BTSI’s team of professionals will guide you through every stage of the M&A process.  Most importantly, each member on our elite team is committed to doing their part to ensure you reach your financial, professional, lifestyle and estate planning goals.

Our Leadership Team

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Linn A. Crader President

Linn Crader has owned and operated M&A firms since 1981 after serving as Vice President for Finn & West Inc. a merger and acquisition firm. Mr. Crader has more than 36 years experience in the merger and acquisition industry. His extensive background includes hundreds of successful business transactions. Mr. Crader pioneered business valuation in the middle market and is well known for his thorough approach to deal structure. His depth of understanding and experience in business provides Business Transition Services, Inc. with a solid foundation. The middle market M & A team approach Mr. Crader developed is regarded by the industry as the cutting edge of professional representation.

Mr. Crader is nationally recognized as an advocate for the advancement and development of ethics and professionalism in the merger and acquisition field. His activities include teaching professional continuing education courses in subjects relating to merger and acquisition deal structure in the middle market. Mr. Crader is highly regarded for his efforts in incorporating estate planning, wealth empowered family banks and tax saving strategies in deal structure. He is a popular guest speaker at many national, professional development seminars and for a number of local business groups.

Mr. Crader served as Vice President of Finance for the Institute of Certified Business Counselors and is a member of the International Business Brokers Association and the M & A Source. He has held a number of leadership positions in many fraternal and professional organizations and sits on the board of several corporations and investment groups.

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William D. Beard M&A Advisor

Bill Beard has been successfully assisting corporate owners grow and sell their companies and realize their goals since 1997. Bill most recently lead the marketing and negotiation efforts for BNI Global LLC, an international B2B referral franchisor, working on a daily basis with the owner, Dr. Ivan Misner from inception to closing. Bill has expe...

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Paulette A. Spencer Transaction Analyst

Paulette Spencer has over 24 years of experience in corporate finance and public accounting. Her background includes providing audit and income tax services for emerging and established businesses, ranging from development stage to Fortune 500 clients. She has researched business opportunities, drafted and implemented business plans, working wit...

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William R. Hill Financial Analyst

William Hill began working with Linn Crader in 1990 as a Financial Analyst. His experience at BTSI spans integrated financial forecasting, business valuation, and software development. William’s current focus includes managing corporate development and oversight of client financial analysis and presentation.

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Leona Simmons Corporate Development

Leona Simmons has more than two decades of experience in sales and account management for high-tech, engineering, construction, and other industries. Leona has demonstrated capabilities in managing projects, increasing client satisfaction, analyzing and resolving problems, negotiating win-win contracts, and improving procedures and processes. ...

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Paul Meggison Corporate Development

Paul Meggison has worked in senior management for more than 35 years. As a regional sales and marketing manager, he successfully recruited, trained, and led a number of sales teams. As a business owner in the janitorial services and courier services industries, Paul successfully started, ran, and sold companies. He also provided business-cons...

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Carrie Blasko Controller

Ms. Blasko has worked as a Controller in the M&A industry since 1997. Her responsibilities at BTSI include managing the company's financial books and records. Additionally, as Network Administrator, she manages all computer information systems and maintains the Web site. Carrie brings financial expertise and organization, management skills, ...