Ryan Grau, CVA, CBA

VP of Business Valuation Services / Partner


Ryan has earned his Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) credential and Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) credential from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and Institute of Business Appraisers respectively. He is currently a candidate for the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) credential. Ryan is also certified by the Appraisal Foundation on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and has been admitted multiple times as an expert witness by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as well as state and federal judicial authorities.


Ryan is an industry authority on value and valuation for investment advisory, wealth management, and insurance-based practices and businesses, having supervised the preparation and delivery of over 5,000 market-based calculation reports for various purposes such as mergers and acquisitions, gifting, divorces, damage claims, C-S Corp. election, estate tax, and institutional lending. Ryan has authored, as well as contributed to, various industry publications and best-selling books on the topics of succession planning, valuation, and acquisition of independent financial service and advisory practices. In 2018, Ryan was recognized as one of the NACVA’s 40 Under Forty honorees for his accomplishments and contributions to the profession.


Ryan has worked with business owners, as well as their attorneys and CPAs to help them understand value drivers as well as the application of valuation theories and principles. He has appraised both controlling and minority interests in closely-held businesses for purposes including mergers and acquisitions, marital dissolutions, partnership dissolutions, damages, litigation support, charitable contributions, gift taxes, and institutional lending, among other things.


Ryan’s ongoing mission is to provide clarity to business owners, attorneys, and CPAs on the topics of value and valuation. Through presentations, editorial work, and authorship of numerous articles, Ryan endeavors to share knowledge with individual advisors and to educate the financial services industry as a whole on how to best value, protect, and grow their highly-regulated and often complex practices. Whether they are buying, selling, protecting value through a death and disability plan, or creating equity pathways to grow the enterprise, Ryan’s contributions have helped thousands of advisors and professionals achieve their business goals.


Ryan is a graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is an auto enthusiast, often spotted off-roading in the mountains or racing at Portland International Raceway. Ryan is married to Christina, and together they maintain a very busy household that revolves around their three children—Anthony, Liam, and Maddie.

Ryan Grau, CVA, CBA

Warren Burkholder, ASA, MCBA, CBI

Valuation Consultant


Warren holds more designations than any other professional at FP Transitions but brings the unique experiences of management of operations, ownership of closely held businesses, long experience in brokerage of businesses, and business appraisal skills and knowledge to the team.


Warren has spent thirty years as a business broker and appraiser. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Business Brokers Association, and a twice recipient of their Chairman’s Award for his contributions to their education programs. He serves as an expert witness in matters of business appraisal. He is the past Chair of the Qualification Review Committees of the Institute of Business Appraisers and is also a past Regional Governor of the IBA. Warren’s designations include Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the American Society of Appraisers; Master Certified Business Appraiser (MCBA); Accredited in Business Appraisal Review (ABAR) by the Institute of Business Appraisers; Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF); and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) by the National Association of Valuators and Analysts. He is pleased to apply his vast experience and expertise to the FP Transitions valuation methodology and to develop improved models to serve independent financial professionals.


Prior to venturing into brokerage and appraisals, Warren was successful in the U.S. confections market: He was President of Curtis Candy, which featured such market successes as Baby Ruth and Butterfinger; as well as President of Cadbury North America, where he oversaw the building of Cadbury's first U.S. chocolate factory in Pennsylvania. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and served as an Infantry Officer in the US Army.

Warren is an avid golfer and frequent traveler. While he has lived on both coasts and played the links from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, his partnership with FP Transitions allows him easier access to his favorite course, the Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast. 

Warren Burkholder, ASA, MCBA, CBI

Marcus Hagood

EMS Director


Marcus is an oenophile that holds Series 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses, with a degree in international economics, which makes him a really smart wine connoisseur.


Prior to joining FP Transitions, Marcus was exploring his life-long dream of producing world-class wine by working at two pioneering Oregon wineries, Lange Estate and Erath. While assisting in the production of multiple award-winning wines, he began to miss the warm, safe, and less physically demanding nature of his former life in the financial services industry.


