Linn Crader, President of Business Transition Services, Inc. (BTSI), in Lake Oswego, Oregon, urges those who are looking to sell their business in the next five years to begin planning right away. One of the first things a seller can do is contact BTSI, where Mr. Crader and his team of mergers and acquisitions experts can gain an understanding of the seller’s situation and goals and walk him or her through the process. Selling or merging a company can be stressful, and Linn Crader, with 25 years of experience and hundreds of transactions completed, can make the process less painful and more profitable. BTSI manages the intricacies of marketing, taxes, deal structures, and confidentiality for its sales, allowing its clients to continue to focus on the management of their businesses. Linn Crader has developed a network of contacts in a variety of industries that enables him to find multiple buyers who can compete for a client’s company. In addition, BTSI pays close attention to the market and carefully develops the company’s image. The model that Linn Crader and BTSI follow includes five disciplines: mergers and acquisitions, wealth retention, law issues, tax mitigation, and accounting. By focusing on these areas, BTSI can provide its clients with a much greater after-tax yield than they would normally see from a direct sale. Linn Crader can assure clients that their cases will always be handled by experienced professionals and restricts BTSI from taking on more than a certain number of sales each year, ensuring that all clients receive the best service and personalized attention.Prior to his work at BTSI, Linn Crader served as Vice President of Finn & West, Inc., and Vice President of Finance at the Institute of Certified Business Counselors. He is also presently a Regional Director for Murphy Business & Financial Corporation and holds memberships with M&A Source and the International Business Brokers Association.