As you seek to optimize strategies for growth and eventual transition, assembling a trusted advisory board from outside your company becomes paramount. Leveraging the collective experience of advisors who have navigated challenges, seized opportunities, and made critical decisions can help you avoid costly mistakes and catalyze growth. 

After a triggering event discussion with Tom & Mary and their professional advisors one of the action items is to establish an advisory board. The primary goal of this advisory board will be to help Tom & Mary shepherd the business through a value acceleration process over a period of years.  

Learning Objectives:

Creating an effective advisory board involves addressing several critical questions: 

  • Functional Expertise: What specific expertise is needed for your business context? 
  • Industry Knowledge: Should you bring in experts from outside your industry? 
  • Attributes and Characteristics: What professional and personal attributes should advisors possess? 
  • Business Life Cycles: Is experience across multiple business life cycles essential? 
  • Remuneration: How should advisors be compensated? 
  • Board Size and Frequency: What’s the optimal board size, and how often should meetings occur? 
  • Integration and Action: How do you translate advisory recommendations into actionable steps? 
  • Testing Advisors: Is there a way to assess advisors without committing to their selection? 

About the Presenters:

Hear from industry experts Thomas P. ScurriaRobert L. Reisley, and Jeff Klein.

Event Location

Event Details

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Time: 7:30 am - 9:45 am Eastern Time
Where: 980 Jolly Road, Suite 110 Blue Bell, PA 19422
Cost: $30 per person – Business owners can bring two additional participants (family members and/or key employees for free).
EPI Hours: 2
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