The Business Owner Transition

Mike Quinlan, CExP, CWS

Selling a business is often one of the most difficult things an owner will ever have to do. Most are not ready, or worse, they are forced into it. Each episode of The Business Owner Transition addresses real-word challenges and solutions so owners can leave on their terms.

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In this episode, Mike talks with Beth Miller, author, coach and management team guru.  Mike and Beth talk about her book Replaceable, An Obsession with Succession and improving your team and positioning your business so you can leave it on your terms and join the Elite 3%! Find Beth's book on Amazon and wherever books are sold.  You can contact Beth at Learn about The Business Owner Transition Academy at    

Nov 23

41 min 56 sec

One of the first things owners tell me when they enter The Business Owner Transition Academy or when we start a consulting engagement is they are unhappy with the performance of their sales team.  In this episode, I talk with Jonathan Graviss. Jonathan is a career sales professional and tells us how to build, manage and incentivize high performance teams to fuel your top line revenue growth.  Jonathan is a Vice President and General Sales Manager for Clear Channel Outdoors and an instructor and consultant with the Academy.  Jonathan can be reached at or by contacting  

Nov 11

39 min 26 sec

Welcome to EP7.  Mike talks with Karen Reynolds of TechCXO and Don Bravaldo of Bravaldo Capital Advisors.  Mike, Karen and Don all worked together on a vary successful exit and discuss the addition of a fractional CFO from the perspective of planning and preparation to the company sales process. To access the Business Wellness Checkup, please click here  Here is contact information for our guests: Karen Reynolds: Don Bravaldo:

Oct 26

41 min 30 sec

Welcome to EP #6!   Acquiring additional capital to fuel the growth of your business can be a confusing array of decisions.  Where to get it?  What is the cost? What are the strings attached?  All questions The Business Owner Transition Academy instructors, Nathan Corbitt and John Coffin answer in this episode.  Happy listening and here is Nathan and John's contact information if you have questions or comments. Nathan Corbitt, CPA, CFA, CFP, CExP: The Business Owner Transition Academy John Coffin:  President, Practical Growth Advisors. Check out our educational courses, consulting engagements, and valuation assessment at Increase Value, Increase Probability, Join the 25%  

Oct 12

44 min 13 sec

In this episode of The Business Owner Transition, Mike talks with Phil "Susan" Goebel.  Phil is a former Marine Corps F-18 pilot and entrepreneur.  They talk about military aviation, callsigns, Phil's successful sale of "Lazy Susan's" and his new venture into the specialty coffee business.  He will be launching Ready Room Coffee early next year.  Come visit us at The Business Owner Transition Academy

Oct 4

46 min 32 sec

Welcome to episode 4!  We recently hosted clients, students and advisors for our fall social mixer.  We had incredible feedback from the group and the energy in the room was palpable.  Many of the advisors in the room said this was their first live social/networking event since the start of COVID-19.  This episode is a bit of a recap of some of the conversations in the room and an overview of the exit landscape in 2020.  Come visit us at The Business Owner Transition Academy

Sep 22

24 min 45 sec

In this episode, Mike talks with Chris Means, a principal with Pinnacle Planning LLC with offices in Atlanta and Savannah Georgia.  Chris has over 40 years of experience working with business owners on business continuity and asset protection.  During this week's class of the Fall Cohort of The Business Owner Transition Academy, students had questions regarding the risk to their personal balance sheet so Mike invited Chris to discuss his observations of the 5 most important things business owners are missing.   Chris Means, CLU Principal Pinnacle Planning, LLC Phone – (770) 551-1830 * Mobile (404) 702-2615 * Fax (770) 551-1831 7000 Central Parkway, Suite 215, Atlanta, GA  30328

Sep 17

33 min 23 sec

Michael Gossling, former CEO of, talks about the twists, turns, and final home stretch of his successful transition from is ownership role.

Sep 14

50 min 35 sec

Transitioning out of your ownership role on the terms you want is easier said than done, but it can be done. Michael Gossling, former CEO of, shares his story.

Aug 31

36 min 31 sec