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Cindy Ragan, CVA, MA

Cindy Ragan is the co-founder and President of Strategic Alliance Mergers & Acquisitions, Inc, a consulting firm that specializes in the mergers and acquisitions of accounting firms. She has a Masters Degree from George Washington University in International Economics and Finance and is also certified as an Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA) from the National Association of Valuation Analysts. This is one of the highest accreditations in the valuation field, and one usually held only by CPAs. She is co-author of “The Complete Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions of CPA Firms”, published 2006. Ms. Ragan also performs market evaluations exclusively for CPA firms looking to increase their value as part of a long-term exit strategy. Ms. Ragan worked as an Economist on Wall Street before relocating to South Florida to become an entrepreneur. She has founded and sold several businesses of her own over the past 20 years and has been a management consultant and business valuation analyst to the CPA industry for the past 12 years. She authored another book ten years ago for small businesses titled “How to Value & Sell Your Business Yourself”. Ms. Ragan is also an adjunct professor of economics and business.