Sean Hutchinson is a partner in the international value growth consulting firm Ready for Next Global, which was founded to help owners in the USA and Canada increase the enterprise value of their businesses, achieve transition-readiness, and ultimately harvest that value to fund their “third act.” The RFN Value Accelerator offers owners a process-driven, structured approach to increase earnings, reduce risk and position their business as best-in-class. RFN’s clients are privately held middle-market business owners in a broad spectrum of industries. Ready for Next is powered by one of the best qualified and most seasoned teams of advisors in the profession, all of whom are former business owners or C-level executives. Sean has been a CEPA since November 2008 (one of the first 100 to be certified), a CEPA course faculty member since 2014, has been honored as both EPI Exit Planner of the Year & Leader of the Year, and was a keynote speaker at the 2016 and 2022 EPI Summits. He is recognized as one of the profession’s top thought leaders. He is also a 3rd generation heir to his family’s 67-year-old manufacturing business, a first-hand, very personal, and humbling experience that keeps him grounded in the realities of value growth and ownership transition.