Should I sell, When do I sell, How do I sell? - an Interview with Ryan Lewendon
On Today's Show -
Segment 1: There is Doom and Gloom in the air. Just listen to the news these days, it would be very easy for people to get depressed with everything going on. But despite all that, it is still a great time to be alive, and be in business. There are fortunes to be made. Labor shortage, customer service, figure out how to deliver these – and you could be a super star.
Segment 2: We meet our Guest Ryan Lewendon (Bio below), who gives us a short breakdown of where he has been and how he got into this business. Big companies are not innovating, and customers are not looking to big companies for innovation. Ryan talks top mistakes that owners make when they start their companies. If I am selling my CPG company, do I need to hire a brokerage to do this?
Segment 3: Getting involved with a cause, or taking a political stance – does that limit my acquisition opportunities? It is far more important to be passionately desired by a small group of people than to have name recognition with the masses. Market Size, Velocity, Profitability. Non-compete agreements after the sale.
Ryan Lewendon is a Partner at Giannuzzi Lewendon, a premier boutique law firm that focuses on the representation of privately-held, high-growth consumer products companies. Prior to joining Giannuzzi Lewendon in 2011, Ryan was an associate at Donovan & Giannuzzi LLP.
Since 2007, Ryan has focused his practice on helping innovative consumer products entrepreneurs grow their companies by navigating both the day-to-day hurdles and the tent-pole obstacles and opportunities a consumer products company must navigate on its way towards an acquisition.
Ryan has assisted hundreds of companies structure and negotiate their distributor, broker and supplier relationships, employee incentive programs and advisory networks, and celebrity/influencer endorsements and promotional partnerships.
Ryan has advised clients through financing transactions at every stage of their growth cycle – from angel investments to rounds with institutional investors. He has recently assisted clients in exit transactions with acquirers such as Coke, Pepsi, General Mills, Boulder Brands, Group Danone, Bacardi, General Mills and others.
Ryan grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. He received a M.S in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Tulane University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honors Society’s Sports Law team. When he isn’t busy helping bring emerging brands to the mainstream, he is an avid runner, reader, and raconteur. He resides in Manhattan, New York.