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October 28, 2011
Rick, Piper Group was certainly the right firm for me to work with in positioning, marketing and eventually selling the company. From day one, you were honest with me, forthright in all discussions, tenacious in the negotiations, patient with me and always kept my interests number one. The ebb and flow of the process, can only be understood by one who has gone through it.
I wish you both the best of luck and all the happiness in the world. I believe our paths crossed for a reason, because, honestly I do not believe I would have gotten through the process with anyone other than you in the key role you played. My hat is off to you a job well done.
Sincerely, Kevin Shanahan Principal Owner President
To all readers:
When the principle owner of our company confirmed his desire to sell Cleaire there was much concern about working with a 'Wall Street investment firm" from our staff and myself. Instead we got a real person, concerned about not just getting the deal done but how it would impact everyone involved. Rick Piper and Tyler Piper brought years of experience to the table in the form of well articulated and very helpful "roadmap for closing' documents. Every owner thinking of selling his business needs to review these educational white papers BEFORE he places his company on the block.
While Rick and Tyler provided a step by step process to maximize the value of Cleaire he also provided critical daily monitoring of the deal progress. Attention to detail does not do justice to the level of commitment Rick and Tyler displayed. They exceeded our wildest forecast on the number of leads generated and delivered multiple qualified buyers to our doorstep, assuring a fair and market based price. All of the above would qualify both of them as a good deal maker and valuable team member. The real differentiator however was the character and backbone they delivered when it was most needed.
Every major transaction has its monetary side and its emotional side. Ouriale was protracted over a 14 month period and "deal fatigue" was a real factor. More than once ownership gave up on the sale only to be brought back to the table by Rick's sole effort with the principle owner. Sometimes these events were fiery and personal. Each time Rick stood tall and held the high moral ground in the face of much easier paths. Without this leadership our deal would have collapsed.
As you consider selling your business I suggest you consider the financial challenges and know many "investment bankers" can handle the transaction. The emotional impact of your decision however will quickly take center stage. When it does, Rick and Tyler's leadership, council and integrity will be the key elements of the transaction. In the end, you will have sold your business and gained a two trusted friends.
Gale L. Plummer, CEO
September 17, 2011
To: Rick Piper
Piper Group International, llc
We have had the opportunity to work with and get to know Rick and his organization over the last several years and have been impressed with their successes. Rick takes his commitment and responsibility to his clients and buyers like us seriously. He puts in the time necessary to get to know and understand both his clients and their business which ultimately benefits both the buyer and seller in structuring a deal. It is obvious that Rick truly cares about finding not just a buyer but a buyer that is the correct fit with the seller - a critical factor to successfully making it through a deal.
Rick's understanding of the players and the deal process helped insure that our deal maintained forward motion and that issues were resolved directly and quickly. We appreciated Rick's dedicated and hard work throughout the process.
David Altman, Principal
Richard Diforio, Principal
September 1, 2011
WHAT IS IT? WHO HAS IT? HOW DO I GET IT?
IT IS WITH GREAT SATISFACTION, THAT I DESCRIBE THIS WORD, INTEGRITY. INTEGRITY, IS CLEAR, UNBROKEN HONESTY, THAT YOU CAN TRUST, AND, HAVE CONFIDENCE IN.
ONE MAN I KNOW, THAT DEFINITELY HAS IT, IS RICK PIPER.
I’VE BEEN LET DOWN NUMEROUS TIMES BY TRUSTING, THAT CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS HAD INTEGRITY, A MOST DESIRED TRAIT IN BUSINESS AND ITS MANY TRIBUTARY ASPECTS.
RICK NEVER FOR A SECOND, LOST MY RESPECT. IF INTEGRITY IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU CAN SURROUND YOURSELF WITH IT, BY DEALING WITH MR. RICK PIPER, HE WILL NOT HET YOU DOWN, HE LIVES BY IT.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH RICK FOR SETTING THE BAR HIGH, AND LIVING UP TO IT.
RON L. MCGAUR, V.P. NWP
October 6, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
Finding an investment banker, who we could trust to sell our business, seemed like a formidable task. However, the selection process was significantly shortened when two separate, highly-trusted sources led us to the same company, Piper Group International.
During our first interview, we were confident that we had found the right people in Rick Piper and Brent Freeman. When we looked across the table and intently looked them in the eye, we knew that they 1) meant what they said, 2) understand our business, and 3) took the sale of our business very seriously and fully understood what this transaction meant to us.
This was an extremely personal transaction for us for three reasons: a) the sale would fund our retirement; b) we were very proud of our business and wanted new owners who could take our business to a higher level; and c) we wanted someone who would treat our employees with the respect and honor they richly deserved.
Presenting our 22-store chain to potential buyers required the development of a plethora of information about our company. Once Brent Freeman completed the book about our company, we were confident of Piper Group's ability to represent our business to potential buyers and to speak as our representative.
Brent and Rick took the lead and responsibility for each and every ensuing step — carefully guiding us through interviews and negotiations. They remained in charge until all contracts were signed and the transaction was completed in its entirety.
The result was what we had hoped for. The buyers have the energy and wherewithal to take our business to the next level. We survived the tough negotiations and came out with a respectful, cooperative relationship with the new owners.
PAULA CAIN President