Simply said… Dave gets it! An entrepreneur since his graduation from St. Louis University, Dave started his own envelope-manufacturing company when he was only 24-years old. Self-described as a business geek, he developed the start-up into a highly-successful market leader in a high-volume, low-margin industry. After 28 years, he sold the business having achieved tremendous success. But the sale of the business didn’t go as Dave had always envisioned. “I thought that when I was ready, I’d sell the business to a larger competitor and walk away with a big bag of money!”
Well, Dave was disappointed when he found out there is MUCH more required to sell a business – it isn’t easy. He did succeed in selling the business and learned a lot in the process. With more to give, Dave began his second career, founding Metro Business Advisors, to guide fellow business owners through their once in a lifetime event by sharing his experience in building, growing, managing, and successfully exiting his business. Dave’s goal is to remind owners to build value and run their businesses as if they were going to sell tomorrow, rather than waiting until they feel ready to leave the business.
“Owners have only one shot at the successful transfer of their business so it’s essential to be knowledgeable and prepared,” says Dave. Dave’s business knowledge, life experiences, and commitment help colleagues achieve their transition objectives.
Dave’s primary focus is driven by the desires of the transitioning owner to successfully transfer the business for maximum value, while minimizing taxes and managing future risk. Whether a family/key employee internal transition or a third-party sale is best for the company, Dave helps with the process while the owner continues to focus on running the business.
Owner helping owners: Dave’s expertise and understanding of the demands of ownership and the associated passions make him uniquely qualified to help business owners with the preparation for their eventual retirements and their Life Beyond Business.TM Dave has genuine enthusiasm and the background to create a road map for owners to realize their dreams. He takes pride in building relationships with clients while learning about their businesses and their individual goals… succession should be a transition, not a transaction. Metro respects the confidentiality requirements for connecting quality sellers and buyers.
As a member of International Business Brokers Association, Inc. (IBBA), Dave stays current on industry trends, news, and resources. Dave has been instrumental in the establishment of the IBBA Mid-America chapter and serves as secretary of the organization.
As a business broker and M&A advisor for small businesses, Metro can help you buy a business, sell your business, perform a business market valuation, lead your exit & succession planning, and facilitate mergers & acquisitions.