Chris has provided business valuation services to privately held businesses since 1987. He is a leading authority on the valuation of businesses that sponsor employee stock ownership plans and business valuation reviews. Chris is a nationally recognized presenter and speaker on business valuation topics, having presented for the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, the ESOP Association, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Chris is the developer and instructor of a course on ESOP Valuations for the Institute of Business Appraisers. In addition, he teaches other courses on advanced business valuation topics for the Institute of Business Appraisers and other organizations.
His career took him to South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota, where he held positions at various CPA firms in tax, audit, and consulting, before founding Acclaro Valuation Advisors in Omaha, Nebraska (formerly known as Best Business Appraisals), in 1999. Chris is the Managing Director of Acclaro’s Orlando, Florida, branch office. Since he began his career, Chris has prepared more than a thousand valuations.
Chris and his wife, Susan, have two daughters. He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys following football, baseball, basketball, and participating in fantasy sports leagues.
This topic will address some additional issues business appraisers must deal with when appraising companies for Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) purposes.