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Business Valuation

Taking time to do what’s best for you

Whatever your need for a valuation — estate planning, business sale, litigation or other — you want an objective, accurate estimate of value that’s based on the realities of your situation, not just the output of a computer program. That’s why you want the valuation professionals at YHB.

Our valuation team combines specialized training in valuation methodologies with more than 50 years of combined experience in accounting and business consulting. So, besides our Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and CPA Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credentials, we bring a “real world” perspective to our work that enables us to understand what drives value for the purpose at hand.

Levels of Service:

Consulting

This level of services does not receive a value number – we will look at / review a valuation you already have, or look at financial data, run some spreadsheets, and discuss potential value metrics.

Calculation of Value

This includes a short report (typically between 3 and 20 pages), and is an engagement where we agree upon the procedures to be performed.

Conclusion of Value

A report that contains a conclusion of value is considered a valuation engagement. A valuation includes developing a detailed understanding of a business, reviewing the company’s financial information, conducting interviews with management, and estimating the value of the company using two or more valuation methodologies.  

Our valuation team has an exceptionally deep knowledge of industry regulations and issues acquired through continuing professional education and active involvement in the below associations:


In addition, we treat each valuation as an individual engagement and take time to find the best approach for your situation. As a result, you get valuation reports that don’t just meet your needs, but that will stand up in court and withstand IRS scrutiny, too. We also offer expert witness testimony, valuation critiques, estate planning, tax planning and succession planning services that provide “one-stop” convenience for meeting valuation-related needs.

We welcome the opportunity to put our valuation expertise to work for you in these and other areas:

  • Buying, selling or transferring a business
  • Estate, gift and succession planning
  • Shareholder/partner disputes and buyouts
  • Marital dissolution
  • Business and tax litigation
  • Lost income or property damage claims

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Gregory Crawford
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Gregory Crawford
CPA, CVA
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About Greg

For more than 30 years, Greg has been delivering accounting and advisory services that exceed client expectations. He joined Yount, Hyde & Barbour in 1986, after working several years for a small local CPA firm. He is a valuable member of many organizations, including: the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

Experience

At YHB, Greg has had significant experience in business valuation, litigation support, and tax and estate planning, with a focus on family business owners. Greg currently serves on YHB’s Tax Quality Control Committee as well as the Business Valuation Team. 

Expertise

Greg excels in working with high net worth families who have multiple business and investment entities that require a combination of tax planning, estate planning, succession planning, and business valuation services. His forte is being able to quickly develop an understanding of complex financial situations, so he can anticipate needs and devise comprehensive solutions that minimize taxes and maximize value.

Approach

Greg treats each client as he would like to be treated. He imagines sitting on the client’s side of the desk and asking what he can do to increase the client’s success. To this end, he first tries to learn all that he can about a client’s situation. Then he meets with YHB team members to decide the best approach to not only meeting the client’s needs, but also identifying additional ways to add value.

Other Interests

Greg enjoys traveling domestically and abroad, sampling the culture of different cities with his wife. They have a son who is an Eagle Scout and graduate of the University of Virginia.

Kirstine Connors
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Kirstine Connors
CPA/ABV, CVA
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About Kirstine

Kirstine graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. For more than 20 years, she has held a variety of roles in the accounting industry, gaining experience in auditing, private industry, tax, business valuation and forensic accounting.

Kirstine is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA),  Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA), and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). She is also a member of the AICPA’s ABV Credential Committee and planning committee for the VSCPA’s annual Business Valuation, Fraud & Litigation Services Conference.

Expertise

Kirstine provides business valuation, fraud, litigation support as well as tax services. To better serve clients, Kirstine became a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) in 2011 and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) in 2014. She has performed a wide variety of business valuations for litigation, tax, and financial reporting purposes.  She has worked with private and publicly traded companies, ranging in size from start-up’s to companies with annual revenue of approximately $500 million.

Alexander D. Eccard
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About Alexander

Since beginning his accounting career at YHB in 1998, Alex has provided tax planning, compliance, business consulting, business valuation and litigation support services to closely held businesses, high net worth / high net income individuals, and other clients in a variety of industries and professions. He has a B.S. in accounting as well as an M.S. in accountancy (concentration in taxation), both from Virginia Tech.

Alex is involved in several organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is licensed as a CPA in Virginia and West Virginia.

Experience

His experience includes assisting business owners with succession planning, analyzing financing structures, and negotiating business sales and other transactions. At YHB, he helps guide the firm’s Business Valuation and Litigation Support Team, in addition to providing clients with comprehensive tax and consulting services.

Expertise

Alex excels in helping clients leverage opportunities to save tax while staying within IRS guidelines. He is skilled in providing international tax services, representing clients before tax authorities, and serving as an expert witness for clients engaged in the litigation process. As a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a CPA Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Alex also provides valuation services for gift and estate tax reporting, estate planning, due diligence in relation to buying and selling a business, marital dissolutions, and owner disputes.

Approach

In serving clients, Alex strives to deliver five-star service characterized by responsiveness, timeliness, thoroughness, accuracy and proactive communication. He also thoughtfully monitors business trends, changes in tax laws and developments in the economy to see how they may affect the clients he serves, so he can proactively help them take appropriate steps to reduce their tax liability and better achieve their financial objectives and goals.

Jennifer Files
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About Jennifer

Jennifer joined Yount, Hyde & Barbour in 2003 and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Robert Morris University. She is a member of numerous organizations within the community, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and is also on the Special Review Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association.

Experience

Throughout her career, she has worked on a variety of audit, tax, and consulting engagements for clients across many industries. She continues to lead our clients Single Audit compliance, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and governmental audit needs. Since discovering her passion for internal controls and fraud prevention, she has performed numerous forensic accounting and litigation support engagements, including conducting forensic analysis and investigation and interviews of witnesses and potential persons of interest. Working in conjunction with YHB’s niche specialists, she is able to assist with internal control, fraud and litigation support needs across various industries.

Expertise

She enjoys working with clients to identify deficiencies in their internal control environment, to find efficiencies in their processes, and to help clients defend and protect their bottom line.  Jennifer specializes in the design and implementation of internal controls to help prevent fraud. Because of her specialized knowledge, Jennifer is often invited to speak to audiences regarding internal controls, fraud and forensic accounting. She has expanded her expertise by becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).

Approach

Every client, every company, every control environment is unique. Jennifer takes the time to thoroughly understand her client’s needs and objectives. The result is a customized solution. No two businesses (or fraud cases) are alike, and for that reason, no two internal control structures should be either.

Sally Silver
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Sally Silver
CPA, CVA, ABV
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About Sally

Sally graduated from Shepherd College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and later Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1991 with a Master of Accountancy, Tax Specialization. Before joining YHB in 1998, Sally worked for KPMG as well as private industry as a Tax Manager.

Sally is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA),  Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA), and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA).