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Podcast 188 – CFO of YTS companies Shares their ESOP Journey, with Guest Host, Kyla Hanson of JAK CPA’s!

CFO of YTS companies Shares their ESOP Journey, with Guest Host, Kyla Hanson of JAK CPA's!

Our episode today featured a guest co-host with Kyla Hansen, Partner at JAK CPA's and Sponsor of the Poised for Exit Show!

Kyla's client, YTS Companies, became an ESOP in 2021 with the help of JAK's team and Kyla's expertise. Kyla invited YTS CFO, Andy Yetzer to share the story of how their company pursued an ESOP transition and after facing some obstacles, successfully organized a structure for ESOP that will eventually involve all three of their companies while honoring the future exit timelines of its founders

Andy shared that it was through the expert guidance of JAK that they were able to eventually accomplish their goal. Not only did JAK serve as their accounting firm, but also led the assembly of a collaborative advisory team and acquisition of  independent Board members.  

A couple of key tips they both recommended for our listeners considering ESOP were to know the current value of the business before making any transition decisions. If the value is not where it needs to be, work on strategies to grow it. 

The other is to educate yourself on what an ESOP is and know the basic qualifying criteria before making any decisions.  A good resource for employee ownership education is here 

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Julie Keyes
Julie Keyes

Founder & Owner at KeyeStrategies, LLC

Julie is a Certified Exit Planning Adviser and Value Growth Advisor with 30+ years of experience. She works with business owners who seek to understand and maximize their exit and critical transition options.

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