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M and A Unplugged Podcast, hosted by Domenic Rinaldi

About M&A Unplugged

A Podcast for people looking to Scale, Acquire or Exit a Business!

The M&A Unplugged Podcast is hosted by Domenic Rinaldi – Owner and Managing Partner of Sun Acquisitions. On each episode Domenic will interview business buyers, sellers and advisors and you will hear firsthand accounts of their transaction experiences. You will gain valuable insights and actionable takeaways so you can maximize the value of your business acquisition or sale.

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Mark Walztoni: Due Diligence And Integration: Preparing For Your Next Acquisition

As integration is gaining more and more steam, more acquirers are asking how to do integration these days compared to years ago. Joining Domenic Rinaldi on today’s podcast is Mark Walztoni, who shares his high-level formula for approaching this phase, along with how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.

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Jennifer Goldman: Grow Your Business From A Simmer Pot

Don’t let the excitement force you to make hasty decisions. Take a step back and take the time to assess the business. Follow along to this conversation to know the steps to take before diving in deep.

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The Most Common Value Drivers That Affect Business Valuation

There are a number of components that you should be looking at any time you’re valuing a business. In this episode, Domenic Rinaldi dives into one of them – value drivers.

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Keith Knohl: The Business Ownership Process

On this episode, Keith Knohl shares his journey of buying a business, which included retaining a buy-side broker to help him through all phases of the process. 

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Starting Versus Buying A Business: Which One Should You Choose?

On this episode, our Host, Domenic Rinaldi, goes solo and shares to us to about the differences between starting and buying a business and what advantages the latter has over the other. 

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Andrew Cross: Creating The Perfect M&A Communication Strategy

On this episode,  Andrew Cross, Senior Vice President and partner at Walker Sands, shares to us how right messaging is essential in maximizing employee, client and vendor retention while preserving the company’s brand.

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Dr. Solange Charas: Running The Numbers On Human Capital ROI

On this episode,  Dr. Solange Charas, a human capital metrics expert and the Founder and CEO of HCMoneyball shares to us how Human capital is the most important asset of every company. Without it, you can’t maintain clients or grow your business.

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Ben Mimmack & Andy Waltman: Baymark Partners Acquisition Criteria, Due Diligence And M&A Predictions

On this episode,  Ben Mimmack and Andy Waltman of Baymark Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas, shares to us why it is important to understand what a buyer is looking for in a deal so that you can position your company for a future sale.

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Brett Trainor: Getting Past The Micro-Business Stage Through Implementation And Execution

On this episode, Brett Trainor, a B2B startup mentor and investor for more than 25 years, shares how business owners can get past the micro-business stage and start to grow.

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Jaryd Krause: Online-Offline Business Synergy

On this episode, Jaryd Krause, Founder of Buying Online Businesses, shares how offline businesses can increase their lead generation and revenue just by buying an online business and integrating it to their business model.

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Klint Kendrick: Best Practices For Integrating Employees During M&A

On this episode, human resources professional, Klint Kendrick, to talk about the best practices for integrating employees during the mergers and acquisitions transaction.

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|ustin Breen: The Importance Of Communication In The M&A Process

On this episode, Justin Breen, the CEO of the PR firm, BrEpic Communications LLC, joins M&A Unplugged to talk about how you get the communication down the line in a way that positively impacts the entire M&A process.

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Jim Piper: Building The Integration Plan

On this episode, Jim Piper, President of Matot, sits down to talk about the integration of the acquired company – what went right and what could have been done better.

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Will Moore: Preparing For The Sale

On this episode, learn more about how to prepare for the sale and avoid some of the common pitfalls when selling with Will Moore of Moore Momentum.

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Jim Jeffries: Make Or Break Your ROI: Post-Merger Integration And Transition

In this episode, Jim Jeffries, founder of M&A Leadership Council, joins Domenic Rinaldi to talk about post-merger integration and transition and how that can typically make or break your ROI.

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Jason Abell: The Critical Role Of Mindset To M&A Transactions

Domenic Rinaldi sits down with Jason Abell, the President of Rewire, Inc., to help get you thinking about your mindset for a deal and how to be better prepared.

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Joshua Freemire: M&A Concerns For Healthcare Businesses During COVID-19

Joshua Freemire of Epstein Becker & Green joins Domenic to discuss the benefits of having a regulatory attorney in an M&A transaction.

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Jeffrey Petersen And John Schreiner: Earnouts In M&A Transactions

Domenic Rinaldi takes a peek at this timely topic as he sits down with deal attorneys, Jeffrey Petersen of The Law Offices of Jeffrey T. Petersen and John Schreiner of Perkins Coie.

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Tad Render: What Happened to Valuations During COVID-19

Tad Render joins M&A Unplugged again! Tad, Principal of Miller, Cooper, & Co., discusses in detail some of the most important things buyers and sellers should take into account before striking a deal in these uncertain times.

