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KEVIN R. YEANOPLOS, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA

Kevin R. Yeanoplos, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA is the Director of Valuation Services for Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C., a firm with offices in Seattle, Phoenix, and Tucson that specializes in the areas of business and intellectual property valuation, financial analysis and litigation support.

He is also one of the founders of YS Advisory, utilizing his extensive experience over the last 30 years in advising professional service providers and their clients on strategic planning and management issues.

Mr. Yeanoplos has extensive experience, having been involved in engagements for a variety of purposes over the last three decades, including divorce and other

litigation, financial reporting, gift and estate taxes, mergers and acquisitions, and ESOP’s.

He has determined the value of a broad spectrum of companies and intangibles (such as patents, trademarks and others) in various industries, including high tech companies, aircraft parts manufacturers, biomedical companies, construction companies, automobile dealerships, telephone companies, restaurants, financial institutions and various retailers. He has also valued various professional practices, including accounting firms, law firms, and medical and dental practices. Mr. Yeanoplos has evaluated economic loss suffered by parties in cases involving contract disputes, medical malpractice and wrongful termination.

Mr. Yeanoplos has testified as an expert witness in both state and Federal courts on a number of issues, including valuation, financial analysis, and damages. He has been a court appointed neutral on valuation issues. He has testified as an expert in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Washington, Florida, and Pennsylvania. He has been recognized as a leading expert in accounting/ valuation by attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America as part of Best Lawyers Preferred.

Mr. Yeanoplos has considerable experience in lecturing to professionals on the topics of valuation, applied finance and financial analysis issues and theory. He has been a guest lecturer at the Thunderbird School of Management and the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Business. He has taught courses in 78 cities in 38 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada. He has been a faculty member for the American Institute of CPAs’ (“AICPA”) National Business Valuation School for close to 20 years and is currently on the faculty of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Advocacy Institute - Advanced Program.

He has authored and/or instructed programs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the AICPA, the Utah Association of CPAs (“UACPA”), the Arizona Society of CPAs (“ASCPA”), the American Society of Appraisers (“ASA”), the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (“NACVA”), the State Bar of Arizona, the Utah State Bar, and many other professional organizations. He is a past recipient of NACVA’s Instructor of Distinction Award.

He was one of the original co-authors of the AICPA’s Accredited in Business Valuation Exam Review Course, a contributing author to the 2001 and 2008 Supplement to Valuing Professional Practices & Licenses, a contributing author to the 2004 Forensic Accounting in Matrimonial Divorce supplement to the Journal of

Forensic Accounting, a co-author of Financial Valuation: Application and Models 2nd and 3rd Editions, a regular co-author of the annual Guide to Personal v. Enterprise Goodwill, and a co-author of Reasonable Compensation: Application and Analysis for Appraisal, Tax and Management Purposes. He authored the AICPA’s course on Auditing Fair Value Measurements.

He is currently serving as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Business Valuation Update and the AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy, and is on the Panel of Experts for the Financial Valuation and Litigation Expert.

Mr. Yeanoplos is a former Commissioner on the AICPA’s National Accreditation Commission, a former Chair of the AICPA’s ABV Credential Committee and a former member of the AICPA’s Virtual Grassroots Panel. He is a former member of the AICPA’s Consulting Services Business Valuation Committee and a past Chair of the AICPA Annual Business Valuation Conference. He is currently a member of the AICPA’s ABV Exam Review Task Force.

He was named the AICPA’s Business Valuation Volunteer of the Year in 2006. In 2010 he was inducted into the AICPA’s Business Valuation Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals whose lifetime achievements and contributions have significantly advanced the valuation discipline and that have enhanced the valuation profession for CPAs. There are currently only 25 individuals nationally that have been so honored.

He is a two-time past Chair of the ASCPA’s Business Valuation Committee and was the founding Chair of the UACPA’s Business Valuation Committee. Under his tenure as Business Valuation Committee Chairman, the ASCPA established their annual Business Valuation Conference. In 2007, the ASCPA recognized Mr. Yeanoplos with an Award for his Dedication to the Success of Business Valuation Section. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the ASCPA.

