Thank you for all your assistance, guidance, and patient support through this process. While I initially struggled with “paying someone to help us sell the business”–especially since the ultimate buyer was an employee–I recognize that when we tried to do it on our own first, we failed!
First and foremost, your extensive knowledge of the process(es) involved in pricing, evaluating, and structuring the transaction was a huge benefit for both buyer and seller. Having tried it once on my own, it is easy to see in retrospect where I would have done things differently now that I have seen your approach.
Second, you were extremely efficient in coordinating all the various puzzle pieces to fit everything together for a successful close. I was grateful many times to know that you were working behind the scenes with all the various parties that are involved in the sale.
Finally–and to my pleasant surprise–I see that you provided an external/neutral perspective for the buyers as they went through the various emotional stages that are normal for a transaction like this. I know that if you had not been involved, much of that shepherding would have fallen to me, and I know that I would not have been able to provide the excellent advice and guidance that you provided to our buyers.
Ultimately, the deal closed and that is what was important to us, and why we sought out the assistance of a broker to begin with. When you and I first met, I recall that you mentioned to me that it takes an average of 6 months to sell a business. I think that I told you we needed to beat the average, and as I count off the months here today, I realize that we did. You are to be commended for running a smooth, ethical, and professional transaction. I would not hesitate to recommend you to another seller or buyer.
Please keep in touch; I have enjoyed working with you and expect that our paths will cross professionally in the future. Kind regards and gratitude.