Twin Cities Metro Area


The Twin Cities Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute is a group of local advisors dedicated to changing the outcome for middle market owners looking to grow, transition, or exit their businesses.


Chapter Purpose: The purpose of the EPI Twin Cities Chapter is to create a forum where the local community of professional advisors can collaborate to address unique needs of the local community; develop educational programs for business owners and professional advisors to build awareness and better prepare an owner for the successful exit of their business; develop, encourage and foster the adoption of best practices for the exit planning profession; and promote the common business interests of those business advisors engaged in the profession of exit planning.


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2017 Twin Cities Metro Area State of Owner Readiness

Recent studies show that 66% of the current American business market is owned by Baby Boomers, who are set to transition over the next zero to ten years. Statistics also show that only 20% – 30% of businesses that go to market actually sell; leaving up to 80% of those without solid options to harvest their wealth and ensure economic continuity into the next generation. An owner who is “ready” with an attractive business greatly increases the odds that the business will survive a transition of hands. The question is, how ready is the local Twin Cities marketplace to succeed?

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Upcoming Chapter Events

Main Street Business Brokerage vs. M&A Advisory Services

Main Street Business Brokerage vs. M&A Advisory Services

Businesses are brought to market utilizing different methodologies. Sellers and their advisors need to understand what’s available and what will produce the greatest return for their clients

JUN 8, 2022

EPI Twin Cities Metro Area Summer Lawn Bowling Social

EPI Twin Cities Metro Area Summer Lawn Bowling Social

Join us at Brookview in Golden Valley for Lawn Bowling on July 13th for a jam-packed afternoon (3:30 – 6:30 pm) if you are longing for some IN-PERSON fun!

JUL 13, 2022

How to: <br> De-Risking a Business

How to:
De-Risking a Business

Life can throw many “curves” in an owner’s professional and personal life as we have witnessed with a pandemic, loss of a major client, a death, or even divorce.

AUG 10, 2022

When a Business is Sold, What Are the Legal Issues?

When a Business is Sold, What Are the Legal Issues?

What happens to employees, employment agreements, and non-competes when a business is sold or acquired?

SEP 14, 2022

EPI TCMA <br> Owner's Forum

Owner's Forum

Ben Utecht will walk the audience through 4 elite principles that are foundational in both life and business, during the Believe in Culture™ program.

OCT 6, 2022


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Local Leadership




Mark Hegstrom, CEPA, AIF®,
Business Owner Succession Strategies [BOSS]
P: (952) 222-BOSS

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Immediate Past President

Immediate Past President

Julie Keyes
P: (763) 350-5563

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Vice President

Vice President

Shaun Simma
Simma Flottemesch
& Orensein, Ltd.
P: (612) 337-8117

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Dyanne Ross-Hanson, ChFC, CLU, CFP, CEPA
Exit Planning
Strategies, LLC
P: (651) 426-0848

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Chapter Administrator

Chapter Administrator

Jessica Hawthorne
Office Connection
P: (763) 208-9119

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