Mr. Yeanoplos is a Certified Public Accountant Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics (“CPA/ABV/CFF”) and was in the charter class of those earning the ABV credential and the CFF credential. In addition, he is an Accredited Senior Appraiser in the Business Valuation discipline for the American Society of Appraisers. He is a former member of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial Panel. He is a former member of the ASA’s International Board of Examiners.

In 2010, he was appointed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to serve on the Arizona Board of Appraisal. Mr. Yeanoplos was recently elected as Chair of the Board.

Mr. Yeanoplos graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1983, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

 

RONALD L. SEIGNEUR, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, MBA, CGA, CGMA

Ronald L. Seigneur, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA is managing partner of Seigneur Gustafson LLP, based in Lakewood, Colorado, where he specializes in management coaching/mentoring, succession & exit planning strategies, business & intellectual property appraisal, litigation support services, financial reporting and taxation. He is also a founder of YS Advisory where his diverse practice focuses on  management consulting and strategic planning, utilizing over 30 years of experience advising professional service providers and their firms.  Ron has served as Chief Operating Officer and CFO for a 50 attorney Denver law firm and worked with over 300 professional service firms on a wide range of practice management issues.  He has published over 80 articles on business leadership, succession and exit planning strategies, reasonable compensation determinations, business valuation and related subjects.  Ron has developed & taught a number of management, leadership, and advanced business valuation courses for the AICPA, NACVA, Association of Legal Administrators, CLE of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, state CPA Societies, and state Bar Associations.    

 

Ron has significant experience working with complex valuation, commercial damages, forensic accounting, and related litigation support matters, with significant experience as a testifying expert in numerous jurisdictions.  Ron has served as court appointed Special Master, trustee, receiver and arbitrator.  He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, a Senior Appraiser in business valuation (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers, and holds the AICPA specialty designations of Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).  Ron is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries, working closely with business intermediaries, bankruptcy trustees and other advisors in merger & acquisition transactions, receiverships, ESOP plans and related succession planning strategies.

 

Ron has been highly involved as a partner in a Lakewood based CPA firm for over 2 decades, with a particular emphasis working with taxation and financial reporting issues for real estate development and construction trades, restaurants & hospitality related businesses, and professional service firms.  He is nationally recognized for its specialized support of professional service firm management needs, including facilitation of business planning and marketing retreats, executive and administrative placements, cost controls and revenue enhancement initiatives, incentive compensation & benefits planning, start-ups and break-ups, and general practice management issues.  The firm acts as an on-call resource for several business owners and professional firms and consults regularly with clients on a wide range of issues, including strategic planning, business development, innovative compensation systems, administrative management, leadership and governance, technology, profit improvement, and staff mentoring, development and retention.  Ron has facilitated over 50 strategic and business planning retreats covering a wide range of issues and formats. 

 

Currently Ron’s firm serves the CPA needs of over 500 closely held businesses with a particular emphasis on hospitality, real estate trades, and professional services firms.   He just completed his term on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries, where he focuses attention on representation of buyers and sellers of closely held businesses, through an affiliation with Touchstone Business Advisors and other qualified intermediaries.

 

Ron is co-author of Reasonable Compensation: Application and Analysis for Appraisal, Tax and Management Purposes, published by Business Valuation Resources and co-author of Financial Valuation: Applications and Models, Third Edition, a 1300+ treatise on business valuation published by John Wiley & Sons.  Ron is a past chair of the AICPA ABV Credential Committee, NACVA Professional Standards Committee, and has been a member of the AICPA Business Valuation Committee, and the AICPA Consulting Services Executive Committee.  Mr. Seigneur was the 2009-10 chair of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and was inducted in 2006 as a member of the AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame, is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, College of Law, where he teaches financial, management and leadership courses.  He recently served on the AICPA Governing Council and currently teaches a course he co-designed titled Applied Leadership and Management Theory for Law Firms.

 

Ron has recently completed service on the board of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries and is co-founder of YS Advisory, a consultancy focused on advising practitioners and attorneys on practice management and technical issues in the areas of business and IP appraisal, economic damages, financial forensics, malpractice issues and related concerns. Ron has a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University, and a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Policy and Finance from the University of Michigan.  He is currently the chair of the Colorado Society of CPAs 2020 Committee, the strategic planning committee of the Society, and is co-chair of the 2013 AICPA Forensic and Business Valuation Conference.

 

 



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