Mastermind Group Facilitators
Our dedicated facilitators guide the group meetings and support our members
Barry Goodman, CEPA, CMAA
I grew up in a business owning family. My father was a distributor of electrical supplies and lighting fixtures in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. At a very young age, I learned firsthand the challenges of being a family in business.
I chose not to go into my family’s business and became a Certified Public Accountant helping found a firm that grew to be one of the most successful mid-sized firms in Chicago. I gained a reputation for recognizing family business strengths and challenges and identifying what could hold it back or push it to the next level.
In addition to my degree from Northern Illinois University and being a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois, I became a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) in 2010 and Certified Merger Acquisition Advisor (CMAA) in 2014. I speak regularly and authored the e-book “Is That All My Business is Worth?
Alistair Stewart, CEPA
Family owned businesses are in my blood. My grandfather’s business gave his children a great start in life, and gave me early insights into what must go right. Much of my professional career has been spent helping the owners of small and medium size manufacturers clarify what success means, and achieve it.
My parents wisely didn’t lead me into the business my grandfather started, and after graduating from Plymouth University (U.K.), I worked as an accountant in large corporations. This lead me to a position in the U.S., and then to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), with an intense focus on growth, profitability, and value creation for small and medium-size manufacturers
Many business owners contemplating the third stage of their lives have relied on me to clarify their motives, support their personal journeys to transition readiness, and increase business value.
I hold a Master of Science degree in Communication from Northwestern University, am a Certified Exit Planning Advisor, a Master Business Innovator, with additional professional credentials in Lean and Six Sigma. I served as a Senior Advisor at an Investment Banking firm, and I currently serve on the Advisory Board of a manufacturing business.
Sean Hutchinson, CEPA, CMAA
Over my 25+ years in business, the best lessons I’ve learned have been from business owners who have generously shared their stories of success and struggle, and allowed me to offer insights and guidance based on my experiences.
I’ve founded five companies, all of them with partners, some more successful than others. I’ve led a fast-growing global company as a very green, but hard-working and quick-learning, 34-year-old who everyday had to make big decisions with big implications. It became the largest firm of its kind in the world. And, maybe most importantly in this case, I’m the 3rd Generation heir to my family’s 62-year-old custom millwork manufacturing business. I love being an entrepreneur.
In addition to my Master’s degree from Miami University of Ohio, I am a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA), Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CMAA), and hold the FINRA Series 79 and 63 securities licenses. I serve on the Board of Directors for three private companies, including my family’s business. I speak frequently to owners and professional advisors across the USA.