With 15 years of industry experience in multiple roles at TD Ameritrade and Securities America, Marcus’s varied experience has included everything from recruiting financial professionals to working to develop the first ever online brokerage window in a 401(k) plan. Through it all, his focus has been to assist investment professionals in achieving their goals through identifying and implementing best practices in business development, practice management, succession planning, and technology integration.


Marcus’s passion is creating new products and services. He had the rare opportunity to join Ameritrade while it was still family owned and was there during the development of many new lines of business and technologies. At FP Transitions, Marcus is responsible for the support and evolution of FP Transitions’ popular Equity Management System® (EMS), helping thousands of advisors learn how to manage the equity of their practices and businesses.


Marcus earned his B.A. in international studies (international economics) at the University of Nebraska, with dual minors in German and economics.  He lives in Tigard, Oregon, with his wife Mary Stuart and their three lovely children, Cole, Madeline, and Lauren.


Marcus’s perfect vacation is a trip to Burgundy spent crawling through cellars, tasting barrel samples of Grand Cru Burgundy with the winemakers and discussing the different vintages and winemaking techniques, followed by a trip to the Côte d'Azur for some sail/beach time on the Med.


Contact Marcus:

Marcus Hagood

Ben Collins

Senior Data Engineer


Ben is a man of mystery, but loves his music—and valuations!
Ben Collins was born in Aberdeen, Washington, and grew up in central Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2009 with a degree in biology, minoring in chemistry and philosophy-ethics. After returning from a medical internship in Durban, South Africa, and a brief stint with Netflix to explore the business side of things, Ben joined FP Transitions in 2010.


Ben is FP Transitions' senior valuation analyst for a valuation team that consistently performs more than 1,000 valuations each year. Ben organizes and analyzes practice data in order to determine each practice’s specific placement on the Cash Flow Quality, Transition Risk, and Marketplace Demand Indexes, the key steps in compiling the Comprehensive Valuation Report. Ben’s work also provides significant data from which benchmarking reports are provided, helping advisors assess areas of operational strength or weakness.


Although Ben enjoys art, literature, film, comic books, sports, science, and spending time with friends and family, his life-long passion is music. Ben began his musical career at age 16, recording and touring the country throughout high school and college. He currently plays with the blues-rock outfit South Saturn Delta. By day, he is your typical playboy/philanthropist/project analyst. By night, he is Jim Morrison incarnate.

Ben Collins

Jeremy Seicianu, CVA

Business Appraiser


Jeremy is a class act, world traveling musician and comes to FP Transitions from the land of the Chicago Cubs. 


Prior to joining the FP Transitions team, Jeremy earned his finance and economics degree from Portland State University. While at school, Jeremy coordinated various insurance and financial services activities, including financial budget allocations, insurance renewals, and risk management oversight for seven Oregon state universities.


Jeremy brings his passion for analytical challenges to FP Transitions’ Valuation Department. Jeremy enjoys the complexities, challenges, and analysis that are required of a business appraiser. One of his main passions is working closely with clients on each appraisal to gain an understanding of how they built their business and shaped their future expectations. He gathers and analyzes both macro and micro level economics that could potentially influence those future expectations. Jeremy uses this analysis to help the clients make both short- and long-term tactical decisions to increase their value proposition given their desired exit strategy. As an appraiser, Jeremy has worked with over 700 financial advisors to help them understand the value of practice and the key value drivers.


Jeremy is a current member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) accreditation.


Contact Jeremy:
800.934.3303 x 2049  |  Email  

Jeremy Seicianu, CVA

Mike McKennon

EMS Consultant


Born with a golf club in his hand, Mike brings fun, light-hearted humor, and enthusiasm for life to FP Transitions.


Mike has played golf for as long he can remember and achieved his first hole-in-one at the age of ten, so it should come as no surprise that he played golf for Oregon State University while he studied journalism.


In his early career, he found himself working in business and advertising, and eventually landed a job with Nike Golf as a sales representative for golf apparel. Winning both the Regional and National Sales Rep of the Year awards, he helped develop the concept for the Mobile Pro Shop when he noticed apparel and equipment were competing for the same business. The Mobile Pro Shop is now considered an industry standard in the golf business.