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Dean Newlund: How to Use Intuition During M&A Transactions

Dean is the CEO of Mission Facilitators International, explains why we don’t use intuition as much as we should and why it pays to pay attention to it a little bit more.

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Dr. Alexandra Lajoux: Business Valuations In This Time Of COVID-19

Alexandra (Alex) Reed Lajoux, Ph.D., M.B.A., the founding principal of Capital Expert Services, LLC, talks about how best to get through the motions of these troubled times in your business.

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Thrive LOUD Podcast’s Lou Diamond: Domenic Rinaldi On Taking Your Business To The Market

In this week’s episode, we are republishing an episode where Domenic Rinaldi was a guest on Lou Diamond’s Thrive LOUD Podcast.

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Todd Solomon: Multi-employer Pension Plans: Addressing The Issue Of Underfunding

In this episode, Todd Solomon joins Domenic Rinaldi to talk about multi-employer pension plans and addressing the needs of participants.

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Bill Douglass: Preparing Financially For Your Retirement

Bill Douglass is a senior member of the Newman Douglass Wealth Management Team at Merrill Lynch. Bill and Domenic talk about the financial aspects you need to consider when planning for retirement.

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Trevor Crow: How To Navigate M&A Deals In This COVID-19 Environment

In this episode, Domenic Rinaldi is joined by Trevor Crow, a well-established M&A attorney who focuses his practice on representing buyers and sellers of businesses and the likes.

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John Schreiner & Jeff Peterson: The Two Sides Of M&A Transactions

Domenic Rinaldi is joined by two expert attorneys, John Schreiner and Jeff Petersen, who discuss several legal issues that arise in most M&A transactions – one taking the seller’s perspective while the other providing the buyer’s perspective.

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Eric Kalnins: A Good Time For Estate Planning

Domenic Rinaldi is joined by Eric Kalnins, a Partner at Handler Thayer, LLP, to talk about the importance of estate planning, and the particulars that need to be ironed out well in advance.

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Doug Sandler: The Value Of A Business

In a special episode of M&A Unplugged, Domenic Rinaldi joins the popular podcast, Nice Guys on Business, for an interview with host Doug Sandler. Together, Domenic and Doug discuss the process of selling a business.

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Todd Hockenberry: Strengthening Your Company By Creating Value For Your Customers

Todd Hockenberry, the founder of Top Line Results and an advisor and coach for B2B industrial and manufacturing companies, discusses how you can build and strengthen your company’s future.

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Loren Fogelman: Making Value Conversations

Top-ranked business coach, Loren Fogelman, joins the podcast in an engaging episode on making value conversations with prospective clients.

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Tom Kelly: Energizing Your Sales

Tom Kelly, business coach and owner of Potential in Motion, discusses different ways through which you can improve your business’ sales function.

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Joel Ankney: Common M&A Process Surprises That Catch People Off Guard

Joel Ankney, an attorney and owner of the Law Office of Joel Ankney, raises several scenarios that surprise his clients about the process and gives his strategies on how he deals with them and earns their trust.

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Andrea Fuelleman: Protecting Your Brand Asset Through Intellectual Property

Andrea Fuelleman, partner at the law firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, discusses the differences between copyrights, patents, and trademarks, the use of rights and registrations, and the importance of trademark diligence in your M&A transactions.

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Jeff Sands: Corporate Turnaround In These Uncertain Times

Jeff Sands, Managing Director of Dorset Partners LLC, discusses his expertise of corporate turnarounds, the importance of team effort to the process, and the things to consider first as well as the major blocks that go into the life cycle of a turnaround.

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Nathan Hirsch: FreeeUp Yourself – Hiring Virtual Assistants To Do More

Nathan Hirsch, entrepreneur and Co-Founder of OutsourceSchool, discusses what to look for when you’re hiring virtual assistants to ensure a great partnership.

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Anthony Algmin: Leveraging Data For Your M&A Transactions

Anthony Algmin, Founder of Algmin Data Leadership, discusses how data impacts businesses’ mergers and acquisition both from the seller and buyer’s perspective, how data helps a company improve, and how data creates a competitive advantage.

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Steve Migala: Exit Planning – Turning Over The Business

Steve Migala, Shareholder at Lavelle Law, discusses his framework for how business owners should think about a potential succession or exit from their business.

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Roman Basi: Understanding Business Tax Codes

Roman Basi, the President of The Center for Financial, Legal, Tax, & Planning, discusses some of the recent tax changes, including those that fly below the radar for a lot or business owners, and the impact they have on businesses.

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Steve Mize: Business Valuation – What You Need To Know

Steve Mize, a Founding Partner of GCF Valuation, discusses business valuations from a buyer and seller’s perspective, their business valuation process, and how they interact with banks and bank requirements.

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Matt Somma: Impact of Rep Warranty Insurance To Buyers & Sellers

Matt Somma, VP and Transactional Risk Broker for The ABD Team’s M&A Advisory Practice, discusses the ins and outs of rep and warranty insurance and how this type of insurance impacts buyers and sellers.

