Valerie L. Vaughn has been working in the industry since 2013 and has achieved several industry certifications including the certified business intermediary (CBI), certified mergers and acquisitions professional (CM&AP), and Mergers & Acquisitions master intermediary (M&AMI).
As a Senior Advisor with Apex Business Advisors, Valerie works with the owners of small to lower middle market businesses to confidentially sell their businesses. She consults with owners in the years prior to exit to help them understand what buyers find valuable and to strategically prepare their businesses to receive the best price and terms.
Valerie's approach to working with business owners is consultative. She asks a lot of questions and listens carefully to truly understand the business and the Seller's exit goals. Her ability to approach each business sale as a puzzle to be solved has resulted in her assisting business owners across a wide range of industries including electrical, HVAC and plumbing contractors, technical and engineering businesses, high end caterers and women-owned businesses.
Valerie’s professional experience includes positions with organizations varying in size from startups to large Fortune 25 companies. Her academic background is as extensive as her business experience. She has a B.S. from the University of Richmond, earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware and has a Rockhurst University MBA.