Curtis Kimball is the national director of wealth management valuations with Willamette Management Associates.
Curtis supervises engagements related to the valuation of business entities and business interests, the analysis of publicly traded and private securities, and the valuation of intangible assets, options and derivative interests, claims, fractional interests, and intellectual property.
He has performed the following types of valuation assignments: estate and gift planning valuations, estate tax (both date of death and alternate value date) valuations, gift tax valuations, generation-skipping tax valuations, fiduciary compensation and damages claims valuations, buy-sell agreement valuations, income tax (including charitable deduction, transfer pricing, intangible asset basis, and loss deduction) valuations, fair value valuations for financial reporting purposes, merger and acquisition valuations, fairness opinions, solvency analyses, ESOP feasibility and initial transaction valuations, ESOP employer stock valuations and transaction fairness valuations, insurance valuations, divorce and equitable division valuations, various forensic analyses, fair value in dissenting shareholder rights and shareholder oppression proceedings, economic damages and lost profits analyses, bankruptcy and restructuring analysis and valuations, employee compensation and stock option valuations, and financing collateral valuations.
Curtis has presented expert testimony in federal courts (U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court) and various state courts and in alternate dispute resolution venues, including binding arbitration and mediation. Curtis is also the firm's national director for wealth management matters (including estate, gift, charitable, fiduciary, marital planning, family and partner disputes, and tax issues). He has extensive experience with appearances in IRS appellate conferences.
Curtis has decades of experience in the valuation of various types of business entities and interests, including: private family-owned businesses, private multiple-investor businesses, employee-owned businesses, minority interests, fifty-percent interests, restricted stock of publicly-traded companies, large blocks of publicly-traded securities, preferred stock interests, multiple classes of preferred and common stock in complex capital structures, secured notes, subordinated debt interests, options and other derivative interests, warrants and rights offerings, general and limited partnership interests, limited liability company membership interests, professional practices, joint ventures, licensing agreements, franchises, and foreign-domiciled corporations.
In addition, his experience includes the valuation of various types of intangible assets, claims, damages, and intellectual properties. These include: patents, copyrights, trade secrets, master recordings, programming libraries, core deposits, customer contracts, franchises (including professional sports franchises), product licensing, management employment contracts, fiduciary damages and claims, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, customer lists, cutting and hunting rights, undivided fractional interests in real estate, assembled workforces, trademarks/trade names/trade dress, contract rights, breach of contract damages, going-concern values, goodwill, and transfer price agreements.
Before joining Willamette Management Associates, Curtis was a vice president and manager of the Business Owners Services Group of the Citizens & Southern Trust Company, the trust subsidiary of the Citizens & Southern Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia (now Bank of America). Curtis provided valuation and appraisal services to the C&S Corporation trust and banking customer base throughout the southeast. In addition, his area acted as the trust department's analyst and administrator in matters relating to the management, purchase, and sale of private business interests, intangible assets, and illiquid securities held in estates and trusts. Curtis has managed closely held businesses after the founder's death, and he has served as a member of the board of directors of a number of family- owned businesses in his capacity as representative of the trustees or executors.
Curtis also acted as part of the C&S Trust ESOP fiduciary services group, with input regarding the retention of independent valuation firms to advise the bank as trustee on ESOP valuations and review of independent valuations. Curtis's position at C&S included work as part of the team that acted as ESOP trustee for the leveraged buyout of AVIS Rent-a-Car, one of the then-largest employee-owned firms in the nation.
Prior to joining C&S, Curtis was an assistant vice president with the Trust Department of Wachovia Bank & Trust Company, N.A., a major regional bank located in North Carolina. As the assistant manager of the closely held business unit at Wachovia, Curtis managed the trust department's holdings of private business interests and estate portfolios, and he conducted valuations of closely held businesses and business interests for bank clients in the region. He joined Wachovia as an internal auditor, and he subsequently worked as a loan administration officer with the bank's corporate lending group.
Curtis is an accredited senior appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers, accredited in business valuation. He has been a member of and served as treasurer of the ASA's Business Valuation Committee. He is presently a member of the Business Valuation Standards Sub-Committee. He served as a member of the International Board of Examiners and International Ethics Committee of the ASA. He has served as president, secretary, and treasurer of the Atlanta Chapter of the ASA. He has served as chair of the Atlanta Chapter Business Valuation Committee. He has served as treasurer of the Portland Chapter of the ASA.
Curtis also holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation of the CFA Institute. He was a member of the Board of Examiners and was a senior grader for the examinations leading to the CFA designation. He served for six years as a member of the Disciplinary Review Committee and as a member of the Disciplinary Hearing Panel judges' pool. He was a member of the Portland Society of Financial Analysts for which he served as secretary and a member of the board of directors. He also served as a member of the board of trustees of the CFA Society of Atlanta (CFA-ATL) and is currently the CFA-ATL membership chair.
He is also a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, The ESOP Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the National Association of Business Economists, for which he served as past president of the Portland chapter and treasurer of the Atlanta chapter.