Joe Valley – Director of Brokerage Services at Quiet Light Brokerage, Inc.
Joe Valley is an equity partner at Quiet Light Brokerage. He joined the firm in 2012 after selling his own eCommerce business through Quiet Light Brokerage. Joe has personally closed over $35,000,000 in transactions and is now the Director of Brokerage Services. Quiet Light helps owners sell their web-based businesses. Joe understands the importance of valuation and exit planning, and he finds the best approach is to plan well in advance of a sale in order to get maximum value. Owners sell so they can retire, because of partners that are not working out, they need to take some money “off the table,” or they are startup entrepreneurs looking to move onto their next project. Joe has sold types of all web based businesses including SaaS, eCommerce, Amazon FBA, Affiliate, and many others. Joe recently wrote “10 Steps to Selling Your Amazon Business,” that walks all web based business owners through the process of a business valuation, calculating taxes, listing the business for sale and all the way through to closing, training and transition.
Jim Ward – Founder of New Directions and Author of New Directions: Successful Strategies for Career, the Workplace, and Personal Growth
Jim Ward is a Human Capital consultant and a certified Professional Coach. He provides HR consulting, as well as executive, career and organizational coaching through his firm New Directions Consulting. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate Human Resources and Consulting, including domestic and international positions. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Jim spent 15 years at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) as their Executive Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources and with Salomon Brothers, Inc. where he held executive level positions in their New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. In his seven years in Asia, he led the expansion of Salomon’s business throughout the Asian region. Having had the benefit of living and working in Asia during his corporate career, Jim understands the importance of diversity, cultural sensitivity and globalization. Jim received his Coaching Certification (PCC) through the Columbia University Coaching Certification program and he holds accreditation as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Society of Human Resources Certification Institute. From 2004 through 2007, Jim served on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Human Resources at Wharton Business School. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and professional association/groups and he is a member of the International Coach Federation.