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Doug Adams: Working with Loan Brokers vs. Banks

Doug Adams, President at Emerson Capital Corp, differentiates the requirements and benefits of working with loan brokers versus working with banks.

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Darren Mize: Maximizing the Value of Your Business

Darren Mize, Principal at one of the premier valuation companies in the US, GCF Valuations, discusses the importance of getting a business valuation, exploring the process that goes with it and the work of GCF and his career.

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Mark Sirkin: The Psychology of Business

Mark Sirkin, Psychologist and Founder of Sirkin Advisors, discusses how he uses psychology to explore the best practices that lead to business success and consulting with business owners about their human capital and succession planning.

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Ken Arlen: Creating A Self-Managing Company And Maximizing Value

Ken Arlen, the founder of Arlen Music Productions, discusses his journey and insights on starting down the path to creating a self-managing company and maximizing the value of your business.

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Joseph Beer: Best Practices for Sellers

Joseph Beer, Vice President of Operations at Sun Acquisitions, discusses the seller’s responsibility during the M&A process and some best practices for sellers that they need to think about before putting their business for sale as it relates to diligence.

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The Three Foundational Components Of Selling A Business

Domenic Rinaldi, Host of M&A Unplugged, discusses the three foundational components that you, as a business owner, must see through to ensure that you are ready to sell your business and do it with success.

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Jay Myers: Realizing Your Dream And Delegating To More Business Dreamers

Jay Myers, Founder of Interactive Solutions, discusses realizing his dreams through a solid business strategy, letting go of his business and moving on, and the importance of recurring revenue streams in a business.

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Dr. Bart Basi: Getting Smart About Your Taxes

Dr. Bart Basi, a taxation expert working with The Center for Financial, Legal & Tax Planning, Inc., discusses how you can get smarter about doing your taxes and the importance of hiring a tax & legal expert.

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Last Episode of 2019

Domenic Rinaldi, Host of M&A Unplugged, conducts a solo episode and thanks the M&A Unplugged audience for their support in 2019, welcomes listener feedback on future show ideas, exciting interviews coming in the new year, and the launch of K2 adviser.

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Jim Oliver: Infinite Banking

Jim Oliver, Founder of CreateTailwind, discusses actual rate of return versus the average rate of return on investments, mastering the infinite banking concept, and life insurance policy rider that generates the borrowing platform.

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Craig Sherwood: Cyber Security Preparedness

Craig Sherwood, Managing Partner of Shambliss Security, discusses how cyber security preparedness can increase value, cyber security due diligence before a M&A deal, and value of best practices in security to increase competitiveness.

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Andrew Kelleher: Preparing to Sell your Business

Andrew Kelleher, Co-Founder of Kelleher & Buckley LLC, discusses common legal and estate issues when selling a business, getting people comfortable with a buy/sell agreement, and life insurance as asset protection.

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The Story of Wenesco, Inc. and the Importance of a Succession Plan

Wendi Ewalt and Lesli Chenelle, previous owners of Wenesco, discuss the early days of their business, what happens without a succession plan, and advice for family business owners.

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Domenic Rinaldi: Survey Review & Happy Thanksgiving!

Domenic Rinaldi, Host of M&A Unplugged, conducts a solo episode to discuss the results from a recent survey, the ramifications of a sale, creating a self-managing business, and upcoming programs and services for 2020 to prepare for a sale.

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Jeremy Waitzman: Beyond the Price of a Sale of a Business

Jeremy Waitzman, Partner and Head of the Corporate Practice Group at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, discusses earn-outs to bridge a gap in a transaction, rollover equity, representations and warranties, and indemnities.

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Kathy Miller: Transitioning from Selling a Business to Retirement

Kathy Miller, previous owner of Total Event Resources, discusses preparing for retirement, preparing her business for a sale, the business selling process, and selecting the right buyer.

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David Buckley: Legal Considerations in M&A Transactions

David Buckley, co-founder of Kelleher & Buckley Law Firm, discusses estate planning, legal areas of focus when planning a M&A transaction, the importance of assembling the right team and securing key employees.

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Lamar Stanley: Private Equity Group Acquisitions

Lamar Stanley, Head of Deal Origination at Gen Cap America, discusses how Gen Cap approaches fundraising, return on investments, client concentrations, the market going forward and trends.

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Phil Stout: Acquiring a Small Business and Growing it

Phil Stout, new owner of Sizzle Productions, discusses what led him to own a new business, becoming comfortable within a new industry, preparations that went into buying a business, and owning a business with a spouse.

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Tim Allen: Environmental Due Diligence

Tim Allen, Business Development at A3 Environmental, discusses Phase 1 reports, Phase 2 reports and if there is recognized environmental concerns, Phase 3 remediation, and defensive environmental consulting.

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