• By Achille Ekeu, MBA, CVA

The News broke yesterday that the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) has chosen Achille Ekeu, President and CEO of The Washington Valuation Group (WVG), to receive it's fourth Quarter 2018 Outstanding Member Award. Click Here to read more.

This is a great recognition and validation of the outstanding work Achille Ekeu has been doing since he joined NACVA in 2013. NACVA is the preeminent organization in the World that trains and certifies business valuation Experts. NACVA is The Authority in Matters of Value.

The Washington Valuation Group (WVG) is pleased and honored by this Prestigious AWARD and would like to Thank Parnell Black, The CEO of NACVA, Brien K Jones, the COO of NACVA, Jonathan Jackson, The Executive Director of NACVA and the entire NACVA organization for supporting it's members like no other organization does. We are humbled and embolden to continue to fulfill NACVA's vision, mission and goals.

In his recent message titled: Why Membership is NACVA to the organization, NACVA's CEO, Parnell Black, says:

"Foremost on my mind is we want to be the perfect association for our members.

We strive constantly to do so and with that, continue to improve our service and support."

Thank You Parnell, for being true to your words. We are grateful for your impeccable leadership and vision for this outstanding and amazing organization.

Our Successes Last Year

As a newly Elected Board Member sitting on the Valuation Credentialing Board (VCB) , I had the opportunity to interact with Parnell Black and other VCB Board Members during our monthly meetings, and found them to be Excellent, Exceptional and simply Amazing people to work with.

As the State Chapter President of Maryland/DC, Elected in December 2017 with other State Chapter Board members: Courtney Moore (Vice-President), Neil Eisgruber (Treasurer) and Angela Dmitrieva (Secretary), we had an outstanding year 2018 that began by recognizing some of our Chapter members who are highly involved in helping the Association achieve its vision, mission and goals. An Award ceremony was organised in September 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland to recognize the following members:

  • Christopher Kyanko (Former State Chapter President)

  • Robert Carter (Former State Chapter President and Standards Board Member)

  • Gregory Caruso (Former State Chapter President and Current Editor-in-Chief of Around The Valuation World)

  • Ronald Rudich (Board Member sitting on the Litigation and Forensics Board) and last but not least

  • Alan Zipp (Board Member sitting on the Standards Board)

We also systematized how we select our Chapter Speakers to make the process more efficient and fair to the State Chapter Board and our Chapter members.

We ended the year with the "Launch Your Career In Business Valuation" seminar at the KOGOD School of Business at American University on October 16th, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The event was organized in partnership between NACVA Headquarters lead by our COO Brien Jones, and American University, lead by Finance Professor Octavian Ionici, PhD. We noticed a huge interest in the Business Valuation Profession from students who participated in that seminar.

Finally as the President and CEO of the Washington Valuation Group (WVG), and thanks to our clients, partners, and those who referred many clients to our firm last year, we had our best year yet with a 30 percent revenues growth last year compared to 2017. We've expanded our services to include Core Value Discover as our consulting platform. Our objective of becoming the go-to valuation firm in the Washington Metro Area is getting closer to be achieved as attested by the growing number of organizations requesting business valuation seminars from us:

  • Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce,

  • The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC),

  • The Financial Services Corporation - First (FSC-First),

  • Others...

and participants (mostly business owners) to those seminars getting more educated in the value of getting their businesses valued regularly to track the value creation happening in their organizations.

This Year

We look forward to an outstanding year 2019 and would like to invite you to:

  • refer us more business valuation clients,

  • invite us to organize business valuation seminars in your organisation,

  • share with your friends the value that The Washington Valuation Group (WVG) brings to start-ups, existing business owners, financial advisors, attorneys, consultants and others,

so we can all participate in growing our communities, cities and country.

Thank You and Happy New Year 2019!

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Please join Achille Ekeu, President & CEO of The Washington Valuation Group (WVG) and Greg Klipstein of TD Bank Wealth Private Group for an exciting event at The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday December 4th 2018 from 8:00 to 10:00 am.

This exceptional event is organized by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) in partnership with TD Bank Wealth Private Group, one of the best and well-known Wealth Management companies in the country and The Washington Valuation Group, one of the best business valuation firms in the Washington Metro Area. The Washington Valuation Group was specifically invited to this event due to its expertise in valuing closely held and small businesses in the Washington Metro region.

Achille Ekeu, the President and CEO of the Washington Valuation Group, has been organizing workshops, seminars, webcasts, radio and television discussions with business owners on the topic of business valuation for the past few years. The two most recent workshops were organized in partnership with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC) on August 27, 2018 and the Financial Service Corporation-First (FSC-First) of Prince George's County on October 24, 2018. Both events were very well-attended and the audience (business owners) had the opportunity to get his most recent book titled: 30 Frequently Asked Questions In Business Valuation, published in July 2017.

Achille Ekeu will be talking about the key value- drivers every business owner should be tracking to make sure they are managing the value of their companies as oppose to only managing earnings.

He will also share with business owners:

1- What is business valuation?

2- Why and when they may need a business valuation?

3- What documents may be needed for a business valuation?

4- How much a business valuation costs?

5- How long it takes to do a business valuation?

6- And more...

Achille Ekeu is a consummate professional with over 20 years experience in business valuation and financial services. He specializes in valuation for estate and gift tax as well as valuation for acquisition, sale, start ups, and other transaction valuations. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Business and Finance at Montgomery College and Prince George's Community College in Maryland. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) where he seats on the Valuation Credentialing Board (VCB) as an elected board member and is the current State Chapter President of NACVA in Washington DC and Maryland. He holds an MBA from AIU.

Here is how to register for this FREE event:

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  • Achille Ekeu, MBA, CVA

Join me next Wednesday October 24th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at FSC-First for an important panel discussion about how business owners can position themselves for equity.

This Power Panel includes:

- Achille Ekeu President and CEO of The Washington Valuation Group

- Eric Henderson President and CEO of XCBG International Development Group

- Anthony Williams Vice President and Sr. Investment Officer Meridian Management Group

This event will be held at FSC-First located at:

1801 McCormick Dr. Room 140 Largo MD 20774

Click Here to Register by Monday October 22, 2018

The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) has partnered with the KOGOD School of Business at American University to offer Business Valuation courses to business administration, accounting, economics, and finance students who are interested in starting a career in business valuation.

Achille Ekeu, the President and CEO of The Washington Valuation Group (WVG) was one of the business valuation Experts present at the event titled: Launch Your Career In Business Valuation. Become a Financial Super Consultant.

As an Elected Board Member of NACVA sitting on the Valuation Credentialing Board (VCB) and the State Chapter President of NACVA for Maryland and DC, he will work in partnership with NACVA headquarters in Salt-Lake City, Utah and the professors at the KOGOD School of Business at American University to make sure this program succeeds, as the future of our profession in now.

NACVA's Chief Operating Officer (COO), Brien Jones was leading the seminar.

Below are some pictures of the event that was held on Tuesday October 16, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the McDowell Hall of American University in Washington DC.

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