Ronald L. (Ron) Seigneur is managing partner of Seigneur Gustafson LLP, based in Lakewood, Colorado, where he specializes in business & intellectual property appraisal, economic damages, financial forensics, professional services firm consulting and taxation. Ron has served as Chief Operating Officer and CFO for a 50 attorney Denver law firm and worked with over 350 professional service firms on a wide range of practice management issues. He has published over 80 articles on business leadership, succession and exit planning strategies, reasonable compensation determinations, business valuation and related subjects. Ron has developed & taught a number of management, leadership, and advanced business valuation courses for the AICPA, ASA, NACVA, Association of Legal Administrators, CLE of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, state CPA Societies, and state Bar Associations.
Ron has significant experience working with complex valuation, commercial damages, forensic accounting, and related litigation support matters, with significant experience as a testifying expert in numerous jurisdictions. Ron has served as court appointed Special Master, trustee, receiver and arbitrator. As a co-author of one of the leading treatises on business valuation, he frequently speaks and writes on valuation related issues. He has experience in a wide range of industry segments, including professional practices, cannabis industry businesses, real estate development, construction trades, auto dealerships, high tech, oil & gas, transportation, start-up entities, and intellectual property.
He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA), a Senior Appraiser in business valuation (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers, and holds the AICPA specialty designations of Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Ron is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries, working closely with business intermediaries, bankruptcy trustees and other advisors in merger & acquisition transactions, receiverships, ESOP plans and related succession planning strategies. In 2014, Ron was inducted as a charter member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Business Valuation & Forensic Services Division.
Ron is nationally recognized for its specialized support of professional service firm management needs, including facilitation of business planning and marketing retreats, executive and administrative placements, cost controls and revenue enhancement initiatives, incentive compensation & benefits planning, start-ups and break-ups, and general practice management issues. The firm acts as an on-call resource for several business owners and professional firms and consults regularly with clients on a wide range of issues, including strategic planning, business development, innovative compensation systems, administrative management, leadership and governance, technology, profit improvement, and staff mentoring, development and retention. Ron has facilitated over 60 strategic and business planning retreats covering a wide range of issues and formats.
Currently Ron’s firm serves the CPA needs of over 500 closely held businesses with a particular emphasis on restaurants/hospitality, professional services firms and more recently serving the emerging cannabis industry, both in appraisal matters and in income tax compliance services. He recently completed his term on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI), where he focuses attention on representation of buyers and sellers of closely held businesses, through an affiliation with select CABI intermediaries.
Ron is co-author of Reasonable Compensation: Application and Analysis for Appraisal, Tax and Management Purposes, published by Business Valuation Resources and co-author of Financial Valuation: Applications and Models, Fourth Edition, a 1300+ treatise on business valuation published by John Wiley & Sons. Ron is a past chair of the AICPA ABV Credential Committee, NACVA Professional Standards Committee, and has been a member of the AICPA Business Valuation Committee, and the AICPA Consulting Services Executive Committee. Mr. Seigneur was the 2009-10 chair of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and was inducted in 2006 as a member of the AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame. Ron is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and Daniels College of Business, where he teaches leadership and business appraisal courses.
Ron has served on the board of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries and is co-founder of YS Advisory, a consultancy focused on advising practitioners and attorneys on practice management and technical issues in the areas of business and IP appraisal, economic damages, financial forensics, malpractice issues and related concerns. Ron has a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University, and a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Policy and Accounting from the University of Michigan.