I have owned
and operated 5 small businesses since my graduation from college
in 1986. This real world experience, and a personal tragedy, has
led me to create Olin Capital Advisors and direct its concentration
in the Exit Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions fields.
My parents had owned a small business since
1984 and were happily living the American Dream of business ownership.
The business offered them a comfortable lifestyle but, much of
its success was predicated on my father’s participation
in the venture. Tragedy struck when Dad, Roger (age 57), was diagnosed
with Mesothelioma, a terminal form of asbestos cancer. Within
8 months he had passed away. Unfortunately, there had been no
exit planning for the business. I witnessed, first hand, the affect
this lack of planning had on my parent’s business. That
experience continues to feed my desire to help owners properly
prepare for the successful exit or transition out of their business
and continues to shape my outlook on life today.
I like to learn by life experience and
formal education, as evidenced by going back to school to attain
my master’s degree in Business Administration at the age
of 47. I have also come to believe that life is short and can
be even shorter for an unlucky few, like my Dad. I believe in
“Family First” as any of my employees will attest,
and keeping a good Life-Work balance. I also believe that life
is too short to work at something you do not like. I believe you
get out of life what you put into it and your attitude is an incredibly
important factor in determining your level of personal happiness.
I also believe too few people take full responsibility for their
actions and this is a source of great concern for me.
Finally, it may sound trite but, “My
Word is My Bond”…..that‘s something my Father
taught me and words I try to live by.