Dream Big Exit was founded by Edward B. Lasak in 2017 with the goal of providing businesses with experienced financial consulting services.
Ed kept hearing horror stories about extreme pain, financial loss, family disputes, and operational difficulties caused by the death or illness of a key business owner. Many of these owners spent the majority of their lives creating and growing their businesses. Unfortunately, they left financial nightmares to families without the wherewithal of the owner’s knowledge and experience. In the end, many of these businesses either sold for pennies on the dollar, or worse yet, went out of business. Often this caused extreme stress on surviving family members and the outrageous legal fees destroyed family relationships.
Ed wants to help business owners plan for their exits as part of their strategic plans. With Dream Big Exit he guarantees them the opportunity to sell at their desired price, terms, timing, and party without disrupting family relationships. We hope to benefit businesses of various sizes and from a variety of industries with our valued approach. Learn more about Ed below. Click here to see the rest of the Dream Big Exit team.
Edward B. Lasak, CPA, MS
Throughout his 35 year distinguished career as a CFO, COO and business owner, Ed is recognized, first and foremost, as a strategic-thinking businessman who is accomplished at optimizing cash flows, balance sheets, and value strategies.
As a differentiating, added-value expert, Ed collaboratively consults with and empowers business owners. He offers them full control over their futures by developing high-potential exit strategies, succession plans, and company valuations integrated with a comprehensive strategic vision. Moreover, Ed participates on several boards of directors and has board of director expertise in ESOPs.
History & Qualifications
Lasak started his career at Arthur Andersen and was promoted to CFO at the age of 31. Since then, he has held diversified leadership positions at private & public companies. He has specialized in under-performing businesses, including 18 years as the CFO of the Press Enterprise Company. He has well-rounded experience in the manufacturing, construction, distribution, real estate, environment, IT, publishing, office design & furniture, and water industries.
Lasak earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Illinois State University. There he taught accounting classes, performed stock market research, and graduated with honors. He also graduated Northwestern University’s Advanced Executive Program. He is a licensed CPA in the States of California and Florida. In addition, Ed is a member of the American Institute of CPAs & California CPA Society.
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