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You can’t sit around waiting for the answers

You can’t sit around waiting for the answers I had the privilege in 2014 to travel to Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway Annual meeting. A friend had tickets and I was able to check an item off my bucket list. With the confluence of kids, work, COVID restrictions, and lack

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It’s Axiomatic…boogie woogie woogie

If you’re humming the Electric Slide right now (fun fact the song is called “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths), then I’ve done my job. Good luck getting it out of your head today. The word axiomatic (one of my favorites) means “self-evident or unquestionable.” As I write this article, the

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The Weather Channel and Your Business

I’m writing this month’s RKCA Insights from our basement on Labor Day Weekend. My daughters are engrossed in “Cinderella” on Disney; and the plans we had for time outside and at the pool have been thwarted by a rainy weekend.  And if this were not the tenth time they’ve watched

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Do The Painful Thing First

I’ve never actually kicked a can down the road, and I don’t think I’ve seen someone do it. Perhaps it’s a result of being a Millennial, maybe the generation before me would just kick cans around. I don’t know. I grew up on AIM chats and burning CDs and trying

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Asymmetrical Focus

If adding a third child to your family teaches you anything, it’s that how you focus your time matters.  I’m writing this from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), our 3-week-old spiked a fever  and we were sent to the ER and now NICU for

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Nobody cares, not even your mama

It’s my opinion that in this current climate of 2022, it is easy to feel sorry for yourself. Here are some examples of conversations I’ve had over the last 72 hours with business owners: We had a prospective client scored as 70% confidence in our pipeline, but they went with

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The Power of Mindset in a Deal

Over the last three years at RKCA I’ve had the opportunity to observe many sell side transactions. I use the term “observe” for two reasons: My primary day-to-day role is focused on our Direct Investment Portfolio My route to RKCA and by extension the world of investment banking is rather

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The Power of the 20 Mile March 

In advance of our third child arriving in June (be on the lookout for a guest RKCA Insights writer that month), my wife and I are “glamping” in southeastern Ohio.  As I write this from the porch of our cabin with a fire going, I’m both wondering why I brought

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PE transactions, more popular than Squid Games in 2021

As of this writing, we mark the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. When studying the impact on the Private Equity markets, its our opinion that the pandemic did little to slow down the industry’s momentum in 2021. As a result of the various monetary actions taken by the Fed

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What Joe Burrow Teaches us about Intangibles

Let me be the last (hopefully) person to wish you a Happy New Year, it is February after all.  2022 has started off with stock market declines, ice storms, Omicron rates surging, and some welcomed retirements in the NFL.  Most exciting, for those of us who call Cincinnati home, the

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A December to Remember Sales Event 

No…this is not a promotional email to buy a new Lexus with a giant bow on top right in time for the holidays. But as we sit here in mid-December, I cannot help but reflect on the last twelve months and what we all thought this December would look like.

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RKCA Promotes Neil Ursic to Partner 

RKCA, a privately-held, independent investment bank announces the promotion of Neil Ursic to Partner. Neil joined RKCA in 2019 as its Vice President of Direct Investments, after serving as CEO of Batterii, a SaaS-enabled market research firm based in Cincinnati. During his time at RKCA, Neil has worked primarily inside

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Loss Aversion Regulators

The concept of Loss Aversion has been well studied. It came out of the 1979 work by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky and is encapsulated in the expression “losses loom larger than gains.”1   Essentially, people feel pain from losses much more intensely than they feel pleasure from gains of the

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Why Buzzword Bingo isn’t so bad (sometimes)

After a decade in management consulting in my 20s, I received certain perks: being paid to borrow clients’ watches to tell them what time it is, hotel status galore, airline miles for days, and the right to poke fun at the buzzwords that consulting firms throw around. But before you

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Compounding effects and why you should hire a moving company

Have you ever witnessed a feat of human strength so incredible it’s etched in your brain? Maybe you saw something in the most recent Olympics, or watched “Grandma rips phonebook in half” on YouTube, and thought “how does someone do that?” I’ve recently witnessed something even more impressed: movers.   My family and

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Your CFO needs a vacation 

I am currently on vacation with my family. Rather, I should say a trip with my family. I was told a while ago that you go on vacation until you have kids, and then with kids you go on a trip.  Amid hauling two adults and a 4 and 2

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Cicadas and Due Diligence Requests…

They are easy to plan for, albeit annoying. You know, often for months if not years, that they’re about to show up. In fact, almost to the day they are predicted to arrive they show up. And boy are they annoying. You thought you knew what to expect too, maybe

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It’s not who you know it’s what you know…

That’s right, I said it. While the common version of the phrase (it’s who you know, not what you know) may help you get into a suite for a Bengals game, it’s not necessarily accurate when selling your business. Also, what does it matter if you know WHO can get you into a suite,

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Navigation System for Due Diligence

“Traffic delay ahead causing a 41-minute delay to your arrival,” said the monotone Google Maps voice over the car speakers. My family, like many families, was on Spring Break. Unlike most travelers who headed south to a beach, we were heading to St. Louis, MO to visit family (not a Top

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Process Makes Perfect

If you live in Cincinnati, Boise, or Omaha and have sold a home recently, I don’t have to tell you that you are in the top three fastest home sale markets in the United States.1 As a potential seller, it is welcome news that buyers are out there and ready

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5 things no one ever tells you about selling your business

Download the pdf | Read the original article Ten thousand baby boomers are retiring every day. Those retirees collectively own and operate approximately 3.5 million businesses in the United States. If past precedent holds, there will be more than 3.0 million businesses sold, closed, or transitioned in the next two decades. Where

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EXCLUSIVE: Cincinnati investors acquire local family business

A group of Cincinnati investors led by an investment banking firm is acquiring a majority stake from the founders of family-owned Northern Kentucky manufacturing firm Stairtek Inc.  Mount Adams-based RKCA and the investment arm of Cincinnati-based Amend Consulting teamed up to buy out two of the three co-founders of Stairtek

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CenterGate Capital Acquires TSC Apparel

An affilliate of private-equity firm CenterGate Capital, Austin, Texas, recently made an investment in TSC Apparel, Cincinnati. A national B2B distributor of imprintable activewear and accessories, TSC Apparel stocks and sources thousands of styles of T-shirts, fleece, headwear, sport shirts and outerwear. Bob Winget, its president, will continue to lead the

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Kroger signs big deal to buy cutting-edge exit signs from Cincinnati startup

A Cincinnati startup has landed a huge contract with Kroger Co., the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, to buy its cutting-edge photoluminescent exit signs. MN8, founded by firefighter Zachary Green in 2010, will provide its glow-in-the-dark exit signs at all of Kroger’s new and renovated supermarkets. Eventually, Kroger will install the

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EXCLUSIVE: Cincinnati basketball family buys Chevrolet dealership

A Cincinnati family steeped both in local college hoops and vehicle sales has purchased a dealership to call its own. Mike Kelsey was born into the car business. His grandfather sold Mercuries and Lincolns in the 1950s, and his father worked for Jake Sweeney. Kelsey himself sold his first car after graduating

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