The founders of ExitSmarts are experienced Value Advisors with Exit Planning accreditations through BEI – the Business Enterprise Institute – and EPI – the Exit Planning Institute.  Our dual focus on Exit Planning and Value Building has enabled us to see and address the need for a realistic and affordable solution for Main Street Businesses.

Dan Paxton spent 35 years in various entrepreneurial pursuits prior to becoming an implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System.  As his EOS clients began to talk more and more about exiting their businesses, Dan became increasingly interested in their exit plans, as well as their understanding of the Exit Planning process.  That interest evolved into an awareness of the need for better Exit Planning options for the Main Street business owner and led to Dan’s certification as an Advanced Exit Planner by BEI –  When his background as an entrepreneur joined with the opportunity that had become clear to him, Dan took the next logical step – he created ExitSmarts. 

Gil Bean’s professional background is based in the technology industry, where he worked in various sales, marketing, and business development roles with companies ranging from startups to global industry leaders.  He met Dan Paxton in their initial training session to become implementers of EOS – the Entrepreneurial Operating System – and the two became friends, as well as colleagues.  When he eventually caught the infectious vision that Dan had for ExitSmarts, Gil became a Certified Exit Planning Associate (CEPA) through EPI – – and joined the ExitSmarts team.