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In today’s weekly broadcast of CFOradio (www.CFOradio.com), host Lorraine Chilvers interviews Gareth Young, Principal with Abraxas Business Services, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia (abraxas.biz). Abraxas specializes in business brokerage and mergers & acquisitions for small and middle market companies. The highly experienced M&A and business professionals at Abraxas work with buyers to help them find businesses that meet their criteria, and they also help business owners develop achievable exit strategies, wherever they are in the ownership cycle.Â
In this web broadcast, Gareth Young describes his career path and opportunities that led to his current role as the principal with Abaxas Business Services. He also shares some key advice to individuals and companies planning or involved in acquisitions or exit strategies in today’s economy.
Gareth also provides some interesting information to the CFOradio audience about the valuations that business owners preparing to sell need to know. Prior to Abraxas Mr. Young ran finanSight, a firm he founded that provided financial and operational services to start-ups and small businesses, including training, organizational consulting, and assistance with state tax credits. Mr. Young also was Executive Director of Corporate Development for BellSouth Corporation for fifteen years. In that position, he was responsible for developing and executing business expansion strategies for BellSouth through mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and other transactions. Gareth began his career at Deloitte, where he spent seven years serving diverse clients in industries including banking, retail, paper and printing, and light engineering, as well as being Deloitte’s facilitator for first their UK national training group, regional training director in the U.S.
Gareth is a Chartered Accountant in the UK, has worked as an audit manager in the UK and the U.S., and has received numerous awards, including the Elijah Watt Sells Award for the C.P.A. exam. He is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, in the UK, with an M.A. in mathematics. He is also an author, whose first novel was published in 2009.