Sarah DeKreek is a Director of Business Valuations in our Atlanta office. Prior to joining our team, she was a Managing Director at Fountainhead Advisors for five years. She is Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation (ASA) as designated by the American Society of Appraisers. Sarah has over twenty years of experience advising privately held and publicly traded companies on valuation and strategic planning matters. Her valuation advisory experience includes performing valuation services for clients for purposes including estate and gift tax matters, buy-sell agreements, employee stock ownership plans, partnership and shareholder dissolutions, financial reporting and fairness opinions.
From 1998 through 2003, Sarah worked as Senior Analyst in the Strategic Finance groups of Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen where she performed detailed financial analysis and projections for large, publicly-traded clients (averaging $200 million to $5 billion in revenue) and worked closely with CEO’s and CFO’s on financial issues related to valuation, fairness opinions and merger and acquisition strategies.
From 2003 to 2005, Sarah was the Vice President of Business Valuation and Transaction Advisory Services for a regional bank with assets of $13 billion. Sarah routinely met with private company business owners to discuss valuation issues and recommendations related to business succession strategies.
Sarah was a Partner at Evans and Associates Valuation Advisory Services for ten years from 2005 through 2014. At Evans and Associates, she performed business valuations primarily for closely held businesses and partnerships for purposes including transaction strategy, taxation, strategic management planning and employee stock option plan compliance. She also assisted on advisory services related to fairness opinions and litigation support.
Sarah has been a member of the American Society of Appraisers since 2006 at which time she attained the association’s highest business valuation designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser. Additionally, from 2008 to 2011, Sarah co-taught American Management Association’s (AMA) business valuation courses “Valuation Strategies for Both Sides of the Deal” and “Valuation of Companies: The Practical Aspects,” and was a contributor to AMA’s 2011 revised business valuation course manual and instruction materials.