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Your "Fourth Quarter" Planning

Ideally, a business owner's future personal "Fourth Quarter" will occur on your terms and timetable.  However, sometimes foreseeable (but ignored) events and unforeseen events (such as unexpected death or disability or the loss of key employees or a Business Model that is faltering) will frustrate your best laid plans.

This is why we deploy what we call "Fourth Quarter" Planning.  "Fourth Quarter" Planning is a mindshift which Family Business Leaders have been asking us to design and put into place with them.  It is a belief in the need to "begin with the end in mind" if you really intend to be and stay successful.  In other words, you must think in terms of your personal "Fourth Quarter First" (and don't wait for the "Two Minute Warning" or Overtime.

This addresses both your planning, foreseeable growth and future exit, as well as back up plans in case of an unexpected owner, partner or key employee death, disability, departure, dispute, divorce or business downturn.

It is more than just succession, estate and exit planning.  It is the deliberate, adaptable and customized process for working with you and your family  and  colleagues to  continue to profitably build your business. 

And to do this while at the same time working towards a successful future transition and eventual exit from your company.  This is accomplished while also addressing how to protect what you're building and how to take control of your legacy.

Many Family Business Leaders have heard us say that our job is to "look into the future" with you.  And then work together collaboratively - with your Trusted Advisor Team - on what is needed to avoid foreseeable pitfalls and to achieve the incredible results you want.

This is the essence of "Fourth Quarter" Planning.  To look ahead.  To see it coming.  To avoid Train Wrecks.  To timely deploy what's needed to keep the promises you've made to yourself, your family, your colleagues, your stakeholders, your customers and your communities.

A Better Outcome For You, Your Family and Your Team

Our Fourth Quarter Plan Program is built around 4 Powerful Playbooks.  Business owners have to make many decisions to stay successful.  This program has 24 "Main Plays" that you can deploy to stay successful for the whole game.

The Fourth Quarter Game Plan™ Program has been designed based on input and ideas from the following Business Sectors and Professional Firms who have engaged us to work with them.

Business  Sectors

Manufacturing, Business Services, Food & Beverage, Construction, Health Care, Agribusiness, Farm & Ranch, Real Estate, Distribution, Financial Services, Retail, Human Resources, Energy, Transportation, Franchise, Security, Consumer Services, Personal Services, Product Development, Technology Licensing, Leasing, Management and Education.


Professional Firms

CPAs, Financial Planners, Insurance Advisors, Business Consultants, Investment Advisors, Environmental Specialists, Engineers, Architects, Physicians, IT Professionals and Real Estate Developers.

Some of the many Business Leaders who have provided Nick with the insights that resulted in the Fourth Quarter Game Plan Program are shown below:

Berny Dohrmann

Founder and Chairman, CEO Space International, the world's largest and most successful network for CEOs, Entrepreneurs and visionary investors with over 70,000 members in 144 countries.

Greg S. Reid

Founder & CEO of Secret Knock, ranked by Inc. Magazine as the #1 "Can't Miss" Business Program in the Country.

Kevin Harrington

Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on ABC's Shark Tank and "As Seen on TV" Pioneer

Gerry Foster

Founder, Big Brand Formula.  Known worldwide as "The Brand Master."  Former Proctor & Gamble branding expert.

Daniel Ruke

Founder of blink, which has helped launch hundreds of brands, products and companies.

Charles Van Kessler

Founder & CEO of

Passion 4 Life Liquid Vitamins. Holocaust survivor.

Founder of Passion 4 K.I.D.S. Charity.

Brian Smith

Australian Entrepreneur and

Founder, UGG Boots

James Malinchak

Founder, JMI International, Featured

on ABC's Hit TV Show

"Secret Millionaire"

Dina Dwyer-Owens

Co-Chair of the Dwyer Group,

Featured in CBS's Emmy-winning hit reality show "Undercover Boss"

Joe Theismann

NFL World Champion Quarterback,

NFL Football TV Commentator,

Business Entrepreneur

David Houle

Renowned Global Futurist.  Author of The Shift Age.

Scott Duffy

Founder of Smart Charter, which he sold to Richard Branson's Virgin Group.  Special  Project Editor of, Best -Selling Author of Launch!, a Roadmap For Building Great Companies

Dean Cardinale

Founder of World Wide Trekking.  Avid mountain climber and guide.  Founder of Human Outreach Project

Cavaliere "Sir" Bruno Serato

Owner of Anaheim White Horse Italian Restaurant.  Named a Top 10 Hero by CNN for his work as Founder of Caterina's Club, which has served 1 million free meals to underpriviledged children

Dr. Duc Vuong

Director of Bariatrics, Lovelace Health System.  Empowerment Leader for the Beriatric patient

Evan Money

Bestselling author, Global Entrepreneur and Executive Producer of the groundbreaking film "Words of Art" starring Zig Zigler and Darren Hardy

Garth Watrous

The head of American Hat Makers, makers of exceptional artisan hats

Steve Sims

Founder of Bluefish, an exclusive luxory concierge service that provides unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Com Mirza

Runs the 45,000 member Dream Chasing Family community.  Has launched over 3 dozen companies around the world.  Host of the entrepreneur Billion Dollar Mastermind in Dubai

Josh Reynolds

Inventor of the Mood Ring and Thighmaster.  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company heir

Dave Farrow

Founder and President of Wizardtech, Inc., Creator of the Farrow Memory Method.  Two Time Guinness World Record Holder for Greatest Memory.  Freatured on Dr. Oz, Live With Regis and Kelly and Esquire Magazine

David Corbin

Inventor of the touch screen patient interview system.  Awarded the International Enterprise of the Year for Innovation.  Host and Star of the movie "Pass It On" with his colleagues Mark Victor Hasen, Brian Tracy and Les Brown.  Featued in the Napoleon Hill Foundation's movie, "Three Feet From Gold."

