John Bly is the founding Member of LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC and LBA Haynes Strand Capital Advisors. His entrepreneurial leadership has propelled the CPA Firm’s growth. LBA Haynes Strand ranks as one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Top 25 CPA Firms in the Charlotte Region and an Inc. 5000 Company.
John steers the Firm’s consistent growth of personnel and expansion of client services with ten partners and over seventy professionals, John continues to grow the Firm both organically and through acquisitions. John’s strategic plan led to a second and third office in Greensboro and Mount Airy to serve the rapidly growing Triad market.
John is a frequently requested speaker who is called upon to share business ideas and growth strategies. And he is the author of "Cracking the Code: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Growing Your Business Through Mergers and Acquisitions for Pennies on the Dollar." John has received the 40 Under 40 award for National M&A Advisor Recognition, He was named Managing Partner Elite by Accounting Today, and won the 40 Under 40 for Charlotte Business Journal.
John shares his story on the importance of Thinking of the Bigger picture with the end in mind and an exit strategy. He explains how acquisitions helped his company grow and how he evaluated over 130 companies to acquire 14 over a 11-year period. John explains if you’re not making decisions based on longer term thinking 5 to 10 year increments, making day to day operational decision with an M & A strategy you may find you built a company you can’t sell or its not ready to sell when you are ready to sell it.
Cracking the Code – John Bly
Mergers and Acquisitions can seem daunting to entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t have to be. Growth through M&A is a simple process that can yield huge rewards if the numbers work, if the company is a good match, and if you are willing to accept some risk. Perhaps the most important aspects of M&A are having the desire, strategy, and structure to make it happen – if you have that then you can take your company to new heights with explosive growth and a minimum amount of money down.
This book serves as a guide to effectively find good deals for entrepreneurial businesses in the 1 to 30-million-dollar range. It provides a blueprint for how to tackle issues such as determining whether it’s a good fit, due diligence, structuring the deal, valuation, tax issues, and how to land the perfect catch. For M&A to succeed, these matters must be addressed first. John will show you ways to find potential spots for rapid growth and accomplish, on a smaller level, what the bigger companies do. By breaking M&A down into approachable elements, you will find that your entire outlook on the topic will be transformed. (http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-Code-Entrepreneurs-Business-Acquisitions/dp/159932427X)
Unique Ability: Creating the Life You Want
You have inside you an incredible force called Unique Ability. It's a combination of your personal talents, passions, and skills. You've always had this ability, but you may never have stopped to clearly identify it. Few people do. When you begin to figure out this important foundation of who you are, you'll understand what you do best in life, what you love doing most, and what makes the most difference for the most people. You'll also be able to focus on doing more of what works in your life and stay away from what doesn't work. This book offers a simple and powerful approach to creating a life that works, a life that you love, because it comes from who you truly are and what you're all about. This book contains a complete process that will help you identify your Unique Ability, then immediately put it to work in your life. (http://www.amazon.com/Unique-Ability-Creating-Life-Want/dp/1896635628?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0)
“Think you can, think you can’t, either way you’re right. It’s got to be positive thinking. You have to believe in yourself, you have to believe you can do it. Because if you believe you’re not going to be able to do it, you’re not going to able to do it. You’ve already lost the battles.”
WHERE TO FIND JOHN BLY
LinkedIn: John Bly CPA