ADVISORY BOARD

The Value Builder System™ relies on an International Advisory Board of experts who guide our strategic direction and lead our community of advisors:

Bob Clements
Benchmark Business Group
Biography

Bob Clements is Co-founder, Strategic Marketing Director, and General Counsel for Benchmark Business Group, which provides business coaching, consulting, and business brokerage services. Since 1999, BBG has coached businesses in most of the 50 States and several foreign countries, in addition to aiding business owners in preparing their business for sale, and assisting buyers in successfully transitioning management and operation of their recently acquired business. It is the most unique and successful business brokerage in Iowa.

For the past 12 years, BBG has distinguished itself in the insurance and financial services industry as a leader in business development coaching and consulting for both independent and captive agents, as well as field leaders and managers, and has fostered exponential growth and life-altering change in countless agencies through its proprietary Optimal Outcome™ Program.

Bob earned his Juris Doctorate in 1973 from Creighton University School of Law and was a practicing attorney for more than thirty years. He has worked primarily in the areas of business law, commercial transactions, banking, business workouts, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, and in 2002 was certified as a Senior E-Myth Consultant. In a more holistic approach to the practice of law, Bob has guided many business owners through difficult organizational, planning and financial issues, and has served as a facilitator and mediator in numerous business cases. He has been an owner and manager in five businesses, and has been president of his local chamber of commerce, a community improvement association for downtown businesses, and a venture capital group. In addition, for more than ten years, he served as a board member of a multi-bank holding company and two of its subsidiaries.

In addition to his duties as Strategic Marketing Director, he serves as General Counsel for Benchmark Business Group, guiding the Company and its team through the many legal issues that arise during its representation and facilitation of the business buying and selling process. He also remains Of Counsel and advisor to his former law firm.

Susan Clements
Benchmark Business Group
Biography

Susan Clements is Co-owner and Chief Executive Officer for Benchmark Business Group, a business coaching and business brokerage Company serving small to mid-size businesses. Susan became a certified Senior E-Myth Consultant in 2002 and provides operational and strategic coaching and consulting services to businesses owners and leaders throughout the United States.

For more than thirty-five years, Susan has managed or owned businesses in Colorado and Iowa, from guest ranches and ski resorts, to commercial and residential cleaning and maintenance companies, to retail shops; and from industrial construction company office administration to public utility administration. She has experienced and steered large and small businesses through a broad spectrum of business issues and opportunities; management problems, personnel issues, customer service challenges, strategic planning, systems development, and opportunities for growth and change. She Co-founded Benchmark Business Group in 1999, which further acquired assets of a business brokerage in 2011.

In addition to serving as C.E.O. and Operations Director for Benchmark Business Group, Susan authored the Optimal Outcome coaching program for financial services businesses and heads product development. She is a Senior Business Analyst, is a Certified Value BuilderTM and advises clients on strategies for designing businesses to have more value, preparing businesses for sale, and works with owners to successfully maneuver the process of selling their businesses.

George Giles
President and Founder of Intemedior Business Advisors, LLC
Biography

George Giles is President and Founder of Intemedior Business Advisors, LLC, an Austin, Texas based Business Advisory Firm that specializes in Business Coaching, Consulting and Brokerage Services. Intemedior’s team and strategic partners assist Business Owners as they prepare their businesses for sale with a full complement of service and support required to build value, market and successfully manage the contract-to- close process. The Value Builder assessment and systematic approach helps Intemedior’s Business Owners determine a timeline and readiness to market their companies for sale along with what they can or should expect when they are presented to the marketplace.

George is a Certified Value Builder Advisor with over 15 years’ experience in Real Property and Business Brokerage. George started his corporate career as a fourth- generation member of a family owned Printing and Publishing Company in New England that dated back to the 1800’s. After leading the family business through an explosive period of growth in the early 1980’s, he moved on to a career with the R.R. Donnelley & Sons family of companies – a fortune 100 company at the time. He spent the next 20 years in a variety of roles in sales & marketing, operations/accounting management, organizational diagnosis & development and, information technology. His career took him through several corporate startups, mergers and acquisitions providing him with a rich and varied base of experience that serves the best interests of Intemedior’s clientele well.

George is an avid outdoorsman spending his 20’s hiking many sections of the Appalachian Trail and downhill ski racing – Giant Slalom and a gold medal winner in a regional NASTAR event. He is also an accomplished golfer and these days spends as much off-time as he can with his wife Cynthia, both certified PADI Advanced Divers, exploring the reefs off the Florida coast, Caribbean and Bahamas.

Eugene Wallace
President and Founder of Family Business Advisers
Biography

Eugene J. Wallace has served as a, “Strategic Advantage,” for businesses, since 1998. As founder and president of Family Business Advisers and Principal of International Business Associates - Oregon, Eugene has integrated his experience as a successful business owner and his understanding of business and organizational dynamics to help owners to and through the success and succession of their businesses.  He has helped many businesses transition to the next generation and/or to the next owners. His work has earned him recognition as one of the Northwest’s most Trusted Advisers.  He has been instrumental in helping a number of Northwest company owners position for and move through the growth and sale/transition of their businesses.

As a successful business owner and entrepreneur, Eugene’s successes and challenges in manufacturing, marketing, financial planning and strategic advising have honed his ability to understand the elements of effective business growth, and how to provide the ‘strategic advantage’ to the leaders who grow them.  Through his work with thousands of business leaders, he has developed highly effective processes and tools to impact Strategic Planning, Leader Development and Succession Strategies.

Eugene has a BA and three Masters degrees.  He serves/has served on the: Board of Directors for the International Succession Planning Association; Board of Advisors for the Austin Family Business Program; and as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees with the Columbia-Willamette YMCA.  He is a Certified Succession Planner, a Certified Family Business Specialist and a Certified Management Consultant.  He and his wife of 30 years, Angela, and their five children and grandchild reside in Oregon. They are waiting for their grandson to join them from South Korea.

Terry Lammers
President and Co-Owner of Innovative Business Advisors
Biography

Terry is President and Co-Owner of Innovative Business Advisors. Innovative was formed in July of 2014 when Terry teamed up with Dave Kunkel of Kunkel Commercial Group. Prior to forming Innovative, Terry was the President and Owner of Tri-County Petroleum, Inc. for over 20 years. The business was successfully sold in 2010. He has participated in eleven successful business acquisitions and holds substantial knowledge in the mergers and acquisitions process. Terry also spent three and a half years with Regions Bank as a Vice President of Commercial Banking. Most recently, Terry received his designation as a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). This is an accreditation through the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Terry also holds a Real Estate Brokers License with the state of Illinois. Terry is a lifelong resident of the Highland, IL area where he currently lives with his wife and three children.