With the spirit of an entrepreneur, Mike built a business from scratch and later sold it. As a former business owner, Mike understands the financial and emotional hurdles that go into selling a business, and he brings that experience with him to the FPT team. Mike works across multiple departments, including Business Development, Legal, and Valuation & Member Services. He supports clients and helps them navigate their experience with FP Transitions, ensuring each client gets the most out of their engagement and has the best experience possible.


In his free time, you can find him playing golf or enjoying the Oregon outdoors with his two daughters. He continues to play competitive amateur golf in the Pacific Northwest.

Mike McKennon

Julia Sullivan, CVA

Business Appraiser


Equal parts explorer and analyst, Julia enjoys working with advisors to learn the story behind their numbers.


The role of a business appraiser at FP Transitions is both qualitative and quantitative in nature, and Julia’s background underscores the special kind of work that she does for advisors. Hailing from New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, Julia pursued a dual major at the University of New Hampshire in information systems and business analytics before graduating with a degree in finance and economics. After studying investment markets and financial scandals, Julia has come to appreciate the need for accuracy and honesty in the valuation work that she performs. 


During her time in college, she explored and nurtured her passion for business and professionalism as a member of the professional co-ed business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and as a member of her college’s Women in Business club. She exercised her passion for traveling when she spent five months studying in Budapest, Hungary, explored Eastern Europe, and visited her roots in Germany. It was her passion for travel and exploration that led her to the West Coast where she was able to soak in much of Oregon’s natural beauty.


Recently, Julia was granted an opportunity that led her back to the East Coast. Her new location takes her much closer to where she grew up so she is thoroughly enjoying quality time with her family. She will be continuing her role as a business appraiser with FP Transitions, albeit, from across the country! We hope her sense of wanderlust, and her love of Oregon will bring her back to us for frequent visits.


If you ever need to find Julia, look both high and low, because when she’s not working she is most likely to be found climbing a mountain or relaxing on a beach!

Julia Sullivan


Ethan Walker

Valuation Analyst


Bio coming soon!  


Ethan Walker


Parker Trelstad

Membership Coordinator


An avid outdoorsman and basketball aficionado, Parker brings his love of the game to FP Transitions.


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Parker's zest for the outdoors goes beyond the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. For the past four summers, he's traveled to a different national park for a week-long backpacking trip to explore everything nature has to offer. Whether it's backpacking, hiking, camping, or skiing, being active (and outside) is what drives him.


Once outdoor season is over, Parker can be found at his favorite local brewery enjoying a Hazy IPA while rooting on his hometown basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers. His passion for basketball started in 2007 when he watched Brandon Roy slice teams up and down the court. From there, his fascination grew. He diligently studies the NBA news and is the source for "all things basketball" at the office.


Parker graduated from Gonzaga University with degrees in financing and supply chain management. While at Gonzaga, he led a project that turned empty dorm rooms into study spaces. Seeing the struggle between students who needed to unwind with those who needed to study, Parker worked with the university to install white boards and study desks in unused dorm rooms. The result was more space in the common areas and more capacity for students to both work and play.


As membership coordinator of our EMS® program, Parker helps clients analyze their valuations, manages their project timelines, and provides advice on our various consulting tracks.


Parker Trelstad


Stephanie Legge

EMS Coordinator


From archaeology to block printing, Stephanie's talents know no bounds.


Originally from San Francisco, Stephanie and her family moved to Portland when she was a young girl. She later returned to California to attend the University of San Diego to earn degrees in both French and history. With a true love for learning and travel, Stephanie turned her attention to archaeology and pursued a master’s degree from Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. One of the highlights of her time there was participating in a summer-long archaeological dig in Maryport, England.


While in England, she started monthly historical walking tours and brought the tradition home with her when she returned to the States. Once back in Portland, she went on to work at the Portland’s Children Museum, where she meshed her interest in science and exploration with helping visitors get the most out of their experiences. A genuine people-person and natural-born crafter, Stephanie brings her expert interpersonal skills and creative flair to the EMS team.


As EMS coordinator, Stephanie provides client support and helps members manage their accounts. When she’s not at the office, she can be found with her nose in a book or getting her hands on her next craft project.


Stephanie Legge