Ginny Berger, ACC Healthcare
The Podolny Group has been instrumental in growing and developing my company and guiding our long-term succession plan. The qualified team from Podolny Group really understands our purpose and has helped guide and drive us to excellence. They have been successful in understanding our culture and helping us to meet financial goals while aligning them with our team and the way we enjoy working together. I would highly recommend Podolny Group to anyone, especially those who may not know where they want to go with their business – as the Podolny group will help you find your way.
Bill Scott, Dion’s Pizza
My business partner and I hired Mike to help us formulate a strategy that encompassed both a succession as well as exit plan. We had previously grappled with those subjects on many occasions over the years with no real success. Our experience with Mike was different. What Mike got us to do was to focus on the important issues surrounding our business. He kept us on task. He encouraged us to push through the barriers that had stopped us in the past. Mike asked the right questions, got honest answers in return and made the process for planning the future seem simple. He quickly exposed the differences as well as similarities in the personal goals of the leadership team and worked with us to achieve clarity of purpose that in turn led to action. We have, as a result, formulated a viable plan for the future as well as a course to follow to get there. Along the way our work with Mike has also opened door to other opportunities and possibilities that we had not recognized before. Mike/s method is simple, straightforward and energetic, and it worked well for us.
Bob Matteucci, Former President, Shoes on a Shoestring
I wanted to express my appreciation for your company’s services. My wife and I decided the time had come for us to sell the business. After consulting two established business attorneys in Albuquerque, I was directed to The Podolny Group. Although Mike was on vacation he contacted me and began the process of developing a plan. Surprisingly, he first wanted to know what my goals were. Before meeting with him I did not realize the almost infinite ways there are to market and sell a business. He did. He interviewed me and other key players in our company to better understand the company and understand our strengths and weaknesses. He also suggested a few changes within the business so that it was positioned better for the sale and to generate a higher cash flow before it was sold. Within in a year the business was sold and the goals my wife and I had initially set were met. I appreciate your efforts and would encourage potential clients to work with you.
Rick Thaler – OGB Architectural Millwork
I first encountered Mike Podolny in 2001 when I was a new business owner. He had done a successful turnaround for a friend of mine and I wanted him to look at my business and tell me what I could do to avoid needing turnaround services in the future. He looked at my business in some detail, and told me there was nothing he could do that would make both of us money. This, from a consultant, impressed me deeply. Not long after that, I had my first crisis in business when my bookkeeper went AWOL, and I was able to call on Mike for urgently need help. He stepped in and did the required forensic accounting, rebuilding of our systems and negotiations with the IRS, and he helped me hire a new bookkeeper and accountant, both of whom are still with me today. In the following years I called on Mike for various business consultancies, including leadership training for my key personnel, an emergency succession plan, and long term transition planning. Mike has always shown himself to be scrupulously honest and fair. He has patiently helped me build a sense of what I want to get out of business in the long term. I am now at the point of completely transitioning out, I have been using his services again to plan my exit. I recommend Mike as a consultant at any stage of the business life cycle (I engaged him recently to help plan the start up of my son’s business) but I think the best value I have received from him is the work we have done together on clarifying my goals as a business owner and planning to meet those goals. I look forward to the culmination of all these years of work, and to a long and fruitful relationship with Mike in whatever I choose to do next.
Ron and Delores Kaehr – Kaehr Corporation
Dolores and I have used the services of the Podolny Group for the last twenty years. Our first introduction to Michael was when he was doing some organizational work for one of competitors. Our intent at that time was to position the company for sale in a time when economic conditions for our industry were very depressed. However, after several months of working with Michael it became apparent that it would be in our best financial interest to expand the business. With the help of the Podolny Group and their circle of trusted advisors, that is exactly what we did. Today, as we approach retirement, our company has grown tremendously and is much more valuable than we could have ever anticipated some twenty some years ago. Working with the Podolny Group has not only been a pleasure, but it has been proven to be very profitable as well.