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Apple Growth Partners Included in Expert Panel for Ohio Employee Ownership Center Virtual Conference

Apple Growth Partners Included in Expert Panel for Ohio Employee Ownership Center Virtual Conference

AKRON, Ohio – (August 6, 2020) – Award-winning firm Apple Growth Partners will be participating in the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) virtual conference on August 20. The panelists will answer technical questions regarding how stock value is determined, explain plan summary descriptions, define terms such as diversify, and break down roles and responsibilities among employee owners. Davin Gustafson, the principal leader of the firm’s ESOP practice, will be participating in a panel titled “Comparing ESOP and Non-ESOP Valuations.” Eric Flickinger will be featured in the panel titled “Interaction Between Your Trustee and Your Valuation Firm,” and Matt Silla will be featured in a panel titled “Market Update and Trends in Financing, M&A Markets and Private Company Valuations.”

Davin Gustafson, JD | Principal | Business valuation – As the principal leader of AGP’s ESOP practice, Gustafson has performed more than 2,000 valuation engagements within his 30 years of experience. He is a well-known ESOP expert and sought frequently for national and statewide speaking engagements. Thriving as a proactive and relationship-based, Gustafson established a hands-on approach with his clients to walk through the entire ESOP process together. He is a member of The ESOP Association and Ohio Employee Ownership Center.

Eric Flickinger, CPA/ABV | Manager | Business valuation – With a background in public accounting, Flickinger started his career as a tax intern for Apple Growth Partners and eventually transitioned to the business valuation team. The value of his accounting experience carried over to providing business valuation services to privately held companies, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and succession planning. Flickinger holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Akron and is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Flickinger is also a member of the ESOP Association, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, and the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Matthew (Matt) Silla, ASA, CFA | Senior manager | Business valuation – As an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), Silla has been responsible for the development of hundreds of business valuation engagements for a variety of companies and ownership interested covering various industries. Silla has more than 15 years of professional experience and focuses exclusively on valuation services. His concentration includes the valuation of businesses, intangible assets and stock options. He has performed valuations or other financial analysis for many purposes including estate and gift tax, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), mergers and acquisitions, succession planning and financial reporting matters, among others. Silla is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, as well as a Charter holder of the CFA institute. His professional associations include The ESOP Association, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, National Center for Employee Ownership, and Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce. As a frequently requested speaker, Silla has educated business owners and executives throughout his career, with more than a dozen in-person and webinar presentations.

About Apple Growth Partners

Apple Growth Partners is an award-winning accounting and business advisory firm with more than 75 years of helping grow local businesses. With offices in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Kent, AGP offers a full range of services including audit and assurance, tax planning and compliance, business valuation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), litigation consulting and transaction advisory services. To learn more, visit