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:

John Nieuwenburg
W5 Coaching
Biography

John Nieuwenburg is an award winning Business Coach who has worked with hundreds of clients. There are almost as many different kinds of business coaching as there are business coaches. John coaches in 3 primary areas. Business growth: getting results using proven tools, strategies and techniques, Personal Growth: working with you to make the shifts in mindset needed to facilitate success and Accountability: helping you to stay accountable for the results you have chosen that up until now may have been just a dream.

In an earlier life John was the Managing Director of the BC Liquor Stores that now does $2.8 Billion in revenue with a net income of $911 million. Before that he was an Executive with a national menswear retailer.

When not coaching John! John enjoys being with his fiancée Jennifer and also golf, skiing, running and reading.

Steve Wilcox
Resultants for Business
Biography

Steve Wilcox is President of Resultants for Business, Inc. ("RFB"), a non-traditional business advisory firm focusing on an organization’s Strategic Execution, Value Acceleration and Exit/Transition. The RFB team of 14 members delivers implementation through facilitating the framework and tools proven to accelerate growth and drive value.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Steve started a business career that included building various horticulture and backyard businesses over a 25-year period:

  • Wilcox Services, a nursery, garden center, tree, lawn maintenance and landscape company
  • Environmental Landscape, a design-build firm serving executive level homes in the St. Croix River National Park Watershed.
  • Invisible Fence dealership serving the Eastern Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin City Metro
  • A multi-state distributorship for Sport Court game court and commercial flooring products and construction.

Steve and his wife Terri have “co-preneured” all of these companies; together developing skills in sales, marketing, operations and business management systems critical to the successful growth, transition and exit of each organization.

A balance of family, business and community service keeps Steve active. Steve has served the Twin City community in a variety of roles including:

  • 36 years in Rotary International serving as his club’s president, as the District Governor in 1999-2000 and as an International Training Leader in 2012-13
  • 38 years as a volunteer scout leader, currently serving scouting on the Executive Board for Northern Star Council BSA
  • He has served 25+ years as a “big” in Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Junior Achievement Board, UW-River Falls Foundation Board, Hudson, WI Chamber of Commerce

Currently, Steve serves on several non-profit boards including board member and Past-Chair of the St. Croix Valley Foundation. He was recently recognized with his wife Terri for the Hudson Wisconsin Area Chamber of Commerce lifetime service recognition. He enjoys skiing, sailing year around, sports and world travel.

Steve and Terri as well as their two children, Chris 33 (Kristen) and Kiira 30 reside in Hudson, WI - USA.

Terri Wilcox
Resultants for Business
Biography

Terri Wilcox is a founding partner of Resultants For Business, a business advisory firm serving entrepreneurial owners and their leadership teams in the greater Twin Cities area and Western Wisconsin.

Terri specializes in people strategies and building teams of great people that positively change lives. She has been a business advisor, strategic planner, and leadership team facilitator for over 15 years. She is a certified Value Builder™ Coach and is the creator of Resultants For Business’s unique Exit and Transition Planning Process for business owners and their families.

Terri understands the effects of family and business relationships and how it can optimize company performance. She explains, “Leadership teams are not made up of individuals representing departments. They are made up of people who have a stake in the big picture… a stake that includes their employees, customers, families at home and the communities they serve.” She and her husband have co-preneured, managed and transitioned out of a half dozen businesses. More importantly, she understands what it takes to improve the value of the company based on workforce engagement, culture development, and leadership best practices. These blend together to build high performance teams that are inspired and exhibit the courage needed to deal with the challenges businesses face today.

Jane Drigans
Resultants for Business
Biography

Jane Drigans has worked alongside company owners and entrepreneurs, helping to grow small businesses for nearly thirty years. In 2006, Jane joined Resultants For Business (RFB), a business advisory firm serving owners and their leadership teams as a catalyst for breakthrough growth. As Integrator/COO, Jane oversees the daily operations of the firm providing strategic leadership and oversight in the areas of Marketing, Client Services, IT and Finance.

Prior to joining RFB, Jane’s career was centered in the photo industry. She managed the operations, service/product development, marketing and communications of privately-owned portrait studios and photo labs in West Central WI and the Minneapolis metro area. She also ran her own freelance portrait business for several years. Photography has remained a creative outlet and when she’s not at the office, Jane enjoys time with family, horseback riding, reading, gardening and the great outdoors.

Greg Ellwood
Sunbelt Business Brokers
Biography

Greg has been involved in the Business Brokerage Industry for over 12 years. As well as being a Certified Value Builder, Greg is a Certified Business Intermediary and a Sunbelt office owner. He has been involved in the franchise arena in a number of different capacities during his career. He worked for Mobil Oil Corp. for 16 years in variety of roles (Franchise Sales, QSR Operations, Special Projects, Fuels Marketing, and Site Selection). He holds a degree in Finance and Management and has owned several small businesses in the Northern Virginia area.

Geoff Green
GRG Momentum
Biography

Geoff Green is one of Australia’s leading business exit strategists, an entrepreneur and corporate lawyer. He is also a Certified Value Builder.

He is the founder of GRG Momentum, a boutique business advisory firm which provides strategic advice and tailored programs to business owners looking to successfully exit their business.

Over a diverse 30 year career working in business advisory, corporate law and his own business ventures, Geoff has assisted hundreds of Australian entrepreneurs and high growth companies.

Geoff has a passion for entrepreneurship, commercializing innovation and building high growth companies, with a particular interest in strategic business exits.

He specializes in advising business owners on how to maximize the value of their business, achieve highly profitable business exits and prepare for the next stage of their lives.

Geoff has been involved in establishing and exiting several businesses including BSX, an alternative stock exchange, set up as a start-up business and sold within 5 years for a substantial profit to NSX. Geoff was a co-founder of BSX, together with Computershare and Bendigo Bank, and its initial managing director.

Private business owners highly value Geoff’s strategic input and he holds director and advisory board positions with a number of private companies.

Geoff is author of the highly regarded book: The Smart Business Exit: Getting Rewarded for your Blood, Sweat and Tears.

He is also a sought after key note speaker on high growth business strategies, building enterprise value and successful business exits as well as a regular contributor to a range of mainstream and online media.

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, LLC, 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, LLC 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 Value Builder certified 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.