David Grau Sr., JD, has spent almost half his life in the financial services industry, as a regulator, as a securities attorney, as a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) specialist, and for the past 16 years at the helm of FP Transitions as its founder and president. FP Transitions pioneered the open marketplace concept of practice transition for the financial services industry beginning in 1999, and now assists independent reps and advisors in all facets of practice valuation, equity management, and succession planning. David is the author of more than 85 nationally published articles, white papers, and manuals, and writes over 1,000 pages of new material per year on these and related topics.
David was named one of the most influential people in the profession in an industry survey of financial advisors by Financial Planning magazine and is a nationally recognized expert on succession planning in the financial services industry. He is also one of the nation’s leading speakers and instructors on equity management and succession planning issues, practice value and valuation, and long-range strategic exit plans, having delivered over 750 presentations and workshops. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Penny, their two sons, three grandchildren, and four rescued dogs.