Greater Los Angeles


The Greater Los Angeles 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 Greater Los Angeles 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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National 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 national marketplace to succeed?

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Upcoming Virtual Chapter Events

Planning for a Successful Exit or Transition

Planning for a Successful Exit or Transition

In this second installment of a four part series, we will discuss why planning for a successful exit should include advanced estate planning, tax mitigation and philanthropy.

APR 28, 2021

Maximizing the Value of the Business

Maximizing the Value of the Business

Join us while industry experts teach you how to analyze the business to determine what is and is not working efficiently and effectively to increase EBITDA.

MAY 26, 2021

Family Dynamics/Partners

Family Dynamics/Partners

We'll discuss issues and challenges surrounding family business, and highlight the critical importance of planning for what’s next.

JUN 23, 2021

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Local Leadership


Melisa Silverman, CEPA, JD, CVA, SBA
The Founders Group
P: (818) 758-8457

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Mayer Nazarian, Esq., MBT
Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP
P: (310) 281-6323

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Kathy Adams, CFP, CLTC, CFBS
Frazier Financial (Insurance)
P: (323) 965-6318

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Michael Feispor
Weinstock Manion
P: (310) 553-8844

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George Dulgeryan
California Community Foundation
P: (213) 413-4130 Ext. 207

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Joel Berman
Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP
P: (310) 746-4470

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Kathleen Tepley, CAM
Los Angeles Consulting Group
P: (310) 916-9231

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Merryll McElwain, CEPA
Wilmington Trust
P: (310) 300-3066

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Channing Hamlet, FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79
Objective Capital Partners
P: (310) 570-2721

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Jeff Jagard
Miracle Mile Advisors

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Brian Rabinovitz, CPA, CM&AA
Citrin Cooperman
P: (818) 461-5266

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John Benun
Capital Group Private Client Services
P: (310) 996-6249

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