Clarissa Burt

Producer Designer for QVC Italy. Internationally renowned supermodel, entrepreneur, television/video producer and award-winning actress.  Founder and CEO of Clarissa International Motivational Media for Women

Maria Kang

Founder and President of Fitness Without Borders Charity.  Creator of "The No More Excuses Diet".  Featured on Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Oz, Inside Edition, Fox and Friends and CNN 

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John Brown

Founder and CEO of Business Enterprise Institute

Sharon Lechter

Co-Author of the international bestseller "Rich Dad Poor Dad".  Bestselling author of "Think and Grow Rich - Three Feet From Gold", written in cooperation with the Napoleon Hill Foundation 

Michael Houlihan

Co-Founder of Barefoot Wine, the world's largest wine brand, now owned by E & J Gallo

Aaron Scott Young

CEO of Laughlin Associates, Creator of "The Unshackled Owner"

Matt Elledge

U.S. Army Colonel.  Founder of the "Heroes Corporate Fellowship Academy" and the "Shifting Gears" programs, for transitioning military to private sector jobs

John C. Maxwell

Ranked as the world's most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. Magazine.  #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author.  Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership.

Ed Bogle

Founder of IdeationEdge

Senior Faculty of CEO Space International

Kevin Eastman

Vice President

Basketball Operations

LA Clippers

Erin Saxton

Founder of elevenCommunications. Founder and President of Idea Network.  Led medial strategy for "Chicken Soup For The Soul" series.  Four time Emmy-nominated producer of The View, Barbara Walters Specials and Good Morning America.

Frank Schankwitz

Founder, Make-A-Wish


Dave Anderson

Founder, "Famous Dave's

BBQ" Restaurants

Gene Landrum

Co-Creator and Founder of

Chuck E. Cheese

Ron Klein

Inventor of the Credit Card Magnetic Strip and the Bond Quotation System for the New York Stock Exchange

Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey

Mother of Holistic Medicine

Dr. Sudip Bose

Iraq War Bronze Star recipient,

"CNN Hero", the ER Physician who

treated the captured Saddam Hussein

Bob Arno

Criminologist and

National Geographic

"Pickpocket King"

Ross Halleck

Pioneer in the World Wide Web. Launched Netscape website.  Founder of Silicon Valley creative service firm, Halleck, Inc.

Dan Fleyshman

Founder of Who's Your Daddy, Inc., making him the youngest founder of a publicly traded company in history.

David Freeman

Founder of Beyond Structure, Script development teacher to Pixar, Disney and BBC Executives

John Mumphrey

Co-Author of the national bestseller "Footsteps of the Fearless-Future Proof Your Life"

Michele Seiler-Tucker

Author of "Sell Your Buiness For More Than It's Worth"

Sherry Watson

Coma survivor, one of the chief architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Co-Founder & CEO of The Power Of Purpose, a national leader in developing best-of-breed nonprofit corporations

Mary Sarain

Founder and CEO of Pure Cupcakes. Winner of Food Network's 2013 "Cupcake Wars"

James Pham

Founder / CEO of Enligh Tea Holdings. National Best Selling Co-Author of "Initiative"

Steve Seroka

USAF Colonel, 30 year fighter pilot. Chief of Staff/Nellis AFB.  Iraq war veteran

Garrett Gunderson
Founder and Chief Wealth Architect of the Wealth Factory and New York Times bestselling author of "Killing Sacred Cows:  Overcoming The Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity"
Gene McNaughton

President of Elite Concepts Business Growth Consulting.  Previously the leader of Tony Robbins' Global Salesforce

Ruben Gonzalez

Argentine Olympic Luger who holds the record for being the first athlete to participate in four different Winter Olympics in four different decades

Rob Angel

Inventor of the popular word guessing game, Pictionary

Jonah White

Founder of the Billy Bob Teeth Company, which has manufactured over 20 million Billy Bob Teeth sold in over 185 countries.

Nick Halik

Author of "The Thrillionaire".  Founder and CEO of Financial Freedom Institute and Money Masters.  Has led expeditions to Antartica, Africa and the Amazon with his Adventure Odyssey company.

Bonnie Harvey

Co-Founder of Barefoot Wine, the world's largest wine brand, now owned by E & J Gallo

Jerry Mathers

The Beaver in the popular "Leave It To Beaver" television show.  A leading advocate for living with and dealing with Type 2 Diabetes

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