road Ahead? : Strategies for Organizational Growth [VIDEO]

Posted by FP Transitions on Aug 21, 2017 1:54:42 PM

You took the risk to become independent, hung out the shingle, and spent a myriad of sleepless nights worrying about how to build a business that paid the mortgage. A few bumpy months led to a smoother ride over the years; you now have a strong entity and responsibility over the lives of your clients and employees. As you stabilize, concern shifts from survival to how to perpetuate something that has become bigger than you. Your focus becomes generating growth that secures your future, as well as that of those onboard.

With Growth Comes Challenges

Floyd Green, Founding Partner at Cornerstone Wealth Management in Raleigh, North Carolina faced one of the biggest challenges of his life. Unexpected circumstances forced Floyd to quickly reduce his work hours from 45 to 20 hours a week. Too young to retire and with a staff that had “come to expect a paycheck,” he had to consider how to ensure his business not only survived, but thrived, without him as the sole growth engine.

Thanks to existing relationships, recruiting advisors who shared his vision, values, and passion was the first hurdle cleared; deciding how to effectively incorporate them into the ownership structure would prove more difficult. The issue was not only one of compensation, but also cultivating the motivation and mentality required to be an owner amongst Floyd’s key producers. He wanted to encourage ownership of outcome, a decision-making mindset that considers the future impact on the business.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Testimonial, Continuity

Succession and The Family Business [VIDEO]

Posted by FP Transitions on Jan 17, 2017 12:52:19 PM

It’s been a while since “keeping it in the family,” assumed your literal family. Yet, many advisors approach succession with pride when they have the opportunity to pass their advisory legacy to a son, daughter, niece, cousin, or other relative.

Choosing a successor who is a part of your blood family doesn’t mean the succession process becomes 10 times easier; it doesn’t mean you just hand over the keys one day with a, “See ya later, kid. Don’t burn the place down.” It requires the same careful planning and communication to ensure ownership of the business ends up in the right hands.

Tom and Paul Morrone of US Wealth Management in North Haven, Connecticut have always been a close father / son unit, but that didn’t automatically mean that Paul would step into his father’s shoes one day. Instead, he forged his own path before recognizing the business and the life his father had built was exactly what he was striving for. And still, ownership wasn’t just handed to him.

Tom insisted that Paul EARN ownership, and together they sought help for the succession process. It wasn’t a matter of trust. It was a matter of making sure they hadn’t missed any detail, and that they had the most beneficial path for both of them.

Below, watch the Morrones put their journey in their own words.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Acquisition, Webcasts, Business Growth, Testimonial, Client Success, Family Business, Next Generation

Client Success Story : The Growth Machine [VIDEO]

Posted by FP Transitions on Oct 5, 2016 8:03:41 AM

In the M&A space for the financial services industry, everyone wants to acquire. Few advisors, however, take the time to sit back and think about what they want from the acquisition: what kinds of clients and assets would complement the existing business, what new staff and advisors are required to run a larger book of business, and what will the new business look like post transition.

In our experience, the advisors who are most strategic are the most successful.

Michael Lutz of Legacy Financial Strategies in Overland Park, KS understood that acquisition was a viable and smart path for growing his business. He wasn’t just looking to gobble up as many practices as he could, however, because he also understood that if he chose his targets strategically, he could not only grow his business but he could ensure its legacy by using acquisition as a vehicle to recruit Generation Two talent to his firm.

Using the FP Transitions Succession Management Program, Michael offered equity, and with it a modicum of control, to recruit smaller advisors with existing books–and new advisors without–to Legacy Financial Strategies and created his “growth machine”. These mergers and additions increased the value of what they all now own and are committed to continue building.

With the right strategy, instead of just acquiring clients and assets, a “growth machine” is created, and the foundation for future growth is built with succession through acquisition.

Watch Michael’s story below.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Acquisition, Webcasts, Business Growth, Testimonial, Client Success, Next Generation

Succession Success Story [VIDEO]

Posted by FP Transitions on Apr 20, 2016 11:00:00 AM

FP Transitions client Greg Hoffman found the best match for his business, Hoffman Financial Resources, when he added Ross Lawrence to his team 5 years ago. Ross shared Greg’s commitment to the community and passion for helping the people of Nevada, MO make educated financial decisions.

Three years later they embarked on their succession planning journey with FP Transitions. Valuation in hand and succession options laid out, Ross and Greg chose the accelerated path with the help of bank financing.

Five years after joining the Hoffman Financial Reources team, Ross took over full ownership and Greg moved into his role as mentor, free to enjoy the life he’s earned after 30 years of financial advising.

Don’t just take our word for it. Watch Ross and Greg’s story below.

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Topics: Succession Planning, Webcasts, Testimonial, Client Success

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