Chris E. Best
Company: Acclaro Valuation Advisors
Title: Managing Director
p: (402) 895-6222
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Acclaro ESOP Advisor Chris Best Joins ESOP MarketplaceAcclaro Valuation Advisors is a market leader and a respected authority in the field of ESOP valuation. ESOP Marketplace is excited to represent a distinguished firm like Acclaro, and is happy to coun... Read the blog post >
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Chris Best has provided business valuation services to privately held businesses since 1987. He is a leading authority on the valuation of businesses that sponsor employee stock ownership plans and the review of ESOP valuation reports for credibility and compliance with standards.
Mr. Best is a Certified Public Accountant and retains the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), Master Certified Business Appraiser (MCBA), and Accredited in Business Appraisal Review (ABAR) credentials.
Mr. Best is a nationally recognized presenter and speaker on business valuation topics, having presented for the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, the ESOP Association, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals.
Mr. Best is the developer and instructor of a course on ESOP Valuations for the Consultants Training Institute (CTI) and he also teaches other advanced courses for CTI. In addition, he teaches other courses on advanced business valuation topics for the Institute of Business Appraisers and other organizations.
Mr. Best’s career has taken him to South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota, where he held positions at various CPA firms in tax, audit, and consulting. He founded Acclaro Valuation Advisors (formerly known as Best Business Appraisals) in 1999. Since he began his career, Chris has prepared more than 1500 valuations. Most recently, Mr. Best opened an Acclaro branch office in the Orlando, Florida, area.
- B.A., Accounting and Business Administration, magna cum laude, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, 1982
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
- Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)
- Master Certified Business Appraiser (MCBA)
- Accredited in Business Appraisal Review (ABAR)
Mr. Best is an active member of The ESOP Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Society of Appraisers, the Institute of Business Appraisers, and the National Center for Employee Ownership.
- Valuation of businesses that sponsor employee stock ownership plans
- Review of ESOP valuation reports for credibility and compliance standards
- Determining the fairness of ESOP transactions (i.e. fairness opinions)
- Assisting business owners in transferring ownership
- Exit planning, with ESOPs as a key component
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Loren Steenson, Senior VP, Lamp Rynearson & Associates, Inc.
We have used Acclaro for a number of years, and we have always been satisfied. Chris interviews our company leadership about business developments and always stays current with the situation. Our company has one of the oldest ESOPs in the country, it dates back to 1976. Chris has been with us for 9 years; the year he started, the requirements for valuation increased drastically, and he used a much more comprehensive valuation process than our previous advisor. A couple of years ago, in order to fulfill our responsibility to our ESOP shareholders, we went on the market to validate his valuation process by asking another advisor; this confirmed that Chris was doing a great job for our shareholders. We are happy with him, and we expect to work with him for many years to come.
Rich Hullinger, President/Chairman of the Board, Chicago Lumber Company of Omaha
Chris does valuations of our company stock, his analysis is detailed and comprehensive, and I can always trust the number he comes up with. He's valued our stock since 2004, and in all the years, we've been very happy with his performance.
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